- Rockford, Illinois
name = Rockford
category = City
nickname = The Forest City
image_caption = The Jefferson Street Bridge, as seen from the west bank of the
symbol = Seal of Rockford.png
country = United States
state = Illinois
region_type = County
region = Winnebago
district_type = Township
district = Rockford
elevation_imperial = 715
elevation_imperial_note = cite web|url=Gnis3|416843|title=USGS detail on Newtown|accessdate=2007-10-21]
lat_d = 42
lat_m = 16
lat_s = 11
lat_NS = N
long_d = 89
long_m = 04
long_s = 11
long_EW = W
area_imperial = 56.7
area_land_imperial = 56.0
area_water_imperial = 0.7
population = 155138
population_date = 2006
population_density_imperial = 2680.4
population_density_metro_imperial = 339178
established_type = Founded
established = 1834
leader = Lawrence J. Morrissey (I)
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
postal_code = 61101-61110, 61112, 61114, 61125, 61126
area_code = 815
map_caption = Location of Rockford within Illinois
map_locator = Illinois
commons = Rockford, Illinois
website = http://www.ci.rockford.il.us
Rockford is a mid-sized city located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois. Rockford is often referred to as "The Forest City" and is the county seat of
Winnebago County, Illinois, USA. As reported in the 2000 U.S. census, the city was home to 150,115 people, while in the 2006 estimate, it is said to have a population of 155,138; making it the third-largest city in Illinois after Chicagoand Aurora. The metropolitan area has 339,178 residents as of the 2000 census. During the latter part of the 20th century Rockford was the second largest city in Illinois. The current mayor is Lawrence J. Morrissey, an independent elected to a four year term in April 2005.
Rockford is located at coor dms|42|16|11|N|89|4|11|W|city (42.269770, -89.069754).GR|1 According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.7 square miles (146.9 km²), of which, 56.0 square miles (145.1 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is water. Neighboring communities that border Rockford, and are considered an integral part of the Rockford metro area, are Loves Park, Machesney Park, Belvidere, and the villages of Winnebago, and Cherry Valley. The Rock River is the traditional center of the Rockford area and is its most recognizable natural feature.
Due to its location in the midwest, Rockford's climate contains four clearly defined
seasons. Summers are usually very warm with the high temperature in July, the hottest month, being 87 °F (28 °C). The winter months can bring bitterly cold air masses from Canada. The average high temperature in January, the coldest month, is 27 °F (-3 °C). June is Rockford's wettest month while February is the driest. During a typical year, Rockford receives 36.3in (922 mm) of precipitation.
Rockford and surrounding areas are prone to violent
thunderstorms during the months of March, April, May, and June. On April 21 1967, the neighboring town of Belvidere was struck by a violent F4 tornado, in which twenty-four people were killed and hundreds more injured at Belvidere's High School. Other severe weather events, such as hailand strong winds are common in these storms. On July 5 2003at 04:03, microbursts caused major damage on both the east and west sides of Rockford. Approximately 70,000 people were without power, with many on the west side suffering in the heat without electricity for a week. It took months for the damage to be completely cleared, but because the storm struck so early in the morning there were no injuries or fatalities. However, these sometimes violent storms bring the majority of summer rainfall.
The city is also prone to severe
snowstorms in winter, and blizzards are frequent winter occurrences. On January 13 1979over 9 inches (23 cm) of snow fell on Rockford in just a few hours during one of the strongest blizzards in the city's history. The city averages approximately 36 inches (92 cm) of snowfall in a normal winter, but greater amounts are common. The snowiest winter in the history of the city was the winter of 1978-1979, when 75 inches (1.91 m) of snow fell.
