The Rock River Times

Harlan Jefferson Reflects On Time With Ruckmans

Mar 7, 2018
Olson Funeral & Cremation Services

When brothers Christopher and Jack Ruckman were found shot to death in their home last weekend, a cloud of confusion hung eerily over their quiet Cherry Valley neighborhood before making its way throughout the Rockford region.

The darkness quickly reached musician Harlan Jefferson, who knew both boys and took Christopher, a guitar prodigy, under his wing. When Jefferson heard the news, he was preparing to play a show with him at Rockford Christian High School.

Winnebago County Board Chair Defends Administrator Settlement Agreement

Mar 1, 2018

Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney has hit back at a series of reports on a settlement agreement with a former county administrator.

Amanda Hamaker left her post at the beginning of November in what the chairman called a “mutual agreement” at the time. In an Oct. 30 report from the Register Star, Haney said that details of a separation were being worked out, but no details were provided at the time.

Rockford is changing and will no longer tolerate violent crime.

That’s the hard-lined message local-law enforcement officials are sending as Rockford is still Illinois’ most dangerous city. And Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea and Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato are not mincing those words. If you commit violent crime in Rockford, expect to be punished.

Winnebago County Board Members Seek Answers Over Severance Packages

Feb 26, 2018
The Rock River Times

Republican and Democratic county board members on Monday called for answers over a separation agreement between the county and a former administrator, following a pair of reports by The Rock River Times.

Transform Rockford Endorses Home Rule

Feb 22, 2018
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Transform Rockford on Wednesday announced it supports the return of home rule to Rockford.

Spokesmen say the organization stands behind the March 20 referendum because it will allow the city to regain control of a destiny that is currently being controlled by leaders in Springfield.

“We want to seize control of our own destiny, and we want to seize control of whats already happening,” Executive Director Mike Schablaske told reporters at a new conference. “That’s why we’re supportive of this and that’s why we encourage others to be supportive of home rule.”