Unity, Pride, Culture: Rockford NAACP and Other Local Organization Look to Financially Empower Minorities

ROCKFORD – The Forest City has seen is fair share of economic issues, but It’s like the saying goes: knowledge is power. The NAACP, along with several organizations, have made it their goal to empower Stateliners financially, to help improve the community.


“We’re just trying to empower all people to be more financially stable,” President of the Rockford Chapter of the NAACP Dion Simpson said, and that was the main goal for the economic resource fair at Rockford University.


“If families are economically strong, then communities can grow to become economically strong,” 67th District Representative Litesa Wallace added.


According to the Illinois Department of Employment security, unemployment in the Forest City dropped significantly from January 2014 to January 2015, falling from 11% to 7.8%, while adding 2,400 job in that same span. Senator Steve Stadelman believes teaching everyone the importance of finances and the economy will help continue that growth.

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Families & Neighborhoods: RHA Returns to City Council with Updated Plans for Fairgrounds Redevelopment

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — There’s a new plan to revamp public housing in Rockford. This coming after city council shot down previous plans for the Fairgrounds Valley Housing Complex.


Rockford Housing Authority’s CEO Ron Clewer will address city council Monday night, outlining new options for the west side housing complex. Clewer says he’s been meeting with council members to address some of their concerns.

In January council voted down a partnership for a $30 million grant from the federal government. Clewer says he feels more members are now on board with the group’s plans for fairgrounds.

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Safety: City hopes ‘Alignment’ approach can reduce crime in Rockford

ROCKFORD — When it comes to crime reduction, there are a lot of players but not enough teamwork.

That’s the view from City Hall, where Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey plans to establish a network to fight crime like the one that is helping improve education in the city’s public schools

Morrissey and the Rev. Kenneth Copeland, chairman of Alignment Rockford, which has been lauded for its impact in helping turnaround the Rockford School District, want to use Alignment tools for public safety in a program they call Rockford Connect.

Can it work on crime?

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Rockford City Market Expands, Accepting Vendor Applications

ROCKFORD – Rockford City Market is now accepting applications for its sixth season, which will begin Friday, May 22nd.

Vendors interested in taking part can find an application online. Applications for the first half of the season will be accepted until April 3rd.

There are some new aspects this year, including the development of the Rockford City Market – North End (formerly known as North End Commons Farmers Market) on Saturday mornings throughout the summer.

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Healthcare: Mercy, Rockford health systems name parent company

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS—Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System announced Thursday the name for its new parent company is MercyRockford Health System.

The newly formed health system is a result of the two systems merging early this year to create a system comprising five hospitals, more than 550 physicians and 80 outpatient clinics and service sites in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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Sportscore Two funding decision could come soon

LOVES PARK (WREX) – The Rockford Park District could find out soon if funding to expand a major sports complex comes through for the state.

Loves Park leaders are also set to give their first indication if Sportscore Two is designed to their liking.

The Park District is asking Loves Park to annex property into the city and rezone the land it currently owns.

Sportscore Two is already a 124-acre site with soccer fields, volleyball courts and an Indoor Sports Center.  As part of its Reclaiming First Initiative, the Park District wants to reconfigure and expand the property, adding more fields and additional parking, even a drive thru restaurant one day.

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Planning: Investor pays $8.2M for Rockford’s Rock River Tower

ROCKFORD — Rock River Tower has been sold to an East Coast investment company for $8.2 million, a price that’s above market value and perhaps a sign that real estate market may be improving here.

Strategic Partners of North America announced Tuesday that it added the 15-story, 110-unit riverfront landmark building at 913 M. Main St. to its $175 million nationwide real estate portfolio. It borrowed $6.7 million from New Jersey-based Eastern Union Funding to finance the deal.

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