Loves Park

Paul Morigi for the National Park Foundation

Art students from Harlem Middle School in Loves Park were chosen to create ornaments representing Illinois for the annual National Christmas Tree celebration in Washington D.C.

They had been working on the ornaments in secret since September. Their teacher, Ruth Meissen, said she chose 24 students for the 24 ornaments.

And she says it was up to them to decide what the design of the ornaments was going to be.

Loves Park Mayor Will Not Seek Sixth Term

Sep 13, 2016

Loves Park mayor Darryl Lindberg says he won’t seek a sixth term in office. 


The longtime mayor tells the Rockford Register-Star he is leaving because the city is in a good financial state.  Alderman John Pruitt announced his candidacy to replace Lindberg when the mayor’s term ends April 30th.  


Loves Park Police Chief Returns To Work Next Week

May 20, 2016
Loves Park Police Department

Loves Park Police Chief Rodney Scott is returning to work next week after having been suspended for four weeks without pay. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports that Scott was not suspended for any criminal offense.  Rather, Mayor Darryl Lindberg says that Scott self-reported a violation of the Department’s “behavioral expectation.” 

Both Scott and City Attorney Gino Galluzzo declined to go into specifics.  However, behavioral expectations typically refer to how an officer conducts themselves on and off duty, and whether that behavior reflects poorly on the Department.  

Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

UPDATE: Traffic returned to normal after the bomb squad confirmed there was no actual threat. Employees at the Hope & Anchor reported a man who had been arrested earlier in the day may have left a suspicious package in the pub.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Travel down the long dirt driveway leading to WLUV just north of Rockford and you’ll find yourself in a different time and maybe even a different place. Not much has changed at the tiny AM country radio station since it signed on the air 50 years ago this weekend. 

Woodward Expanding Its Rockford Area Base

Aug 23, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn was on hand for a major jobs announcement in northern Illinois Thursday morning.  Woodward Incorporated says it will build a second campus in Loves Park. The aerospace manufacturer's local expansion will result in more than 600 new jobs over the next five years. 

Three Winnebago County communities have signed a joint electricity aggregation agreement with FirstEnergy Solutions of Akron, Ohio, to supply power at a discounted rate for residents and businesses with an overall savings of nearly $20 million.

The Cities of Rockford and Loves Park and the Village of Pecatonica signed an intergovernmental agreement earlier in the year to bid jointly for contract as a result of the referendum approved in March.