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Rockford Register Star
The front page of the Register Star on October 27, 2005
TypeDaily newspaper
FoundedFebruary 15, 1855; 167 years ago (1855-02-15), as Register Republic
March 20, 1888; 134 years ago (1888-03-20), as Morning Star
1979; 43 years ago (1979) (as Rockford Register Star)
Headquarters99 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois, United States
Circulation65,224 weekdays
40,429 Saturdays
62,381 Sundays (2012)[1]
OCLC number5004029

The Rockford Register Star is the primary daily newspaper of the Rockford, Illinois, metropolitan area. The fifth-highest circulation newspaper in Illinois, the Register Star takes its name from the 1979 merger of two predecessors, the Register Republic (founded February 15, 1855 (1855-02-15), daily since January 6, 1873 (1873-01-06)) and the Morning Star (founded March 20, 1888 (1888-03-20)). The Register Star is currently owned by Gannett, which reacquired the paper upon merging with GateHouse Media in 2019. Gannett had previously owned the paper and its predecessors from 1967 to 2007.


The newspaper is published from the Register Star Tower at 99 East State Street in Downtown Rockford, Illinois. Printing operations moved to Milwaukee in April 2020.[2] The tower was built in 1930 and remains a Rockford landmark to this day, as it is still recognized as one of the most appealing buildings in downtown. It was designed to be similar in appearance to the Tribune Tower in Chicago.


The publication's general format is customary to that of most papers around the nation; it contains a front page and an "A" section, followed by local and state news, sports, and business throughout the work week. On Sundays it publishes the Sunday Register Star, where ads for national chains in the area are promoted along with the insertion of comics, the "Go" section, and USA Weekend magazine.

In 2003, the newspaper formed an alliance with WREX-TV. Newspaper reporters are seen on WREX-TV's newscasts on a daily basis promoting stories found in the Rockford Register Star, and the newspaper's website contains many videos of WREX's telecasted stories.



  1. ^ "FAS-FAX Report: Circulation Averages for the Six Months Ended March 31, 2012". Arlington Heights, Ill.: Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "After 165 years, the Rockford Register Star will be printed out of town". WIFR. April 5, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2022.