WRHL News http://www.wrhl.net/news 20 Latest News Articles 2017-02-21T03:37:27Z More records fall in February heat wave February of 2017 is going to stick-out like a sore thumb in the weather record books in Illinois. The National Weather Service says cities from north to south set records for heat once again yesterday. Nearly a dozen communities saw record highs for... 2017-02-21T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237404 Rochelle park officials approve work on bike path Park officials in Rochelle approved an engineering agreement last night that totals just under $26,000 for maintenance work on the bike path. The upgrades for the surface is 1 of the top projects this year for the capital expenditure plan for the pa... Jeff Leon 2017-02-21T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237405 RTHS board hold their montly meeting tonight The Rochelle Township High School board will meet this evening at 7 in the library with several items on the agenda. The discussion will include resignations and employment in the district, accepting a bus bid, and a library media center report. RT... Jeff Leon 2017-02-21T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237408 Bustos won't run for Governor The Democratic field for governor of Illinois is a bit smaller. Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos yesterday said she's not running for governor. Bustos says she'd rather stay in Washington DC and try to make her mark there. Democrats are l... 2017-02-21T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237406 Ogle County officials meet this evening The Ogle County board will meet in monthly session this evening at 5:30 with a few items on the agenda. The meeting will take place at the Courthouse in Oregon. The discussion will include an update report on the Enterprise Zone, roof work for the ... Jeff Leon 2017-02-21T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237407 Records fall across the state in February warm-up It's now an official "record breaking" heat wave in Illinois. The National Weather Service says more than a dozen cities set records for warmth over the weekend. Yesterday's temperatures set records from the Quad Cities to Effingham. Forecasters say... 2017-02-20T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237308 Driver suffers serious injuries following car crash in rural Rochelle A male driver suffered serious injuries Saturday afternoon following a rollover crash on I-39, about 2 miles north of Rochelle. The accident took place at around 4:45 as the car rolled over at least once as the driver was trapped inside. The vehicl... Jeff Leon 2017-02-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237262 Students at Rochelle and Byron High Schools participate at State Speech Tournament Students from Rochelle and Byron High Schools participated this past weekend at the State Speech Tournament in Peoria. The event was held at the Civic Center. RTHS qualified Senior Lexy LeMar in Informative Speaking and Junior Nephy Valle in Specia... 2017-02-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237263 4 people suffer injuries following accident in Ogle County 4 people suffered injuries yesterday evening following a single vehicle accident in rural Forreston. The crash took place a short time before 5:30 in the 16,500 block of West Route 72. A car driven by 25-year old Ryan Hatheway of Lanark was traveli... Jeff Leon 2017-02-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237264 Rochelle park officials meet Monday night Maintenance work for the bike path, the 2016-17 capital expenditure plan, along with replacing 2 mowers tops the discussion tonight for Rochelle park officials. The board meeting begins at 6:30 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Engineering work... Jeff Leon 2017-02-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237229 Rockford man out of coma and in jail in murder case After weeks in a coma, 36-year-old Michael Mernack of Rockford is now in the Winnebago County Jail, charged in the murder of a 16-year-old in late December. Mernack was shot by deputies after he allegedly killed Rebecca Finkenhofer, the daughter of h... 2017-02-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237226 Madigan to fight state pay order Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is planning to appeal a downstate judge's decision that allows state workers to be paid, even though there's no state budget in place. Madigan challenged the order from last year on the basis of subsequent cour... 2017-02-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237227 Durbin condemns immigrant rond-up plan Illinois Senator Dick Durbin is condemning a plan, attributed to the Trump administration, to deploy 100-thousand National Guard troops to detain undocumented immigrants. Durbin says the preliminary plan would be a frightening exercise of police sta... 2017-02-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237228 Madigan will consider Thompson Center sale in Chicago Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says lawmakers will consider Governor Rauner's plan to sell the glass-faced Thompson Center that houses state offices in the Loop. Rauner has said the building could net the state 200-million-dollars if it's sol... 2017-02-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237231 Rochelle police arrest suburban man on child pornography charges Rochelle police arrested a suburban man yesterday morning wanted on the offense of child pornography out of McHeny County. 50-year old Robert Ramo of Oakland Hills was taken into custody in the Rochelle Commons area. Local police knew that he was wa... Jeff Leon 2017-02-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237129 Judge denies Madigan's request to halt pay during state budget crisis Illinois employees will continue to receive a paycheck despite the actions of state Attorney General Lisa Madigan. A St. Clair County Circuit judge rejected a request from Madigan yesterday to halt state workers pay until lawmakers resolve the ongoin... 2017-02-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237130 Warm spring in Illinois possible Illinois could headed for a warm spring. State Climatologist Jim Angel says weather projections show there is an increased chance of above-normal temperatures from March to May. There is also an increased chance of higher than normal precipitation i... 2017-02-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237135 RTHS and Byron students at State Speech Tournament today in Peoria Rochelle and Byron High Schools will be represented today and Saturday at the State Speech Tournament in Peoria.The event will be held at the Peoria Civic Center.RTHS qualified 2 students for the state competition. Senior Lexy LeMar will be in Inform... Jeff Leon 2017-02-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237134 Committee approves bill allowing 16 and 17 year olds to be organ donors in Illinois A bill that would allow 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to register as organ donors is advancing in Springfield. A state Senate Public Health Committee approved the measure yesterday. It now moves to the full Senate for a vote. The bill would give par... 2017-02-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237132 2 Rockford men plead not guilty to home invasion and shooting in Hillcrest 2 Rockford men pled not guilty in Ogle County court yesterday after being arrested in connection with a home invasion and shooting incident last month in Hillcrest. 23-year old Eddie Blaylock and 21-year old Rayvon Motton have been charged with 3 co... Jeff Leon 2017-02-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=237034