- A key vote is coming tonight on a major jet repair center coming to Rockford. The AAR as the Winnebago County Board will be decide on funding for the AAR during the meeting. The jet repair center promises to bring at least 500 jobs to Rockford to start, however it needs a facility at Rockford's airport.
The $40 million building is supposed to be funded by the state and federal government along with the airport board, City of Rockford and Winnebago County.
- Illinois's House Speaker is renewing his push for the millionaire's tax. Michael Madigan's proposal would amend the state constitution to add a 3 percent surcharge to incomes of more than $1 million to boost funding for schools.
The legislation comes on the heels of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal, which would cut a number of programs and services and does not rely on additional revenue.
- Rockford Police have arrested a Rockford man in connection with a 2012 accident that killed a male pedestrian. 36-year-old Anthony Adkins was taken into custody after a brief foot chase. Adkins allegedly struck 34-year-old Michael Steins near the intersection of 2nd and Grove Street and left the scene. Adkins is charged with felony failure to report an accident involving serious injury or death, among other charges.
- Stateline gas prices could soon. A prediction is that prices will jump about 10 cents per gallon per week over the next two-to-three weeks. Gas Buddy is reporting that prices have risen 54 cents since the beginning of February. Several factors including a seasonal decline in gasoline inventory and reduced refinery output are leading to the cause.
- A fire in Rockton has killed one person and injured another. Fire officials have confirmed that a 58-year-old woman died in the blaze and her husband was taken to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. Officials say the fire started in the garage and quickly spread to the rest of the home. Our partners at Eyewitness News have confirmed the woman who called 911 was the same person who died, however it is not known why she reentered the home after making the call. The identities of both people have not been released. Eleven local fire departments continue to battle the blaze.
- A recent Belvidere North graduate has died after a Metra train struck the vehicle she was driving. The accident occurred yesterday afternoon in Woodstock. 19-year-old Amanda Williams was identified as the deceased and an autopsy will be conducted later today.
- The home of the Rockford Aviators is going up on the auction block. According to its listing, Aviators Stadium is owned by Northside Community Bank. Bidding will begin in March and close on April 2. The minimum bid is $1.5 million. According to a release by the team, the Aviators are here to stay for the 2015 season.
- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has renewed a push to tax the state's millionaires to boost funding for schools. The Chicago Democrat's proposal would amend the state constitution to add a 3 percent surcharge to incomes of more than $1 million. Madigan says the recent rollback of the state's temporary income tax increases places many state services in precarious financial positions.
- A 22-year-old Rockford man has pleaded guilty to armed robbery. Nikolas Dunn admitted to the November 2011 robbery at a local Walgreens pharmacy. Dunn faces up to 30 years in prison followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.
- The Wisconsin Senate has passed a right-to-work bill with no Democratic support. The measure now heads to the state Assembly, which plans to take it up next week. Republican supporters say the bill will give workers the freedom to decide whether to pay union dues, but Democrats argue right-to-work would be bad for workers and would hurt the state's economy.
More From WROK 1440 AM / 96.1 FM