Rockford, Illinois News

Kyle Rittenhouse released on $2M bond

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Antioch resident charged with killing two people and wounding during a protest in Wisconsin was released from jail Friday after posting a $2 million bond. Rittenhouse was released at…

Irish Rose Saloon closing indefinitely

ROCKFORD -- The Irish Rose Saloon is the latest local restaurant to shut its doors because of coronavirus-related restrictions. Owner Mike Leifheit says he will close popular downtown dining room indefinitely at the end of business…

Arrest made in 33-year-old Rockford murder case

ROCKFORD -- A man has been arrested in the death of Tammy Tracey, who disappeared from a Rockford park 33 years ago. Jessie Smith, 64, was taken into custody Thursday in Albany, Georgia. Tracey vanished May 27, 1987, after stopping at…

COVID-19: Illinois in for ‘rocky next few months’

CHICAGO -- Illinoisans could be headed into a difficult winter as COVID-19 cases continue to spike, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday. Pritzker reiterated during his daily coronavirus update the the number of daily cases has increased by more…

Union calls on Illinois schools to suspend in-person learning

WESTMONT, Ill. -- The president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers is calling on school districts across the state to suspend in-person learning amid the current wave of coronavirus infections. “Last week, Illinois officials reported…

Pritzker: State is approaching need for stay-at-home order

CHICAGO -- A second statewide stay-at-home executive order is Gov. J.B. Pritzker's last resort to get a handle on the latest COVID-19 surge. But it's something he says could happen soon. "We're running out of time, and we're running…