Larry Morrissey

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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It’s a big week for development in Rockford, and Mayor Larry Morrissey was happy to highlight that during his State of the City address. 

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Rockford will give nearly $300,000 in stimulus money back to the federal government. Investigations by the city and the Office of the Inspector General found that Rockford’s Human Services Department improperly used Community Block Grant funds in 2009 and 2010. 

Public Safety Key Issue In Rockford Mayoral Race

Mar 29, 2013
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Illinois’ municipal elections are less than two weeks away. In Rockford, three candidates are running for mayor, including the incumbent Larry Morrissey. One of the key issues on the campaign trail has been public safety.

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Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey has commented on concerns about the city's police force through a news release.  Dozens of people marched in protest this week over recent officer-involved shootings.  Morrissey says the city supports the free expression of community concerns.

Morrissey To Seek Another Term

Sep 18, 2012
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Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey will run for reelection next spring. A formal announcement is expected later this month.

The mayor's campaign posted on its website that a campaign kickoff event will be held September 27th in downtown Rockford. The statement says petition packets will be handed out to supporters.

Morrissey, who's an Independent, was first elected mayor in 2005 when he defeated incumbent Doug Scott.

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A major road reconstruction project bordering the Chicago-Rockford International Airport is expected to boost business in the region. 

Rockford mayor urges 'world class' effort

Aug 17, 2012

Rockford’s Mayor says the city must strive to be a "world-class" community in order to be competitive. Speaking at the Rockford Chamber of Commerce annual business lunch, Larry Morrissey said Rockford is home to a number of world-class companies.

Rockford, IL – Rockford voters will decide which of four candidates for mayor they want to lead their city through these difficult economic times. WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports.