Courting critters: Rockford’s peregrine falcon couple prepare to mate again

ROCKFORD — Barry White isn’t crooning from a nearby stereo, but a couple of young lovers are courting over Rockford.Louise and Gigi, the pair of peregrine falcons who last spring chose to nest in a drainage channel high atop the News Tower at 99 E. State St., didn’t migrate south as do some peregrines, instead remaining in the Rockford region. Birders in the area have spotted them numerous times. […]
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Children’s Safe Harbor to receive $10K

ROCKFORD — Children’s Safe Harbor was recently named the recipient of a $10,000 charitable donation given in conjunction with the annual Rockford Auto Show.The show was hosted by Rockford New Car Dealers’ Association and CherryVale Mall.Children’s Safe Harbor provides a safe place for families to use when exchanging children for visitation. It also offers a supervised visitation program. Their mission is to lessen the harmful effects of domestic […]
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Rockford University to host Rockford Goes Bald fundraiser

ROCKFORD — Rockford University’s Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement will host Rockford Goes Bald: Head Shaving Event for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in Regents Hall at the Burpee Student Center, 5050 E. State St.The foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds childhood cancer research grants.There are currently 15 people signed up to participate in the event, of which 10 will be shaving their heads to help raise awareness and […]
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Rockford resident elected president of Illinois Water Environment Association

ROCKFORD — Cheryl Kunz, director of marketing for Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. in Rockford, was recently elected as the new president of the Illinois Water Environment Association for the 2019-20 year.Kunz has 30 years of corporate marketing experience in the wastewater treatment industry including strategic branding, product promotion, public relations and customer education and training.She has been a member of the IWEA since 2010 and served as the association’s […]
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OSF HealthCare hires physician

ROCKFORD — Dr. Katherine Zeigler recently joined OSF HealthCare.Zeigler is a board-certified family medicine physician whose office is located at OSF Rock Cut Primary Care. Her clinical interests include preventative care, women’s health and school/sports/work physicals.Zeigler received her Bachelor of Science degree from Chicago State University. She earned her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine and trained as an intern/resident at the […]
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Mercyhealth announces hires

ROCKFORD — Mercyhealth recently welcomed several new hires.Dr. Sanjay K. Garg joined the physician staff of Mercyhealth Mulford. Garg earned his medical degree at L.L.R.M. Medical College, India. He completed his residency at St. Francis Medical Center-University of Illinois. His special interests include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and asthma. Dr. Royland P. Robinson joined the maternal-fetal medicine staff of Mercyhealth’s Javon Bea […]
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RVC First slate gets faculty endorsement

ROCKFORD — Rodger Hergert, the president of the Rock Valley College Faculty Association, announced on Friday that the RVC First slate of candidates running for the position of Rock Valley College Board Trustee has the union’s support.The Faculty Association is endorsing candidates Angelique Bodine, Paul Gorski and Litesa Wallace in the April 2 election, Hergert said in a news release.Gorski, a current board member, and Bodine, a Rock Valley graduate, are running for six- […]
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Shooting in Rockford leaves victim with leg injuries

ROCKFORD — A person traveling on the city’s southwest side on Friday night suffered a single gunshot wound to the leg, police said.The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Indiana Avenue. The victim was in a vehicle headed west when the shots were fired. The person was taken to the hospital for treatment.Police said the suspect vehicle is “a car with tinted windows” that last was seen traveling east.Anyone with […]
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During Black History Month, Rockford’s Wabongo Leadership Council looks to the future

ROCKFORD — Black History Month is a time for all to recognize and celebrate the contributions African-Americans have made in the community, the country and throughout the world. Matthew Simpson said it also should be a time for blacks to contemplate how they can help shape their community and their world beyond in the days and years to come.”It’s really about being conscious of who we are and how we can shape our future,” he said. […]
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Rockford couple, Chicago woman held without bond in DuPage County man’s killing

ROCKFORD — A Rockford couple and a Chicago woman are being held without bond in DuPage County after being charged with murder in the death of a Naperville man whose body was found in a garbage bin.Ernest Collins, 22, and his girlfriend, Cassandra Green, 21, as well as Collins’ mother, Candice Jones, 38, are accused in the fatal shooting last year of Michael Armendariz, 20. Armendariz last was seen on the evening of Jan. 14, 2018, in Naperville.His body was […]
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