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Encyclopedia > Rockford, Illinois
Coordinates: 42°16′11″N 89°04′11″W / 42.26972, -89.06972
Rockford
City
Jefferson Street Bridge across the Rock River.
Coat of arms
Nickname: The Forest City
Country United States
State Illinois
County Winnebago
Township Rockford
Elevation 715 ft (218 m)
Coordinates 42°16′11″N 89°04′11″W / 42.26972, -89.06972
Area 56.7 sq mi (147 km²)
 - land 56.0 sq mi (145 km²)
 - water 0.7 sq mi (2 km²)
Population 150,115 (2000)
Density 2,680.4 /sq mi (1,035 /km²)
Founded 1834
Mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey (I)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61101-61110, 61112, 61114, 61125, 61126
Area code 815
Location of Rockford within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Rockford, Illinois
Website: http://www.ci.rockford.il.us

Rockford is a mid-sized city located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois. Rockford is often referred to as "The Forest City" and is the county seat of Winnebago County, Illinois, USA. As reported in the 2000 U.S. census, the city was home to 150,115 people, while in the 2006 estimate, it is said to have a population of 155,138; making it the third-largest city in Illinois after Chicago and Aurora. The metropolitan area has 339,178 residents as of the 2000 census. During the latter part of the 20th century Rockford was the second largest city in Illinois. The current mayor is Lawrence J. Morrissey, an independent elected to a four year term in April 2005. Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ... List of cities in Illinois, arranged in alphabetical order. ... 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Geography

Rockford is located at 42°16′11″N, 89°4′11″W (42.269770, -89.069754).[1] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 56.7 square miles (146.9 km²), of which, 56.0 square miles (145.1 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it is water. Neighboring communities that border Rockford, and are considered an integral part of the Rockford metro area, are Loves Park, Machesney Park, Belvidere, and the villages of Winnebago, and Cherry Valley. The Rock River is the traditional center of the Rockford area and is its most recognizable natural feature. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Loves Park is a city in Winnebago County, Illinois, United States. ... Machesney Park is a suburb of Rockford Illinois located in Winnebago County, Illinois, United States. ... See also: Belvedere Belvidere is a city located in Boone County, Illinois. ... Winnebago can refer to: The Winnebago (tribe) of Native Americans with a reservation in Nebraska and Iowa. ... Location in the state of Illinois Coordinates: , County Winnebago Government  - Village President Jim E. Claeyssen Area  - City 9. ... The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ...


Climate

Due to its location in the midwest, Rockford's climate contains four clearly defined seasons. Summers are usually very warm with the high temperature in July, the hottest month, being 83 °F (28 °C). The winter months can bring bitterly cold air masses from Canada. The average high temperature in January, the coldest month, is 27 °F (-3 °C). June is Rockford's wettest month while February is the driest. During a typical year, Rockford receives 36.3in (922 mm) of precipitation. This article is about the Midwestern region in the United States. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Rockford and surrounding areas are prone to violent thunderstorms during the months of March, April, May, and June. On April 21, 1967, the neighboring town of Belvidere was struck by a violent F4 tornado, in which twenty-four people were killed and hundreds more injured at Belvidere's High School. Other severe weather events, such as hail and strong winds are common in these storms. On July 5, 2003 at 04:03, microbursts caused major damage on both the east and west sides of Rockford. Approximately 70,000 people were without power, with many on the west side suffering in the heat without electricity for a week. It took months for the damage to be completely cleared, but because the storm struck so early in the morning there were no injuries or fatalities. However, these sometimes violent storms bring the majority of summer rainfall. A shelf cloud associated with a heavy or severe thunderstorm over Enschede, The Netherlands. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Belvidere is a city in Boone County, Illinois, United States. ... F-scale redirects here. ... This article is about the weather phenomenon. ... This article is about the precipitation. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A photograph of the surface curl soon after an intense microburst impacted the surface A microburst is a very localized column of sinking air, producing damaging divergent and straight-line winds at the surface that are similar to but distinguishable from tornadoes which generally have convergent damage. ...


The city is also prone to severe snowstorms in winter, and blizzards are frequent winter occurrences. On January 13, 1979 over 9 inches (23 cm) of snow fell on Rockford in just a few hours during one of the strongest blizzards in the city's history. The city averages approximately 36 inches (92 cm) of snowfall in a normal winter, but greater amounts are common. The snowiest winter in the history of the city was the winter of 1978-1979, when 75 inches (1.91 m) of snow fell, however the record was currently broken on Feb 29, 2008. For other uses, see Snow (disambiguation). ... This article is about the winter storm condition. ... is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Floods

See also: 2007 Midwest flooding.

