Military Aircraft in The Area

Credit: David Charles Lindberg

Credit: Dave Lindberg

The jet that was flying around the area earlier today is a MIG-21 that is based out at the Rockford Airport. It is privately owned. 

More about the MIG-21

Rockford Scanner fan Tommy Kronas: That is a MIG and it is a privately owed plane. It is a show plane and has dummy missiles. Seen that around locally a few years.

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Credit: Dave Lindberg

Several Rockford Scanner fans have said they heard a military jet in the Rockford area.  At the time of writing this, it is not known what type of jet is making the noise.

We can confirm there is a BlackHawk helicopter to the north, near the Beloit area, approx. 4000 feet.

But fans are saying this is a military jet, like a fighter plane. So it is not known if there are 2 different military aircraft in the area, or just the one.

If you have information or photos/video, please email us at

Update: The fans are certain it is a military jet fighter. One fan is reporting they saw 2 jets.

The FAA is also in town, they arrived just before noon. But their aircraft is a Bombardier Global 5000, not something that resembles a jet fighter.

It may be possible, there is a high profile person in town (Politician, celebrity, etc…)   that we do not yet know about that flew in.

If you have any information or photo/video, please contact us

Rockford Fire Department Dispatched For A Fire At A Rockford Restaurant

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Around 8:46 am this morning the Rockford Fire Department were dispatched to the Buffalo Wild Wings at 6275 E State St. Scanner traffic is saying the restaurant is beginning to fill up with smoke. The HVAC unit was turned on and began smoking. They are evacuating the business. Rockford Fire Department is en route.


Emergency agencies begin turning OFF radio encryption in bid to ‘improve transparency



Rockford police and Winnebago County Sheriff need to read the information below.

MANY agencies are turning OFF their encryption. 

Rickie Traeger From Rockford Scanner Doing A Phone Interview With Joseph Erik Mattern with C.A.R.E. (Citizens Against Radio Encryption) on July 20th 2016


Links To The News Articles Mentioned:

Source: AP: Emergency agencies begin turning OFF radio encryption in bid to ‘improve transparency

  • Police and fire departments are bucking a trend to conceal comms
  • Say they want communications to be more open and transparent 
  • Encryption can sometimes hamper rescue efforts with multiple agencies


Some police and fire departments are bucking a trend to conceal dispatch communications from the public, acknowledging that radio encryption has the potential to backfire and put first responders in danger.

Agencies with digital radio systems have turned off the encryption to their main dispatching channels and others have decided not to turn it on.

They say their officers and firefighters may not be heard during emergencies by responders at neighboring departments with radio systems that either don’t have access to their encrypted channels or aren’t advanced enough to have encryption capability.

Officials also say they are addressing concerns from critics who argue encryption decreases police transparency at a time when it is needed, especially in the wake of shootings of unarmed black people by police officers.

‘The overwhelming opinion of encryption is that it works great for preplanned tactical environments like SWAT teams staging a situation,’ said Eddie Reyes, deputy chief of Amtrak police and chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police communications and technology committee.

‘But for day-to-day operations where officers are going across borders in emergency pursuits or foot pursuits, that’s where it tends to break down,’ he said.

‘A good number of agencies are still operating on antiquated systems and would not have the ability to accept encryption.’

When Reyes was working for Arlington, Virginia, police in 2006, he said, an officer who fatally shot a teenager outside a restaurant inadvertently switched over to encryption mode on his portable radio.

There was temporary chaos on the radio when officers en route couldn’t communicate with the officer in the shooting because their radios weren’t in encryption mode, Reyes said.

A slow trend continues toward encryption, which has been around for years.

It hides communications from public airwaves by modifying voice signals with coded algorithms, preventing people from listening via radio scanners, the internet and cellphone apps.

Only people with encryption ‘keys,’ the information needed to access the encrypted channels, can listen.

Open government advocates say the practice withholds crucial information about emergency situations from the public.

Concerns also have been raised by news organizations, which say it cuts off journalists who monitor public safety broadcasts from being alerted to major events

Police officials say they’re worried about the safety of their officers, because criminals have been known to track officers’ movements by listening to police communications.

