Press Releases

October 2021

 Town Hall On Violence

February 2021

New Life-Saving Mobile App Launched in Rockford

January 2021

Rockford Fire Selected to Participate in Nationwide Pilot Program

Point in Time Count 2021

Program Aims to Help Address Youth Violence

December 2020

City of Rockford Announces Hospitality Grant Recipients

Public Works Weekly Update 12.10.2020

Rockford Increases Municipal Equality Index Score

Public Works Weekly Update 12.3.2020

Council Passes Balance 2021 Budget

Council Passes Capital Improvement Plan 2021-2025

November 2020

Co Responder Pilot Program Update 

City Launches Hospitality Grant Program

Public Works Weekly Update 11.19.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 11.12.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 11.5.2020.

October 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 10.29.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 10.22.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 10.15.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 10.8.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 10.1.2020

September 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 9.24.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 9.17.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 9.10.2020

Micro-Enterprise Business Loans

Public Works Weekly Update 9.3.2020

August 2020

Partnering for Progress Event

Public Works Weekly Update 8.27.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 8.20.2020

Opportunity Zone Grant

Public Works Weekly Update 8.13.2020

Tornado Clean Up

July 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 7.30.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 7.23.2020

Municipalities Strengthen Mask Enforcement 7.23.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 7.16.2020

Boil Order Lifted 7.14.2020

Boil Order 7.13.2020

WestZone Map for Boil Order

Mayor Joins State-Wide Board 07.10.2020

City Receives Grant to Study Auburn Street 7.9.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 7.9.2020

City Launches Digital Plan Review Platform 7.8.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 7.2.2020

June 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 6.18.2020

Brownfields Planning Technical Assitance 06.16.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 6.11.2020

Aldermen Listening Sessions 6.10.2020

Statement from the Mayor 6.8.2020

May 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 5.28.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 5.21.2020

9th Street Reconstruction_05.18.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 5.14.2020

12th Ward Nomination 5.13.2020

LIHEAP Program Information 5.08.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 5.7.2020

April 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 4.30.2020

Lorden Building Gets Facelift 4.28.2020

Free Meals to Children and Teens_4.22.2020

Summer Family Market 6.16.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 4.16.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 4.2.2020

March 2020

Loan Program to Help Small Business Owners 3.25.2020

City Expands Liquor Sales 3.20.2020

Public Works Weekly Update 3.13.2020

Roof Replacement Program

Community Action Funds Help Grow Area Gardens

February 2020

Youth At-Risk Funds Available

Mayor Names Director of Human Services 2.13.2020

2019 Public Safety Stats 02.04.2020

Diaper Drive 02.06.2020

January 2020

Jamie Rott Named Water Superintendent 1.28.2020

Phase 1 Location of Family Peace Center 01.23.2020

City Launches Snow and Ice App 

December 2019

Public Works Weekly Update 12.19.2019

Public Works Weekly Update 12.12.2019

Public Works Weekly Update 12.5.2019

November 2019

Public Works Weekly Update 11.27.2019

Public Works Weekly Update 11/14/19

City Announces Warming Centers

October 2019

City Council Approves Hard Rock Casino Proposal

Public Works Weekly Update 10/3/19

September 2019

Public Works Weekly Update 9/26/19

Mayor and City Staff Recommend Hard Rock for Casino Development

Public Works Weekly Update 9/19/19

Mayor and Finance Department Present Balanced Budget for 2020

Public Works Weekly Update 9/12/19

City Announces Details for Casino Public Hearing

Public Works Weekly Update 9/5/19

August 2019

Public Works Weekly Update 8/29/19

Public Works Weekly Update 8/22/19

Public Works Weekly Update 8/15/19

Public Works Weekly Update 8/1/19

July 2019

Public Works Weekly Update 7/25/19

Mayor Announces 100 Men Who Give a Damn Golf Outing 

Public Works Weekly Update 7/11/19

Mayor Names New Public Works Director

Public Works Weekly Update 7/3/19

June 2019

Summer Family Markets Offer Free Groceries

Public Works Weekly Update 6/13/19

Limited Funds Available for Not-For-Profit Organizations

Public Works Weekly Update 6/6/19

May 2019

Public Works Weekly Update 5/30/19

Citizen Receives Awards for Exemplifying Community Action

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Public Works Weekly Update 5/23/19