Over the past years Rockford has recorded some of its worst flooding to date. Five inches of rain were dumped onto Rockford on September 4, 2006, leading to the destruction of twenty homes while damaging hundreds more.[2] Less than a year later on August 7, 2007, Rockford was again hit by rain when between 5-7 inches of rain fell. Many streets, including the main State and Alpine Streets, were flooded, along with fears of the Alpine Dam breaking.[3][4] The following day, Governor Rod Blagojevich declared both Rockford and Winnebago County a state disaster area. With this declaration, he dispatched both the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to assist the city. Debris removal, law enforcement, damage assessment, and other duties were offered by the governor.[4] This article is about the the floods in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Milorad Blagojevich, commonly known as Rod R. Blagojevich (pronounced  , born December 10, 1956) is an American politician from the state of Illinois. ... The Illinois Emergency Management Agency purpose is to To protect the State of Illinois through approaches of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. ... The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is a cabinet-level department of the state government of Illinois. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F (°C) 63 (17.2) 70 (21.1) 85 (29.4) 91 (32.7) 95 (35.0) 101 (38.3) 103 (39.4) 104 (40.0) 102 (38.8) 90 (32.2) 76 (24.4) 67 (19.4)
Norm High °F (°C) 27.2 (-2.6) 33 (0.6) 45.5 (7.5) 59.1 (15.1) 71.2 (21.8) 79.9 (26.6) 83.1 (28.4) 80.9 (27.2) 73.9 (23.3) 61.8 (16.6) 45.5 (7.5) 32 (0)
Norm Low °F (°C) 10.8 (-11.8) 16.3 (-8.7) 26.7 (-2.9) 36.8 (2.7) 47.9 (8.8) 57.6 (14.2) 62.6 (17) 60.9 (16) 51.8 (11) 40.1 (4.5) 29 (-1.7) 16.9 (-8.4)
Rec Low °F (°C) -27 (-32.8) -24 (-31.1) -11 (-23.8) 5 (-15) 24 (-4.4) 37 (2.8) 43 (6.1) 41 (5) 27 (-2.8) 15 (-9.4) -10 (-23.3) -24 (-31.1)
Precip in (mm) 1.41 (35.8) 1.34 (34) 2.39 (60.7) 3.62 (91.9) 4.03 (102.4) 4.8 (121.9) 4.1 (104.1) 4.21 (106.9) 3.47 (88.1) 2.57 (65.3) 2.63 (66.8) 2.06 (52.3)
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

Demographics

Rockford City Hall
Rockford City Hall

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 150,115 people, 59,158 households, and 37,328 families residing in the city. Because the city is the largest in the area, the surrounding towns are considered to be Rockford's metropolitan area, which has a combined population of approximately 339,178 persons. The population density of the city prime was 1,034.8/km² (2,680.4/sq mi). There were 63,570 housing units at an average density of 1,135.1/sq mi (438.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.81% White, 17.37% African American, 0.32% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 4.80% from other races, and 2.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.18% of the population. Image File history File linksMetadata Rockford_City_Hall. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Rockford_City_Hall. ... Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 59,158 households of which 31.5% include children under the age of 18, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09. The household is the basic unit of analysis in many microeconomic and government models. ... Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $37,667, and the median income for a family was $45,465. Males had a median income of $37,098 versus $25,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,781. 14.0% of the population and 10.5% of families were below the poverty line. 19.6% of those under the age of 18 and 8.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ... A boy from Jakarta, Indonesia shows his find. ...


Rockford surpassed Peoria as Illinois' second largest city in the late 1950s, and held onto that position for nearly half a century before being dislodged by a special census being held in Aurora in 2003. Note that Rockford was not recounted at the same time so this is not necessarily an accurate ranking.


Law and government

See also: List of Rockford city departments, Sister cities of Rockford, and List of mayors of Rockford, Illinois.

This is a list of mayors of Rockford, Illinois, USA. Haight Village History Larry Morrissey Bio Categories: | ...

Township

See Rockford Township Rockford Township is located in Winnebago County, Illinois. ...


