Rockford, Illinois News

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a statement posted to his Twitter account said. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance…

Coronavirus puts heavy strain on meat industry

SPRINGFIELD – Meat has been among the most in-demand items at supermarkets as people stock up on essentials amid the COVID-19 pandemic. That has people up and down Illinois’ livestock supply chain – especially producers of beef and pork…

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…

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…

First local coronavirus patient recovering at home

ROCKFORD - The first person on record in Winnebago County to contract COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is recovering at home, officials said Sunday. The patient is a man in his 60s who visited an urgent-care clinic before testing…

Rockford Art Museum closes amid coronavirus pandemic

ROCKFORD - Effective at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, the Rockford Art Museum will be temporarily closed until further notice, Executive Director Carrie Johnson announced. All events, classes and programs at RAM are cancelled or postponed.…

NHL suspends season because of coronavirus pandemic

NEW YORK - The NHL will pause the 2019-20 regular season due to the concerns of the coronavirus, the league announced Thursday. The NHL has 189 games remaining, including 10 scheduled for Thursday. The regular season was scheduled to end…

Rockford Rivets resume season Thursday

ROCKFORD - After consulting with the Northwoods League and local public health officials, the Rockford Rivets are cleared to resume play. The Rivets will resume play tomorrow on the road against the Green Bay Booyah. The six remaining…