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Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea to retire April 30

ROCKFORD -- After five years as chief of the Rockford Police Department, Dan O’Shea has announced he will retire April 30. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in this community over the last five years,” O’Shea said. “My goal when I…

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…

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.…

City of Rockford resumes yard waste collection March 29

ROCKFORD -- The City of Rockford's waste contractor, Rock River Disposal, will resume seasonal collection of yard waste from city residents Monday, March 29. Yard waste should be placed out for collection at the same time as household…

Rockford aldermen approve citywide fiber optic project

ROCKFORD -- The Rockford City Council on Monday, March 22, unanimously passed a Development Agreement with SiFi Networks to develop a citywide fiber optic network. Under the agreement, the city will allow access and use of the…

Body found near Auburn Street, foul play not suspected

UPDATE: Authorities have confirmed that the remains found last weekend in Rockford belonged to 33-year-old Welsley J. Shaver, of Mendota. Shaver was last seen in Rockford Sept. 22, 2020, and reported missing Oct. 2, 2020. A cause of death…