A sports website thought Colts QB Andrew Luck looked like a Civil War General. So after they wrote a few mock-up letters home, Eyewitness News Reporter Matt Rodewald took one of them and brought the concept to life.
It was ugly. It was weird. 5 contestants. 4 judges. 1 crown. All decided on LIVE television, because we had nothing better to do today on Fox 39.
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Steamed over missing the 1st quarter of the Bears-Falcons game on Fox 39? We understand your pain. You weren't alone. Matt Rodewald breaks it down, plus your irate voicemails and tweets.
Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Candice King makes her return to the morning show after maternity leave. She almost didn't make it.
Mo Pitney chatted with the morning show about his rise in country music and the experience of being a Cherry Valley native performing at the Grand Ole Opry.
Friday can be a little surly for the Eyewitness News crew. But a new record after Candice King laughed so hard she cried during our Great Video segment. The good stuff is in the final minute.
Wednesday's "Go Global" Conference allowed businesses to network in the Forest City. However, a new study says that 18% of Rockford employers think the work climate could be fatal to their business.
As manufacturing jobs find their way back to America, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) is hoping a new push for workers will take hold in the Stateline.
Talent and a little luck are two reasons Devon Starks found himself at Rockford Public Schools first construction job shadowing event on Wednesday. Starks left thankful that luck found him in a good spot.
A minor power outage Wednesday became a major problem for Nexstar stations WTVO and WQRF - knocking the morning newscast off the air. Eyewitness News Anchor Matt Rodewald shares the timeline of "dramatic" events.
Governor Quinn talks recovery, but Syverson says raising the minimum wage in Illinois "is not going to create more jobs, it's going to make it worse." Watch the entire conversation with Matt Rodewald.
A vote this week could create setbacks and limitations that would limit the size of wind turbines that could create a huge windfall of tax revenue for farmers in Boone County. Not everyone supports the push for wind energy.
Hundreds of veterans gathered tonight at the 73rd annual Veterans Day Dinner at Cliffbreakers. Stateliners were thanking the present and remembering the past.
ROCKFORD - Jody Kossow says she's not guilty of killing her eight year-old son.
The Winnebago County Inter-Agency Task Force has now captured five suspected members of the Rockford-based street gang since September. It all happened just two doors down from a church that is helping more than a dozen people get off the street.
The Wildcats and Under Armour have stirred up debate on flag ettiquette while putting veterans in position to deliver a civics lesson on Old Glory's meaning. Northwestern will wear the uniforms Nov. 16 vs. Michigan in hopes of ending a 5-game skid.
SB10 passed both the House and Senate and awaits Gov. Quinn's signature. From Rockford to Springfield, supporters are rejoicing but religious leaders and Republicans are showing frustration.
Aldermen are considering a plan to move surplus funds from a garbage collection contract that would add nearly a half billion dollars to demolition funding, tripling the number of houses knocked down in 2014.
ROCK CO. - The Sheriff's department says the man being held for questioning after human remains were found on his land told officers where to look.
Loves Park Police say the two garages that were tagged on the eve of Halloween are the first instances of gang-related grafitti in more than a year. Residents are concerned.
"A Better Illinois" wants a graduated tax system, but doesn't offer a plan. Meanwhile, Illinois census data says a similiar system could increase taxes by 18 percent despite theories that it would lower rates for lower income homes.
One alderman says there could be as many as 200 structures in her ward alone that need to be demolished. The city spends $230,000 annually on demolitions, but each project costs up to $10,000 per structure.
City leaders expecting to soliciting proposals for properties owned by City Hall in the coming weeks.
One step forward, two steps back. The unveiling of a brighter and more entertaining BMO Harris Bank Center following a $5 million renovation project is overshadowed this week by the condemnation of the Hanley Furniture Building just across the street.
With the J-Hawk program shutting down for the season due to waning interest and safety concerns, the loss of a home gate for Belvidere North could costly. Officials at the school and Harlem are disappointed not to face Jefferson on the field.
With Miley Cyrus expected to be the most popular costume of 2013, pop up stores and thrift shops are fighting for customers. Lawn decore surges, but if you're planning on "twerking," you might have to create your own outfit.
