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Construction Starts at Hard Rock Rockford Three Years After Approval

About three years after the Illinois legislature passed a bill approving Hard Rock Casino Rockford, the ground was broken last Wednesday by Hard Rock representatives and city officials in a much-anticipated ceremony. The shovels were turned at the casino’s permanent location near the entrance of Interstate 90 on East State...
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To stay or to go: Increased flooding forces towns to make hard choices

The Pecatonica River runs two blocks from Laurie Thomas' mother's stoop in Freeport, Illinois. After a recent two-day deluge, floodwaters reached the basement's ceiling. But the family's seen worse. It was Freeport’s fifth major flood in just the past four years. Thomas and her mother have experienced flooding at least...

‘I can’t wait to see who or what shows up’: All Hallows Eve returns to Midway Village in Rockford

ROCKFORD — It’s time to get ready for some spooky fun again this year at Midway Village Museum. The annual All Hallows Eve celebration returns from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 with trick-or-treating around the museum’s Victorian Village, 6799 Guilford Road. Admission is $6 per person. Children 4 and younger enter free, and it’s free for museum members.

Voting starts for Rockford’s Oxford Park playground

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rockford neighborhood got the chance to pick what a new community playground will look like. A vote took place Wednesday night at Oxford Park near the Rockford Country Club. Those on hand got to select which playground they liked best. The Rockford Park District budgeted $165,000 for the project. There […]

Program teaches Green Co. students about dangers of intoxicated, distracted driving

MONROE, Wis. — SSM Health and Green County officials held an event Wednesday to warn teenagers about the consequences of drug use, underage drinking and distracted driving. The Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth Program, held Wednesday morning at Monroe High School, featured multiple reenactments ranging from the scene of a car crash to an emergency room and a...

Rockford abortion clinic could soon open

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After clearing a hurdle with the city of Rockford, a proposed abortion clinic could soon open on Auburn Street according to the Madison doctor who owns the site. Dr. Dennis Christensen says an old special-use permit allows for the opening of the facility as long as...

Residents asked to keep an eye out for missing steer in Orangeville

ORANGEVILLE, Ill. (WIFR) - The Orangeville community bands together to retrieve a steer on the mo(ooo)ve. Rocky was purchased by the Barker family to be raised by their 10-year-old son Jesse. Jesse competes in 4H, and it will be his 3rd year in the competition. But when the Barker’s went to release Rocky, he bolted.

Shimer Square in Mt. Carroll gets $800K federal grant

Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) is seeking proposals for the first phase of the long-planned Shimer Square redevelopment, 203 E. Seminary Street, in Mount Carroll, Ill. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) announced an $800,000 federal grant for the Shimer Square Job and Daycare Creation Project. The grant...

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Illinois opens first cannabis ‘craft grow’

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Illinois Department of Agriculture held a ribbon cutting in Rockford Monday for “Star Buds,” the state’s first cannabis craft grow. The event took place at its location on Forest View Road, just east of Alpine Road. Star Buds is the first of over 340 licenses given out in the last […]