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.
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.
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.
FREEPORT - School leaders ask for residents to send a message to legislators.
UPDATE: Charges are issued against a Freeport man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend.
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.
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.
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.
ROCKFORD - Residents who've been running their water non-stop to avoid freezing pipes can breathe a sigh of relief.
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.
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.
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.
The shut down of a Rockford Church as a warming center has received national attention and supporters rallied Monday to talk with the mayor about re-opening the church to the homeless.
The deadline to get health insurance through Obama Care is just hours away, and one Stateline hospital has opened their doors to offer assistance with signing up.
City of Rockford aldermen met today at city hall to talk with Gorman and Company CEO, Gary Gorman. He discussed the process of the proposed Amerock renovation project and said re-developing the deteriorating building would drastically improve downtown Rockford. Although Gorman sees the benefits, he ran into some resistance during his presentation.
Governor Pat Quinn gave his State of Illinois Budget address Wednesday in Springfield, and Eyewitness News could not find one Stateline tax payer who liked the idea. Governor Quinn’s proposal to make the temporary income tax hike permanent on had many Stateline residents upset.
The state’s new concealed carry law means thousands of Illinois residents are taking gun safety and training classes, and that has meant big backup’s on local gun ranges.
A church is being told to stop helping local homeless people to keep warm, even when it's dangerously cold outside. The church does not understand why. Eyewitness news is more local in Winnebago County, where the church on 840 Mattis Avenue has been providing shelter and meals all winter.
Robert Wilson, a 17 year old boy from Rockford, was laid to rest Saturday at the Kingdom Authority Church. Wilson was ejected from a vehicle on March 4, 2014 after an alleged police chase, he died from severe head trauma.
Illinois Democrats are making a big push for raising the state's minimum wage. Governor Quinn visited the retail store the GAP. Which has raised it’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. While Congresswoman Cheri Bustos made a similar pitch here in Rockford.
Twenty-eight attorneys general from 24 states, three U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. are pressuring five retailers, including Walgreens and Wal-Mart Stores, to follow the move by CVS Caremark Corp. to end sales of tobacco.
State Senator Kirk Dillard, a Republican candidate for Illinois governor said his chances of becoming the next governor of Illinois are getting better, as the primary election grows closer.
MACHESNEY PARK - Round two of the road widening project along 173 is about to begin..
Todd Swanson, a 47 year old man who lives in the Rockford area. He has harassed several women all over the city of Rockford in the past couple of months. Rockford police have received many complaints about Swanson and his bizarre behaviors.
Residents on Rockford’s West Side are used to a certain amount of violence, but when there was an attempted kidnapping of 3 young girls on their way to school, the community was shocked.
The latest case is at Carlson elementary. The child was sent home to recover, but the district wants parents to be alert. While covering this story, Eyewitness News spoke with a father who said his son also caught the whooping cough from a classmate at Carlson last Fall.
Statliner's who are sick and tired of seeing snow and cold temperatures, stopped by the Rockford Boat Show today to warm up their spirits and get ready for summer.
Stateline animal lovers seem to get younger each year. Some are even dedicating their favorite day of the year to Stateline shelters.
Rockford is known for its crime rates, low job growth and poor local economy. The members of Transform Rockford are hoping to change that, one day at a time.
An early morning Beloit shooting lands one man in jail and another in the hospital.
NIU will face Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl December 26th in San Diego.
The FDA is looking to ban Trans Fat and hydrogenated oils from foods
From a superhero team of window washers to a very pricey bottle of cognac, to giant mushrooms, it's a Friday edition of Hot Shots!
One organization aims to help young moms and pregnant teens succeed, despite obstacles.
A recent theft at a Shabbona cell phone tower has DeKalb County Police on high alert.
Parker died last Thursday when she was driving her Chrysler Sebring, when her car was hit by a speeding pickup truck being driven by Dennis Miskoz during a police pursuit
Eight local crossroad bridges over the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) are scheduled to close beginning the week of August 19.
Friends and family say their final goodbyes as an Oregon teen is laid to rest today.
Love is in the hair at one Winnebago beauty salon.
It’s one of those summer events everyone in the Stateline looks forward to; the Boone County Fair. And tonight it's in full swing.
Non profit group with ties to Warren Buffet makes a visit to Rockford
Young basketball players will get a chance to showcase their skills in a free Labor Day Weekend tournament.
The family of a teenager struck and killed by a drunk driver holds a memorial in her honor marking five years since the tragedy.
The orange cones in Rockford have many business owners seeing red.