Our bond with pets is so emotional that it can be devastating to lose one. But when a police dog is laid to rest the entire law enforcement community pays tribute as it would to a fallen officer.
ROCKFORD - RVC and the YWCA team up for the 4th annual event.
BELVIDERE - The plant received a $1.3 million dollar rebate for its green efforts.
ROCKFORD -- This beautiful spring weather not only brightens your mood, but it literally improves your health.
From a high jump contest in the produce aisle of an Iowa supermarket, to a shocking big cat capture in India, we've got your Tuesday Hot Shots.
The transportation of anhydrous ammonia could become an issue after 3 leaks in the past 24 hours occurred in Northern Illinois.
Rockford - A man reaches a plea deal with prosecutors for first degree murder.
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GENOA - A truck hauling two anhydrous ammonia tanks flips over early Tuesday afternoon.
Transparency in government is State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's goal. How will she accomplish it? By keeping track of every dollar, following exactly where it goes, and teaching other officials to do the same.
UPDATE: Investigators one step closer to finding out who may have been behind Sunday's deadly hit and run.
WTVO/WQRF - Jack McCullough is making a play to get out of prison early.
ROCKFORD: Investigators declare Beverly Gritzmaker's death a homicide.
ROSCOE - A truck that carries fertilizer for farms tips over.
ROCKFORD - A man is blindsided and shot Monday night.
ROCKFORD -- Airfest unveils new entertainment, Monday after the annual event was canceled last year.
ROCKFORD - Blackhawk Park Avenue joining the construction party by putting closures in place.
The Text-A-Tip program helps Winnebago County with the fight against drugs.
ROCKFORD - A jury reaches a decision in the Lorenzo Kent murder trial.
ROCKFORD - Police provide an update on the 18 year-old victim.
State's heavy tax burden means 'tax freedom' won't come here for another week.
ROCKFORD - An intense situation for a police officer disarms a suspect.
ROCKFORD - The man convicted of killing an 18 year-old at a gas station learns his fate.
ROCKFORD - Drivers get a very small break from high gas prices.
Two of the children critically hurt.
Two of five motorcyclists were struck and killed by a Nissan SUV in a hit and run accident Sunday night.
One local business opened their doors Sunday, for those who were not able to celebrate this Easter Sunday at home with family. Lucha Cantina in Rockford served more than 50 homeless veterans a completely free Easter feast that they'll never forget, and all they had to do was show up.
Nearly 100 residents and volunteers swept, dusted and shoveled the city streets of Freeport today to keep their area clean.
WTVO/WQRF - The security breach lasted eight months and affected about three million customers.
LOVES PARK - Police say 45-year-old Jeff Franta was found dead from an apparent suicide.
ROCKFORD - The fire taking place at 2906 Hillside Court.
WTVO/WQRF - The classic pony car debuted on April 17th, 1964.
ROCKFORD -- Winnebago County takes a stand against heroin by fighting back with a drug called Vivitrol.
From a strange hornet attack on a pro golfer, to a wild roller coaster ride upside down, we've got your Friday Hot Shots.
Currently there are dozens of brand new Illinois State Police cars parked down in Springfield, but they are not leaving the parking lot, and tax payers paid for those cars.
Rockford- Step by step dozens walk the streets of downtown Rockford praying to end poverty, disease, and violence in the Forest City.
ROCKFORD - Stateline students and staff come together to create a 2,200 mosaic mural.
ROCKFORD - A problem with a National Weather Service radio tower is causing weather radios in the Rockford area to go silent.
ROCKFORD - The Rockford Cosmopolitan Club giving thanks by way of a luncheon to those helping transform the city.
JANESVILLE -- Two overdoses within two hours have Janesville Police sending out a strong warning.
From groundbreaking ear surgery using bone from a young girl's ribs to a brazen hot tub robbery, we've got your Thursday Hot Shots.
Rockford- Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen lays out the state of the county.
Many Stateline school districts are scrambling to shore up their budgets in the wake of more state funding cuts. Some districts like Freeport are pushing for a change in state funding which would benefit them, while others will ask voters to increase taxes. Eyewitness News talked to one struggling district that is planning on doing both.
WTVO/WQRF - With the annual race just days away, scammers are taking advantage of people's generosity.
A delayed emergency vehicle response time leaves Stephenson County’s Tri-District Fire Board demanding answers.
WTVO/WQRF - A Rockford man is free after spending nearly two decades in prison.
JANESVILLE - Investigators believe a stronger batch of heroin may be invading the city.
WTVO/WQRF - Russian President Vladimir Putin said today he hopes Russia will not have to use force in eastern Ukraine.
MACHESNEY PARK - A stretch of Harlem Road will be fixed after a damaging winter.
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.
Packers fans listen up, there's a new dating site just for you!
