Rockford, Illinois News

Joe Chiarelli wins GOP primary for county board chairman

By Jim Hagerty Editor ROCKFORD - Rockford Ald. Joe Chiarelli (R-14), has won the Republican primary for Winnebago County Board Chairman. Chiarelli registered 57% of the vote while board member Jim Webster (R-2) won 43%. In terms of…

Illinois registers first COVID-19 death

Staff Report CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), on Monday, announced the first death of an Illinois resident who tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individual was a Chicago resident in her…

Governor: No person is immune to coronavirus

BELLVILLE, Ill. - This virus knows no boundaries. Those were the words of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker during a daily press briefing held at the St. Claire County Health Department in Bellville, Illinois, Wednesday. Pritzker said if…

Local leaders respond to COVID-19 outbreak

ROCKFORD - As Winnebago County's first victim of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is at home recovering, local leaders say the situation is being proactively addressed. Mayor Tom McNamara took to social media, asking citizens to remain…

Al Grace Appliance closing after nearly 60 years

ROCKFORD - Al Grace Appliance, a leading Rockford retailer and servicer since the early 1960s, will close its doors this year. A final sale will begin in April, and all in-store appliances and mattresses will be liquidated. Lou Grace,…

CORONAVIRUS: Rockford Public Library closes branches

ROCKFORD - The Rockford Public Library, beginning Wednesday, March 18, will close its branches and offer remote-only services until the end of the month in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Full services will continue to be offered at…