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Upon a Return to Golf Upon a Return to Golf

There was a time, I was quite good at this sport. I carried a bag of perfectly fitted Cleveland irons up and down the fairways of my local and courses distant. I walked thousands of yards a day, many-tens-of-thousands per week, chasing the little white ball around pristine fields. I was good at golf, even though I…

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.

In which we say goodbye to our poet philosopher. Brian Leaf: 1959-2017 In which we say goodbye to our poet philosopher. Brian Leaf: 1959-2017

Rockford lost another great friend and ally last week: Brian Leaf, the longtime Register Star reporter and mainstay of the community’s music and bar scene, passed away Feb. 22. He was 57.

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.

GateHouse offers voluntary severance to newsroom staff GateHouse offers voluntary severance to newsroom staff

ROCKFORD – GateHouse Media, the corporate owner of the Rockford Register Star and more than 120 daily newspapers across the U.S., announced to its staff Tuesday a voluntary severance offer for newsroom employees.

Steve Miller Still Rockin' at 72 Steve Miller Still Rockin' at 72

Steve Miller Band has been winding its way across the U.S. and Canada this summer on another of their sprawling tours – this one the aptly titled “Underway” – and they make their return to Rockford at the BMO Center, Thursday, Sept. 15. Along their 2016 trek, they’ve been entertaining fans with a show that has…

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.

The importance of FOIA in the digital age The importance of FOIA in the digital age

ROCKFORD – The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was designed to be the portal by which the average citizen can be the watchdog of their own government, but as we mark this Sunshine Week it has become harder and harder to extract documents from our politicians and their offices.

‘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.

The Final Act: Goodbye, White Duke The Final Act: Goodbye, White Duke

He could be everything to anybody, or anything to everybody–we never knew. We weren’t allowed to know. Sometimes, it seemed he never knew himself.

Rangers First and the Dave King £500k row Rangers First and the Dave King £500k row

RANGERS FIRST announced on Thursday the group was polling members over extending a £500,000 loan to Rangers, a loan which the club had not only not asked for but had explicitly said it would not entertain at this time.

‘We just always worked’ – Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen riffs on Hall of Fame nod ‘We just always worked’ – Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen riffs on Hall of Fame nod

It’ll have been a long road from Budokan to Cleveland when Cheap Trick is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April, but that’s nothing new for guitarist and frontman Rick Nielsen.

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.

The Cubs Can't Score Runs; Stop Hitting the Pitcher 8th The Cubs Can't Score Runs; Stop Hitting the Pitcher 8th

The Cubs are in the playoff race, reason enough to celebrate for a much maligned fan base. But shockingly, in this rather exciting season – one that’s about a year ahead of the projected timetable Theo Epstein laid out in his early days at Wrigley – it is the bats letting the Cubs down, not a pitching staff many…

End the Pete Rose Stupid, Put Him in the Damn Hall End the Pete Rose Stupid, Put Him in the Damn Hall

Tuesday’s All-Star Game was just the kind of interlude you need during the long campaign of baseball fandom.

"Not In My Neighborhood!" The Sad Refrain of Giving Up On a Community "Not In My Neighborhood!" The Sad Refrain of Giving Up On a Community

The “Not in my neighborhood!” cries of those wanting to see the death of the South New Towne Drive housing project have a rather apparent and seedy undertone.

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