6:42 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Rockford's Mayor Fears Sequestration Will Hurt Aerospace Industry

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee
Credit U.S. Senator Dick Durbin / YouTube

Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey told a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee this week the sequester is having a negative effect on the economy in northern Illinois.  Earlier this year, aerial demonstrations were halted nationwide. That caused the cancellation of the city's popular AirFest. Automatic budget cuts next year could have an impact on defense-related purchases. Morrissey fears what that could mean for the region's aerospace industry:

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Blaming sequestration cuts
4:38 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

No Rockford AirFest This Year

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford AirFest is cancelled, and organizers are blaming the federal government.

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5:05 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Sequester Will Affect Federal Courts In Northern Illinois

The federal courthouse in Rockford

The federal judicial system in northern Illinois could be another victim of a drawn-out sequester. Court officials and prosecutors say they will feel the pinch.

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6:24 am
Fri February 22, 2013

The Impact Of Federal Cuts In Northern Illinois


The deadline is looming for automatic spending cuts at the federal level. While lawmakers wrangle over ways to avoid the so-called sequester, those who rely on federal funding are wondering how they would be affected. That includes companies, agencies and many others in northern Illinois.

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Bustos and Kinzinger in Rockford
5:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

House Members: Sequestration Hits Home

U.S. House members Cheri Bustos and Adam Kinzinger talk about sequestration after a tour of SupplyCore in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Members of Congress are back home instead of trying to work out a plan to avoid massive across-the-board cuts scheduled to take effect March 1st. Many are using the opportunity to show how sequestration will hurt the people who live and work in their districts. 

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