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Streaming Now: 'The Louise & Lil' Kool Show'

Apr 22, 2020
Photo provided by Jennifer Kuroda

If you are tired of television or need a break from Netflix, consider watching The Louise & Lil' Kool Show on their Nest Cam. Louise and Lil' Kool aren't celebrities -- or even humans. They are a breeding pair of peregrine falcons who currently reside on top of the Rockford Register Star news tower.  

Louise recently laid four eggs that are expected to hatch the week of May 18. Sinnissippi Audubon Society President Jennifer Kuroda encourages the public to watch the "show" at any time. 

Victor Yehling

Longtime Rockford Register Star columnist and political reporter Chuck Sweeny died Monday. He was 70. The Rockford native had worked at his hometown newspaper since 1984. The Register Star’s Opinion Editor Wally Haas worked side-by-side with Sweeny for those 35 years.

"He could be a bit curmudgeonly, but he loved Rockford," Haas said. "And that came through in his writing. He would poke public officials and try to get them to do the right thing and quite often he succeeded.”

This weekend, the Rockford Register Star -- in partnership with WNIJ News -- kicks off a year-long series on race in the Rock River Valley. 

WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with Register Star Executive Editor Mark Baldwin about the reasons behind the project. The series kicks off in the newspaper Sunday, Nov. 13. Tuesday on WNIJ, we’ll hear from Rockford residents about their experiences with “microaggressions.”

Flickr user Daniel X. O'Neil / "Rockford Register Star Building" (CC BY 2.0)

Rock Valley College in Rockford will move its downtown satellite center to the Register Star News Tower.

The newspaper reports trustees authorized President Mike Mastroianni yesterday to execute a 10-year lease with the newspaper.

The college will pay the Register Star about $150,000 a year to rent the space. That includes parking, taxes, janitorial services and utilities. 

The lease includes two five-year renewal options.

NLRB Files Labor Charges Against GateHouse Media

Dec 15, 2014
GateHouse Media

Formal labor charges have been filed against GateHouse Media, owner of the Rockford Register Star and Freeport Journal-Standard. The St. Louis-based United Media Guild is negotiating an initial contract for employees at the two papers.

The UMG claims that workers were unfairly targeted because of union activities.

The National Labor Relations Board office in Peoria confirmed investigators found that GateHouse Media threatened to outsource photography work to freelancers and imposed work schedule changes without prior negotiations.

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Photographs are often used to enhance a published report. But these days, people who take those photos are fighting for job security, along with many others in the newspaper industry. Recent examples of this trend can be found in northern Illinois.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

School districts are pressing ahead with implementing Common Core education standards. They’re required to start using federal standardized tests next year. 

Victor Yehling / WNIJ

Illinoisans continue to struggle along in the state with the “worst in the nation“ public pension system.    Now, the cries for reform are louder than ever as the deficit continues to snowball.