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Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara takes first step to secure police body cams

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, on Monday, announced that he is taking the first step to outfit city police officers with body cameras. "I signed the Mayoral Pledge from the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to review, engage, report and reform common-sense limits on police use of force with feedback from the community, McNamara said. "I hear the concerns of our residents and want to take steps to ensure justice and equity for all in our community. I urge all…

Mayor appoints 12th Ward alderman to replace John Beck

Staff Report ROCKFORD - Rockford Mayor McNamara on Wednesday, announced that he has appointed Jennifer “Ginger” Hanley to serve as 12th Ward alderman to replace John Beck, the longtime Republican who died last month. Hanley, a physical education teacher at All Saints Catholic Academy and a fitness instructor for the YMCA, has served as the Republican committeeman for the 12th Ward since May 2019. “I’m truly honored to be nominated to serve my community,” says Hanley. “I will strive to…

State ramps up COVID-19 testing, leaders eye Illinois’ future

By Jim Hagerty Reporter CHICAGO - Illinois officials announced the state's largest daily count of COVID-19 cases Wednesday. There were 2,049 new infections statewide, a mark Gov. J.B. Pritzker says is largely the result of more testing; about 9,000 people were tested between April 21 and April 22. The Illinois Department of Health also reported 98 new deaths. Cook County accounted for 69 of those fatalities. The Winnebago County Health Department reported Wednesday that 16 more people…

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.…

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…