They also say they want to prevent the public broadcasting of people’s personal information, including medical histories and juveniles’ names.

They further cite violence against officers around the country over the past few months and the response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, when people listening to police communications posted misleading and inaccurate information on social media.

Among police departments that have recently encrypted all communications are those in Anchorage, Alaska; Riverside, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Newtown, Connecticut.

‘What happened this summer really culminated in making the decision,’ Newtown Police Chief James Viadero said, referring to violence against police. ‘I had a legitimate concern for my officers.’

Other departments are taking the opposite approach.

Police in New Orleans; Spokane, Washington; and other cities have vowed not to encrypt their main dispatch channels. Others that had encrypted their communications have turned it off.

Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, turned off their encryption more than a year ago after officers expressed concern they couldn’t talk with counterparts in some neighboring towns, Police Chief Ronald Sellon said.

Mansfield is home to the 20,000-seat Xfinity Center outdoor amphitheather, and there were worries about communications with other agencies if there was a mass casualty event at the theater.

Last year, Washington, D.C., officials switched off the encryption for fire communications.

The move came after firefighters had problems using their radios in a subway tunnel during an emergency response.

The tunnel filled with smoke because of an electrical malfunction, killing one person and sickening dozens more.

The Metro transit agency, which had a radio system in the subway that allowed below-ground communications by city firefighters, said the radio problems were the result of the fire department changing its own radio system, including adding encryption, without telling the transit agency.

City officials denied encryption caused the problems.

Police in Naugatuck, Connecticut, like many departments, are keeping their main dispatch channel open to the public while maintaining encrypted channels to use during tactical operations.

Naugatuck Police Chief Christopher Edson cited the need to be able to communicate with other emergency responders, as well as the expense of encryption, which can cost several hundred dollars per radio to implement. Another issue was not wanting to block out the public, he said.

‘We also want to be transparent,’ he said, ‘during this particular climate in the country.’


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Recap Of Yesterdays Violent Day In The Rockford Area

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Yesterday was a pretty violent day in the Rockford area.
Below is a recap of some of the violence:





Cubs to host World Series championship parade Friday

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– The Chicago Cubs will celebrate their first championship in 108 years with a parade on Friday, spanning from Wrigley Field to the Loop and culminating in a rally at Grant Park.

The official parade route will start at approximately 11 a.m., departing Wrigley Field at approximately 10 a.m., and will travel along Michigan Avenue between Oak St. and Ohio St. and then along Columbus Dr. between Monroe St. and Balbo Ave. Fans who want to catch the downtown parade are encouraged to see them along this route.

Fans are encouraged to view the parade at the following locations:

  • Addison from Sheffield to Pine Grove;
  • North Michigan Avenue from Oak St. to Ohio St.;
  • Columbus Dr. from Monroe St. to Balbo Ave.

There will be zero tolerance for drinking on the public way.

A Celebration Rally will take place at Lower Hutchinson Field in Grant Park at approximately noon, when the motorcade arrives in Grant Park.

The rally is free and open to the public. All attendees must pass through security screening at entrances at Michigan Ave. and Jackson Blvd. and at Michigan Ave. and Congress Pkwy.

The public should expect street closures surrounding the parade route starting as early as Friday at 4 a.m.

Officials are encouraging fans to use public transportation.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will offer additional service to customers traveling into the Loop on Friday Monday. Riders are advised to allow plenty of travel time due to street closures, traffic congestion and reroutes. CTA’s Red and Blue subway lines and Brown, Green, Pink and Orange elevated lines are the best option for Cubs fans heading downtown for the parade and rally.

Additional service will be provided on all eight rail lines following the morning rush period through midday. CTA buses will be detoured in the downtown area during the parade and as a result of street closures for the rally. Detailed service information is available at

To speed travel and reduce lines, customers are encouraged to buy fare cards in advance with sufficient value or to add enough value to their existing Ventra cards for their return trips later in the day.

