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Homestretch for home rule vote

Just a few days remain to educate residents about a major ballot issue in Rockford. In this week’s WNIJ Friday Forum, Jenna Dooley talks with those involved in getting their message out to voters before they hit the polls on Tuesday.

Editorial. Vote yes on home rule

Rockford needs home rule; it’s that simple. Without it, the city’s interest rates will continue to climb, our industries will continue to miss opportunities, our citizens will continue to pay more for less.

Hervey sounds off about home rule

Rockford Alderman Venita Hervey says she spends much of her time ahead of the March 20 primary election urging the voters of her Fifth Ward to reinstate home rule after 35 years.

Transform Rockford endorses home rule

Spokesmen say the organization stands behind the March 20 referendum because it will allow the city to regain control of a destiny that is currently being controlled by leaders in Springfield.

Aldermen OK home rule limits

By Jim Hagerty Contributor CITY HALL -- Rockford aldermen, on Monday, approved a set of ordinances that would limit the city's powers as a home rule municipality if voters reinstate the provision this spring. Among the self-limiting…

Groups pick sides on home rule

RAHMA's biggest point of concern is Rockford's hotel tax the city could increase with home rule powers. The Rockford Regional Good Government PAC says home rule would improve the city's quality of life.

Springfield, communications key to home rule discussion

By Shane Nicholson Managing Editor ROCKFORD — Proponents say they won’t let partisan divides and decades-old talking points define the home rule battle. Last week, the City Council voted to put the question to the people of Rockford…

Rockford voters to decide on home rule

By Jim Hagerty Contributor CITY HALL -- Aldermen voted 12-1 Monday night to give the electorate the choice of whether to return home rule to Rockford after 35 years. The vote is expected to be a catalyst for almost three months of…

Home rule, property taxes talk of City Hall

By Jim Hagerty Contributor CITY HALL -- The property tax levy and whether Rockford will restore home rule after 35 years were the topics of conversation Monday night among aldermen and city staff. And that's fitting as leaders say…

Committee, mayor begin push for home rule

The committee is Rockford attorney Bobbie Holzwarth, former SwedishAmerican Hospital CEO Dr. Bill Gorksi, Pilgrim Baptist Church Rev. Kenneth Board, and aerospace engineer Rudy Valdez.

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