- Northern Illinois to get $8.3 million for state construction projects
- Tree-lighting festival kicks off holiday season in Machesney Park
- Roscoe Boy Scout Troop’s tree stand at new location
- Tips for selecting safe toys for kids this holiday season
- Prayer service for World AIDS Day Nov. 30
- Food Bank joins national #GivingTuesday movement
- Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead for Congress
- Rockford Public Schools faces $8.8 deficit, board OKs flat tax, HR chief
- Literary Hook: A holiday tradition: ‘This Thanksgiving, Remember’
- Cold snap does not negate global warming
Other news and notes from the July 19 Rockford City Council meeting
By Stuart R. Wahlin
→ Appointing Kim Ryan as the city’s authorized Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund agent.
→ Amending the city’s personnel policy to include information regarding military leaves of absence.
→ Approving a $40,000 task order for Strand Associates, Inc., to perform filter-breakthrough testing as part of ongoing water system upgrades.
Prophet Yusef applauded the leadership of the Rockford Mass Transit District in promoting public transportation. Yusef suggested expanding to 24-hour service.
Bruce Roberts asked aldermen to inform the public regarding possible service cutbacks that would result from reductions to the city’s public safety workforce.
Jackie Pryor explained the difficulties she and her children face after she was seriously injured in a car accident, resulting in medical bills of more than $100,000 that caused her to lose her home. She was asked to speak with the Human Services Department.
In anticipation of a vote expected that night whether to grant a $75,000 funding request to the organization, Ron Clewer argued the value of The Element, which aims to turn downtown into a cultural district. After a motion by Ald. Karen Elyea (D-11), the matter was referred back to committee for further review. Although she said she supports the measure, the $75,000 for the downtown-based group would come from the Seventh Street Tax Increment Financing District in her ward.
Ald. Lenny Jacobson (D-6) was absent.
From the July 21-27, 2010 issue