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Rockford mayor, governor get real about reopening Illinois

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker continue to address cries to reopen nonessential businesses as the state trudges through the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus. McNamara's position on getting the Illinois economy back online came in a letter penned to Pritzker, expressing his concern that while big box stores have flourished during the shutdown, local merchants are in grave shape.…