WRHL News http://www.wrhl.net/news 20 Latest News Articles 2014-11-29T03:46:46Z Black Friday for area shoppers It's "Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Many retail and local stores have lowered their prices on numerous items to kick-off the Christmas shopping season this weekend. Several major retail sto... Jeff Leon 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153868 Rauner asking state agencies to make cuts State agencies are gearing up for a round cuts. Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is asking the agencies to slash 20-percent from their budgets. He's hoping to get a better understanding of what things will look like once the income-tax rate rolls back, in... Jeff Leon 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153869 Woman found dead after being released from area jail The cold weather is blamed for the death of a Rock Falls woman who'd just been released from jail. Officials say they aren't sure if Janet Sims had a ride when she checked out of the Whiteside County Jail on Monday. She reportedly sat around the jail... Jeff Leon 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153870 Unemployment down in all Illinois Metro areas The jobs outlook is improving in all of the state's metro areas. Officials say the unemployment rate dropped in all 12-metro areas in October, for the seventh month in a row. Decatur saw the biggest improvement, dropping from 12-point-four-percent la... Jeff Leon 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153871 Deer Hunting Season The Department of Natural Resources has announced that Illinois hunters killed nearly 52,000 deer during the 1st weekend of the state's firearm hunting season. The preliminary total is 51,830 deer which were harvest last week. That's down by around ... Jeff Leon 2014-11-28T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153872 Missouri grand jury decision has ripple effect for local police The grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri has had a ripple effect for police agencies around the country. Anger exploded when it was revealed that no charges will be filed against police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting deat... Jeff Leon 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153768 VFW Thanksgiving dinner in Rochelle The Rochelle VFW Post 3878 will once again offer a free Thanksgiving dinner today for area residents to enjoy. Anyone who may not have any family in town and would like to have dinner should stop by the VFW between 11 and 1. The meal will include tu... Jeff Leon 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153636 Former Davis Junction man sentenced to prison A former Davis Junction man has received a sentence of 12 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to the felony offense of burglary. 57-year old Terry Maxwell of Rockford was arrested after an incident that took place on Christm... Jeff Leon 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153769 City workers in Oregon get pay raise City employees in Oregon got a nice holiday gift this week. The council approved a pay increase of 2 percent for the 18 workers. The pay raise is retroactive to August 1st of this year. The tax levy ordinance was introduced at $586,000. It's about ... Jeff Leon 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153770 Shely denied new trial in the murder of a Galesburg man The Illinois Supreme Court has said "no" to accused serial killer Nicholas Sheley's bid to overturn one of his murder convictions. Sheley, of Sterling, had argued that his Knox County conviction for the 2008 killing of Ronald Randall of Galesburg sho... Jeff Leon 2014-11-27T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153771 Additional patrols for police during the holiday Millions of people are hitting the roads for the holiday, but they aren't the only ones. State troopers are boosting patrol and conducting more roadside safety checks. The troopers will be looking for people are drunk, not strapped in, or using their... Jeff Leon 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153634 President Obama defends executive actions on immigration in Chicago President Obama is defending his executive actions on immigration. The actions aim to shield more than four-and-a-half million illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation. Speaking in Chicago yesterday, the President said the U.S. immigration s... Jeff Leon 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153638 Ferguson shooting protests continue in Chicago The protests in Chicago continue following the announcement that Darren Wilson will not be charged with Michael Brown's murder. Hundreds of people marched on Michigan Avenue last night. Earlier in the day, dozens of young people began a 28-hour sit-i... Jeff Leon 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153639 Clean power line for Illinois The Illinois Commerce Commission is granting Rock Island Clean Line LLC's request to construct, operate, and maintain a 121-mile-long electric transmission line. It would be the first direct current line in Illinois eastward to ComEd's Collins substa... Jeff Leon 2014-11-26T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153637 Rochelle City Council meeting City officials in Rochelle are moving forward with the Caron Road Substation expansion project.Last night, they approved phase 2 of the engineering services for the work at a cost of $240,000.The electric operations capital budget for the current fis... Jeff Leon 2014-11-22T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153182 No Primary Election in Rochelle There will be no primary  in Rochelle next year for the Consolidated Election.Only 6 residents filed petitions for the local race. There will be contested races for both Mayor and the 3 Council positions that are open.Mayor Chet Olson is facing ... Jeff Leon 2014-11-20T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=152878 Rochelle park officials approve insurance coverage Following a special meeting yesterday evening, park officials in Rochelle approved a proposal for health insurance coverage involving their 8 employees.The park district had received proposals from 3 companies. The board chose United Healthcare from ... Jeff Leon 2014-11-23T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153234 Ashton Police Chief dies from heart problem Lee County officials say that a heart problem caused Ashton Police Chief Darrell Farringer to crash his car into a field last month. He was pronounced dead a short time later at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Farringer was 52 years old. Authorities say tha... Jeff Leon 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153495 Madigan to appeal pension decision Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is planning to appeal a judge's decision regarding a pension overhaul passed last year by the Legislature. Madigan says the State Supreme Court could take up the case by the end of January. A Springfield judge r... Jeff Leon 2014-11-25T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153497 Winter weather returns for the area today A winter weather advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for the area. It goes into effect at 9 this morning until midnight. Snow and windy conditions are expected. The amount of snow is expected to be 2 to 4 inches. Roadways may b... Jeff Leon 2014-11-24T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=153329