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Alderman wants to address street names issue

A Rockford alderman wants to know why so many local streets have more than one name. More>>

Meridian School District teachers agree on contract

Pay freezes for a year — that's what Meridian School District teachers tentatively agree on in a new contract. More>>

Trial for Hells Angels members quickly approaching

The trial for members of Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in Rockford is quickly approaching. More>>

Home Depot teams up to build local veteran a home

In positive local news, the city of Rockford and Winnebago County are celebrating with Home Depot after collaborating to make a veteran's dream of a home come true.It's being called a celebration of service, and it's part of Home Depot's mission to provide homes for homeless and disabled veterans. More>>

Rockford man pleads guilty to murder charge

Joe Michael Boose pleaded guilty to a second degree murder charge related to the May 2013 shooting death of Katelynn Gourley.
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Rockford YMCA awarded $15,000 grant

The YMCA of Rock River Valley has been awarded $15,000 by the Glenn E. Thiel Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
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Appeals court says term limits can't be on ballot

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a ruling that a term limits question cannot appear on the November ballot.
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Employers to seek applicants at Beloit hiring event

Rock County-area job seekers can meet with prospective employers at an upcoming hiring event in Beloit.
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Grant to help expand oral health program for seniors

The Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging has been awarded a grant of $35,000 that will go toward expanding a program that provides oral health for seniors and disabled residents.
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McHenry man pleads innocent in woman's slaying

A 63-year-old McHenry man has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder in the slaying of a woman whose skeletal remains were found in his home.
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Sheriff: Terence Doddy not involved in 1993 death of classmate

Terence Doddy was not involved in the 1993 death of his classmate Stephanie L. Johnston, according to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. More>>

SeaWorld drops appeal of OSHA violation

SeaWorld Entertainment has dropped an appeal of citations it received after the drowning of a trainer who was pulled under by a killer whale.
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Navy kicks out 34 sailors for nuke cheating

The Navy tells The Associated Press that at least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the service for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site in South Carolina. More>>

UPDATE: Last 4 hostages freed in armed standoff in Harvey; 2 men in custody

Negotiators have worked late into the night trying to persuade two men barricaded in a home in a Chicago suburb to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.
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Wisconsin retains number 2 spot on ACT test

The state's high school seniors scored an average composite of 22.2 out of a possible 36, ranking Wisconsin behind Minnesota.
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5 plan to cross Lake Michigan on paddle boards

Five Michigan friends who enjoy watersports plan to cross Lake Michigan by stand-up paddleboard to raise money to benefit the Great Lakes.
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Rockford ALS cases triple in last five years.

In the last five years the number of ALS cases in the Rockford area has tripled. More>>

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Shots fired in Menards' parking lot, suspects arrested

Cherry Valley Police say two men are in custody after crashing a car into the Menards' parking lot off Perryville Rd. More>>

Presidential pardons ramping up, could give Rockford gang member chance of early release Video included

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A presidential pardon may seem far-fetched for most criminals. But after a Rockford gang member was granted clemency last year, we learn another well known gang leader also wants reprieve. More>>

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  • US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:53:33 GMT
    Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.More >>
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,...More >>
  • 10 Things to Know for Thursday

    10 Things to Know for Thursday

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:13 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:13:25 GMT
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:More >>
    By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:More >>
  • Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Holder says he understands mistrust of police

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:43 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:43:51 GMT
    Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.More >>
    Attorney General Eric Holder sought Wednesday to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police, recalling how he...More >>
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