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City Beat: Goodbye Larry; it’s been nice

By Shane Nicholson  Managing Editor  Mayor Larry Morrissey finally announced last week what had come to feel inevitable: the 46-year-old would not be seeking a fourth term in next year’s mayoral election. “Well, it’s pretty simple,”…

Editorial: Transform something, anything

Transform Rockford hosts more meetings to talk about more things this week, something the group has been doing since Nov. 2013. Since that first gathering, we’ve had plenty of visions and processes and little results. Ideas like Transform…

Vote to renew the city’s 1% sales tax

By Shane Nicholson Managing Editor You can’t trust your politicians anymore. You just can’t. Can’t trust them in Washington. Can’t trust them in Springfield. Here at home, we have our own qualms with a County Board under the watchful…

New currents in River District

By Frank Schier  Editor & Publisher The River District Association has a new captain: the Director of Marketing & Public Affairs for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB), Josh Albrecht, and he has some hard…

Editorial: I Phone the FBI

By Frank Schier Editor & Publisher FBI Director James Comey has taken a cheap kick at our right to keep our phone conversations, pictures, personal records, banking data, and contacts to ourselves. Using the horrific killings in…

If you build it, will it float?

By Frank Schier Editor & Publisher Are you ready for 50,000 spectators to line the Rock River to watch a race? Ladies and Gentlemen, start your mental paddles! Remember the Rock River Raft Race from the '70s, '80s and '90s? That…

City Beat: An overwhelming case for transparency

The FBI investigation into the Winnebago County Board rages on, and still the best the community can get so far is mere lip service from its leadership. It seems that stowing away the corruption which allowed these transgressions to go…

Musical memories: the key of Triple B

Following is a piece by TRRT's former Editor and Publisher Frank Schier. “He plays the autoharp and when he picks up the instrument, the entire room changes…a very magical world, a music never heard before.” -The Chicago Sun-Times By…

The Final Act: Farewell, White Duke

He could be everything to anybody, or anything to everybody – we never knew. We weren’t allowed to know. Sometimes, it seemed he never knew himself. And he was power. He was presence. He was simple, stunning, even in his most understated…