Rockford, Illinois News

Chicago Marathon canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Staff Report CHICAGO- Monday, July 13, event organizers and the City of Chicago announced the decision to cancel the 2020 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and all race weekend activities in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In…

2020 State Street Mile canceled due to coronavirus

Staff Report ROCKFORD – Due to the health risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and per the guidelines from the Winnebago County Health Department and state and local governments, the 2020 SwedishAmerican State Street Mile, scheduled…

Family cat tests positive for coronavirus

By Jim Hagerty Editor SPRINGFIELD – Illinois health professionals, on Friday, reported that a family cat has been infected with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “The cat was in a home with people who…

Boone County Fair canceled because of coronavirus

Staff Report BELVIDERE – The 2020 Boone County Fair has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers voted Saturday to not hold this year’s event for the safety of fairgoers, staff, vendors exhibitors, sponsors,…

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

Staff Report WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a statement posted to his Twitter account said. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out…

Coronavirus puts heavy strain on meat industry

By Ben Orner Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois’ livestock supply chain –…

Governor: No person is immune to coronavirus

By Jim Hagerty Editor & Publisher BELLVILLE, Ill. - This virus knows no boundaries. Those were the words of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during a daily press briefing held at the St. Claire County Health Department in Bellville,…

CORONAVIRUS: Rockford Public Library closes branches

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The Rockford Public Library, beginning Wednesday, March 18, will close its branches and offer remote-only services until the end of the month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Full services will continue…