Over the past years Rockford has recorded some of its worst flooding to date. Five inches of rain were dumped onto Rockford on
September 4 2006, leading to the destruction of twenty homes while damaging hundreds more. [http://www.disasternews.net/news/article.php?articleid=2764 IL sees flooding] Retrieved on August 08, 2007] Less than a year later on August 7, 2007, Rockford was again hit by rain when between 5-7 inches of rain fell. Many streets, including major thoroughfares like North Alpine Road and East State Street, were flooded, along with fears of the Alpine Dam breaking. [http://www.wrex.com/News/index.php?ID=20435 Rockford's Flooding Same Story Again for Dozens of Victims] Retrieved on August 08, 2007] [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-070807weather,1,7235346.story Downpours flood northern Illinois] Retrieved on August 08, 2007] The following day, Governor Rod Blagojevichdeclared both Rockford and Winnebago County a state disaster area. With this declaration, he dispatched both the Illinois Emergency Management Agencyand the Illinois Department of Natural Resourcesto assist the city. Debris removal, law enforcement, damage assessment, and other duties were offered by the governor.
Rockford's worst flooding though to date was on
July 18, 1952, when a total of eleven inches (279 mm) of rain deluged the city. This caused the drowning death of two residents, and the destruction of $1 million in property. This would lead though to a multi-million-dollar drainage program. [http://www.rockfordsearch.com/rockford-weather.asp Rockford Weather Records] Retrieved on August 08, 2007]
footnote= [http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/1765000.html Census Quickfacts] [http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/index.htm] As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 150,115 people, 59,158 households, and 37,328 families residing in the city. Because the city is the largest in the area, the surrounding towns are considered to be Rockford's metropolitan area, which has a combined population of approximately 339,178 persons. The population densityof the city prime was 1,034.8/km² (2,680.4/sq mi). There were 63,570 housing units at an average density of 1,135.1/sq mi (438.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.81% White, 17.37% African American, 0.32% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.80% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.18% of the population.
There are 59,158
households of which 31.5% include children under the age of 18, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $55,667, and the median income for a family was $65,465. Males had a median income of $37,098 versus $25,421 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $19,781. 14.0% of the population and 10.5% of families were below the poverty line. 19.6% of those under the age of 18 and 8.0% of those 65 and older were living below the povertyline.
Rockford surpassed Peoria as Illinois' second largest city in the late 1950s, and held onto that position for nearly half a century before being dislodged by a special census being held in Aurora in 2003. Note that Rockford was not recounted at the same time so this is not necessarily an accurate ranking.
Law and government
Rockford was first settled in 1834-1835 by
Germanicus Kent, Thatcher Blake, and Lewis Lemon, who came from Galena and established themselves on the west bank of Rock River; and Daniel Shaw Haight, who founded a settlement on the east bank. (Lemon, a slave, later bought his freedom, but stayed in the area as a truck farmer.) Before the civil war, the area was dominated by settlers from New York and New England, while Southern Illinois was dominated by settlers from Kentucky and Tennessee, many of them former slave owners. [Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford, An Illustrated History, Windsor Publications 1989 p.12] Halfway between Chicago and Galena, the community was briefly known as Midway, but quickly became known as Rockford, because of the excellent ford across the Rock River. A post office was established in 1837. The settlement was incorporated as a village in 1839, and chartered as a city in 1852.
The first weekly newspaper was published in 1840 and the first successful daily newspaper appeared in 1877. Between 1890 and 1930 the city had three daily newspapers. Rockford Female Seminary was chartered in 1847, became
Rockford Collegein 1892, and became fully coeducational in 1958. Best known of the college's graduates is Jane Addams(RFS Class of 1881), the founder of Chicago's Hull Houseand recipient of the Nobel Peace Prizein 1931. Rockford Public Library, the second such institution in Illinois, first opened to the public in August 1872; the library's first dedicated building, a Carnegie library, was completed by 1902.
