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Rockford Public Schools

Negotiations continue in Rockford  between the Public Schools and property owners to expand into areas around Lincoln Middle School and Kishwaukee Elementary School. 

The Register-Star reports Board members learned of four negotiated purchases Tuesday night near both sites, while eminent domain authority was approved for two lots on Second Avenue. 

  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 City Council Approves Police Labor Agreement

Aug 2, 2016
Rockford Police Department

Rockford’s city council last night unanimously approved a labor agreement with the city police. 

The measure provides a six-dollar, twenty-five cent hourly wage increase over the next three years, and insurance over the next four years.  12th Ward Alderman John Beck says the final vote was quite straightforward.

“I think it was a very fair agreement, and I appreciate that the police were willing to face the realities of what the city is facing as far as our financial situation, and weren’t asking for too much.  It made it a really easy process,” he said.  

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Officials in Rockford say a 12-year-old girl is in critical condition after being shot multiple times.

      

The Rockford Register Star reports that the girl was hospitalized Monday morning after the Sunday afternoon shooting.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'Shea said officers are looking for occupants of a dark-colored sport coupe.

The vehicle was seen at about 3 p.m. Sunday chasing and its occupants opening fire on another vehicle.

Police say as many as five people were in the vehicle being chased.

Rockford-Area Schools Grateful For Stopgap K-12 Funding

Jul 1, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly passed -- and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed -- a stopgap budget Thursday which included larger-than-usual funding for public schools.  

Specifically, it provides a full year of funding for kindergarten through high school, as compared to just half a year for colleges and universities.

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