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The Rockford native committed a sex crime, and in order to get out of prison he has to meet the state’s long list of rigid parole requirements for those convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault. He could remain behind bars for the rest of his life if he doesn’t find appropriate housing. For Lindenmeier, that means finding a place to live where, among other things, he is away from children and has no internet-accessible devices like smartphones and smart TVs.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends have attended the funeral for a Rockford police officer who died in the line of duty after a traffic stop.

The Illinois attorney general has announced a settlement by the state and more than 20 other states in a lawsuit accusing a Rockford-based veterans nonprofit of scamming donations.

Proposals calling for sexual harassment training for elected officials and others at the state Capitol are in the works. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a new Illinois law that will let adults earn high school diplomas instead of general-education certificates.

The Illinois State Board of Education has named 10 finalists for 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Aldermen in Rockford have approved a resolution condemning hate groups after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

The hit movie that resurrected the memory of the Rockford Peaches is 25 and it still inspires.

The Rockford Public Library is giving kids the chance to wipe out any fines for overdue materials by checking out more books and returning them on time.

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the state's connections to baseball, from Little League to the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.

Federal officials say the city of Rockford will receive $700,000 to redevelop a 22-acre industrial site.

Rockford has 1.3 billion gallons of water it cannot account for each year. City workers will embark this week on the second year of a program to reduce water loss.

Winnebago County’s Sheriff dropped the idea Thursday of allowing the federal government to house immigration detainees in his jail. Gary Caruana said Immigration and Customs Enforcement was not able to agree to his terms.

In exchange for committing a portion of the jail to the federal prisoners, guarding them, and caring for them, ICE would have paid the county a daily per-prisoner fee; $80 was one figure mentioned frequently during discussions. 

 

 

A tentative contract agreement has averted a possible strike that was planned by thousands of Illinois nursing home workers.  Representatives of more than 5,000 workers at nursing homes around Chicago and Rockford had planned to strike starting on Thursday, but a statement on behalf of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois says an agreement was reached on a 3-year deal.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke in Rockford to tout a new school funding framework. 

The governor paid a visit to the Barbour Two-Way Immersion School, which provides instruction in both English and Spanish. After touring several classrooms, Rauner said he would double down on funding schools more equally.

“We are going to change the way schools are funded in Illinois, improve it, get more resources overall, and especially more resources for lower-income schools that don’t have access to the same advantages as higher-income schools," he said.

Rockford police seized $8.6 million in cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl in a raid last month in southeast Rockford, officials announced Thursday.

Officers found the drugs after raiding 629 16th Avenue on Nov. 22, where they arrested 58-year-old Luis Ruiz, according to the Rockford Register Star. He's been charged with delivery of a controlled substance and three counts of possession with intent to deliver.   

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The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is expanding and in 2017 will host its inaugural class of first-year medical students.

A small company in northwestern Illinois with just seven employees has been honored for its "export success." Owners of Shank's Veterinary Equipment, from Milledgeville in Carroll County, traveled to Washington DC this week to receive an award from the US Department of Commerce.

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The city of Rockford is planning a rock star celebration for hometown band Cheap Trick's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

FBI data shows Illinois has recorded 38 gun-related domestic violence homicides since 2006, but the number is likely higher because the data is incomplete. 

An Illinois review board has approved a plan to build a new hospital in Rockford.  The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted unanimously to approve the proposal from Rockford-based MercyRockford Health System. 

Three men freed after more than a decade in prison have been acquitted in their retrial for the 2002 slaying of an 8-year-old Rockford boy.

Residents of Winnebago County are contributing money to train a third police dog for the sheriff's department.

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The state government's budget impasse has forced Rockford's airport to seek another $4 million from lenders to keep contractors at work on a jet repair facility scheduled to open this spring. The $40 million maintenance hangars at Chicago Rockford International Airport will house aviation services company AAR Corp. and employ hundreds.

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Rockford officials say the city will pay nearly $330,000 to settle a complaint that the city violated clean water standards on storm water that runs into area rivers and streams That agreement is expected to be approved Monday night by the City Council. The agreement calls for the city to pay the U.S.

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  ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft would be affected by newly proposed rules in Rockford. The rules are based on a state law adopted in January that includes insurance requirements, background checks and a no drugs or alcohol policy for the services. Aldermen in the Code and Regulation Committee are debating the proposal Monday. It would require ride-hailing companies to obtain a license for between $1,000 and $2,000. The city is also proposing changes to its taxi rules.

The head of a Rockford private security firm says body cameras for his employees provide "validation."  Ten officers from Metro Enforcement, which patrol Rockford public housing developments, have been fitted with small body cameras to record interactions with citizens.  Metro Enforcement Director Larry Hodges says cameras will "validate the officers, the suspect, and the incident." He says they will help eliminate the "he-said-she-said" nature of law enforcement encounters. Hodges hopes to purchase 40 more of the $350 cameras by year's end.

A facility that houses wards of the state in northern Illinois is closing following a newspaper's reports of assault and other issues.