Although Rockford was a sleepy country village up until the 1850s, the city is now the seat of Winnebago County. In 1851, the Rockford Water Power Company was organized and in 1852 the
Galena and Chicago Union Railroadreached the city. These two events, which brought inexpensive power and inexpensive transportation to the area, changed Rockford forever. By 1860 Rockford had become a significant, growing industrial center, noted for production of the John H. Manny reaper and other agricultural machinery. By the 1880s a furniture industry was begun, using the talents of Swedish craftsmen and capitalists, and by the first half of the 20th century Rockford was the second largest furniture-manufacturing center in the United States (behind Grand Rapids, Michigan). [Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford, An Illustrated History, Windsor Publications 1989 p.8] Many of the furniture companies were cooperatives, reflecting a different business approach from that of the old Yankee entrepreneur, with laborers and craftsmen holding significant power. The agricultural implement industry was already in decline by the First World War, and the furniture industry was severely damaged by the Great Depressionand the Second World War. By the end of the 1960s both were extinct in the city.
Life Magazine described Rockford in 1949: "It is as nearly typical as any city can be". . [Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford, An Illustrated History, Windsor Publications 1989 p.8] However, in 1950 to 1989, more than half of the earnings in Winnebago County came from manufacturing, far about the national average. [Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford, An Illustrated History, Windsor Publications 1989 p.12] Rockford's 20th century industry revolved around machine tools, heavy machinery, automotive, aerospace, fastener and cabinet hardware products, and packaging devices and concepts. The city's industrial background has produced many important and interesting inventions, among them the Nelson knitting machine, airbrush, electric brake, electric garage door opener, dollar bill changer, and electronic dartboard. Some defunct Rockford concerns of historical interest are: Air Brush Manufacturing Company, Free Sewing Machine Company, Haddorff Piano Company, Hanson Clock Company, Hess & Hopkins Leather Company, Norse Pottery Company, Rockford Brewing Company, Rockford Silver Plate Company, and Rockford Watch Company. Woodward Governor Company, an innovator in control systems for large machinery and aircraft propulsion, originated in Rockford.
Rockford has been known as a town that makes toys. The
TestorsCompany still makes model kits and paint and glue supplies for these kits. The Nylintcompany produced heavy duty metal scale toys of construction equipment, such as dump trucks, from 1946 to about 2001, when they went out of business. Tootsie toys, headquartered in Chicago, had a satellite factory in Rockford, where small single piece die cast cars where made for many years. Although not toys themselves, the red-heeled socks which are used for sock monkeys were originally manufactured in Rockford. The industrial industry in Rockford has been led by Sundstrand Corporationwhich was the merger of Rockford Tool Company and the Rockford Milling Machine Company in the early 20th century. Sundstrand manufactured many industrial, aviation, and aerospace products and still does to this day now currently known as Hamilton Sundstrandwhen it was acquired by United Technologiesin 1999.
The USS "Rockford", a "Tacoma" class frigate named for the city, was commissioned in March 1944 and earned two
service stars during World War II. Camp Grant, a training depot used during World Wars I and II, was torn down in 1947 and became the site of the Chicago Rockford International Airportby late 1954, and of Seth B. Atwood Park in 1956. Machesney airport, located north of the city, originally a private airport starting in 1927, was later used by the army air corps during World War II, later was a municipal airport and is now no longer an airport but home to the Machesney Park mall.
During the early to late 1940s the
Rockford Peaches(of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) were one of the first all-female baseballteams in the world. They played their home games at Beyer Stadiumwhich was razed several years ago. A placard displays where the stadium once stood, along with additional historical information. Although the 1992 motion picture " A League of Their Own" features the Rockford Peaches, all of the characters playing on the team were fictional, and the team did not participate in the league championship series in 1943 as depicted in the film. The Peaches won the league championship in 1945, 1948, 1949, and 1950.
theater was the largest and most expansive of all these movie theaters in Rockford, complete with an orchestra pit, double balcony, highly ornate design and full array of theatrical and stage equipment. Other remarkable theaters in Rockford included the Midway, Times, and State theaters.
