Things You Should Know for March 9th, 2013

John Borling, former POW, offers his experiences through poetry (RRStar photo)

John Borling, former POW, offers his experiences through poetry (RRStar photo)

Things you should know for March 9th, 2013

All links below provide information on things you should know going on in your hometown of Rockford, Illinois. All sources are Rockford news leaders and are relevant to community issues.


Former POW, Rockford citizen, shares memoirs through poetry: John Borling was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 6 1/2 years, during which time he composed and memorized poetry and prose. He now offers those words through his book: “Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton”.


Rockford College Radio streams shows online: Original interviews and local music is played on Rockford College Radio, but Geoff Carter stresses that you can only listen online. You may stream all live shows online at Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 9 PM is filled with live shows, according to the station manager, Vince Chiarelli.


Mayor Morrissey lays out his “Path to Prosperity”: Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey stated at the State of the City Address that the path to prosperity would rely on “an educated and entrepreneurial citizenry”. The recent collaboration with Etsy will spark new labs and workshops that can teach people with little work experience skills that they can use for employment. Another key point: paid internships and jobs for students by employers who are part of a “cadet” program.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos opening Rockford office: A congressional office for Representative Bustos will be opening in Rockford at 119. North Church Street, Suite 207 and 208. She wants to open an office in Rockford so that families and citizens can voice their concerns.

Casino bill change makes Mayor Morrissey “furious”: Mayor Morrissey is not very happy with a change in a casino bill, that would bring a casino to Rockford. Rockford would receive 5% of state taxes if a casino is built, but in the bill that revenue would be split 50/50 between Rockford and Winnebago county, where previously Rockford received all 5% of the state tax revenue.


Forbes ranks Rockford one of best banks in nation: Forbes Magazine, the same one that ranked Rockford the third most miserable city, has named Riverside Community Bank as one of the best banks in the country through its parent company, Heartland Financial USA, Inc.



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