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Rockford aldermen say they’ll ask the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center to bolster their security staff before releasing funds for a federal loan. 

A gunfight broke out on the property on New Years Day, resulting in one person, 34-year-old Joshua Jamerson, dying of his wounds, and three others hospitalized.  This follows a similar incident in October when more than 20 gunshots were fired in the property's parking lot.  

Rockford May Extend Distressed Homes Tax Refund

Dec 21, 2016
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Rockford may extend a property tax refund for distressed homes.   

The Homebuyers Property Tax Refund Program was created in April.  It returns funds to owners who bought foreclosed properties or "short sale" homes.  These properties have mortgage amounts higher than their actual value.  

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One of the main arguments Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. has made in favor of its rail project is that it would act as an economic driver for the region.  Company lawyer Mike Blaszak says construction would create a significant number of jobs.

"Those of course, would be temporary," he said, "but the construction period would last at least two years."

Once the railroad is in operation, he envisions a smaller set of permanent positions operating trains, maintaining track, and other daily functions. 

Brightening Up Madison Street In Rockford For A Price

Dec 14, 2016
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The Rock River Development Partnership is looking for sponsors to pay to turn on lights on Madison Street, which is a busy area in downtown Rockford.

This comes after the public works department turned off 15 percent of the city’s streetlights in 2011 to close a budget gap.

The group says the average cost to sponsor the streetlights ranges between $6 and $8 a month plus electricity.

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Outgoing Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey will discuss a potential utility tax this evening.  

The city faces a $5 million budget shortfall, mostly due to an increase in pension costs.  In 1999 and 2001, the Illinois General Assembly lowered the public safety retirement age from 55 to 50, guaranteed annual 3 percent cost of living increases and agreed  to continue paying spouses of retired firefighters and police officers who die the same pension they got while alive.  A report says pensioners are also living longer after they retire.