Rockford, Illinois News

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…

Latest wave of COVID-19 cases not same as first

(ROCKFORD ADVOCATE) - The current spike in COVID-19 cases in several American states is not taking the shape of the first wave that hit the U.S. earlier this year, according to doctors. Officials at the University of Pittsburgh Medical…

Frederick Douglas statue vandalized in Rochester, New York

ROCHESTER, New York – A statue of famed black American social reformer Frederick Douglass was destroyed over the Fourth of July weekend. The monument sits in Maplewood Park in Rochester, New York. “The base and lower part of the…

Trials in Winnebago, Boone counties postponed until mid-May

ROCKFORD - The 17th Circuit Court has postponed all trials in Winnebago and Boone counties until mid-May, Chief Judge Eugene Doherty reported Tuesday. "We have now been given permission by the Supreme Court to cancel trials and…

‘Tobacco 21’ bill introduced in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn.-- A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers introduced a bill in the Minnesota House to raise age to buy tobacco to 21. If it passes and signed by Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota would become the sixth state in the nation…

Safety Tips for Daylight Saving Time

This weekend marks Daylight Saving Time. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding everyone of the simple life-saving habit of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The firs tip is to…