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Inspiring 815: Lisa Doll & Stephen Jaycox Video included

Stepping out of Runners Image in downtown Rockford and onto the pavement. It's part of the training program for the the Rockford Literacy Half Marathon and 10k. 


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Inspiring 815: Deann Anderson Video included

Deann Anderson has been the owner of Stonewall Cafe in Pecatonica for 20 years. A quaint restaurant, with a large side project. 


Inspiring 815: Pat Ambrose Video included

Honoring those who have served.  "Of course. 25th infantry." said local veteran, Henry Robinson.  It's something many people strive to do, from Veteran's Day and honoring those who have fallen, to thanking someone for their service; there are many ways to honor a veteran. "As much as I do, it's not enough. I need to do a lot more." said Pat Ambrose, the Executive Director of the Veteran Drop-In Center. One Rockford woman is stepping up,... More>>

Inspiring 815: Reggie Tillmon Video included

Reggie Tillmon has worked his same job at Woodward in Loves Park for the last 33 years. And while he's on the clock for the company from 9-5 every day, once he's off the clock, his work helping those in need begins.  


Inspiring 815: Kids Around The World Video included

"We build playgrounds around the world, so we bring joy to children in different countries, and here locally in the Rockford area." 


Inspiring 815: Project Search Video included

Starting a job once you're out of school can take a while, and be a rigorous process.. So, Project Search is a program in our community aiming to help people with disabilities get their foot in the door, and start their professions. 


Inspiring 815: Latisha Marks Video included

Latisha Marks has always loved kids. but when she became a young mom, she says it dawned on her that there weren't a lot of resources for them in the area. 


Inspiring 815: Chad Hargraves Video included

Cancer is a disease no one wants to ever experience, but those affected by it know it is extremely tough on your body physically, and emotionally. That's where Pink Heals volunteers come in, to support the community and those impacted by the disease. But one volunteer is taking his support to the next level. 


Inspiring 815: Jim McIlroy Video included

When Jim McIlroy started his health journey, Rockford was number 4 on Forbes List of Most Obese Cities in the Country. Now, it's number 10.


Ellyn Ahamer, Inspiring 815

Ellyn Ahmer spends most of her time volunteering for different causes around Winnebago County.  "When I see things that are uncomfortable to me, I look at myself first and figure out the discomfort, and then do what I can to change it." 


Inspiring 815: 'Freeport Future' founder James Cooley Video included

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Working with kids can be a rewarding job for many educators, but sometimes their job ends once the bell rings. That's not the case for one basketball coach in Freeport. 


INSPIRING 815: Honoring those who make our area a better place to live Video included

Civility. It's a word that many of us have heard, but unfortunately, something not all of us practice on a daily basis.  


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