Things You Should Know for April 10th, 2013

Things you should know for April 10th, 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.

Sharon Sachs: The Goodman Theater, Chicago

Sharon Sachs: The Goodman Theater, Chicago

Rockford’s Own

Sharon Sachs, actress and Rockford native: Heath Alberts, local author and The Rockford Blog contributor, was kind enough to reach out and grab the attention of Sharon Sachs, NBC Series ‘GRIMM’ actress as Dr. Harper. She discusses her origins in Rockford and her journey to Los Angeles as she pursued, and grew, her acting career, as well as her costume designing profession.

Rockford Properties

Foreclosures down 15% from last year: For the 4th month in a row, the average price for a Rockford home has increased year-over-year. Prices have risen 9 out of the last 12 months, the “longest sustained gain in home sale prices since the housing recession hit in 2007.” There were 360 foreclosure cases in January and February of this year.

Flood-prone areas to receive grants: An informational meeting will be held on Friday, April 12th, at 5PM at 211 North Main Street, the Veteran’s Memorial Hall. The meeting will discuss the processing of over $3.6 million in funds for a “voluntary property buyout program” for owners in flood-prone areas. One project area is Blackhawk Island, which will receive over $1.44 in grant money, while the second project area, Edgemere Terrace, will receive the remaining funds.

Government

Chuck Sweeney’s take on Morrissey’s win: Mr. Sweeney says “voters chose Morrissey not so much because he’s been a great leader but because you can’t beat something with nothing.” Despite his ‘arrogant’ personality, Mayor Morrissey won a 3rd term and will now have to make dues with his promise of bringing a city university to Rockford. The article also discusses the winners and future of our surrounding areas: Machesney Park, Loves Park, Belvidere, as well as our new RVC Board of Trustees.

7 new Rockford Alderman join the 14-person team: New members on Rockford’s City Council seek to invigorate the community by collaborating and ‘modernizing’ how they operate, according to Alderman Vernita Hervey. Click the link to see winners of Rockford’s wards.

Morrissey wins 3rd term for Rockford’s mayor: Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey once again wins the Rockford mayoral election, this time with much less of a lead than past experiences. He will be working with new members on City Council on his geopolicing strategy, and moving forward with mending relationships with the Police Union.

Safety

Crime slightly increases, possibly due to season: Crime has fallen since last March, given its respective categories: robbery (dropped 13%), number of shots fired (dropped 9%), and burglaries (dropped 22.7%). These crimes have increased this March of 2013 compared to February of 2013, so police have been patrolling areas that seen these types of crimes last year.

Community

Rockford Students remember Sandy Hook victims: Rockford students at Washington Academy take part in art projects; 26 canvases will be made and collaborated on, which will then be shown at Rockford College’s Regents Hall towards the end of April. Afterwards, the art work will be sent to Newtown, Connecticut. (Video)

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