Metra will use all available resources to add extra train service and capacity. Trains are expected to reach capacity on all lines and delays are expected. Metra is offering a one-day $5 unlimited ride ticket for tomorrow’s celebration and encouraging all passengers to purchase it in advance.  Beginning this afternoon, the ticket will be for sale from ticket agents at all ticket windows, including all downtown and outlying stations, and through the Ventra App, available for download in the App Store and Google Play.


Victim Stabbed Multiple Times During Robbery To Business in Rockford


On October 28th at 5:28 pm Rockford Police responded to an aggravated battery with a knife incident at Wicked Hair Garage located at 4520 E. State Street.  2 unknown Hispanic males with their faces covered with masks confronted an employee in the business and cut him with a knife.  The suspects then fled the business on foot possibly to an unknown type vehicle.  The employee suffered non life threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital.

Just before 5:30 pm tonight several emergency personnel were dispatched to 4520 E State st at Wicked Hair garage in reference to a robbery to a business and stabbing. A victim was stabbed multiple times during the armed robbery to the business.

No suspect information, due to the RPD being encrypted.

Update: Thanks to the UN-ENCRYPTED airwaves of the ISP we were able to get the suspect information. 2 males in a green extended cab truck.

Still developing

RS Fan Neven Mijatovic:  “Everyone will be ok in case someone is concerned”

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Do you work in a local hospital and have a ghost story? Does your private home have a ghost?  We want to hear your REAL LIFE ghost story that happened in and around the Rockford area.

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BREAKING: Missing Boy At Rock Cut State Park

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Update: Rockford Scanner fan Sarah T. located the missing boy. He was hiding. She had to flag down the police.  The boy is OK and has been reunited with his family. 

UPDATE: 4:16 pm, the ISP located the missing boy

Details are minimal right now. Only saying there is a missing 8 year old out at Rock Cut State Park.  At the time of writing this, it was just developing and no description was available. Several officers are en route. Still developing. We will update this as more details becomes available

UPDATE on description and last known location: White male, 8 years old, wearing a red jacket (Black-hawks jacket) , denim tennis shoes. Last seen  near the paved walk way by the fishing pier. Many officers are searching for the boy. Sounds like he was last seen on the west end of the park. We tried getting the map below as accurate as possible on the last known area.


Rockford Airport New Cargo & Expansions, Many Great Things To Come!



Rockford Airport (KRFD)   is booming with business and expanding rapidly these days.  They have ABX daily cargo service that flies in and out of RFD now. Also they have Air Transport International as well.

Credit: KRFD

Credit: KRFD FB


They are expanding the Rockford Airport terminal, which should be finished in 2017.


The new MRO (largest nationwide and third-largest global Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) provider, AAR) is sheduled to open this year.  This will bring all types of aircraft both civilian and military in for maintenance and repairs.

Rockford already hosts several commercial flights from Allegiant, Elite Airways, etc… bringing the area residents to destinations all around the USA including Colorado, Florida, Las Vegas, etc… And there are rumors more destinations are being added.

Credit: KRFD FB

Credit: KRFD FB

Rockford Airport hosts many politicians, celebrities, professional athletes and teams, VIP’s, plus much more.  You just never know who you may see!!!

Credit: KRFD FB

Credit: KRFD FB

Rockford Airport gets a lot of diversion flights when the weather gets bad out in Chicago. Or if the Chicago traffic is bad. Many of the aircraft in the holding patterns fly into Rockford to refuel while waiting to land in Chicago.  American Airlines, United, etc… they all fly into Rockford Airport.

Credit: KRFD

Credit: KRFD FB

For all those people out there that like to watch aircraft, the Rockford Airport is very plane spotter friendly! You can get the information at

The Rockford Airport has 2 runways.

The Runway 7/25 that is East/West is approx. 10,002 feet long!  This runway is able to handle any and all types of aircraft.

Runway 1/19 that runs North/South is approx. 8,200 feet long!  this can handle most types of aircraft as well.

Rockford Airport has free parking, free baggage carts, free wifi, short lines, plus much more!

Rockford Airport is expanding and has many great things and many great things to come!

Credit: KRFD FB

Credit: KRFD FB

Credit: KRFD FB

Credit: KRFD FB

Check out the Rockford Airport website at