Breaking News

Photos: Occupy Rockford movement crashes courthouse opening

November 2, 2011

Occupy Rockford protesters surround U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) (center, with megaphone) outside the new Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse at 327 S. Church St. in downtown Rockford Saturday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) speaks with Occupy Rockford protesters outside the new Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse at 327 S. Church St. in downtown Rockford Saturday, Oct. 29. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

Members of the Occupy Rockford movement gather outside the new Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in downtown Rockford Saturday, Oct. 29, after marching from Beattie Park to protest the facility. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

Rockford’s new federal courthouse is named after Stanley J. Roszkowski (center in photo), who served as a judge in the Northern District of Illinois for more than 20 years before retiring in 1998. (Photo by Jon McGinty)

Local, state and federal officials gathered Saturday, Oct. 29, for the grand opening of the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse at 327 S. Church St., in downtown Rockford. The facility is named after Stanley J. Roszkowski, who served as a judge in the Northern District of Illinois for more than 20 years before retiring in 1998.

The 5.5-acre site is home to five courtrooms, offices for the U.S. courts and other court-related agencies, 55 secured indoor parking spaces and 20 outdoor parking spaces.

The facility took three years to construct, and cost more than $100 million. Officials said the construction of the courthouse created more than 1,000 jobs for local citizens.

Meantime, while officials celebrated the opening of the courthouse, members of the Occupy Rockford movement marched from Beattie Park to the courthouse dedication in protest of the facility.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and 17th District candidate George Gaulrapp answered questions from Occupy Rockford protesters.

Occupy Rockford activists hope to voice their frustration with federal economic policy, failure to prosecute criminal market speculators and growing wealth disparity in America in the face of tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent,” the Occupy Rockford movement said in a press release prior to the event.

Occupy Rockford is a local effort in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement and other “occupy” movements throughout the country and the world. Visit occupyrockford.org for more details.

From the Nov. 2-8, 2011, issue

One Comment

  1. John

    November 4, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Baloney! “Occupy” protesters are NOT the 99% they claim to be. They are leftist, union-thug, anarchists. They only protest the “Republican” rich, and corporations, ignoring the Democratic thieves and corrupt unions that own virtually every Democrat in this state, and who rob the honest taxpayers daily.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>