Things You Should Know for May 3rd, 2013

Things you should know for May 3rd, 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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Community

Rockford native, 11 year old, set to release 5th album: Emily Bear, Rockford native and 11 year old, is set to release her 5th album, this time with a major record label owned by legendary producer Quincy Jones. On May 11th, Emily Bear will be playing her music at a benefit for RPS 205, taking place at Coronado Theater starting at 8PM. Fantastic achievement for Emily!

Sixpenny Inn to be no more: Today began the demolition of the huge eyesore, as described by most, that was shut down about 10 years ago due to drug use and crime. The property will be used for a frontage road at 11th street and Airport Dr. in the future.

Salvation Army makes it easy to donate: From your mobile device, you can now text the word ‘Rockford’ to number 41444 to make a donation. “After texting, the donor will immediately receive a confirmation text thanking them for their gift. That text will include a link to fulfill the pledge on a mobile web page. Pledges that go unfulfilled will get a follow-up call within 24 hours from a local call center on behalf of The Salvation Army.”

Community advocate Maurice West turns heads: Chris Wachowiak writes a great article on the Rock River Times about Maurice West, 3rd ward alderman runner and community activist. This article discusses how Maurice broke out of his shell and was able to become someone that is a very important figure in our community through his works of helping people find and train for jobs, as well as being an influence for others his age (27).

Government

Casino closer to coming to Rockford: Government officials voted to pass the bill that would allow new casinos to be built in Illinois, one in Rockford. The bill contains an amendment that would ensure that the revenue sharing would be split evenly between Rockford and Winnebago County, a move that Mayor Morrissey fought throughout his mayoral campaign.

Game-Changers

Rockford doctors influence nation procedures: A technique that treats and prevent spinal infections after spinal surgery has been tested by surgeons right here in Rockford. The technique is applying a powder antibiotic called Vancomycin, which costs only $6 compared to $2,000 for multiple doses for the IV fluid version (read for more info). Dr. Sweet’s technique has been performed on 65 patients, “all have had at least two years of successful recovery time.”

Business

Study shows sales are up: Employers who sell goods and services outside of the region are saying they plan to expand their capacity after sales are up. The Rockford Area Economic Development Council conducted the study with 125 area executives, the results of which can be found here. This article from the Rock River Times provides very fulfilling and factual information with statistics. Read on!

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