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New Illinois Human Rights Commission head named

CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker named Tracey B. Fleming as the Executive Director of the Illinois Human Rights Commission Wednesday, Aug. 5. Fleming joins the HRC following an over 20-year career as a professional advisor and leader with…

State coalition calls for utility ethics

SPRINGFIELD – A coalition of environmental, business and faith groups is calling for legislation that would make the ethics reform measures recently imposed on utility giant Commonwealth Edison apply to all utilities in Illinois, with…

Rockford Mayor participates in Peace Walk at City Hall

ROCKFORD -- Mayor Tom McNamara participated in a Peace Walk around City Hall Wednesday, an event organized by area clergy. The group is advocating for a Community Accountability Board that could review encounters with police. Currently,…

Rockford Public Library uses grant for Rockford Day program

ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Public Library has been awarded an "Our Journey" award, as part of Rockford Art Deli's #HereForGoodRKFD campaign and will use it to fund a Rockford Day workshop. The "How I Thrive in 815"story creation and…

Local teen wins Girl Scouting’s highest award

POPLAR GROVE, Ill. -- A Poplar Grove girl has earned Girl Scouting's highest award. Gabrielle Brewer, who's been scouting for several years, was honored with the Girl Scout Gold Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership through…

Community Foundation grant applications open Aug. 10

ROCKFORD -- The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois's Community Grants program application will open August 10, the nonprofit announced Tuesday. Proposals will be accepted in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Education, Health,…

US manufacturing sector sees July growth

TEMPE, Ariz. -  Economic activity in the manufacturing sector grew in July, with the overall economy notching a third consecutive month of growth, according to a new report published by the Institute for Supply Management. The…

Rockford Art Museum announces new hours

ROCKFORD -- The Rockford Art Museum is now open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. No reservations are required. Admission is free through the end of the year. "The museum’s top priority in responding to the…