Six years after a Rockford attorney was gunned down in front of his home police say they have the evidence to prove who pulled the trigger.
ROCKFORD -- A new movement in Rockford brings new meaning to a very old virtue, "Do unto others as you would have done unto you."
Illinois' I-Cash program racking in $30 million of previously unclaimed money to residents.
ROCKFORD - The program is designed to get skilled workers into manufacturing jobs in Rockford.
From runaway horses leading a wild carriage ride through city streets to an over-the-top prom proposal involving a phony traffic stop, we've got your Wednesday Hot Shots.
Rockford- The celebration continues for the Rockford Rescue Mission celebrating its 50th anniversary.
They say aggressive plan to upgrade to a smart meter will cost customers in short term, but save money in long term.
ROCKFORD - Six years after the murder of Gregory Clark, a suspect is finally named.
JANESVILLE - A local doctor learns abusing his power is not a good idea.
ROCKFORD- The future looks bright for bicycle riders.
FREEPORT - School leaders ask for residents to send a message to legislators.
ROCKFORD - Hospital makes sure patients are taken care of after being discharged.
State school board says it costs about $14 million each year to administer test to all high school juniors.
WINNEBAGO - Students of Winnebago High School getting the eye-opening experience as prom night approaches.
WINNEBAGO COUNTY - The $1.5 million grant announced by Governor Quinn will extend Pecatonica Trail Path.
ROCKFORD -- A new proposal in the General Assembly could finally land Rockford a casino, but not everyone is happy about that.
From a massive puzzle that took more than 6 years to finish to an amazing sight of nature in the heart of San Francisco Bay, we've got your Tuesday Hot Shots.
ROCKFORD- Cars fill the parking lot at the Harrison Avenue post office as hundreds of stateliners rush to submit their taxes on time.
A Rockford book seller gives away thousands of books, instead of selling them. It was all a part of the 16th Annual Half Pint Library Book Drive.
JANESVILLE - Three suspects are in custody following a drug raid.
WISCONSIN - One of the few governors in U.S. history to face a recall election announces he wants to stay on the job.
ROCKFORD - Scammers use bogus e-mails to access personal information.
A dozen democratic lawmakers release a report proving electronic cigarettes are being aggressively promoted to youth.
CHICAGO - Police say an elderly man fell down a trash chute and died. The man died at a senior living facility.
WINNEBAGO CO. -- A trip to the grocery store is costing stateliners more and more.
LOVES PARK - The local woman won $200,000 on a scratch-off bought at a stateline gas station.
From the crazy things people will do on a snowy mountain for ski passes, to a rodeo with snakes instead of steer we've got your Monday Hot Shots!
ROCKFORD- A new state program could help many Americans reach their dream of being homeowners.
UPDATE: Charges are issued against a Freeport man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend.
ROCKFORD - A Chicago man is under arrest after police raid a home on the city's southeast side.
Latest polling shows incumbent Governor may be in the toughest fight of his political life.
BOONE CO. - A Belvidere man learns getting behind the wheel after a few drinks is a very bad idea.
ROCKFORD - As we get closer to summer, gas prices are trending upwards.
MACHESNEY PARK - Roadwork on IL-173 will make it harder for some residents to get in and out of their neighborhood.
After deadly shootings at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City authorities have taken a suspect into custody.
After Saturdays storm ripped through the Stateline area it left some residents with major property damage. Now locals are left to pick up the expensive piece that mother nature ripped down.
Today’s severe storm caused damage to a Rockford neighborhood near Jefferson High School.
A Rockford house catches fire tonight.
The council discussed potential payment plans for a new parking structure in the downtown area and also talked about the positive economic impact the Ingersoll complex and the Amerock building could have on Rockford.
ROCKFORD -- If it isn't dodging snow plows in the winter, It's swerving through cones and barrels once the weather warms up.
Cops 'N Kids program gives books to kids needing them most.
Rockford is going through a foreclosure crisis, but a local bank is giving homeowners the information they need to not lose their properties.
Three pounds reportedly found in trunk
UPDATE: ComEd officials determine the cause of Friday morning's power outage.
A child was hit by a bus Friday morning.
ROCKFORD - A local program involving artists and volunteers is changing the lives of abuse women and ex-addicts.
At a press conference in Rockford on Thursday, Governor Pat Quinn announced passenger rail service from Rockford to Chicago.
From a battle over cattle in Nevada caught on tape to a food truck catering to dogs, we've got the wild & crazy in another edition of Hot Shots.
31 year-old Melissa Nickel has died from a gunshot wound to the head from her ex-boyfriend 31-year-old Kevin Scott. The shooting happened during an alleged domestic dispute in front of their home in Freeport. The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident.
FREEPORT - A woman dies after being shot in the head.
