Several northern Illinois cities use some form of geographic policing, which focuses on placing officers into defined districts. From North Aurora to Roselle, different variations of the model are being carried out. In Rockford, city leaders want to follow suit by making big changes to the police department’s structure. But not everyone is on board.
Good news came in twos today for Rockford's Laurent House, the only home Frank Lloyd Wright designed specifically for wheelchair accessibility. The house has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. And the Laurent House Foundation, the not-for-profit group that purchased the home earlier this year, has announced the date it will open as a museum -- June 8th, 2013, Wright's 146th birthday.
The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford. The building went on sale in January. The funds to buy and renovate the church were given to Mendelssohn by donors. The center will use the building for new performance and rehearsal space.