Larry Morrissey

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey suggested suing the state if a budget isn’t passed soon.

Mayor Morrissey says he doesn’t want local agencies to go through the same process that occurred last year without a budget.  Individual organizations sued the state to force disbursement of emergency funding.   

Instead of this process, Morrissey says one big lawsuit would “hold lawmakers and the governor responsible for their constitutional duty to pass a balanced budget. 

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Rockford’s mayor wants to expand the system his city used to end homelessness among veterans. Larry Morrissey delivered his 11th annual State of the City address Wednesday night. He says it means identifying the city’s toughest challenges, focusing the right people on solutions, and tracking results. Morrissey calls it "collective impact" and would like to tackle the problem of child abuse using the same technique.

Mercy Rockford Health System

MercyRockford Health Systems and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey have reached an agreement on permit fees and specific development projects to allow a proposed $485 million medical campus to move forward.

The city announced Thursday that MercyRockford President and CEO Javon Bea and Morrissey agreed on terms for the City of Rockford to annex the 263-acre site at I-90 and Riverside Boulevard.

Activists in the Black Lives Matter movement recently published a 10-point plan to reduce police violence. Rockford leaders are responding to the proposal.

It’s called "Campaign Zero." National activists want stronger guidelines limiting the use of force. They also want to ban police quotas for tickets and arrests, and end the sale of military weapons to police forces.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey:

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Rockford has seen a string of shootings, including seven murders, over the past month. That prompted city officials to demonstrate what they are doing about violent crime. 

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