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Freeport native has been performing as abolitionist Frederick Douglass for 20 years

FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) - In honor of Black History Month, a former Freeport actor is playing abolitionist Frederick Douglass on stage, as he has done for the past 20 years. Steven Cole is providing residents a glimpse into America's past by taking on the role of Frederick Douglass, who was an aboliti


Illinois State Police seizes over 110lbs of suspected cocaine

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (KWQC) - Officials say a traffic stop made in Mclean County, IL resulted in two arrests and the seizure of suspected cocaine weighing more than 110lbs. On February 21st, 2019 an Illinois State Trooper from the Statewide Criminal Patrol Team stopped a truck tractor-semitrailer com


Freeport restaurants receive counterfeit $100 bills, police look for suspects

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Freeport Police Department asks for the public's help with information on two crimes involving counterfeit $100 bills. Police say both cases happened on Feb. 15.


Bomb Cyclone to Bring Strong Winds to Central Illinois This Weekend

Peoria, IL - Alright, I admit the headline is a little "Clickbait-y", but a rare weather phenomenon known as a "Bomb Cyclone" is about to bring Central Illinois some very strong winds this weekend.


Illinois rescinded 10,000 gun licenses last year. More than 75 percent of holders ignored the notice.

Illinois State Police rescinded more than 10,000 gun licenses last year — and more than 75 percent of the revocation recipients ignored it, according to newly released data. The state agency provided the staggering figures late Thursday, as part of a trove of law-enforcement documents involving Gary


Freeport residents start petition to ask city to fix potholes

FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) - In Freeport, concerned drivers have started a petition asking the City to fill potholes along a specific street. The petition on Change.org shows a photo of Adams Avenue, saying the road from the fire station to the National Guard Armory is so torn up, the pot holes cover the


3 things to do this weekend in the Freeport area

If you have an event you would like to submit, send your first and last name and info about the event to frontdoor@journalstandard.com. 1. Take part in the Arctic Ale and Art Walk downtown.


Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants a 5-cent bag tax across Illinois. Shoppers aren't buying it.

For more than two years, Chicagoans have struggled with a nagging decision at grocery stores and other retailers – pay 7 cents for a disposable bag, or somehow do without. Now, if Gov. J.B. Pritzker has his way, shoppers across the state will face a similar choice.


EPA detects highest level of carcinogens at Illinois plant

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says air monitors near a suburban Chicago plant recently detected the highest level of a cancer-causing chemical at the facility since the federal government began testing.


Arctic Ale & Art Walk comes to downtown Freeport

FREEPORT — A new event is set to hit downtown Freeport on Saturday, and it's embracing the chilly February weather. The first Arctic Ale & Art Walk will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and will feature about 30 downtown businesses. Each business will host one or more artists and many will


R. Kelly charged with criminal sexual abuse in Illinois

Chicago — R. Kelly turned himself into Chicago police late Friday, hours after Illinois prosecutors announced he had been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly is accused of abusing four victims, at least three of whom were allegedly underage, in incidents that date back


Illinois Hepatitis A Outbreak: 44 Cases Reported

ILLINOIS — The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a hepatitis Aoutbreak with 44 confirmed cases across the state. The majority of cases are among individuals at high risk for infection–including men who have sex with men, homeless individuals and/or those who use drugs.


Free Fishing Days For Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois For 2019

While it may still be February and chilly outside, it's never too early to think about fishing. There are many areas around the Tri-State to put your fishing skills to the test, but if you are 17 and older, you must purchase your fishing license first. However, there are a few days this year when a


Freeport School District superintendent to resign in June

FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) -- The Freeport School District says superintendent Dr. Mike Schiffman will resign at the end of June. Schiffman's last day will be June 30, 2019. “I have been honored to have served as Superintendent of Freeport School District for the past four years,” said Schiffman. “I look


Snoop Dogg raps his way to Illinois State Fair this summer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Rap legend Snoop Dogg is coming to the Illinois State Fair . Organizers announced Friday that Snoop Dogg and Friends will perform Aug. 16 at the Grandstand .


Rockford man pleads guilty in attempted armed holdup

ROCKFORD — One of three men indicted in a series of Winnebago County robberies and an attempted armed robbery pleaded guilty to the aborted holdup on Friday. Darnell D. Leavy Jr., 28, of Rockford; pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Rockford to the charges of attempted robbery and using, carryi


Illinois state and local governments spend most in nation on pensions

According to recent data, Illinois spends nearly double the national average on pensions, measured as a percentage of all state and local government spending. Unfunded pensions for state and local government employees are a growing crisis nationwide. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the 50 st


Mike Schiffman named Pearl City School superintendent

PEARL CITY — Outgoing Freeport School District Superintendent Mike Schiffman will take the same position within the Pearl City School District on July 1. Schiffman announced his resignation as of the end of the school year from the Freeport School District on Tuesday. He was officially announced as


Loves Park man who died in fire was 'tough as nails'

LOVES PARK — Ryan Jones moved into his great-aunt's house across the street from Steve Miller about six years ago. He knew right away, Jones said, that Miller was considered a neighborhood "outcast," though his aunt told him that Miller "wasn't always like that." Over the years, Jones befriended him


Are Illinois Public Retirement Systems Pension Funds Or Pyramid Schemes?

The evidence continues to mount: Illinois’s new elected officials and their advisors simply don’t believe that it matters that public pensions are pre-funded. They view pension funds as something that exists on paper, and pension reporting as a nuisance to be avoided where possible, and ignored othe