WRHL News http://www.wrhl.net/news 20 Latest News Articles 2014-04-18T02:00:06Z Interview with Steve Rypkema from the Ogle Solid Waste Mgmt Dept Yesterday, we had a chance to talk to Steve Rypkems of the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Dept about electronics recycling and one event in particular coming soon....   [audio:Rypkema.mp3]Steve Rypkema[/audio] Jay Burlison 2014-04-18T15:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122955 Jobless rate drops in March for Illinois The unemployment rate in Illinois is at a five year low at eight-point-four-percent. Jay Rowell, Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says it's encouraging to see the jobs market steadily improve. Rowell is urging people who ar... Jeff Leon 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122932 ComEd officials want another rate increase ComEd customers could soon be paying more on their electric bills. The company has asked the Illinois Commerce Commission if they could raise rates to support its new SmartGrid system. If the request is approved, customers will pay about three-bucks-... Jeff Leon 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122933 Rochelle jail incident Quick actions by a Rochelle police officer prevented a prisoner from hurting himself in his jail cell yesterday. The incident took place a short time before noon. The Rochelle fire department ambulance came to the police station for a choking incide... Jeff Leon 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122934 Area road projects ROCHELLE – Governor Pat Quinn has announced an investment of $4.8 million for construction projects in Lee, Ogle and Winnebago Counties. Funded by his Illinois Jobs Now! construction program, the projects are part of Governor Quinn’s comm... Jeff Leon 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122935 Stolen semi-truck found in Indiana Rochelle police report that a semi-cab and trailer which was reported stolen yesterday has been found in a Gary, Indiana. The owner had parked the vehicle in a lot in the 1,000 block of Illinois 251 South. When he returned, it was gone. Police say ... Jeff Leon 2014-04-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122937 Hillcrest officials move forward with sanitary sewer project Village officials in Hillcrest met in special session last night as the discussion centered around the sanitary sewer project for the community.The village is currently looking at 2 projects. The major work involves 63 homes along with the business a... Jeff Leon 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122778 Rockford man arrested following a murder 6 yearsa ago Winnebago County authorities have arrested a Rockford man in connection with the murder of an attorney 6 years ago. Richard Wanke has been charged with the killing of 60-year old Greg Clark who was shot several times in the back while snow-blowing h... Jeff Leon 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122779 Woods Equipment Company hires additional workers Officials at Woods Equipment Company in Oregon have announced that they plan to hire 23 additional people to their staff. The company already has over 300 employees. Woods has been in business since 1946 and hired 19 new workers in 2013. They are in... Jeff Leon 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122782 Beef prices on the rise at area stores The price of beef is going through the roof. Reid Blossom with the Illinois Beef Association says beef prices are rising due to high demand. The problem is there was a drought a-couple of years ago, so the supply is low. The price per pound has alrea... Jeff Leon 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122781 Illinois residents want unemployment benefits reinstated Illinoisans are encouraging Congress to restore federal unemployment benefits. Jay Rowell with the Illinois Department of Economic Security says unemployed people have had a difficult finding work since the benefits expired last year. Unemployment be... Jeff Leon 2014-04-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122783 Ogle County officials approve bid for new Sheriff's Administration building Ogle County officials are moving forward in the construction of a new Sheriff's Administration building in Oregon. The board last night approved the bid of 4.1 million dollars from Rockford Structures along with the location of the facility. The new... Jeff Leon 2014-04-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122588 No foul play in the death of a Rochelle man Ogle County officials say that the cause of death was probable drowning for a Rochelle man whose body was found in Kyte Creek near Hillcrest on March 10th. 32-year old Phillip Rainwater was found faced down in about 4 feet of water just south of the... Jeff Leon 2014-04-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122589 Hillcrest officials meet in special session tonight to talk about sanitary sewer project Village officials in Hillcrest will meet in special session this evening at 7 as the discussion will center around the sanitary sewer project for the community. There are 2 different proposals that the board is looking at. 1 involves a CDAP grant fo... Jeff Leon 2014-04-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122590 Focus House supper and auction today in Rochelle The 13th Annual Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction will be held today from 4:30 until 7:30 at the Focus House facility in rural Rochelle. All of the money raised during the event goes back into the program to help area teens turn their lives around.... Jeff Leon 2014-04-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122602 Virus hitting pig farms in Illinois Illinois pork farmers are affected by a new virus that's killing off piglets all across the country. Jim Fraley  with the Illinois Farm Bureau says more than 200 pigs have tested positive here. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, known as PED appeared la... Jeff Leon 2014-04-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122601 Rochelle Council approve increase in water and sewer rates Residential and Commercial customers in Rochelle will see an increase May 1st on their water and sewer bill. The council approved the proposal last night in a 5-0 vote. Absent from the meeting were councilmen Ed Rice and Dennis Berg. Superintendent ... Jeff Leon 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122401 Ogle County board meeting Approving the bid for the Sheriff Administration building along with creating a fund for receipt and disbursement of administrative tow fees tops the agenda this evening for the Ogle County board. The meeting begins at 5:30 at the courthouse in Oreg... Jeff Leon 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122403 Rochelle woman escapes serious injuries following car crash A Rochelle woman escaped serious injuries last night after she crashed her car on Route 38 while traveling on the overpass for I-39. Reports indicate that 38-year old Refugia Losoya was west bound on Route 38 and lost control of her car. The vehicle... Jeff Leon 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122404 Polo teen sentenced to prison in sex offender case A Polo teen received a sentence of 2 years in the Department of Corrections Monday after he pled guilty to the felony offense of failure to report a change of address as a sex offender. Authorities arrested 19-year old Jarom Vock. The violation too... Jeff Leon 2014-04-15T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=122406