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Dixon Police investigating murder of young child

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) -- Dixon Police are currently investigating the murder of a young child this afternoon in Dixon. Police are calling this an apparent murder/suicide. A press conference is being held tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Dixon Police Department community room. We'll update this story as we l

WIFR - 2017-09-19 01:06:00

Truck hits 12-year-old on bicycle in Sycamore

SYCAMORE, Ill. (WIFR) -- A 12-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck by a truck at the corner of Airport and Quigley Roads in Sycamore around 7:30 PM last night. The boy was flown to Rockford Memorial Hospital with serious facial injuries. The truck was cited for failure to stop and improper lane usa

WIFR - 2017-09-19 14:51:00

Toys "R" Us files for Bankruptcy

RICHMOND, VA (AP) -- Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, has announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. A statement by the Wayne, New Jersey-based company late Monday says it voluntarily is seeking relief in U.S. Bankrupt

WIFR - 2017-09-19 14:32:00

Derrick's Place hoping for committee approval

ROCK COUNTY, Wis. (WIFR) - Right now the Rock County Juvenile Center houses kids aged 10 to 17 whose parents can't take care of them due to criminal trouble. Until foster care placement is available, Eric Williams wants to change that. That's why he plans on creating Derrick's House, a class two com

WIFR - 2017-09-19 06:19:00

Stateline native cleaning up in Key West

FLORIDA KEYS, Fla. (WIFR) -- While Puerto Rico gears up for Hurricane Maria, a Stateline native is helping folks in the Florida Key's recover from Hurricane Irma. Shellie Johnson works for the Florida Keys aqueduct authority, a utility company that just today got water restored to six of the lower k

WIFR - 2017-09-20 02:08:00

Hell's Angels members trial begins

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Opening statements begin today for five members of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club who police say beat up a man and kidnapped an 11-year old back in 2013. The five men all face charges ranging from armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, residential burglary, and mob action.

WIFR - 2017-09-20 00:48:00

Search for Emily Anderson continues after 3 months missing

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - It's now been three months since Emily Anderson was last seen walking out of a Machesney Park Steak N' Shake. Friends and family of Anderson say they are continuing to look for any information that will lead them back to her. Photo via Caitlin Shahamat Friends and volunteer

WIFR - 2017-09-20 00:46:00

Local village is demolishing six abandon homes

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR)-- A home is a place we set up our roots, start a family, like Derrick Quinlin. "I moved down here for job opportunities," explained Quinlin. "And so I could raise my family in a nice area." But in Machesney Park, it's not just families rooting in, some properties are being take

WIFR - 2017-09-20 00:25:00

5 Illinois counties eligible for federal flooding assistance

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner says that federal loan assistance is being made available for residents in five Illinois counties affected by flooding in July. Rauner's office said Tuesday that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved the state's request for help. That means p

WIFR - 2017-09-19 19:43:00

Teens volunteer to help with police training

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes. It's not always obvious - and comes from things like emotional abuse and the circumstances behind the problems. Often, the best way to understand those who are different from us is to get to know them. In this case, five 17-year-olds from

WIFR - 2017-09-19 16:55:00

Military mother surprises son at middle school

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- After being deployed for ten months, a mother enlisted in the U.S. Navy surprised her son at Mowat Middle School in Lynn Haven, Fla. on Monday. "I'm nervous, but I'm excited, and I'm just ready to have him in my arms," said Chasmine Banks, Petty Officer 3rd Class. Sh

WIFR - 2017-09-19 16:50:00

$1.2 million withheld from Rosecrance Triage

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR)-- The Rosecrance Triage program operates as kind of psychiatric emergency room, a safe place for individuals in crisis, who can remain there for up to 23 hours or transfer to the crisis residential unit. It also provides addiction services such as intervention and detoxificatio

WIFR - 2017-09-19 01:18:00

UPDATE: Pregnant woman and unborn baby expected to be okay after rollover crash

Updated September 18th, 2017 ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A pregnant woman and her unborn baby are expected to be okay after an accident this afternoon near the intersection of 20th Street and Reed Avenue. Police tell us the driver of a Buick Rendezvous tried to drive around a school bus as it was turni

WIFR - 2017-09-18 23:48:00

Rauner signs revamp of EDGE business tax-credit

CHICAGO (AP) -- Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that re-establishes an economic-development tax incentive with greater transparency. The Republican signed the revamped EDGE tax credit law Monday. He says it's a "bipartisan job-creation program that is innovative and competitive for busines

WIFR - 2017-09-18 21:55:00

Woman shot near Wells Park in Rockford

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Police are searching for the suspect of an early morning shooting. A woman was shot in the 600 block of Woodlawn Avenue in Rockford near Wells Park around 1 AM this morning. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries. There is no suspect information at this time. Any

WIFR - 2017-09-20 10:04:00

Rockton officer honored for saving a woman's life

ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) - Sergeant Justin Jobst was able to save a woman from a suicide attempt just a week ago. Investigators say last Tuesday night a 46-year-old woman was attempting to jump off the bridge in the 200 block of South Blackhawk. Sergeant Jobst ran to the woman, grabbed her and pulled he

WIFR - 2017-09-20 06:14:00

Winnebago County announces lay offs of over 60 county reserve deputies

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. (WIFR) -- The multi-million dollar budget deficit felt in Winnebago County has led to the laying off of more than 60 county reserve deputies. Sheriff Gary Caruana says 62 Winnebago County reserve deputies are now out of a job. Many of those people worked as security inside the

WIFR - 2017-09-20 00:28:00

Loves Park first responders honored for saving a man's life

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) -- A group of Loves Park Police officers are being recognized after they save the life of a man who suffered from a heart attack this past Labor Day. Darrell Preusse says he wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the 911 dispatcher and the Loves Park Police. The city honor

WIFR - 2017-09-19 05:19:00

Freeport police investigating gang-related shooting that injured one

FREEPORT - Freeport police say they are investigating a Sunday morning gang-related shooting that hospitalized a 28-year-old man with non-life-threatening injuries. According to Lt. Andrew Schroeder, police responded to calls of shots fired near Crocker Street and Wilbur Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Sund

FREEPORT JOURNAL STANDARD - 2017-09-18 18:21:14

Freeport police recover firearms while assisting in search warrant execution

FREEPORT - A 21-year-old man was arrested Friday in the 800 block of South Liberty Avenue Friday after police executed a search warrant at his home and recovered two weapons, according to Freeport police. Lt. Andrew Schroeder said Jesse Steinke was arrested on a felony charge of defacing the identif

FREEPORT JOURNAL STANDARD - 2017-09-18 18:08:03