Rockford was well known for its
elm trees, this being the reason for its nickname the Forest City. But in the mid 1950s an epidemic of Dutch Elm diseasemore or less wiped out the population of Elm trees. However, Rockford is still heavily lined with trees. Of note are the parks and boulevard street layouts in certain parts of the city. Neighborhood parks and wide common grassy/forested areas forming boulevards are found in the older parts of the city. Many of the parks were part of the street layout put down in the late 1890s, early 1900s when subdivisions of that era were created. These parks typically were an entire city block, or in some cases larger. They would typically have a bowery, and sometimes a cement-lined pool. The boulevards tend to be in slightly newer subdivisions built in the 1920s.
The 1960s saw expansion of the manufacturing segment in the area. Near the outskirts of Rockford in Belvidere, a
Chryslercar factory was built in 1965 [ http://www.daimlerchrysler.com/dccom/0-5-8793-1-36907-1-0-0-0-0-0-91-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html ] which initially assembled the Chrysler Newport and other large cars and now produces the Dodge Caliberand similar cars. Sundstrand, now Hamilton Sundstrand, a division of United Technologies[ http://www.hamiltonsundstrandcorp.com/hsc/details/0,10389,CLI1_DIV22_ETI2806,00.html ] also expanded during this time period making aircraft parts.
Starting as early as the 1990s Rockford has had the ignominious honour of being listed at times as one America's worst cities by the
Rand McNallycorporation and Money magazine, sometimes being ranked one of the top ten worst cities. [ Rockford Register Star newspaper/Archives, from June 8 2003article entitled: Sierra Club names best, worst developments, by Chris Green. ] This may have been due to the lack of jobs and high number of outdated or closed factories. Crime on the west side of town was endemic, with huge areas of old established neighborhoods in extreme blight. The homicide rate in these areas was quite high. Many houses were vacant with no one wishing to buy them. The city government has developed many programs to attempt to address these problems and has seen some success. In 2005 Rockford received top honors in the America in Bloom contest with the award being 4 Blooms Tidiness.
In early 2007 the city of Rockford city council voted to end the 90 year old vehicle sticker program. [ http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070206/NEWS0107/102060026/1044 ] The vehicle sticker was a way of raising tax revenue and it required Rockford residents to display, every year, a new sticker/decal on the inside of registered vehicle windshields. [ http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070218/OPINION0102/102180032/1044 ] The last sticker, required through the end of 2007, will depict artwork from Rockford's hometown celebrity rock group
Cheap Trick, from their latest album called "Rockford".
The airport is home to
United Parcel Service's second largest air-hub. The Chicago Rockford International Airportis presently ranked as the twenty-second largest cargo airport in the nation when measured by land weight. [ [http://www.flyrfd.com/cargosummary.asp Fly RFD, Chicago Rockford International Airport ] ]
Rockford is at the intersection of three major highways:
Interstate 90( Northwest Tollway), U.S. Highway 20, and Interstate 39. Interstate 90was completed in the early 1960s, providing a link from Rockford to both Madisonand Chicago. I-90/I-39 joins Interstate 43just north of Rockford, linking the city with Milwaukee. The U.S. Highway 20bypass around Rockford was completed in 1965. The Wallenberg Expressway was a proposed highway that would have linked downtown Rockford with U.S. 20 and I-90. Construction on Interstate 39south of Rockford began in 1984. [ [http://www.n9jig.com/1-20.html Routes 1 thru 20 ] ]
Passenger rail service is planned for expansion in Illinois and Rockford will likely become a destination. In 2006 the
Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiativeproposed extending Metratrain service from the western Chicago suburbs to Rockford. [cite news | url=http://www.rrstar.com/belvidere/x914621510 | title=All aboard? Commuter rail could take 3 to 5 years | work= Rockford Register Star| date=April 30, 2008 | first=Thomas V | last=Bona | accessdate=2008-04-30] Additional passenger service is being considered via Amtrakthrough the Blackhawk Area Rail Coalition. While service (via Amtrak's "Black Hawk") was cut in 1981, trains could begin carrying passengers in and out of Rockford as soon as 2010.
