The Rock River Times

Rockford Passes 2018 Budget With 5-Percent Utility Tax

Mar 27, 2018

Rockford aldermen on Monday approved the 2018 budget, five days ahead of their March 31 deadline.

The plan, conditionally approved last week as Plan B, includes the expected 5-percent utility tax Rockford residents will start seeing on their gas and electric bills.

Haney Tackles Several Issues In ‘State Of The County’ Address

Mar 23, 2018

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney addressed several issues Wednesday during his second State of the County address at Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center.

Haney, who won the seat in 2016, began his talk by lauding local job efforts, noting that 1,000 positions were filled at the Chicago Rockford International Airport in the last 12 months and that the region is still a hotbed of industry.

Police have arrested 20-year-old Jamain L. McFadden in connection with Sunday’s shots-fired incident at CherryVale Mall. McFadden has been charged with three counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm as a felon. Bail has not been set. His first court date is pending.

Background: A fight inside the CherryVale Mall Sunday morning led to shots fired in the parking lot.

Rockford Leaders Present Two Budget Options Ahead Of Home Rule Vote

Mar 15, 2018
Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Which taxes and fees will likely increase for Rockford residents will depend on whether voters restore home rule on March 20.

On Monday, city staff proposed two spending plans: one for if home rule passes and another if the referendum fails. If home rule passes, staff recommends aldermen approve Plan A, which would generate revenue for the city’s budget largely from visitors and the local entertainment industry.

Sheriff Asks For Public’s Help In CherryVale Murder Probe

Mar 13, 2018
flickr user Tex Texin ""Crime Scene Do Not Cross" tape" (CC BY 2.0)

The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating a vehicle investigators say was involved in a fatal shooting that happened in the CherryVale Mall parking lot last month.

The vehicle is a gold or tan GMC Yukon. It is the SUV from which shots were fired Feb. 23, in what Sheriff Gary Caruana described as a “drive-behind.”