City officials laid out a bumpy financial road to residents during a packed town hall meeting in Dixon. Despite receiving a $40 million settlement, the city estimates facing at least a $24 million dollar deficit before being able to tackle new projects
ch Dacy, 6, and his family were visiting football practice in September at Northern Illinois University when he had a chance to lineup and take down a Heisman Trophy candidate.
LOVES PARK - Police have arrested two men allegedly involved in an armed robbery and high speed chase with police.
Statistics show that Winnebago County deals with twice as many cases of child abuse/neglect than the rest of the state of Illinois. Tonight, the city of Rockford declared October "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."
Officials from the privatized water treatment company confirm raw sewage dumping at Candlewick Lake and a 24 percent rate hike in the past. However, despite new legislation allowing Aqua Illinois to set its own rates (per Illinois Commerce Commission approval), no rate hikes are coming anytime soon.
Residents of Candlewick Lake are furious, government agencies want answers as to what prompted Aqua Illinois to dump raw sewage into the gated-community's lake on multiple occasions. Eyewitness News Reporter Matt Rodewald has the Stateline's only inside look.
Wednesday's knock down at 52 S. Louis will mark the fifth demolition in a month. City officials hope to demolish one structure a week until winter in an aggressive attempt to fight crime and declining property values.
Dorothy Galloway, 65, was killed because police say Dontrell Littleton was under the influence and speeding in stolen car on Spring Creek Rd. It's the third major crash in a string of recent high speed accidents.
Support waivers at City Hall on the Ingersoll Sports Complex after officials say the renovation project has added $6 million more in construction costs.
60 percent of parolees in Rockford become re-offenders. Wednesday's announcement at Henrietta School on the westside showcases Rockford's interest in helping those parolees succeed after re-entry.
After a rash of gas station shootings, the spotlight shines on late night business and the crowds that gather with no place to go. Police say they are working with businesses to find solutions.
With estimates creeping toward $20 million, City Council is looking to revise the bond towards the sports complex project near downtown. Should the costs go higher, some aldermen may reconsider the project altogether.
45 states now implore Common Core Standards as a way to use real world situation and showcase students work to a solution. Right answer or wrong answer might not apply, but school districts like Rockford #205 think it might be the right solution for education.
Tony Juliano, 37, was charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest after he allegedly slipped in a side door at Hope and Anchor Pub before being chased out. Juliano and pub owners have been at odds for months after the bar decided it would no longer serve him.
Coincidentally, three days after the deadly shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, more than 2,000 emergency personnel from police, fire, and other departments will participate in a massive 'active shooter drill' at SwedishAmerican Hospital.
Jody Kossow, 39, was shackled and unemotional in her intial appearance in front of a judge, accused of murdering her 8-year-old son Thomas. Neighbors near the home are rallying to raise money for the family. Two vigils are planned for Thursday. The funeral is Friday.
Jody Kossow, 39, is expected to be arraigned Wednesday after being charged with the first-degree murder of her 8-year-old son, Thomas. Neighbors described him as a normal kid, but residents are clearly in disbelief over the violent crime. Eyewitness News reporters Matt Rodewald and Sachelle Saunders take you inside the crime and neighborhood in shock.
The Illinois Gaming Board says that people playing the video slots lost more than $5 million in Rockford, more than any other city in Illinois. Loves Park ranked third with people losing more than $3 million. It shows that there might be interest in a casino, but makes lawmakers concerned about lost sales tax revenue.
Sen. Kirk Dillard introduced his running mate Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) at Chicago Rockford Int'l Airport and Dan Rutherford unveiled attorney John Kim (R-Northbrook) as his running mate. The announcements kick election season into high gear.
Richard Parker, 35, was killed in the crash on 11th Street that kept the road closed for nearly 15 hours during the investigation. Unconfirmed reports label Steven Pancyrz, 19, as the driver of the other vehicle. He pleaded not guilty to a DUI charge from a January incident and is still awaiting trial
A Rock County Sheriff's Deputy is forced into a ditch by his own partner. Both officers suffered injuries and one captain says despite the mishap, it's part of the job.
Mason Mazurkiewicz will celebrate his 2nd birthday in December, but his parents say it's because he survived a fall in a backyard pool with floating lessons from Catch A Wave Swim Club. Brandon Stoffregen worked with the toddler for six weeks and it saved his life.
Nova-Kem CEO Reno Novak said "It was a bad week for everyone." However, residents are still concerned about what caused the June explosion and the safety of the plant going forward.