Things You Should Know for March 26th, 2012

Things you should know for March 26th, 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.

Lesbian wedding threatens to break up heterosexual marriage.

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Community

Jersey Mike’s Subs stores donates 100% of sales: On Wednesday, March 27th, the two Rockford-area Jersey Mike’s Subs stores will donate 100% of their total earnings to the Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center. The “Day of Giving” will be the end of a month-long fundraiser by the stores, who are quite honorable and a very beneficial asset to the Rockford community.

Economy

Vertical farms work for Chicago: What about for Rockford? With the success of Hazzard Free Farm in Pecatonica, this may have the potential to be a big economic and health boost for the Rockford community. You may see a more detailed post of the affects of this type of venture in the future!

Government

Candidates for Alderman talk crime and progress: 11th ward Alderman Karen Elyea is defending her chair while Jaime Salgado is running for office for the second time. Both candidates understand that value rests in the 11th ward, but where to start, and how to implement a game-changing strategy that will affect the entire ward’s growth is a major challenge both candidates are facing.

Supreme Court sidesteps gay marriage: The Supreme Court fell into a heated debate on gay rights, although the justices have hinted that a major national ruling may not be ready as of yet. They will be looking at the federal level of this issue, and will decide on whether or not the federal law on banned gay marriages will be overturned. This is the first look at the issue from the Supreme Court in ten years, according to the Rockford Register Star article.

Health & Safety

OSF donates breathing equipment: Local hospital OSF Saint Anthony donated technology that enables hard-to-breathe patients to breathe easier. The donations have gone to local Emergency Medical Service workers, people who consistently need to help someone breathe, whether they have been in a car accident, a home accident, or any other type of situation that requires difficult maneuvering for both the patient and the EMS worker.

Education

Galapagos Rockford Charter School receives grant: In order to support its science program, the $1,480 Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant will pay for students to go to Atwood Environmental Center to collect data and report on water quality. The grant will also aid students and faculty in teaching students how to study the night sky.

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