Rockford, Illinois News

‘Saved by the Bell’ actor Dustin Diamond dies

(ROCKFORD ADVOCATE) -- "Saved by the Bell" star Dustin Diamond died Monday after a brief battle with carcinoma. He was 44. Diamond, who played Samuel "Screech" Powers in the teen sitcom, was hospitalized in Florida last month. It was…

State lawmakers push to limit governors’ virus powers

(ROCKFORD ADVOCATE) -- State lawmakers across the country say they are attempting to curb the the power of governors and health officials to implement emergency COVID-19 restrictions like mask mandates and business shutdowns. Lawmakers…

House Dems mull Trump impeachment

WASHINGTON — Democrats are discussing Friday whether to impeach President Donald Trump if his Cabinet does not remove him via the 25th Amendment. The announcement comes two days after a mob of Trump supporters descended on Washington and…

Bears legend Gale Sayers dead at 77

CHICAGO  — Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers, a member of the Pro Football Hall, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed "The Kansas Comet" Sayers died Wednesday. He suffered from dementia. "Football fans know well Gale's many…

Rockford man sentenced to 65 years for 2017 murder

ROCKFORD -- A local man was sentenced to 65 years in prison Friday for his role in a fatal shooting that occurred on the city's northwest side three years ago. Deon Hart, 25, of Rockford, was found guilty of first-degree murder in…

Former presidential candidate Herman Cain dies

ATLANTA -- Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, has died from complications of COVID-19. He was 74. Cain's death was announced Thursday on Twitter. The co-chair of Black Voices for…