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The Rock River Times
The Voice of the Community since 1987

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

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

STAFF, THE ROCK RIVER TIMES, INC.: Editor & Publisher: Frank Schier | Senior Assistant Editor: Brandon Reid | Copy Editor/Vibe Calendar Contact: Susan Johnson | Senior Graphic Designer/Production Manager: Jeff Helberg | Creative Director: Thom Kuss | Accounting Manager: Lynda M. Bolin | Legals/Classifieds Manager: Chris Luttig | Circulation Manager/Accounting: Crystal Lenz | Staff Writer: Jim Hagerty | Sports Columnists: Doug Halberstadt, Matt Nestor, Todd Reicher | Advertising Sales: Jody Marshall, Donna George

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: Click here 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 $27 for 26 weeks, or $42 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.

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 Susan Johnson via e-mail to; fax to (815) 964-9825; mail to The 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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