STAFF, THE ROCK RIVER TIMES, INC.
Editor & Publisher: Frank Schier
Managing Editor: Shane Nicholson
Circulation Manager: Joe Schlickman
Advertising Sales Manager: Donna George
Contributing Writers: Todd Houston, Todd Reicher, Paula Hendrickson, Thomas Simpson, James Fegan, Cat Garcia, Paul Gorski, Nancy Churchill, Kathi Kresol, Grant McCarty, Anne E. O’Keefe
OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, CST
ABOUT US: The Rock River Times has a circulation of 22,000 free newspapers in the Rockford, Ill., metropolitan area by Third Class mail and through more than 2,935 commercial outlets. The weekly newspaper, distributed every Wednesday, has been in publication since 1987 and strives to be “The Voice of the Community,” representing all viewpoints. Objectivity and presenting views from the left, center and right have been the hallmark of this publication. While this newspaper proudly lets the community speak in its pages, we do have an agenda editorially. We continue to fight for historical preservation in Rockford, the richness of many cultures, fairness and loyalty in commerce, protection for the environment, the use of alternative energy, true and affordable justice in the courts, equality and honesty in politics, and support for the arts.
AFFILIATIONS: The Rock River Times is a proud member of the following organizations: Circulation Verification Council, Alternative Weekly Network, Midwest Free Community Papers, National Advertising Network and Illinois Press Association.
HOW TO ADVERTISE: For advertising rates and information Call 815-964-9767 during regular office hours and ask to speak with a sales representative or e-mail email@example.com.
SUBSCRIPTIONS: Bulk mail subscriptions are available for $50 for 26 weeks, or $100 per year, prepaid. Call 815-964-9767 during regular office hours for more details, or mail a check made payable to The Rock River Times to The Rock River Times, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: The Rock River Times welcomes your letters and comments. However, to be fair to all writers, we ask that all letters be fewer than 200 words, no more than one letter per month be sent from any one writer, and that letters be signed and include a confirmation phone number and hometown. We do not print libelous or illegible letters. Send to: The Rock River Times, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101; 815-964-9825 (fax); or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISTRIBUTION: The Rock River Times is distributed every Wednesday in Illinois to Belvidere, Byron, Cherry Valley, DeKalb, Durand, Freeport, Loves Park, New Milford, Oregon, Pecatonica, Polo, Rockford, Rockton, Roscoe, South Beloit, Machesney Park, Stillman Valley and Winnebago, and in Wisconsin to Beloit. To find a distribution point in your area or to inquire about opening a distribution point at your business, call 815-964-9767 during regular business hours and ask to speak with the circulation manager.
ACCURACY AND FAIRNESS: The Rock River Times strives for accuracy and fairness. If you spot any inaccuracies in any of our stories, please notify our editors as soon as possible by calling 815-964-9767 or e-mailing email@example.com.
DEADLINES: News due Monday by 4 p.m. Event calendar information (Arts & Theater, Community and Music) must be received by noon Thursday for the following Wednesday issue. Events are printed as space permits. Classifieds must be received by noon Friday for the following Wednesday issue. Classifieds must be paid in advance. Legal Notices should be received by 5:30 p.m. Friday for the following Wednesday issue. To submit or inquire about a legal notice, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALENDAR LISTING SUBMISSIONS: Submissions for the Arts & Theater, Community and Music calendars are due the Friday prior to our Wednesday publication for guaranteed inclusion. Listings can be sent to the attention of Josh Johnson via e-mail to email@example.com; fax to 815-964-9825; mail to The Rock River Times, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101; and phone at 815-964-9767. Submissions should include the date of the event, the title of the event, the location of the event (including street address), the time of the event, the cost of the event and a phone number for further information.
COPYRIGHT NOTICE: All material herein is the sole property of The Rock River Times. No reprint, reproduction or other use of any of the materials contained herein is permitted without the consent of the publisher or his duly appointed representative.
FIRST AMENDMENT: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
ABOUT ROCKFORD: Rockford, Illinois’ third-largest city with a population of about 150,000, is in north central Illinois on the Rock River about 90 miles northwest of Chicago. The greater metropolitan area has a population of nearly 340,000.