Larry Morrissey

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.

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. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

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: