This story originally aired during the summer of 2012.
In the first of a two-part series, WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley finds out what it means to live in Rockford.
Michelle and Lawrence Boyd hit a road block in raising seven children when Lawrence lost his job after 17 years. They found a fixer-upper on Park Avenue near downtown Rockford a little more than two years ago. Michelle said it had a new roof and a new furnace, enough to house her growing family:
Nationally, rates of "pertussis" are up. And Illinois is no exception. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports just over one thousand cases of the disease known as "whooping cough" already this year.