Rockford, Illinois News

Joe Biden sworn in as 46th American president

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden took the oath of office Wednesday to become the nation's 46th president, ending four years of Donald Trump's combative administration and marking the beginning of a push for progressive policies in…

BBB: Beware of Powerball and Mega Millions scams

ROCKFORD -- With the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots now topping a combined billion dollars, the state of the economy and high unemployment, winning a jackpot would solve most if not all of their problems for millions of people.…

McConnell: Trump fueled Capitol riot by feeding mob lies

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to distance himself from President Donald Trump and on Tuesday blamed the president in part for the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Opening the Senate as it returned before…

RPS 205 announces middle and high school schedule changes

ROCKFORD -- Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, the start of Rockford Public School District 205's second semester, middle and high school students enrolled in in-person instruction will attend school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week,…

COVID-19: Illinois positivity rate down to 7%

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois' COVID-19 seven-day test-positivity rate dipped to 7% Monday. The rate is the result of tests processed from Jan. 11 to Jan. 17. The statewide positivity for cases as a percent of total tests from that same period…

Biden inauguration different from other power transfers

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday will look far different from those in recent memory due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a violent outbreak at the Capitol two weeks ago. The number of attendees has…

Heightened security remains in place at Illinois Capitol

SPRINGFIELD – While there have been no confirmed threats made against the Illinois Capitol, heightened security measures remain in place “out of an abundance of caution” after a quiet weekend in the capital city. State officials said it…