Public Works Weekly Update 5/16/19

Public Works Weekly Update 5/9/19

Public Works Weekly Update 5/2/19

Mayor Announces Town Halls

March 2019

Frequently Asked Questions about the Convenience Fees

City Accepting Applications for Community Relations Commission 

Community Relations Commission Information Sheet

February 2019

New Funds Available to Help Small Businesses Create Jobs and Rehabilitate Vacant Residential Structures

Strong Progress in Making Rockford Safer: Violent Crime Down 17 Percent Since 2016

January 2019

Vacant and Foreclosed Property Registry Frequently Asked Questions

Snow Emergency Declaration 1.18.19

2019 Christmas Tree Collection

December 2018

Rockford Joins SolSmart Program

City Issues Garbage and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Schedules for Holiday Season

City Council Approves Community Relations Commission

Progress in the Long Game of Making Rockford a Safer Community

Essex Update: Judge Holds President of A-W-Bennett Personally in Contempt of Court

Public Works Weekly Update 12/13/18

Public Works Weekly Update 12/6/18

Blight Reduction Update: New Fellowship Baptist Church

November 2018

Public Works Weekly Update 11/29/18

Snow Emergency Canceled

Garbage Canceled for Monday, November 26

Snow Emergency Declared 11/25/18

Public Works Weekly Update 11/21/18

City Council Approves 2019 Budget

Public Works Weekly Update 11/15/18

Yard Waste Pick Up Scheduled to End

Mayor McNamara Named to Governor-Elect JB Pritzker’s Transition Team

Public Works Weekly Update 11/8/18

Warming Centers Announced

October 2018

Public Works Weekly Update 11/1/18

City-Wide Street Repairs Group No. 4

Rockford Fire Receives CAAS Accreditation

Public Works Weekly Update 10/25/18

Auburn Street/Spring Creek Road Patching

Public Works Weekly Update 10/18/2018

Mayor McNamara to Host Mayor’s Night Out November 7

City Holds Community and Economic Development Public Hearing to Present 2019 Annual Plan Draft

Finance Department Presents Balanced 2019 Budget

Public Works Weekly Update 10/11/2018

City Council Hears National Resource Network Recommendations for Cost Savings

September 2018

Durbin, Bustos, Kinzinger, Mayor Announce $450,000 in Federal Funding 

City Plans Mayor’s March Against Domestic Violence

August 2018

City Receives Grant for Head Start Program

City Releases RockStat Highlights through July 2018

Community Forum Scheduled to Solicit Feedback on Family Justice Center

July 2018

City Begins Decorative Board-Up Pilot Program

Kickball Challenge with the Rockford Police Department at District 1

Street Closures, Parking and Seating for July 4th

Area Educators Learn about Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Awareness

City and AFSCME Unions Settle Contracts and Agree to Residency

June 2018

City of Rockford Notifies Residents of New Energy Supplier

Mayor McNamara to Host Mayor’s Night Out

Reminders about Storm Clean Up

Water Main Break at Corbin and Cunningham Street

Summer Family Markets Offer Free Groceries

City Files Lawsuit in Latest Efforts to Clean Up Essex Wire Location

May 2018

Mayor McNamara Calls for State to Be Stronger Partner

Area Cooling Centers Available in Extreme Heat

Mayor Appoints Task Force to Advance the Redevelopments of Davis Park

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

Mayor Names Economic Development Director

Rockford Police Department Plans Summer Programs for Youth

April 2018

Mayor Plans State of the City Address

City Receives Abandoned Property Program Grant

Rockford Police Department now using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Help Community and Officer Safety

Frequently Asked Questions about the New Car Crash Procedure

Children’s Art Contest Now Underway

City Announces New Policy for Minor Car Crashes

Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention Outlines Details to Solicit Survivor Feedback

March 2018

Community Action Funds Help Grow Area Gardens

City Releases RockStat Highlights from January/February

Travel and Parking Information for St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Alan Jackson Concert

Council Considers Two Versions of Balanced 2018 Budget: Home Rule and Non-Home Rule Budgets Presented by City Staff

Rockford Police Department Accepting Applications for Officers

February 2018

LIHEAP Energy Assistance Still Available

City Council Approves Home Rule Self-Limiting Ordinances at Tonight’s Meeting

Mayor McNamara and Chief O’Shea Announce 2017 Crime Statistics: Violent Crime Down 5 Percent

January 2018

Mayor McNamara Begins Coffee Talk Series

Residential Structure Fire – 1130 Ogilby Rd.

