Before he was elected mayor…

Editor’s note: About eight years ago at the Irish Rose, Mike Leifheit and I met a young lawyer who had just returned to Rockford from practicing law in Chicago to help his family’s firm. His name may be familiar now, Larry Morrissey. He had some very apt observations about Rockford and what this town could be. Mike and I said, “Why don’t you run for mayor?” Then the offer was extended for several columns in this paper to get his ideas out there and gauge the response. The feedback was very positive, and today he is Mayor-elect Morrissey. We thought our readers who might have missed Morrissey’s first public statement would like to see how “on message” he has remained and amazingly how current many of the issues he brought up still are. So from the front page of our Oct. 1-7, 1997 issue, see (Mike and I believed in him right off the bat) Mayor-elect Morrissey’s first column in this week's Commentary section.

From the April 13-19, 2005, issue

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