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Three Illinois cities rank among the worst 25 cities in the country for violent crime rates.

Rockford is the most dangerous of the three, according to a report by CBS News based on FBI data for 2016, the most recent year available.

Transform Rockford Endorses Home Rule

Feb 22, 2018
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Transform Rockford on Wednesday announced it supports the return of home rule to Rockford.

Spokesmen say the organization stands behind the March 20 referendum because it will allow the city to regain control of a destiny that is currently being controlled by leaders in Springfield.

“We want to seize control of our own destiny, and we want to seize control of whats already happening,” Executive Director Mike Schablaske told reporters at a new conference. “That’s why we’re supportive of this and that’s why we encourage others to be supportive of home rule.”

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

We live in uncivil times: There are more ways than ever to insult and be insulted by people with different views. That’s why a national initiative called “Choose Civility” was started. Rockford kicked off its own take on the movement Tuesday night.

New Mural Extols Community Efforts To Transform

Mar 10, 2016
Phil Masterton/WNIJ

A mural by a Rockford artist, commissioned by a Rockford-area company and dedicated to a Rockford cause was unveiled Thursday afternoon at the Rockford Public Library.

After successfully promoting his company at a Rockford business exposition, Ticomix CEO Tim Ancona wanted a way to promote his community as well. He credits Ticomix VP Mike Roberts with the idea to have a local artist create a mural depicting Rockford’s ongoing renewal.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Hundreds of people showed up last night for a brainstorming session about how to make Rockford a better community. Transform Rockford held its first strategy planning meeting for the public: they hope to have a detailed plan by early next year to make the Rockford a “top 25 community” by 2025.

Visitors to the event held at the YMCA in Rockford stopped by idea stations around the gym to talk with lead volunteers about specific interest areas:

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