Rockford

Jenna Dooley

Rockford’s mayor is supporting an effort to return the city to home rule status.

Here’s an example: Since Rockford is not a home rule city, leaders can charge up to $50 in license fees for each video gaming machine in the city, and there are a lot. Home rule communities can charge into the thousands of dollars. That’s why some critics argue home rule can unfairly target business owners who may absorb extra taxes and fees.

A former candidate for Rockford mayor is running for lieutenant governor. Brian Leggero announced Wednesday that he was asked by Republican gubernatorial candidate William J. Kelly to be his running mate.

 

Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc.

A federal agency has rejected an application by Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. to build a railroad through northern Illinois from Wisconsin to Indiana. 

City of Rockford

Aldermen in Rockford have approved a resolution condemning hate groups after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia.

The Rockford Register Star reports that the resolution was adopted 14-0 on Monday evening. Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara offered his support to the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, and the city's residents. One person was killed and others were injured at the Aug. 12 rally and protest in Charlottesville. Two Virginia state troopers also died in helicopter crash while patrolling the protests.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Federal, state, and local officials celebrated the beginning of Phase Two of a huge improvement project at the Chicago/Rockford International Airport Monday.

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