Rockford is served by several different freight railroad lines, such as
Union Pacific, Canadian National, and the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern. Rochelle, a community of 10,000, convert|25|mi|km|0 south of Rockford is home to Union Pacific Railroad’s Global III Intermodal Facility. The complex is one of the largest intermodal facilities in the world.Fact|date=June 2007 Construction on the state-of-the-art facility was completed in 2003 in Rochelle due to the close proximity to interstate highways and rail routes.
Looking into the future
The Rockford economy has suffered since the decline of the manufacturing industry in the late 1980s. Once a national leader in manufacturing and industry, the focus of the local economy has been forced to change. Many of the "family-owned" companies that once inhabited Rockford were bought out by larger companies, the larger companies then relocated the products being made to lower wage parts of the United States or sent them overseas altogether. The city's new focus relies on high-technology businesses, tourism generated by outstanding museums and a great park system, and the westward growth of the
Chicago metropolitan area.
As of 2006, new commercial and residential development is taking place in the downtown area. The city is also considering plans for a Convention Center, Casino, and Riverwalk. The Main Street Corridor (
Illinois Route 2) is also expected to be redeveloped. Construction from the downtown area, south to US Highway 20 is expected to begin in 2007. Plans for 2007 also mark a major renovation of the MetroCentre in downtown Rockford.Fact|date=February 2007
On September 28, 2007,
Rick Nielsen, lead guitarist of the rock band Cheap Trick, announced plans for a $25 Million restaurant and hotel on the city's far northeast side called "Rick's." The restaurant will have a music theme featuring thousands of guitars and memorabilia that Mr. Nielsen has collected. Groundbreaking is expected in late 2007 with a grand opening in the second half of 2008. [ [http://www.rrstar.com/homepage/x775334919 Welcome to Rockford and the ‘very cool’ world of Rick Nielsen - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star ] ]
Rockford school system
Rockford, Illinois is the site of
Rockford Business College, Rockford Collegeand Rock Valley College. In addition, it hosts several satellite branches of other schools, including Judson College (based in Elgin), Northern Illinois University (based in DeKalb), Rasmussen College[http://www.rasmussen.edu] , and the University of Illinois College of Medicine (based in Chicago).
Rockford College is best known for graduating
Jane Addams, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prizein 1931 for her efforts to promote international peace and justice. Laura Jane Addams (1860 - 1935) entered what was then Rockford Female Seminary in 1877 and became the first graduate to receive a B.A. degree from the newly accredited baccalaureate institution in 1882 (the school was renamed Rockford College in 1892).
Public School District 205
Rockford Public School Districtcovers about convert|170|sqmi|km2|-1 and serves over 27,000 students. It is the third largest school districtin the state, with 40 elementary schools, seven middle schools, and four high schools (Jefferson, Guilford, East, and Auburn).
The district has seen heavy criticism over the past 30 years, as aging schools have become an issue, and several legal issues have drained the district's resources.
Additionally, Rockford supports 27 sectarian and nonsectarian private schools ranging from elementary to secondary education.
Points of interest
The Rockford area is known as an outdoor destination, especially in the non-winter months. Numerous forest preserves surround the Kishwaukee River valley, five miles (8 km) southeast of the downtown area. Rock Cut State Park is located within the county to the northeast. Both the Rockford Park District and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District own and operate numerous golf courses as well. In fact, Golf Magazine called Aldeen Golf Club one of 50 excellent national golf courses one can play for under $50. Aldeen was ranked #38 in the nation in 2004.
