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City of Rockford receives EPA grant to clean up downtown properties

Staff Report ROCKFORD - The City of Rockford has received a $275,000 grant under the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield’s Program to assess and clean up two downtown properties. Under President Trump’s administration, the EPA has delivered approximately $287 million in Brownfield grants directly to communities and nonprofits for cleanup and redevelopment, job creation, and economic development through the award of over 948 grants. Rockford will use its award for the Rockford…

Founders Landing gets makeover

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Thanks for a partnership between the City of Rockford and Gorman & Company, Founders Landing, in the center of Davis Park, will get makeover. With the city-owned Rockford Conference Center and Gorman & Company’s adjacent Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront set to open this summer, the seven-story Founders Landing --just north of the new conference center – will be repainted over the next few weeks. Weather dependent, Nova Painting &…

Mayor Tom McNamara announces COVID-19 working groups, calls for slow reopening

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara on Monday announced that he is assembling working groups to help him wade through the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. McNamara said the 10 groups of local experts and thought leaders will be tasked largely with advising city officials on how to restart the local economy once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. "(They) will advise our city staff and City Council, and make our hopes of a quick recovery into a reality,"…

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara echoes governor on staying home for Easter

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Although it is not known which parts of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's executive stay-at-home do not sit well with Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, he's in agreement on one thing. Staying home for Easter. Just as Pritzker on Friday urged Illinoisans to limit Easter celebrations to only those in their households, McNamara said now is not the time to start venturing out to see extended loved ones. "I have a large family and would like nothing more than to see my…

Rockford Crime Stats: Violent crimes down; robberies up

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - The number of violent crimes in Rockford dropped in January while robberies were up, city leaders reported on social media Friday. According to the City of Rockford Facebook page, there were 117 violent crimes reported in the first month of 2020, 25 less than the 142 incidents reported in January 2019. The decrease marks an 18-percent drop. "While there is still work to do, violent crime continues to decline in our community. Thank you to all of our…