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.
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.
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.
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.