History

Rockford was first settled in 1834-1835 by Germanicus Kent, Thatcher Blake, and Lewis Lemon, who came from Galena and established themselves on the west bank of Rock River; and Daniel Shaw Haight, who founded a settlement on the east bank. (Lemon, a slave, later bought his freedom, but stayed in the area as a truck farmer.) Halfway between Chicago and Galena, the community was briefly known as Midway, but quickly became known as Rockford, because of the excellent ford across the Rock River. A post office was established in 1837. The settlement was incorporated as a village in 1839, and chartered as a city in 1852. This article is about Rockford, Illinois. ... This article is about Rockford, Illinois. ... This article is about Rockford, Illinois. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois Counties Jo Daviess Mayor Tom F. Brusch Area    - City 9. ... Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois Counties Jo Daviess Mayor Tom F. Brusch Area    - City 9. ... A ford, with pedestrian footbridge, on a minor road near Weimar bei Kassel in Germany The ford at Brockenhurst, leading into the village centre, following heavy rain. ... The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ...


The first weekly newspaper was published in 1840 and the first successful daily newspaper appeared in 1877. Between 1890 and 1930 the city had three daily newspapers. Rockford Female Seminary was chartered in 1847, became Rockford College in 1892, and became fully coeducational in 1958. Best known of the college's graduates is Jane Addams (RFS Class of 1881), the founder of Chicago's Hull House and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Rockford Public Library, the second such institution in Illinois, first opened to the public in August 1872; the library's first dedicated building, a Carnegie library, was completed by 1902. Rockford College is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Illinois. ... Laura Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a founder of the U.S. Settlement House movement, and the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ... Hull House was co-founded in 1889, in Chicago, Illinois, by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. ... Lester B. Pearson after accepting the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. ... A Carnegie library, opened in 1913 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, designed in Spanish Colonial style Carnegie libraries for both public use and academic institutions were built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie, earning him the nickname, the Patron Saint of Libraries. ...

Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall

Although Rockford was a sleepy country village up until the 1850s, the city is now the seat of Winnebago County. In 1851, the Rockford Water Power Company was organized and in 1852 the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad reached the city. These two events, which brought inexpensive power and inexpensive transportation to the area, changed Rockford forever. By 1860 Rockford had become a significant, growing industrial center, noted for production of the John H. Manny reaper and other agricultural machinery. By the 1880s a furniture industry was begun, using the talents of Swedish craftsmen and capitalists, and by the first half of the 20th century Rockford was the second largest furniture-manufacturing center in the United States (behind Grand Rapids, Michigan). Many of the furniture companies were cooperatives, reflecting a different business approach from that of the old Yankee entrepreneur, with laborers and craftsmen holding significant power. The agricultural implement industry was already in decline by the First World War, and the furniture industry was severely damaged by the Great Depression and the Second World War. By the end of the 1960s both were extinct in the city. A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Winnebago County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. ... The Galena and Chicago Union Railroad (G&CU) was a railroad running west from Chicago to Clinton, Iowa and Freeport, Illinois, never reaching Galena, Illinois. ... Grand Rapids redirects here. ... Co-op redirects here. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...


Rockford's 20th century industry revolved around machine tools, heavy machinery, automotive, aerospace, fastener and cabinet hardware products, and packaging devices and concepts. The city's industrial background has produced many important and interesting inventions, among them the Nelson knitting machine, airbrush, electric brake, electric garage door opener, dollar bill changer, and electronic dartboard. Some defunct Rockford concerns of historical interest are: Air Brush Manufacturing Company, Free Sewing Machine Company, Haddorff Piano Company, Hanson Clock Company, Hess & Hopkins Leather Company, Norse Pottery Company, Rockford Brewing Company, Rockford Silver Plate Company, and Rockford Watch Company. Woodward Governor Company, an innovator in control systems for large machinery and aircraft propulsion, originated in Rockford.


Rockford has been known as a town that makes toys. The Testors Company still makes model kits and paint and glue supplies for these kits. The Nylint company produced heavy duty metal scale toys of construction equipment, such as dump trucks, from 1946 to about 2001, when they went out of business. Tootsie toys, headquartered in Chicago, had a satellite factory in Rockford, where small single piece die cast cars where made for many years. Although not toys themselves, the red-heeled socks which are used for sock monkeys were originally manufactured in Rockford. The industrial industry in Rockford has been led by Sundstrand Corporation which was the merger of Rockford Tool Company and the Rockford Milling Machine Company in the early 20th century. Sundstrand manufactured many industrial, aviation, and aerospace products and still does to this day now currently known as Hamilton Sundstrand when it was acquired by United Technologies in 1999. Testor Corporation is a manufacturer of model kits, tools, and accessories based in Rockford, Illinois. ... The Nylint Corporation was founded in 1937 by Bernard Klint of Rockford, Illinois. ... A homemade sock monkey This article is about the doll made of socks. ... Sundstrand Corporation was founded in 1926 as a merger of the Rockford Tool Company and Rockford Milling Machine Company in Rockford, Illinois. ... Hamilton Sundstrand, owned by UTC, is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ... United Technologies Corporation (UTC) (NYSE: UTX) is a major multinational corporation based in Hartford, Connecticut. ...


