WRHL News http://www.wrhl.net/news 20 Latest News Articles 2014-12-20T10:04:13Z Governor Quinn picks replacement for Baar Topinka Governor Pat Quinn is appointing his budget director to serve as Illinois Comptroller. Quinn budget expert Jerry Stermer will serve out the remainder of the late Judy Baar Topinka's term, which lasts only a few more weeks. Quinn is calling lawmakers ... Jeff Leon 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156746 Consolidated Election petitions Area residents are reminded that Monday is the final day you can file your petition to get your name on the ballot for the April 7th Consolidated Election. Races on the ballot include city and village officials along with school and park district bo... Jeff Leon 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156747 State Police begin holiday roadside safey checks this weekend Illinois State troopers will on the look out starting this weekend by conducting holiday roadside checks. Checkpoints will be set-up looking for drunk drivers and people not wearing seat belts. Also tickets will be given to drivers that talk on their... Jeff Leon 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156647 Rockford man arrested on drug charges in Rochelle Rochelle police arrested a Rockford man yesterday on drug charges after they saw him littering while walking in the 300 block of South Main Street. After further investigation, police arrested 34-year old Paul Conti on the charge of unlawful possess... Jeff Leon 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156749 Christmas mailing deadlines coming up The United States Postal Service says today is the deadline to send holiday mail to be sure it will be delivered by Christmas Day. Next Tuesday, December 23rd, is the deadline for sending packages with Priority Mail Express. This past week has been t... Jeff Leon 2014-12-20T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156748 Governor calls for 2016 vote for new Comptroller Lawmakers will be back in Springfield for a special session on January 8th. Governor Quinn called for the session to decide on whether to hold an election in 2016 for the office of Comptroller. Elected comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died earlier this ... Jeff Leon 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156646 Steward man arrested on drug charges Rochelle police arrested a Steward man on drug charges yesterday afternoon following a traffic stop in the 600 block of Illinois 251 North. 22-year old Casey Brown has been arrested on the charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, ecs... Jeff Leon 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156648 Burke will not run for another term in Dixon Dixon Mayor Jim Burke announced yesterday that he will not run for a 5th term in office. Burke, age 76, has been mayor in Dixon for the past 16 years. Burke mentioned that it has been a fantastic, rewarding experience to be part of all of the posit... Jeff Leon 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156652 Numbers continue to improve in state unemployment  Illinois' unemployment rate is down. Greg Rivara with the state Department of Employment Security says the November jobless rate reflects a state economy that continues to move forward. The jobless rate was at 6.4 percent in November compared ... Jeff Leon 2014-12-19T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156653 Rochelle Council approve 2 union contracts City employees in 2 departments in Rochelle got an early Christmas gift last night when the council approved their 5 year contract agreements during a special meeting. The union workers were from the Streets and Cemetery Department along with RMU. Pa... Jeff Leon 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156302 Rockford woman pleads not guilty following altercation with Rochelle police A Rockford woman pled not guilty in Ogle County court yesterday following a confrontation last month in Rochelle with a store employee along with local police. 21-year old Cheyanne Patton has been charged with 2 counts of aggravated battery along wi... Jeff Leon 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156368 Forreston man hurt in single vehicle crash today A Forreston man suffered serious injuries this morning after the car he was driving struck a utility pole in Ogle County. The crash took place a short time before 12:30 in the 13,000 block of West Pit Road. 21-year old Benito Magana was traveling we... Jeff Leon 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156474 Oregon looking for a new commissioner The city of Oregon is looking for a new Commissioner. Tom Miller announced his resignation this week effective December 31st. Miller is currently the Commissioner of Public Health for the city. He has been a Commissioner for the past 8 years. He re... Jeff Leon 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156473 Empen named school superintendent in Dixon School officials in Dixon have named Margo Empen as their new Superintendent. She replaces Michael Juenger who plans to retire at the end of the school year after 6 years as superintendent. The 46-year old Empen has been the assistant superintendent... Jeff Leon 2014-12-18T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156476 Ogle County board meeting In a 20-4 vote last night, Ogle County officials approved a 50-year plan dealing with future facilities.The proposal also dealt with the purchase of land in future years.The county is currently building a new sheriff's administration building. It sho... Jeff Leon 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156134 Former Oregon man appeals murder conviction A former Oregon man is appealing his murder conviction after he was found guilty of the felony offense in 2005. 34-year old David Klein was found guilty in the killing of 25-year old Joseph Mirro of South Elgin in connection with a drug related alte... Jeff Leon 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156303 Internet scams during the holidays Between now and Christmas Eve consumers will make millions of online transactions. This traffic has cyber-criminals prepped and ready to pounce. For each legitimate confirmation email that will be sent by online retailers, there will be just as many ... Jeff Leon 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156312 Rauner calls for bi-partisan budget fix for Illinois  Governor-elect Bruce Rauner again sounded the budget alarm during remarks in Springfield yesterday, but again avoided specifics on how he proposes to deal with what he says is a seven-hundred-60-million-dollar hole in the budget. Rauner told th... Jeff Leon 2014-12-17T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156304 Rochelle park officials meet last night The majority of discussion last night for park officials in Rochelle dealt with the possiblity of a YMCA being built in the Hub City. The 6 million dollar facility would be 31,000 square feet which will include a gymnasium, a wellness and fitness are... Jeff Leon 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156131 RTHS board meeting Residents in the Rochelle Township High School District will see a slight decline in their next tax bill. The board approved the tax levy last night which was about a half percent lower than a year ago. The tax rate has also declined. Superintendent... Jeff Leon 2014-12-16T05:00:00Z http://www.wrhl.net/news/details.cfm?clientid=31&id=156133