Rockford

MercyHealth Sitemap Approved

May 24, 2016
Mercy Rockford Health System

Rockford’s City Council Code and Regulation Committee has approved a sitemap for MercyHealth’s $485 million eastside medical campus. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports the map will be used to build roads, drainage ways, and other infrastructure at the site.  The facility will consist of a 188-bed hospital and medical office building.  

City of Rockford

Two Auburn High School students in Rockford won a sign contest meant to reduce speeding in neighborhoods.

Out of 35 submissions overall, Angelica Morales and Chase Heim were named as the winners during a city council meeting for their design with the slogan, “Slow down. Kids matter.”

Both students won a city and park district prize package that included movie tickets and passes for various city activities.

Rockford traffic engineer Jeremy Carter says the number one complaint the city traffic division gets is speeding in residential areas.

Phil Masterton/WNIJ

Neighborhood activists hit the ground running -- rather, hit the “grass mowing” -- Monday morning in Rockford for a show of neighborhood pride.

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey, 13th Ward Democratic Alderwoman Linda McNeely, Pastor Marvin Hightower and others assembled at an overgrown lot in Rockford’s Zion West Neighborhood Monday morning.

Number Of Shigella Cases Spikes In Rockford

May 9, 2016
cdc.gov

The number of cases of shigella in Rockford has exceeded 300.

The Winnebago County Health Department predicts the number will surge this summer.

Todd Kisner, with the Department’s Center for Health Protection, says the outbreak can’t be pinpointed to one place.

“Typically, when we see an outbreak of shigella, it’s usually confined to a daycare or a school," Kisner said. "But what we’re seeing with our community outbreak is – it’s going across the community."

Kisner says strict hygiene is the best defense against the bacteria.

photo provided by Hickey to LWV-Rockford

A force in Rockford politics and education has died. Former State Senator Vivian Hickey was 100 years old. 

The die-hard Democrat was appointed to fill the term of Rockford’s first female State Senator when Betty Ann Keegan died. Hickey was elected to what became known as The Woman’s Seat: a string of women from Rockford were elected to the 34th District State Senate seat. 

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