The Rock River Times
The Voice of the Community since 1987


Mail: The Rock River Times, 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101

OFFICE HOURS: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, CST

Editor & Publisher: Frank Schier
Managing Editor: Shane Nicholson
Accounting: Grace Klump

Circulation Manager: Joe Schlickman
Columnists: Todd Reicher, Nate Johnson, Paula Hendrickson, Thomas Simpson
Advertising Sales Manager: Donna George
Advertising Sales: Jody Marshall, Beverly Broyles, Carolyn Taylor, Tom Seeling

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 2,035 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: Better Business Bureau, 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

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 (e-mail).

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

DEADLINES: News due Thursday 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 due Thursday by noon. Classified advertisements must be received by noon Thursday for the following Wednesday issue. Classifieds must be paid in advance. Legal Notices due Friday by 5:30 p.m. Although 4 p.m. Friday is preferred, Legal Notices must 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

CALENDAR LISTING SUBMISSIONS: Submissions for the Arts & Theater, Community and Music calendars are due the Thursday prior to our Wednesday publication for guaranteed inclusion. Listings can be sent to the attention of Josh Johnson via e-mail to; fax to 815-964-9825; mail toThe 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.

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  • August 24, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    To The Editor:

    AFSCME Local 473 represents approximately 190 Winnebago County employees who perform critically important public safety work in the County Criminal Justice Center and 911 Emergency Call Center. Our Union also represents more than 600 employees in other Departments of Winnebago County government. Corrections officers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Without them, our communities would be less safe, and our criminal justice system would be in further jeopardy.

    Since 2007, the County has understaffed safety sensitive public services at both the Criminal Justice Center and County 911 Call Center. Our Union has repeatedly brought concerns regarding staffing and working conditions at these facilities to the attention of the County Administration. Until now, those concerns were given short thrift, or were discounted and had fallen on deaf ears. Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana has worked collaboratively with our Union, addressing a myriad of workplace safety concerns, and employment relations matters. Specific examples include: effective Officer training, technology upgrades- both camera, radios, and computers; the mutual resolution of several longstanding work rule disputes, addressing the staffing levels at the 911 Call Center, and the successful disposition of more than sixty (60) grievances filed during the prior administration.

    Under Sheriff Caruana’s administration, Officer morale is clearly on the upswing in a positive direction. Yet, more needs to be done. With all that has been accomplished in a short period of time, detainee and Officer safety remains a pressing issue. Committing the additional Officer resources to the front lines, per the Sheriff’s request, is the next obvious step. That is where the County Board comes in. By every measure, the objective data concludes that a critical staffing shortage exists at the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center. It’s time for the County Board to work in concert with Sheriff Caruana, our Union, and act affirmatively to address the staffing shortage at the Jail.

    Public Safety demands a prompt and thorough response. Council 31 supports our members’ calls for safety and dignity on the job, not only to ensure public safety, but also because it’s the correct thing to do.

    Edward A. Sadlowski
    Council 31 AFSCME, AFL-CIO
    212 South First Street
    Rockford, IL 61104
    (815) 968-0447
    (608) 751-4554 cell


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