Anderson Japanese Gardenshas been ranked the top Japanese gardenin North America. The garden was designed by Hoichi Kurisu. The Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Gardenis also a popular attraction. The facility contains convert|150|acre|km2|1 of rare trees and shrubs. Burpee Museum of Natural History, located just north of downtown, is home to Jane the Rockford T-Rex. The Discovery Center Museum contains a large and well-respected interactive children's science exhibit. The Rockford Art Museum completes the entire museum campus.
Another point of interest is the
Coronado Theatre, an ornately decorated vaudevillemovie theater located in Downtown Rockford. The theatre was completely restored in 1999. The tallest building in Rockford is the former Faust Hotel. It was built in 1929 and has many art deco features. It has a tower several stories above the rest of the building, topping off at 15 stories (186 ft) The Hotel Faust was the center of social life and visits by V.I.P.s for decades. The 'Faust' building is now used as apartments for the elderly.
To get an idea of what life was like in Rockford in the 19th century, take a tour of the
Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, a preserved "cottage" built in 1865, with exterior elements of a Swiss Chalet with some style borrowed from Victorian. The swing foot bridge, razed in 1976, ran from the cottage crossing the Kent creek bluffs and was a popular place to visit for many years. From October 2004 until June 2005, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum worked to rebuild the bridge. Engineers Willett, Hofmann & Associates and Civil Constructors designed and built the new bridge.
Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is the oldest continuous community music organization in the United States. It exists to provide quality music for all people of the northern Illinois region through live performances by local and world-renowned artists.
Midway Village and Museum Center is a picturesque
turn-of-the-centuryVictorian village featuring twenty-six historic structures and heritage gardens. Its grounds include a convert|55000|sqft|m2|-2|abbr=on. "Museum Center" that offers five exhibition galleries of Rockford's unique and ethnic history, a collection of antiqueand handcrafted doll houses in the "Old Doll House" and a working replica of a water powered machine shopat its Severin Lake entrance.
Brovary, Ukrainesince 1995
Changzhou, Chinasince 1999
Borgholm, Swedensince 2002
Cluj-Napoca, Romaniasince 2005
Ferentino, Italysince 2006
Rockford IceHogs(Ice hockey; UHL 1999—2007, AHL 2007—)
Rockford RiverHawks(Baseball; Frontier League2002—)
Rock River Raptors(Indoor football; UIF 2006—2007, CIFL 2008—)
Rockford Rampage(Indoor soccer; AISL 2005—2008, NISL 2008—)
* Rockford Thunder (Fast-pitch softball; NPF 2007—)
Rockford Fury(Basketball; PBL, 2007—)
Rockford Rage(Women's flat-track roller derby, 2006—)
Rockford Forest Citys( Baseball, 1871)
Rockford Lightning(Basketball, 1986–2005)
Rockford Expos(Baseball, 1988–1992)
Rockford Royals(Baseball, 1993–1994)
Rockford Cubbies(Baseball, 1995–1998)
Rockford Reds(Baseball, 1999)
Rockford Peaches(Women's baseball, 1943–1954)
Rockford Metros(Arena football, 1986 "playtest game")
John B. Anderson, U.S. Representative, 1980 Presidential candidate
Stephanie Bellars, professional wrestler
Jodi Benson, actress and voice of Ariel in "The Little Mermaid"
Paris Bennett, "American Idol" season 5 finalist (fifth place)
* "Chicken" George Boswell, "Big Brother" season 1 reality television contestant (fifth place), "Big Brother" All-Stars contestant.
Stewart Brand, founder of The Whole EarthCatalog, co-founder of The WELL – Whole Earth'Lectronic Link
Richard Bulliet, Scholar of the Middle East [ [http://www.columbia.edu/~rwb3 Richard Bulliet's Homepage ] ]
James Henry Breasted, scholar, first American teacher of Egyptology
Andre Rosey Brown, actor [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0113012/bio Andre Rosey Brown - Biography ] ]
Griffith Buck, rosebreeder
Helen McLeod. arrested and later acquitted Bolshevist, author of "The Trial of Helen McLeod", a founder and honorary vice chairman of New York's Liberal Party. [Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford An Illustrated History", Windsor Publications 1989 p. 19]
James E. Cartwright, General USMC, Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff
Cheap Trick, rock band, circa 1970–present
Steve Cherundolo, professional football (soccer) player for the US Men's National Team and Hannover 96in Germany's Bundesliga.
