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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Bethesda Covenant Church donates van to Rock House Kids

ROCKFORD — Bethesda Covenant Church recently donated a 15-seat 2002 Ford Econoline passenger van to Rock House Kids.Since receiving the van, Rock House Kids was able to take two vanloads of students to a Wisconsin winter camp in January. The van will also allow Rock House Kids to pick up more children on a regular basis for its evening programs.For information: rockhousekids.org.
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Mercyhealth announces promotions

ROCKFORD — Mercyhealth recently announced promotions in its patient access department.Danielle Quam joins the leadership team as manager of patient access-hospital registration at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville. In this role, Quam will oversee the hospital registration and patient access functions.Sheila Livingston will continue in her role as manager of patient access–hospital registration for the Javon Bea Hospital–Rockton and […]
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SwedishAmerican honors respiratory therapist

ROCKFORD — SwedishAmerican recently selected respiratory therapist Michael Albright to be its 2018 recipient of the PHIL Award.The annual award is part of the FACES Foundation’s program to recognize exemplary respiratory care. The award honors outstanding respiratory therapists, as nominated by patients, their family members and coworkers. This is the second time the PHIL Award has been presented in Illinois. SwedishAmerican’s Joseph Hulbert won it last year. […]
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Illinois American Water accepting grant applications

ROCKFORD — Illinois American Water is accepting applications for its 2019 Environmental Grant Program.The program supports innovative, community‐based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds through partnerships. Projects that could be supported through grants of up to $10,000 include watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, biodiversity projects, streamside buffer restoration projects, wellhead protection initiatives, hazardous waste […]
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Circle of Change receives $6.5K grant

ROCKFORD — The Guy Reno Family Foundation recently awarded a $6,500 grant to Circle of Change.The grant will be used for COC’s Veterans Dog Program, which seeks to improve the quality of life for veterans diagnosed with PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other psychological trauma. The program provides adjunct therapy through the training and handling of dogs.The Circle of Change classes are offered for free to U.S. military veterans and those serving in the […]
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CFNIL awards grants to RVC

ROCKFORD — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois recently awarded two grants to Rock Valley College.A $16,178 grant will be used to purchase new laptops and upgrade current laptops as part of the college’s laptop rental program. Laptops are rented to students who cannot afford to purchase a computer but need one for successful completion of their coursework.A $12, 632 grant will be used for supplemental instruction for Gateway Courses. The purpose of […]
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CFNIL awards grant to Salvation Army

ROCKFORD — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Salvation Army of Winnebago County to be used for the Salvation Army Tabernacle and YMCA Teen Center.The grant was awarded by the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program.In partnership with the YMCA of Rock River Valley, the Teen Center at The Salvation Army Rockford Tabernacle Corps Community Center, […]
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United Way offering MyFreeTaxes

ROCKFORD — The United Way of Rock River Valley is offering MyFreeTaxes for the 10th year.Through myfreetaxes.com, any individual or household who earned less than $66,000 last year can file their taxes for free.United Way also offers help with filing taxes GoodTaxes through Goodwill of Northern Illinois.MyFreeTaxes is offered through a partnership with industry leader H&R Block.For information: myfreetaxes.com; […]
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Rockford Public Library to host Black History Month events

ROCKFORD — Rockford Public Library will host events to celebrate Black History Month in February at various locations.Two film screenings will be held Feb. 10 at the Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St.“Through the Lens Darkly” (2014), a documentary, will show from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and “Blindspotting” (2014), rated R, will show from 4 to 5:40 p.m.Local author Brandi Brown will present “Rockford’s Black Pioneers” at 2 p.m. […]
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