Things You Should Know for April 5th, 2013

Things you should know for April 5th, 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.

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Government

Mayoral Candidates talk property and District 205: Candidates running for Rockford Mayor talk in this article about their plans to reverse trends of skyfalling property values. Poor performing schools are another reason being attributed to declining property values, as citizens move to neighboring school districts.

Entertainment

“Wait Wait…Don’t tell me!”: The popular National Public Radio show “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” came to Rockford Thursday to a sold out audience at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The show chose Rockford as a location to host their show, as it is a very short drive from Chicago.

Community

Firefighter recruits gear up: 14 weeks before they graduate, recruits for the fire department must go through extensive training. Personal friend Isaiah Cattage says they have to learn “how to get out of tight spots, controlling our breathing.” Keep it up boys! These are the next generation of life savers in Rockford.

Rock River Trail gains national status: National Water Trails has granted the status to the Rock River Trail. The initiative aims to “found a National Scenic, Recreational and Historic Trail along the 300 miles of the Rock River, from its source in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, to its mouth at the Quad Cities in Illinois, and a separate Rock River Scenic and Historic Route on roads within the river corridor to provide access for all to the natural resources, recreational opportunities, scenic beauty and historic and cultural assets of the Rock River Valley.”

Rockford receives $157,000 for library grants: $11.9 million in grants have been assigned to various libraries in the stateline, with Rockford receiving just over $157,000. This will help keep library benefits open such as free Internet access, book clubs, as well as other reference and information services.

Education

Rockford Christian School saves lives with robotics: Rockford Christian Middle School students help save lives by creating a magnetic plug adapter, which will simply be pulled right out from the wall in case a senior citizen trips over the cord. Apparently, over 21,000 senior citizens die from falling-related injuries. Good job students!

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