City of Rockford Pipe Band, Competition Pipe and Drum Band [ [http://www.mwpba.org MidWest Pipe Band Association] . Retrieved 6/15/08.]
* Thomas Fleming, editor, ""
Kenny Gould. boxer, held U.S. Amateur Title in 1985-1987 and the World Amateur Title in 1986. [Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford An Illustrated History", Windsor Publications 1989 p. 87]
Scott Heisel, music editor for Alternative Press (music magazine).
Chris Hrasky, drummer for musical group Explosions in the Sky
Susan Saint James, actress
Erv Karwelis, record producerfounder and president of Idol Records
Sarah Kelly, contemporary Christian artist
Ernie Kent, head men's basketballcoach, University of Oregon
Chad Knaus, Jimmie Johnson's (2006 NEXTEL CupChampion) crew chief
Julia Lathrop, suffragette, subject of biography (My Friend, Julia Lathrop, 1935) by Jane Addams[Lundin, Jon W. "Rockford An Illustrated History", Windsor Publications 1989 p. 84]
Natasha Leggero, stand-up comicand character actor
Janet Lynn, Olympic medalist ice skater
Joe Mantello, Tony Awardwinning actor and director: Take Me Out, Assassins, Wicked
Lynn Morley Martin, US Secretary of Labor and Congresswoman
Marin Mazzie, Broadway actress and singer, nominated for Tony Award
John Ortberg, bestselling author and pastor
Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, Internationally recognized award-winning drum corps...Drum Corps International World Champions 1996 (tie with the Blue Devils) and 2008.
Carlos Polk, NFL linebacker, San Diego Chargers
Aidan Quinn, actor
Stephanie Raymond, WNBAplayer, Chicago Sky
Kimberla Lawson Roby, New York TimesBestselling Author
Marty Ross, guitarist, singer for New MonkeesTV Show, TV and Film Composer
Shawn Ryan, television writer, creator of FX show "The Shield"
Erica Spindler, New York TimesBestselling Author
Gordon Tullock, economist
Ed Viesturs, high-altitude mountaineer [ [http://www.edviesturs.com/about.html Ed Viesturs biography at his website] ]
Janice E. Voss, astronaut
* Michelle Williams, member of
James "Big Jim" Wright, record producerfor Mariah Carey.
Rockford Register Star" [http://www.rrstar.com] , Daily Newspaper. Founded 1855. Circulation: 75,000.
* [http://www.rockrivertimes.com Rock River Times] , Weekly Newspaper. Independently owned since 1993. Circulation: 22,000.
* , Monthly Magazine. Founded 1977. Features a monthly column about Rockford titled "The Rockford Files" by executive editor
Scott P. Richert.
WTVO17, ABC affiliate
* WNTA 1330, News/Talk Radio
WTJK1380, ESPN Radio
WROK1440, News/Talk Radio
WFEN88.3, Christian Radio
WNIU90.5, NPR Classical Radio
WGSL91.1, Christian Radio
WRTB95.3, Classic Hits/Adult Contemporary Radio
WKGL-FM96.7, Classic Rock Radio
WZOK97.5, Top 40 Radio
WXXQ98.5, Country Radio
* WQFL 100.9, Christian Radio
WGFB103.1, Adult Contemporary Radio
WXRX104.9, Active Rock Radio
LALEY107.9, Mexican Regional
Winnebago County War Memorial
* [http://www.ci.rockford.il.us/ City Of Rockford Website]
* [http://www.gorockford.com/ GoRockford.com - Rockford Area CVB travel guide]
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