Times editor and publisher Schier ill

Frank Schier, Editor and Publisher of The Rock River Times, has been diagnosed with having suffered a stroke, as well as lung and brain cancer. He is undergoing expert treatment at Swedish American Hospital. “What a long and strange trip I’ve been,” Schier said.

“It has been a pleasure and at times painful to serve the Rockford community. I really wondered what I should say about this but I decided I should always tell the truth. I’d like to thank all our supporters and detractors for making my life interesting. I am not giving up the fight and expect a successful treatment plan. So buy an ad.

“I could not be in better hands than with the staff here at Swedish American, and in God’s hands.”

A benefit is being organized by Stephanie Caltagerone from Magpie Restaurant, 307 S. Main St., 815-708-0639. Participants and volunteers will be needed and the location and date will be announced soon.

–Staff report

40 thoughts on “Times editor and publisher Schier ill

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Frank is an awesome individual, that reports the truth. It has been an honor working with him over the years. I hope he makes a speedy recovery. Our country needs more people like Frank too tell and report the truth to the American people.

    Quad Cities Waterkeeper

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:52 am

    I would like to volunteer for the benefit…

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Frank I’m here. Anything you need, anything at all. I love you damn it you knuckehead.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:27 am

    This saddens me in its reality.
    Holding on to hope for you good sir.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and friends in this difficult time. Praying that you have a speedy recovery

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:58 am

    Wow! Frank…I’m stunned. What can I say? You are such an important part of this community and have been such a friend to so many of us oddballs trying to do something different in Rockford. Kath and I send our love and best wishes. MW

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Frank ,

    I have always admired the RRT times and their willingness to print articles for the little guy. They have some awesome journalist , many free lance, and articles.

    May God and family guide you through this difficult journey .

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 7:18 am


    You have been a good friend and elbow rubber for more than 30 years, let’s not let a little bump in the road slow us down. Love to you and keep fighting the good fight. Get well my friend.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 7:43 am

    I helped Frank start the paper. Those were some very long days, but Frank had a vision for an honest news paper. He has a big heart and an ego to match (well deserved). Keep up the fight Frank, can’t let a little thing like cancer bring you down. My mom beat it twice and is still with us, so there is always hope. Somehow I always thought you to be immortal, beyond us mere mortals. You have all my faith. See you at Thanksgiving brother

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I haven’t translated some of the stuff in your office into Japanese, yet…


  • Oct 19, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Frank, wishing you warmest thoights and a speedy recovery.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Hey Buddy,

    Sending buckets of love and healing energy your way.
    We need your strength and truth to navigate this old river we call Rockford. You are the best! Xoxoxo and a punch in the shoulder.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Frank — I used to work for you, though you probably don’t remember it, as an intern in 2001.

    I am so sorry to hear this. Strength and love to you in the days and weeks to come.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I’m so sorry Frank, and hope you get better soon. I always enjoyed working with you at TRRT during my brief stint as a writer there years ago.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Wishing you more stubbornness than you’ve ever had before AND sending LOVE to the biggest knucklehead I know!

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    frankie boy, this is your old housemate out on orcas island, you are one hilarious tough ass something of something! always been a crazy ass inspiration and thats what it is. inspiring even now…sending great thoughts your way…..

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    It’s been a decade since I lived in Rockford and last saw you, Frank. For that brief period of time living in the loft about TRRT, I loved our conversations which almost always centered around music and politics. Wishing you all the best in the battle ahead. Like you would with a question-evading politician, give this health challenge Hell.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Sending healing vibes and love my brother

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Sad to hear of this Frank, it seems just the other week we were drinking, arguing and reminiscing at the bar. Oh because we were. If you need anything let me know and I’ll deliver. Just another wrinkle in the fabric of your life but maybe your knapsack has other people’s baggage you no longer need to carry. You know what I mean. “Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it” Horace Greely

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Frank, Our love and prayers are with you. I know you’re tough and a survivor, so you will recover. You know how much I appreciate your journalistic excellence & honesty in the community. It is one of the best things about Rockford, and so are you. Paula & Mike Coulahan

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Well Gosh Frankie, hurry up and get out of there, we got stuff to do, I’ll be thinking of you, my friend

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Oooooh Frank so sorry to hear this. This is your fine friend Katie McGuire. Thinking about you buddy stay strong you can get through this!!! Love your guts kid. xxxxooo

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    I will be saying prayers for you Frank, it seems like only yesterday we were hanging out as kids on Grant Ave. Good luck to you my dear ole friend.