Jennifer Cacciapaglia to Join City as Manager of Mayor’s Office of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention

Residential Structure Fire – 2020 Richmond St.

Residential Structure Fire – 4121 Florida Dr.

National Resource Network Announces Partnership with City of Rockford

City Council Passes Capital Improvement Plan

County, City Joining Forces in Opioid Litigation

December 2017

Closing on Historic Amerock-Ziock Building in Rockford Complete; Construction Underway

Finance Task Force Presents Findings to Council

City of Rockford Settles Oda Poole Case

Signal Removals Study – W. State & N. Court Sts.

Residential Structure Fire – 2720 Arthur Ave.

City Issues Winter Reminders for Residents and Business Owners

Public Works Update – Week of 12/11/17

Commercial Structure Fire – 3005 N. Rockton Ave.

Commercial Structure Fire – 313 Hill Street

Residential Structure Fire – 4316 Forest View Ave.

November 2017

Eryn Stone to Lead Illinois APWA

Water Rescue – Chestnut St. Bridge

Public Works Update – Week of 12/04/17

Residential Structure Fire – 1022 8th St.

Residential Structure Fire – 828 Brooke Rd.

Commercial Structure Fire – 4002 South Main St.

Residential Structure Fire – 520 South Street

City of Rockford Property Tax Levy Drops for 2018

Public Works Update – Week of 11/27/17

Residential Structure Fire – 1019 Bruce St.

Garbage Collection Delayed Due to Thanksgiving Holiday

Residential Structure Fire – 3501 Modesto

Residential Structure Fire – 3690 Hermitage

Grand Central Station Model Trains Display

Public Works Update – Week of 11/20/17

2nd Annual Community Thanksgiving

Residential Structure Fire – 2925 16th St.

Travel Advisory re: Funeral Services of Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox

Rockford Police Announce Additional Details on Arrangements for Officer Jaimie Cox

Rockford Police Announce Arrangements for Officer Jaimie Cox

Mayor McNamara Statement re: Officer Jaimie Cox

Community Action Announces Warming Centers

Public Works Update – Week of 11/06/17

October 2017

City Announces Private Property Tree Removal Loan Program

Rockford Fire Announces RAMM Scholarship Call for Applications

Residential Structure Fire – 1415 Overdene

Law Enforcement Explorer Program Orientation Night

Leaf Collection and Disposal Advisory

Residential Structure Fire – 2215 Wentworth

Downtown Rockford Strategic Action Plan Receives Best Practice Award

Residential Structure Fire – 523 Union St.

Battle of the Blues Exhibition Wheelchair Basketball

Public Works Update – Week of 10/23/17

Church St. & Park Ave. Water Main Replacement

Rockford to Increase Access to Safe Medication Disposal

Rockford Police Transitions Back to State Hosted 72-Hour Dispatch Log

Public Works Update – Week of 10/16/17

UPDATE – Multi-Agency Emergency Drill to be held October 11

Garage Fire – 3508 Broadway

Residential Structure Fire – 310 7th St..

Public Works Update – Week of 10/09/17

Detached Garage Fire – 311 Oak Knolls Ave. North

Vehicle Extrication – Charles & Lexington

Spring Creek Road Resurfacing Update

Residential Structure Fire – 2929 Sunnyside Dr.

Multi-Agency Emergency Drill to be held October 11

Residential Structure Fire – 904 11th St.

September 2017

Detached Garage Fire – 3432 Robey Ave.

Public Works Update – Week of 10/02/17

Rockford Police to Participate in 2nd Annual Coffee with a Cop

Residential Structure Fire – 2830 8th St.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Now Available

Residential Structure Fire – 1223 15th Ave.

Mitch Leatherby Tapped to Lead City Streets Division

Public Works Update – Week of 9/25/17

Fire Department Swearing-In Ceremony – September 20, 2017

Commercial Structure Fire – 922 Kilburn Ave.

Detached Garage Fire – 5870 Garrett Ln.

Public Works Update – Week of 9/18/17

2018 Annual Plan Public Hearings

Public Works Update – Week of 9/11/17

Residential Structure Fire – 417 Kishwaukee St.

Commercial Structure Fire – 2426 West State St.

Residential Structure Fire – 821 11th St.

Vehicle Extrication – Island Ave.

