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Death investigation underway on Rockford’s west side

ROCKFORD -- Officials continue to investigate a death after a body was found Sunday night in the 1300 block of Arthur Avenue. No other information has been reported. More information is expected later today. Rockford Advocate will…

Winnebago County virus cases continue to climb

ROCKFORD -- Winnebago County's COVID-19 positivity rate continued to climb Friday as officials reported 84 additional infections. The latest numbers show the county's positivity rate is now 5.4%, two percentage points higher than it was…

Human remains found near Cherry Valley

ROCKFORD -- Human remains were found near Mill and Newburg roads, the Winnebago County Coroner's Office confirmed Thursday. Officials say the skeletal remains were discovered about 5:20 p.m., Wednesday. An autopsy is scheduled for today.…

Better Business Bureau warns public about tax ID theft

ROCKFORD -- The Better Business Bureau is warning the public that the IRS tax-filing extension from April 15 to May 17 increases the probability of identity theft. A recent Federal Trade Commission report shows that 1.4 million identity…

New Zion Baptist Church opening as mass vaccination site

ROCKFORD -- A west Rockford church will serve as a mass vaccination site beginning this week. New Zion Baptist Church, 4747 W. Riverside Blvd., will open Wednesday and is expected to vaccinate 1,000 people per week for the next 60 days.…

Belvidere Chrysler plant to shut down for 3 weeks

BELVIDERE -- Belvidere Assembly Pant will temporarily shut down for three weeks starting Monday, March 29, because of a computer chip shortage. The pause will be the plant's second this year. The plant shut down for a week in February,…

Toddler rescued from Rock River dies

MACHESNEY PARK -- The local 2-year-old boy rescued from the Rock River in Machesney Park Monday died Wednesday, March 24, at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. The boy, whose name has not been released, was pulled…