Janesville, WI

United Way campaign kickoff, Day of Caring starts with breakfast in Beloit

BELOIT The United Way Blackhawk Region’s Day of Caring is scheduled for Sept. 14, and the deadline is fast approaching for volunteers to register to lend a helping hand to area nonprofits. The Day of Caring partners volunteers from local companies and nonprofit organizations. The volunteers complete projects for the nonprofit agencies as a way to kick off the United Way’s fundraising campaign. ...

Cheerleader-in-chief: New superintendent New superintendent Mark Holzman looks to celebrate wins, raise expectations

JANESVILLE His official new title might be superintendent of the Janesville School District, but Mark Holzman considers himself to be “chief cheerleader.” Holzman, who took the reins July 1 from outgoing Superintendent Steve Pophal, said he views himself as the person who sets district direction and leads the celebration after. “I’m telling people about all...

Rockford ‘window smasher’ woman identified; still at large

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - 34-year-old Sara Hughes of Rockford has been identified as the woman who smashed a store front window at a downtown Rockford business. Hughes is wanted in connection with an attempted burglary on Monday, August 1. She’s been charged with felony criminal damage to property. Just...

60 years of the sounds of summer with Mike Love of ‘The Beach Boys’ at Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center

What is your favorite Beach Boys song? The legendary Mike Love, founding member of ‘The Beach Boys’, joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about five decades of Good Vibrations, being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with ‘The Beatles’, finding peace through meditation, touring, and their songs of the summer! Get tickets for The Beach Boys – 60 Years of Summer Sounds coming to Rockford’s Coronado Performing Arts Center this Friday at

Rockford Casino breaks visitor record in July

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s temporary casino is still going strong, as it had the most people ever walk through the doors in July. Nearly 45,000 people visited “Hard Rock: An Opening Act” last month, according to numbers from the Illinois Gaming Board. That is compared with over 37,000 in June. The casino also made […]

Popular Rockford Area Eatery Will Open a New Location in Loves Park

My Rockford-born wife has many great memories of family meals here. With their enormous menu, nobody ever left the table unhappy. When I first moved to Rockford, anytime someone brought up grabbing some takeout, this Rockford area staple was mentioned. If you said nobody in your group could decide on where to get food, this place was the remedy. The food was always ready quickly and always delicious.

‘Enough is Enough’ event in Beloit hopes to start conversations about gun violence

BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) - Alexcia Payton is the mind behind the “Enough is Enough” event that comes with a goal to keep the conversation about gun violence going. “We want everybody to come together and have their voices heard. We’re tired of being afraid. We’re tired of being scared. We’re tired of hearing of the gun violence and the shootings,” said Payton.

Chicago Athlete on the Road: The Abbey Resort

Chicago Athlete hit the road again this past weekend looking for a drive-able, overnight stay that focuses on keeping families active. This time, we visited The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Just an hour’s drive across the state line, this resort whisked us away to an experience that is like no other.

Loves Park mayor addresses safety of the community

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - Just after 11 p.m. Friday, August 5, Loves Park police found 30-year-old Dijoune Nelson shot to death in a backyard in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. The area isn’t known for shootings and violence; in fact, most residents move to the area to get...

Rockford Park District implements updated security measures

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A string of after-hours incidents resulting in injuries, property damage and death prompt the Rockford Park District to step up safety precautions at its properties. In June of 2022, 25 after-hours incidents happened at parks and facilities owned by the Rockford Park District. Then in July,...

Woodman's claims decades-old sign unearthed during renovation of its original Milton Avenue location

JANESVILLE The nearly century-old Woodman’s Food Market sign recently discovered during removal of a façade on a Milton Avenue storefront has disappeared from sight. Again. But this time, that’s temporary. The circa-1930s sign has been removed from the building at 922 Milton Ave. where it was attached a lifetime ago, and its removal is top of mind for Woodman’s Food Market. ...