City of Rockford Announce Women and Minority Business Networking Events

Residential Structure Fire – 2013 Kilburn 

Residential Structure Fire – 1912 Kilburn

Public Works Update – Week of 9/04/17

August 2017

Residential Structure Fire – 815 20th Ave.

Rockford Police to Host District 1 Ribbon Cutting and Open House Ceremony

Public Works Update – Week of 8/28/17

Residential Structure Fire – 809 Bruce St.

Drive Sober Labor Day Campaign

Rockford Police “High-Five” Campaign Resumes

Public Works Update – Week of 8-21-17

Rockford Community Partners Announces Rockford Day 2017 Participants & Schedule of Events

Rockford Police Announce 72-Hour Dispatch Call Log Update

Rockford Fire to Host Open House of Fire Station #7

New Dates for Fall 2017 Citizens Police Academy

Road Closure 12th Ave. between 18th & 19th Sts.

Public Works Update – Week of 8/14/17

Partner Release – Lane Closure E. State St. 5510 E. State St.

Partner Release – Intersection Closure Lynnwood & Forest View

City of Rockford to Hold Community and Economic Development Public Hearings; Begin its 2018 Annual Action Plan Process

McNamara Marks First 100 Days in Office

Rockford Police to Host Swearing-In and Awards Ceremony

August 2017 RockStat CompStat Meeting

Residential Structure Fire – 3051 Latham St.

Public Works Update – Week of 8/07/17

Abandoned Building Fire – 530 15th Ave.

July 2017

Commercial Structure Fire – 510 Buckbee

City Clarifies Water Compliance with Federal Health-Based Standards

HUD Announces Funds for Homeless Programs in Winnebago & Boone Counties

Residential Structure Fire – 1409 S. 6th St.

Rockford & Park District Police Departments to Celebrate National Night Out

Public Works Update – Week of 7/31/17

Garage Fire – 3520 Robey

Residential Structure Fire – 208 Klines Ave.

Residential Structure Fire – 516 Howard Ave.

Residential Structure Fire – 2723 Silent Wood Trail

Residential Structure Fire – 511 Royal Ave.

Lane Closures Walnut & S. 2nd St.

Partner Release – Road Closure 18th Ave.

Public Works Update – Week of 7/24/17

Road Closure Chestnut St. from Wyman to Madison St.

State & Madison Traffic Signal Upgrade

Residential Structure Fire – 1215 Cosper Ave.

Fall 2017 Citizens Police Academy

Water Rescue – Jefferson St. Bridge

Commercial Fire – 2020 7th St.

House Fire – 2958 17th St.

Rockford Police Announce Youth Police Academies

Public Works Update – Week of 7/17/17

Home Plate Compact Community Softball Game

Area Cooling Centers

City of Rockford Debt Rating Downgraded July 2017

Road Closure – Warren Rd. between Charles St. & Marion Ave.

Partner Release – Road Closure Post Ave. between Churchill and Ellsworth

Residential Structure Fire – 2124 Hecker

Public Works Weekly Update

One Lane of Chestnut St. Reopening for Traffic July 6th

Street Closures, Parking, & Seating Announced for 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

June 2017

Garbage Collection Schedule Delayed Due to Independence Day Holiday

Hanley Building Statement with updated Fourth of July Parade Route – 062917

Rockford Police & Fire Issue Fourth of July Advisory

Public Works Weekly Update

Mayor McNamara Names HR Director

Partner Release 2016 DUI Survey

Rockford Police to Host Promotion and Retirement Ceremony

City of Rockford and Hanley Lofts, LLC, Issue Update on Hanley Building Fire

Mayor McNamara Names Director of Public Works

Rockford Police Re-Opens Lateral Officer Applications, Also Accepting Applications for Police Officer

Partner Release – Lane Closure School St..

Road Closures (US 20) Chestnut St. & (IL 2) S. Main St.

Hanley Building Fire Incident Report

Mayor McNamara Names Legal Director

City of Rockford to Relocate E-Waste Collection Containers beginning July 5, 2017

City Announces 2017 Cooling Center Locations

Rockford Police United Way Announce Summer 2017 Dates for Strong Neighborhoods Days Block Parties

Rockford Police Now Accepting Applications for Police Officer

City of Rockford, Loves Park Announce New Electric Aggregation Supplier

City Issues Updated List of Free Summer Food Sites