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Rockford may spend $300K on campaign to attract residents

May. 31, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Rockford may spend $300,000 to attract new residents to the city as its population has declined. The City Council could consider a measure this week to contract with the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for a marketing campaign...

Illinois' political muscle withers with shrinking population

May. 23, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In the summer of 1952, the International Amphitheater in Chicago, with air conditioning and state-of-the-art accommodations for a new breed of broadcast journalists, hosted not one but two presidential nominating conventions. The city's 3.6 million people made it...

Illinois establishing office building vaccination clinics

May. 10, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The state of Illinois, working with business and labor organizations, plans to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to workers at offices around the state, officials announced Monday. The initiative is being prompted by the return to offices by thousands of...

Some Illinois hospitals running out of beds due to COVID-19

Apr. 21, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Several hospitals in northwest and central Illinois are running out of beds because of the coronavirus pandemic, officials say. About a half dozen hospitals operated by OSF HealthCare had 90% of their beds or more filled Tuesday, chief operating officer...

State police investigating shooting of northern Illinois man

Apr. 12, 2021 23:20 PM EDT

LENA, Ill. (AP) — An investigation is underway by Illinois State Police into the fatal shooting of an allegedly armed man seen attempting to enter a bank, officials said Monday. David W. Determan, 52, of Lena was shot by city police and Stephenson County Sheriff’s...

2 police shootings in 2 days in Rockford

Apr. 12, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — Two separate police shootings in the northern Illinois community of Rockford over the weekend left one man dead and another injured, authorities said. According to the Rockford Register Star, the first shooting happened on at about 5:45 p.m. on...

Review: 'In Another World,' Cheap Trick still on top of it

Apr. 09, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

Cheap Trick, “In Another World” (BMG) In another world, it's still 1979, and Cheap Trick is arguably the biggest American rock band. Tracks like “Here's Looking at You” are dominating FM radio and teens are bopping to “The Party," singing along with...

Sterling enthusiast opens boxing club in his garage

Mar. 28, 2021 01:10 AM EDT

STERLING, Ill. (AP) — Steve Mazzarisi has taken a few blows to the body over his 60 years, but the local boxing enthusiast always gets back up on his feet again. Even when it seemed like his boxing training days were over, Mazzarisi found his jabs again, and now he’s...

Illinois boy, 2, dies in hospital after falling into river

Mar. 27, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (AP) — A 2-year-old northern Illinois boy has died days after being pulled from a river he fell into while walking along the waterway, authorities said. Jayce A. Keller of Rockford died Wednesday at a Madison, Wisconsin, hospital two days after he...

Evers approves plans for Ho-Chunk casino in Beloit

Mar. 24, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed off Wednesday on the Ho-Chunk Nation’s plans to open a casino and entertainment complex in Beloit, hailing the project as job creator that will help the region recover from the economic damage of the COVID-19 pandemic. The...