Economy & Jobs: Portillo’s Hiring for Rockford Restaurant; Holding Job Fair

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – We are one step closer to Portillo’s opening in Rockford.

The restaurant is hiring for all positions and will be holding a job fair next week.

According to an ad in the Rockford Register Star, the job fair will be held March 10-12th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m..

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Education: 2015 High School Summer Science Program (College of Medicine at Rockford)

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s 2015 High School Summer Science Program is accepting applications through March 15, 2015. The mission of this program is to motivate students to consider careers in science. Understanding what is involved in medical research, how research can have an impact by making new discoveries that help cure diseases, or learning about the role of industrial science in innovation and product development can help the students decide if a scientific career is challenging enough for them to want to pursue.

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Economy & Jobs: New Rockford business offering free car washes


After pushing back its opening date twice, East State Street welcomes a new business.

Extreme Clean of Rockford is now open and it’s offering free car washes.

“It’s awesome that they opened Extreme Clean,” said Extreme Clean Customer Gilbert Espinoza. “My van is now extremely clean”.

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Families & Neighborhoods – Rockford Home Show: A Little Something for Everyone

LOVES PARK — From new windows and frames to landscaping, the 35th Annual Rockford Home Show has it all.

“This if the perfect place to fix up your house, because they have everything for it,” Home Show Producer Andrea Costello boasts. “You can do all the research for the indoor and the outdoor. “

And with the economy on a come-back, Andrea says now’s the time to think about that much needed remodel.

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Arts & Recreation: Young Artists Honored at Rockford Art Museum

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — More than 100 pieces of art are on display at a local museum, focusing on our future artists.

More than 1,100 pieces were submitted for the 74th annual Young Artist Show at the Rockford Art Museum. About 160 are on display for us to see. Nineteen schools from across the Stateline are represented in the exhibit.

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Leadership & Youth: Time to spur area youths on to greatness as Young Americans

ROCKFORD — The search is on. The Rockford Register Star needs your help in identifying this year’s outstanding Young Americans.

These are 20 of the area’s brightest students who make a habit of giving back to their community through service to their schools, hometowns and houses of worship.

Unlike other programs that honor students based on grades or sports achievements, Young Americans are selected because of character, leadership and their contributions to society.

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Education: Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics High School Regional Mathematics Contest

Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics High School Regional Mathematics Contest

Date(s): 2/28/2015

10:00 am

Rock Valley College Main Campus, 3301 North Mulford Road Rockford IL 61114
Approximately 660 students from 27 area high schools will compete in the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics High School Regional Mathematics Contest on the main campus of Rock Valley College on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

The contest will feature students competing as individuals and as team members. The RVC contest is one of 21 regional sites across the state. Individuals and teams scoring well at RVC advance to the state finals held Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the University of Illinois.

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Physical Infrastructure: Scores demand that Elgin-Huntley-Rockford Amtrak plan be put back on the rails

The planned train even has a name — the Black Hawk. But will the long-debated Amtrak service from Chicago through Elgin, Huntley and Belvidere into Rockford and eventually Dubuque ever become reality?

When new Gov. Bruce Rauner presented his cost-cutting budget two weeks ago, his answer was an emphatic “not yet.” Rauner said that some $223 million in railroad upgrades and station building that would be needed to start the service as Gov. Pat Quinn had promised a year ago should be put on hold until the state’s troubled finances become clearer and all such non-essential projects are re-examined.

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