CNO to hold ceremony and mayoral debate Feb. 13

CNO to hold ceremony and mayoral debate Feb. 13


The Greater Rockford Area Council of Neighborhood Organizations (CNO) invites the community to its annual public forum on February 13 at 6:45 p.m. at St. Paul Church of God in Christ, 1001 Wigton Ave., Rockford.

This year’s program is titled “Change 2001—Unifying Neighborhoods and Churches.” The program will feature a covenanting ceremony with Rockford area churches, joining together for the first time with the CNO to form an alliance of citizens and faith-based organizations to address issues of concern to Rockford’s neighborhoods and citizens.

A mayoral candidate forum, featuring Rep. Doug Scott, Larry Morrissey, Dennis Johnson and Guy Spinello, will follow the covenant ceremony. An update on the progress on eliminating abandoned, boarded-up houses will be presented. The gathering is an opportunity for Rockford citizens to discuss concerns about their neighborhoods and to hear the views of the candidates for the upcoming April mayoral election. Last year’s meeting drew more than 800 people from throughout the area.

The CNO is a multi-racial, non-sectarian, ecumenical council of Rockford area organizations committed to addressing justice issues that impact the communities in which we live, work and worship. CNO’s goal is to develop and organize the power of people to act together for justice in pursuit of individual and collective interests. CNO’s tools are education, advocacy and action. The public is invited to attend.

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