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    There is so much of this terrible disease around. You are a good guy Frank. God bless and help you.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Sadden to hear of your woes, but your stubborn enough to fight back! Use your healing powers on yourself. I’m with you in spirit.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Hey Frank –

    My heart is heavy this morning as I learned the news. I alwyas enjoyed receiving your calls and texts. Hugs and prayers for a speedy recovery….I never had a chance to ride on your houseboat…maybe we can still squeeze a ride in this fall? I know Twana would be up for it too! I would like to help with your fundraiser…looking forward to seeing you soon.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

    As a former RRT staffer, this saddens me immensely. Frank was wonderful to me during the summer I was on staff, and was a fantastic mentor in my early career.

    All of my best wishes and love go out to Frank during this hard time.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    You know I am here for you. I will certainly gather the troops in prayer for you. You are a passionate champion of the truth wherever you travel. It has always been an adventure working with you whether it was part of The Observer Catholic Newspaper family, the Rock River Times or just as friends enjoying the power and pleasure of the printed word. God speed my friend and you know I love you.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Frank … we planned (as long as we did it your way it was perfect), we fought (you won), we drank (too much perhaps), you may have even irritated me (maybe once), but love you anyway. Get this fixed so we can do it all again!

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    No matter what happens Frank, take pleasure in knowing you have made a great positive impact on our community.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 8:07 pm


    Cannot even imagine you giving up the fight. Will pray for your health to return. Having the TRRT in Rockford is so necessary.

  • Oct 20, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Whether one agrees or disagrees with what appears on the pages of The Rock River Times or agrees with Frank Schier’s viewpoints, Frank’s unwavering support of the arts, the environment, renewable energy, and holding elected officials and government accountable are unmatched in the Rockford region.

    Frank’s many gifts to the community – notably The Rock River Times locally owned and operated newspaper and the Rock River Trail Initiative and National Water Trail designation – should be celebrated and cherished. Now, more than ever, the community should rally behind these efforts to ensure they long endure.

    The Rock River Times remains the largest independently owned weekly newspaper in the state. The independent voice provided by the publication is a rare and fragile commodity in today’s world of corporate media domination.

    As the former senior assistant editor of The Rock River Times for more than a decade, I know well the sacrifices many have made – most notably Frank – to keep this independent voice alive. It has taken a tremendous amount of courage and resilience.

    Please do not let Frank’s efforts or the efforts of his staff be in vain. Support Frank, The Rock River Times and the Rock River Trail in any way you can – by saying a prayer for Frank or sending him your well wishes, or attending the upcoming benefit, or picking up the newspaper each week, or making a donation to or purchasing an ad in The Rock River Times. Such an investment is one of the best that can be made in the Rockford community.

    Thanks for your efforts, Frank, and best wishes. I still believe you will outlive the rest of us, but if that somehow turns out not to be the case, you can know your legacy will live on in those of us who have known you, worked beside you or read your words.

  • Oct 21, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Best wishes and healing energy sent your way my friend.

  • Oct 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Frank (my favorite name)… Thinking of you and praying for a good outcome. You’ve helped us so much over the years here on Indian Terrace when other papers called us NIMBYs and such for trying to stay historically relevant. There are at least 20 current issues I need you to look into for me :). Not to mention a new mayor – gah – we need you now more than ever. Stay strong and get back to work!
    Stephanie… thanks for helping our friend. Is anyone doing a GOFUNDME OR YOUCARING? Would like to contribute (maybe I missed this info?). Love… Laura Houtkamp

  • Oct 21, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Frank, may God’s grace bestow on you healing, peace and the joy of a life well lived.
    Stand fast my friend.

  • Oct 22, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Frank, I hold you in the light for a good recovery. You have done so much for me and my family. I will be there for you in any way I can help.
    Rockford needs you.

  • Oct 22, 2016 at 11:01 am


    Here all along I thought I was your only friend the “Knucklehead”. Now I realize that I am only one of all the many people who have counted on you to tell us the truth, even when we didn’t want to hear it. I Promise I won’t tell the story about our first meeting ever again as long as you stay alive and keep up with your so important position in this community.

    Rockford is so in need of truth tellers and you are our premier version.

    Thanks for all of the times making me feel insignificant and unimportant. I know that was your way of saying I love you LaLoggia.

    Get better fast and get back to work.


  • Oct 22, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Have always admired your courage and stamina from the first day you arrived at our hose many years ago. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Make a big time recovery so we can all shake your hand and say, “Way to go Frank!”

  • Oct 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Frank, I am so sorry to hear this. I’m praying for you. I look back with appreciation for what you taught me, which was so much. I am very grateful that I worked for you (even on Tuesdays-ha ha). I hope that you quickly get back to your tireless efforts of telling the truth in Rockford!

  • Oct 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I first met Frank a little over four years ago while I was running for the Winnebago County Board. It was only for about 20 minutes, but that was all I needed to know he was one of the good guys in journalism. Since then, I can attest to how he and the Times have been fair, at least to me in printing the few guest columns I’ve submitted. Here’s to a full and quick recovery!

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