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New Rockford candy shop mixes best of both worlds with ice cream parlor inside

They sell bulk candy and imported candies from Mexico if you're looking to try something new to give to trick-or-treaters.


New downtown Freeport restaurant focuses on local products, vendors Video included

Some of the specialties include grilled cheese and a deep fried pretzel. The menu at Pub 219 is all about promoting local products and vendors.


Rockford Record Crawl full of vintage vinyl, special deals Video included

There will be special sales and prizes all throughout the day including the unveiling of some unique records.


RPS 205 parent speaks out after daughter's bus was struck by gunfire in Rockford Video included

When 8th grader Alannah Beaman got on the bus at West Middle School to head home Wednesday afternoon, she had no idea what was about to happen. 


Colder fall weather returns soon

Big changes are ahead in the forecast after one last warm day Saturday.


Rockford Record Crawl to offer vintage vinyl at local music shops Saturday

If you're a music fan you'll love this event in Rockford Saturday. Culture shock, Toad Hall, CD Source and Kate's Pie Shop are hosting the fourth annual Rockford Record Crawl. 


Local organizations react to Inmate Work Crew cuts Video included

"It's a shame they have to cut this program" said President of the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Richard Bean.


UPDATE: 10 arrests made following fights at Freeport High School Video included

Freeport High School is under a hard lockdown Friday due to fighting at the school.  


Hooked: The Opioid Crisis Hits Home

For the next month, the 13 WREX team will tell you the stories of the drug users, survivors, those on the front lines and loved ones left behind to help paint a picture of this drug epidemic. We are calling it: "Hooked: The Opioid Crisis Hits Home."


Roscoe man dies after falling from hiking trail in Montana

According to the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office in Columbus Montana, 2 other hikers in the area saw Chase Shott, 26, fall from a trail above Mystic Lake.


Rockford man on parole arrested on drug, weapons charges

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A Rockford man found not guilty of murder earlier this year was arrested Thursday on drug and weapons charges.  


Belvidere Police searching for attempted child abduction suspect

Belvidere Police are searching for the driver of a car who may have been involved in attempted child abduction. 


Two arrested in Belvidere on felony drug charges

Efren Rodriguez-Diaz (left), Roy Vazquez Efren Rodriguez-Diaz (left), Roy Vazquez

Authorities say a multi-jurisdictional investigation has led to the arrests of two suspect and the seizure of over 55 pounds of drugs.  


2017 Trick-or-Treat hours for Rockford and surrounding areas

Halloween is almost upon us, and cities are releasing their preferred Trick-or-Treat hours for families to enjoy the holiday. All times are for October 31, unless noted otherwise. 


RPS 205 bus carrying children hit by gunfire in shootout Video included

One day after a shootout between people in two cars, 13 WREX learns a Rockford school bus full of children was caught in the crossfire and hit.


Rockford Chamber of Commerce helping protect local businesses

As lawmakers in Washington continue to come up with new healthcare proposals -- it may leave small businesses here in Rockford with lots of questions. 


Next Rockford educating people on potential switch to home rule Video included

Rockford hasn't been a home rule community since the 1980's when the city reverted back to strictly state laws due to tax concerns.  With the city mulling a switch back to home rule, Next Rockford is doing everything it can to educate residents on the pros and cons of home rule. 


Houses spared by massive fires bring joy and sense of loss Video included


With the winds dying down, fire crews gained ground as they battled the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and thousands of people got the all-clear to return home. More>>

Teams report first progress against wine country wildfires


Northern California communities have been battered by four days under siege from wildfires that are nowhere near over. More>>

Trump won't pull out of 'worst' Iran nuclear deal _ for now Video included


President Donald Trump plans to deliver a broad and harsh critique of Iranian behavior on Friday in a speech declaring that the landmark Iran nuclear deal is not in America's national security interests. More>>

Crundwell documentary returns to northern Illinois

A documentary detailing former Dixon bookkeeper Rita Crundwell's theft of nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city is scheduled to be shown later this month. More>>

Grim search for victims as wildfires grow to size of NYC Video included


Wildfires already well on their way to becoming the deadliest in California history have a chance Thursday to gain even more destructive power. More>>

County officials vote to repeal Chicago-area soda tax

The Chicago-area's penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sugary drinks has been repealed and won't be collected anymore starting Dec. 1. More>>

APNewsBreak: Billions in Illinois bills not sent for payment


Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills hadn't even been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June. More>>

Sheriff: Shooter shot guard before he fired on concert-goers Video included


Strollers, shoes and cell phones abandoned in panic during the Las Vegas mass shooting are slowly making their way back to their owners. More>>

Stymied police seek help in uncovering Vegas gunman's motive Video included


Investigators are probing Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's interest in other music festivals in the months before he killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 at an outdoor country concert. More>>

Semi turns over on U.S 20 causing delays

Police are still investigating after semi that turned over on U.S 20 near the Harrison Road exit. According to a 13 News Crew, traffic is backed up to the Alpine Exit. Police say the crash happened around 5 a.m Friday morning. The semi drivers says his window fogged up and he couldn't see. No injuries have been reported. Police say to expect delays this morning and to avoid the area. More>>

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