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Video gaming numbers released, gambling discussed at state hearing Video included

As Rockford leaders head to Chicago trying to sway the state on bringing casinos to our area, the state releases revenue figures for a form of gambling we already allow. We told you last week about the More>>

ComEd seeks rate hike to help pay for Smart Grid

Commonwealth Edison wants another rate increase to help offset the costs of modernizing Illinois' electric grid. More>>

Some items you pay for at the supermarket aren't on the receipt Video included

Making meals could be getting more expensive, but some reasons for added costs have nothing to do with the food. We talked with registered dietician Diane Reinhold in Stephenson County about a U.S. Bureau More>>

UPDATE: Rockford man charged in 2008 murder of his lawyer Video included

Over six years later, charges have been filed in the 2008 murder of Rockford attorney Gregory Clark. More>>

Forreston High School band director's Teacher of the Week award is music to his ears

It was music to Mr. Chip Braker's ears. Not the instruments, but the announcement that he had earned Teacher of the Week, in his final year of teaching, and after 31 years, this is what he'll miss. More>>

Rockford Rescue Mission celebrates 50th year

The Rockford Rescue Mission is celebrating 50 years of service to the community. More>>

U of I College of Medicine Rockford hosts Research Day Video included

Students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford got a chance to show off their work at the school's 19th annual Research Day. More>>

US stocks close higher for third day in a row

By ALEX VEIGA AP Business Writer Investors drove stock prices to their highest level in a week Wednesday, encouraged by a crop of corporate earnings and reassuring U.S. and Chinese economic data. More>>

Auburn High School locked down, student arrested for BB gun

Rockford Police say a 14-year-old student was arrested shortly after Auburn was locked down Wednesday morning. More>>

Plumbers and pipefitters union teaches students the trade

Many students have complained they'd never have to use algebra or trigonometry in their adult life, but one Rockford trade union is proving them wrong. More>>

Researchers call for concussion protocols at Illinois schools Video included

A survey of school nurses shows schools in Illinois lack convention on when to let students who've suffered a concussion back to class. More>>

RSO hosts local schools at youth concert

Students from public, private, and parochial students around the region gathered at the Coronado Performing Arts Center Wednesday for the Rockford Symphony Orchestra's annual Youth Concert. More>>

24 arrested for immigration violations in Illinois, Missouri

ICE has arrested 24 people in Illinois and Missouri for what officials call "egregious" immigration violations, including repeat immigration offenders and those who have committed crimes in the United States. More>>

Man charged in Boston Marathon hoax sent to psychiatric facility

A 25-year-old man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday. More>>

Bill legalizing marijuana byproduct signed in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin state senator says Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill legalizing a marijuana byproduct used in the treatment of children's seizures. More>>

UPDATE: Survivors describe escape from sinking ferry

Survivors of a ferry sinking off the coast of South Korea are describing how they jumped into the frigid water wearing life jackets and then swam to a nearby rescue boat. More>>

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