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"Each Breath of Faith" Walk raises money to prevent suicide Video included

Dozens of people die every year from suicide in Rockford. On Saturday hundreds of people gathered to make no else commits suicide. 

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College student killed during hammer throw at track meet in Illinois

A college student has died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a track meet in suburban Chicago. 

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Man robbed at gunpoint while delivering pizza in Rockford

A pizza delivery man in Rockford is robbed at gunpoint around 11 o'clock Saturday night.

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Around 500 show up for Kinzinger town hall in Rockford, Saturday

After weeks of calling on Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger to hold a public town hall the congressman took part in one Saturday evening at Rock Valley College.

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Summerfield Zoo opens for the season

If you're looking to get outside this weekend, Summerfield Zoo is opening for the season.

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50 years later: Residents remember deadly 1967 Belvidere tornado Video included

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the tornado that tore through Boone County, killing 24 people. On Friday, April 21, 1967, just before 4 p.m., school children were getting on the school bus to go home. 

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Local photographer uses art to break stigma of homelessness Video included

Capturing the Forest City is what Carly Rice does best. Her photograph of a ballerina and homeless man went viral last summer.

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Local man shares story of survival from deadly 1967 Belvidere tornado Video included

Bob Ellison was an 8th grader at Belvidere Junior High on April 21, 1967. He was on a bus near Belvidere High School when the Belvidere tornado hit.

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Ratings agency downgrades credit of 6 Illinois universities

The Illinois' continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago. 

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Lawyer: Kidnapped 15-year-old girl back home in Tennessee

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After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her was arrested. More>>

Rep. Kinzinger to attend town hall in Rockford Saturday

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R) will be at a town hall meeting in Rockford Saturday night.

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Rockford condemns Clock Tower due to lack of electricity

The City of Rockford says the Clock Tower has been condemned.  

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Ratings agency downgrades credit of 6 Illinois universities

The Illinois' continued state budget problems have prompted S&P Global Ratings to downgrade the credit worthiness of six state universities and the City Colleges of Chicago . More>>

Crash at Auburn and Filmore Friday

Rescue crews are on the scene of a two vehicle accident on Rockford's west side.  

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Teacher of the Week: Amy Schmidt - Rockford Christian Elementary Video included

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Every WREX takes the time to thank local teachers with our Teacher of the Week award. This week's winner is Amy Schmidt, second grade teacher at Rockford Christian Elementary School. 

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Freeport hosts meeting of area mayors Video included

The City of Freeport hosted the Northern Illinois Mayor's Association meeting Thursday at their newly renovated city hall. 

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Appeals court denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing. More>>

Beloit man charged with 8th OWI

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A Beloit man was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of his 8th OWI offense. 

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Teen arrested, man wanted in Rockford armed robbery

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Rockford Police say a teenager has been arrested and a man is wanted in connection with an armed robbery Wednesday that left one man injured. 

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ONLY ON 13 NEWS: Group of local men battling Parkinson's fight back against the disease through boxing classes Video included

Two years ago John Zanacco was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.  He says doctors gave him a piece of advice.  

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Rockford nurse shares story of daughter who donated tissue

April is national donate life month and that has a special meaning for one Rockford nurse. 

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Mother recounts importance of son's tissue donation at OSF St. Anthony Video included

He died 13 years ago, but Noah Boos' untimely death helped dozens of other people waiting for transplants.

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