Rockford Public Library

Jenna Dooley

Utility rate payers, not taxpayers, will help cover the cost to build a new library in downtown Rockford.

A gas plant operated at the current site of Rockford’s main library in the 1800s. Due to a series of mergers over the years, it's now the responsibility of utility company ComEd to clean up contaminated soil underneath the building.

Five states currently have laws allowing terminally ill patients to take life-ending medicine.

Final Options Illinois is showing the movie “How To Die In Oregon” at the Rockford Public Library this weekend; it follows people’s experiences with aid-in-dying laws and their origins. 

Ed Gogol, president of Final Options Illinois, says this subject benefits from an open discussion.

The Board of Trustees recently approved a three-year labor contract clearing up language that would open the door to Sunday hours. 

A previous contract required employees to be paid time-and-a-half on Sundays.  The board said this was a large financial burden that prevented branches from opening on that day.  This is despite several requests from the public.  

  The Rockford City Council approved a $325,000 plan to buy a temporary site for the city's  public library.  

The library’s current site at 215 N. Wyman Street sits on contaminated soil from a local coal-to-gas plant.  The necessary cleanup work by ComEd will require demolishing the building and constructing a new site.  

Library materials will move to 214 and 230 Church Street, formerly the site of the Winnebago County Resource Intervention Center, as well as the Comcast building.  

Rockford Man Stabbed In Public Library

Mar 10, 2015

A man was stabbed multiple times inside the downtown Rockford Public Library yesterday.

Patrons found the victim lying on the bathroom floor. The man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.

The suspect was described as a middle-aged white or Hispanic man who fled the scene in a pickup truck.

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