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1-on-1 with Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara on his first 100 days 1-on-1 with Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara on his first 100 days

CITY HALL — You can’t help but feel the optimism in Mayor Tom McNamara’s voice when he talks about his hometown. The 34-year-old ran a campaign of promise, and one built on a positive message for the future of Rockford, Illinois’ third-largest city.

What the Hanley happened? What the Hanley happened?

ROCKFORD — While the Fourth of July parade was rerouted, downtown businesses were still dealing with the aftermath of the fire that gutted the Hanley Furniture building.

Report says president 'mismanaged' NIU Report says president 'mismanaged' NIU

DeKALB — An Office of Executive Inspector General investigation into Northern Illinois University’s hiring and spending practices has found that President Doug Baker routinely circumvented state laws and regulations to reward friends and associates.

McNamara wins in landslide McNamara wins in landslide

DOWNTOWN —“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new mayor of Rockford!” exclaimed an aide to a small crowd of family and friends Tuesday night.

Mayor Morrissey center stage for final State of the City

NORDLOF CENTER — Mayor Larry Morrissey recounted his 12 years in office and painted a vision for the future of Rockford Wednesday night in his final State of the City address.

Karmeier named Illinois' Chief Justice; ‘dark money’ case moves ahead Karmeier named Illinois' Chief Justice; ‘dark money’ case moves ahead

Lloyd Karmeier has been selected as Illinois’ 120th Chief Justice, but a civil case stemming from his initial election to the state Supreme Court has been given class-action status by a federal judge.

Meeting Rockford’s new top cop Meeting Rockford’s new top cop

ROCKFORD — It’s a new city but a similar set of challenges for incoming Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea.

‘Too little, too late’ – pressure builds on Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen ‘Too little, too late’ – pressure builds on Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen

ROCKFORD – A canceled re-election bid was supposed to stem the tide, but calls for Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen to step down are getting louder as an FBI probe into spending irregularities presses on.

2015 the Year of the Tornado for Northern Illinois 2015 the Year of the Tornado for Northern Illinois

An April tornado which struck Fairdale, Illinois, leaving two dead in the small town, was the only storm responsible for any deaths in Illinois this year, and the strongest tornado seen in the U.S. during 2015.

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