ROCKFORD -- Police are on the scene of a shooting on the city's west side.
Residents gathered to hear Rockford Mayor Morrissey’s annual State of the City Address.
WTVO/WQRF -- Windy, dry weather forced firefighters to snuff out several grass fires that started as controlled burns, Wednesday. Now, departments are starting to feel the heat on their resources.
From purple toilets showing up mysteriously on homeowners' front lawns, to a subway rat's scamper seen around the world, we've got your Wednesday Hot Shots.
ROCKFORD - A 20 year-old is accused of attempted murder after allegedly shooting a teen.
ROCKFORD - Two charter schools get an extension to continue educating kids.
WTVO/WQRF - Wednesday marks an important day for Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey.
WTVO/WQRF - The WWE says one of its superstars, who just days ago was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, has died.
Today, the Bishop of Rockford is extending a very special invitation to Catholics throughout the diocese. It's an invitation to come back to the church.
As many as 20 people were injured after a stabbing spree inside Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., at the start of the school day, emergency management officials said.
Today is being dubbed “Equal Pay Day.” A Stateline group aimed at advancing women in the workforce explains how legislation could help close the earnings gap between genders.
NIU purchases The Goosinator to scare geese away
ROCKFORD - Lydia Urban Academy students getting a dose of the real world.
Rockford City Council approves the revamp of the vacant Amerock building downtown, and business owners seem optimistic about it.
From a strange tribute to King Tut, to the mystery of dead cows, we've got your Tuesday Hot Shots.
ROCKFORD - A year long search comes to an end.
WTVO/WQRF - Illinois takes a step forward in gaining back the public's trust.
WTVO/WQWRF - A proposal to help law enforcement agencies investigating cases of rape passes the State Senate.
WTVO/WQRF - Poll says majority of Illinois voters want fresh faces in Springfield.
ROCKFORD - Residents who've been running their water non-stop to avoid freezing pipes can breathe a sigh of relief.
The latest home groundbreaking will have many in the area talking.
A burglary investigation turns into an arrest of a felon after he takes off from police questioning.
ROCKFORD - The agreement, which passed 13-1, could change the future of downtown.
A new wireless provider arrives in Rockford.
Two homeless men die of smoke inhalation when an abandoned building they were sleeping in, went up in flames. Eyewitness News talked with fire officials to find out more.
From a politician hoping to get votes by climbing up tall buildings in a superhero suit, to an alien light mystery we've got your Monday Hot Shots.
ROCKFORD: Kody Walsh learns his fate.
ROCKFORD - A vacant home goes up in flames claiming two lives.
DeKalb - Four NIU fraternity members plead not guilty to a hazing incident that left a 19 year-old pledge dead.
ROCKFORD - Stateline drivers are paying a premium to fill up their tanks.
WTVO/WQRF - The state announces $16.5 million to be distributed to parks across Illinois.
ROCKFORD - Expect some delays as AT&T performs repairs on city's southeast side.
March 20th was the first official day of spring, but Stateline residents say it did not feel like it, until today. Eyewitness News talked with locals who were ready to enjoy the spring weather.
Rockford Police bust a drug dealer and put an end to his neighborhood sales.
A man attempts to throw himself off the State Street Bridge into the Rock River.
This program offered by Lutheran Social Services gives a helping hand to ex cons that have served time behind bars and helps them get their life back on track.
ROCKFORD -- More buyers are snagging up Rockford homes, but it could be costing sellers. The latest housing figures show despite the climbing home sales, the average price has now dropped to a low we haven't seen since March of 1999.
SOUTH BELOIT - Prairie Hill School partners with "Pink Heals" to host a rummage sale for money towards cancer research.
Deaths from child abuse are at a record high in Illinois, and child abuse reports are on the rise here in the Stateline. One local center is working to stop the abuse, one child at a time.
FREEPORT- One by one young helping hands pack thousands of meal packages that will each feed five starving children.
Corey Berkley allegedly physically and verbally assaulted mother after handcuffing her to floor.
ROCKFORD - The local housing market is a classic case of a taking one step forward and one step back.
ROCKFORD - Two men are in custody after a police raid nets more than 150 pounds of marijuana.
ROCKFORD - Construction season is definitely in full swing.
Unemployment rate stays stagnant through March.
ROCKFORD - The college hosting a visioning session with city council members Thursday night.
BELVIDERE -- The school raising more than $15,000 towards clean water to communities across the world.
ROCKFORD -- Empty shelves and feeling the pressure. Blood supplies strike dangerously low levels at the Rock River Valley Blood Center. In fact, this week the center completely ran out of one type of blood, and the demand from local hospitals is only going up.
From a car versus train accident caught on tape to a heartwarming story of a dog reunited with his family nearly a year and a half after he wandered off, we've got your Thursday Hot Shots.