Mayor grants ultrasound bus 7-time parking pass
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As promised, Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) has issued an Elgin pregnancy services firm a pass to park its mobile ultrasound vehicle on Rockford streets for the next seven Fridays.
The vehicle, owned by TLC Pregnancy Services, is usually parked near the Northern Illinois Women’s Center, 1400 Broadway. Officials offer free ultrasounds and counseling for mothers coming to the center for abortions.
The bus has also been at the center of debate among protesters, clinic officials and Rockford aldermen.
The City Council voted against the firm’s request for a six-month parking pass twice since a permit issued last fall expired April 4.
After Tuesday night’s council meeting, alderman voted 8-6 against the extension. Following the meeting, Morrissey promised to issue another temporary pass and for the motion to be brought in front of alderman for another vote.
The parking pass marks the second time Morrissey has trumped a council vote. The mayor issued the group a one-day pass April 22, in spite of a council vote to deny TLC an extension.
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