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Harlem student-athlete Abbi MacGregor, 17, passes away

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - On Tuesday, July 6, Harlem High School confirmed the passing of 17-year-old rising senior Abbi MacGregor. According to a GoFundMe page for MacGregor, she had been dealing with vision issues and dizziness, followed by a fall in the shower. After an MRI on June 28, a “mass” was found in her brain the next day and MacGregor was rushed to the hospital.
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Rockford Scanner™: Home Invasion Reported Today In Rockford

A broad daylight home invasion is being reported in Rockford today. It happened at approximately 4:30 this afternoon in the 2400 block of Holmes Street. No other details have been released as the Rockford Police Department is currently investigating. We will update if/when further information is released. You can follow...
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Naked man arrested for breaking into Clinton home, taking four-wheeler out for a ride

A man accused of breaking into a home where he took a four-wheeler out for a ride and showered at 4 a.m. was arrested after he was found sitting naked in the water of a culvert along East Highway 67 outside of Clinton. William J. Hoefle, 48, of Freeport, Illinois, was arrested Wednesday, June 29, on felony charges of burglary of a dwelling and misdemeanor charges of theft and damage to property after prosecutors say he broke into a home in the 13000 block of...

Rockford Scanner™: Auto Accident Involving A Garbage Truck

Sources are reporting an auto accident. It happened earlier today in the area of 18th avenue and 4th st. Initial reports are saying a vehicle and a garbage truck have collided. Unknown on injuries. No other information is available at this time. You can follow us on Twitter, Youtube, Facebook.

Beloit family mourning the loss of beloved father of 7

Madison SWAT teams mobilized after warning about Highland Park suspect PKG. Phone found at Middleton auto shop in Highland Park shooting investigation. A phone possessed by the man accused of killing seven people was found at a Middleton business, its owner confirmed. Rhodes-Conway on Highland Park suspect coming to Madison.

Lightning strike to blame for Beloit house fire

BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — Fire officials say a lightning strike was the cause of a fire at a home on Portland Avenue just after midnight Wednesday. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the attic and fire spreading into the walls. Officials said that made it difficult to contain the fire, but no one […]

Belvidere railroad crossing to see safety upgrades, new signals

BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) - More than $255,000 in upgrades was approved Wednesday for a heavily trafficked railroad crossing in south Belvidere. New automatic warning devices will be installed at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on South Appleton Road, to be completed by next summer. The Illinois Commerce Commission Staff recommended...
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Man with over 100 grandchildren turns 108 on the 4th of July

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR/Gray News) - An Illinois man with over 100 grandchildren is celebrating a huge milestone in his life. At 108 years old, Izer Tilson describes his life like a story book. He raised 15 children who went on to give him more than 100 grandkids that he has had the privilege to watch grow up over the years.

Four Cambridge businesses join Fort Chamber

The Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce organized a ribbon-cutting event last month at Galleria 214 in Cambridge. The ribbon cutting was held to welcome four new members. They are Details Boutique, Revive Salt Room and Spa, Millie’s Coffee and Eatery, and Amanda Reed Skin Care, according to a chamber news release.

Four graduate Rockford program helping mentally ill adults in justice system

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The 17th Judicial Circuit Court held its 32nd Therapeutic Intervention Program Court graduation ceremony on Wednesday. The program, also known as “TIP Court,” is a program that helps people in the justice system. This was their first in-person graduation ceremony since COVID-19, and experts said that the TIP Court program reduces […]

Grants awarded to Rockford, Freeport children's aid programs

A Rockford safe haven for inner-city children received a pair of sizeable donations on Wednesday. Grants awarded to Rockford, Freeport children’s aid …. Fourth of July mass shooting thwarted in Virginia’s …. Highland Park suspect left a trail of posts alluding …. Four graduate Rockford program helping mentally...

Horse rescue in South Beloit, Illinois, gives animals new life after trauma

SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. Beginning in January 2021, longtime horse lover and rider Wendy Quaas began Serenity Horse Rescue. Her goal for the 501(c)3 nonprofit is to rescue as many horses from slaughter or abandonment as possible. The ultimate goal is to have all rescue horses fostered or adopted to permanent homes. So far, the rescue has found adoption or foster homes for 60 horses. ...

Bird scooters soar in popularity

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Electric scooters rose to prominence in 2018; starting in bigger cities - then moving to smaller ones like Rockford, Freeport and South Beloit. Rockford started its pilot program with Bird in May of 2021, and since then the scooters have become very popular. “It’s certainly something...