City of Rockford

Rockford aldermen approved $100,000 in funds for the Rosecrance Behavioral Health Triage Program.  

Located at 605 Mulberry Street, the program provides emergency services to people suffering from psychotic episodes, extreme paranoia, and other mental health issues.  However, Rosecrance was in danger of closing its doors after a dearth of state funding.  

Rockford Mayor Says He's Not Seeking Re-Election

Sep 2, 2016
City of Rockford

Three-term Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey is not running for another term in 2017.


He made the announcement Friday afternoon at City Hall.

Morrissey became the city's youngest and only independent mayor when he was elected in 2005.

He's also only one of four mayors in Rockford's history to serve for 10+ years. 

Three candidates have emerged for the position.

They include Aldermen Pam Connell and Tom McNamara, as well as community activist Rudy Valdez.

  The Rockford City Council approved a $325,000 plan to buy a temporary site for the city's  public library.  

The library’s current site at 215 N. Wyman Street sits on contaminated soil from a local coal-to-gas plant.  The necessary cleanup work by ComEd will require demolishing the building and constructing a new site.  

Library materials will move to 214 and 230 Church Street, formerly the site of the Winnebago County Resource Intervention Center, as well as the Comcast building.  

Rockford to Redevelop Barber-Colman Complex

Jul 13, 2016
City of Rockford

Officials from the City of Rockford, Rock Valley College, and the Rockford Local Development Corporation have announced plans to redevelop the Barber-Colman Complex in the city's southwest.  

The city purchased the industrial property in 2002, and plans to rename it Colman Village.  The centerpiece of the complex will be the Rock Valley Technical Education and Training Center.  It will house training programs in various manufacturing fields, as well as skills such as welding and hydraulics.  

Rockford Mayor Makes Fourth Trip to China

Jul 8, 2016
WNIJ Photo

  Rockford’s Mayor is headed to China once again to solicit construction money from investors. 

He’s partnered with Wisconsin developer Gary Gorman to redevelop the Amerock building, a former factory in downtown Rockford, into an Embassy Suites hotel.