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The Rockford Register Star is the Rockford, Illinois, United States metropolitan area's primary daily newspaper.

Rockford Register Star
The front page of the Register Star on October 27, 2005
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)GateHouse Media
FoundedFebruary 15, 1855 (1855-02-15), as Rockford Register
Headquarters99 East State Street, Rockford, Illinois, United States
Circulation65,224 weekdays
40,429 Saturdays
62,381 Sundays in 2012[1]
OCLC number5004029

The paper took its name with the 1979 merger of two influential Rockford competitors, 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)). In April 2007, Gannett announced it was selling the paper to Fairport, New York-based GateHouse Media.

The Register Star is the fifth-highest circulation Illinois newspaper. As of September 2006, the newspaper's Sunday circulation was 70,300—the 163rd-largest in the United States.[2]


The newspaper is published from the Register Star Tower at 99 East State Street in Downtown Rockford, Illinois, where it prints on a new press debuted in 2006. 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. ^ Audit Bureau of Circulation