The USS Rockford, a Tacoma class frigate named for the city, was commissioned in March 1944 and earned two service stars during World War II. Camp Grant, a training depot used during World Wars I and II, was torn down in 1947 and became the site of the Chicago Rockford International Airport by late 1954, and of Seth B. Atwood Park in 1956. Machesney airport, located north of the city, originally a private airport starting in 1927, was later used by the army air corps during World War II, later was a municipal airport and is now no longer an airport but home to the Machesney Park mall. USS Rockford (PF-48), a Tacoma-class frigate, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Rockford, Illinois. ... External links PF-1 Tacoma at GlobalSecurity. ... Bronze and Silver Service Stars A Service star, also referred to as a battle star, campaign star, or engagement star, is an attachment to a military decoration which denotes participation in military campaigns or multiple bestowals of the same award. ... Camp Grant was a U.S. Army facility located in the southern outskirts of Rockford, Illinois named in honor of General Ulysses S. Grant. ...


During the early to late 1940s the Rockford Peaches (of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League) were one of the first all-female baseball teams in the world. They played their home games at Beyer Stadium which was razed several years ago. A placard displays where the stadium once stood, along with additional historical information. Although the 1992 motion picture "A League of Their Own" features the Rockford Peaches, all of the characters playing on the team were fictional, and the team did not participate in the league championship series in 1943 as depicted in the film. The Peaches won the league championship in 1945, 1948, 1949, and 1950. The Rockford Peaches were a founding team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and were based in Illinois, playing their home games at Beyer Stadium. ... The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a womens professional baseball league founded by Philip K. Wrigley which existed from 1943 to 1954. ... This article is about the sport. ... Beyer Stadium served as the home to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball Leagues Rockford Peaches from 1943 to 1954. ... A League of Their Own is a 1992 film which tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). ...

Coronado Theater
Coronado Theater

The number of impressive movie palaces built in the 1920s and early 1930s speaks to the thriving economy Rockford had at the time. The Coronado Theater theater was the largest and most expansive of all these movie theaters in Rockford, complete with an orchestra pit, double balcony, highly ornate design and full array of theatrical and stage equipment. Other remarkable theaters in Rockford included the Midway, Times, and State theaters. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2100x1575, 650 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Rockford, Illinois Coronado Theatre User:Transfinite/Gallery Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2100x1575, 650 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Rockford, Illinois Coronado Theatre User:Transfinite/Gallery Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital... The Coronado Theatre, located at 314 North Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, is a 2,400 seat theater designed by architect Frederick J. Klein. ...


Rockford was well known for its elm trees, this being the reason for its nickname the Forest City. But in the mid 1950s an epidemic of Dutch Elm disease more or less wiped out the population of Elm trees. However, Rockford is still heavily lined with trees. Of note are the parks and boulevard street layouts in certain parts of the city. Neighborhood parks and wide common grassy/forested areas forming boulevards are found in the older parts of the city. Many of the parks were part of the street layout put down in the late 1890s, early 1900s when subdivisions of that era were created. These parks typically were an entire city block, or in some cases larger. They would typically have a bowery, and sometimes a cement-lined pool. The boulevards tend to be in slightly newer subdivisions built in the 1920s. Species See text Elms are deciduous and semi-deciduous trees comprising the genus Ulmus, family Ulmaceae, found throughout the Northern Hemisphere from Siberia to Indonesia, Mexico to Japan. ... Branch death, or flagging, at multiple locations in the crown of a diseased elm. ...


The 1960s saw expansion of the manufacturing segment in the area. Near the outskirts of Rockford in Belvidere, a Chrysler car factory was built in 1965 [6] which initially assembled the Chrysler Newport and other large cars and now produces the Dodge Caliber and similar cars. Sundstrand, now Hamilton Sundstrand, a division of United Technologies [7] also expanded during this time period making aircraft parts. Belvidere is a city in Boone County, Illinois, United States. ... For other uses, including the Chrysler Brand, see Chrysler (disambiguation). ... The Dodge Caliber is a compact car produced by the Dodge division of the Chrysler Group. ... Hamilton Sundstrand, owned by UTC, is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. ... United Technologies Corporation (UTC) (NYSE: UTX) is a major multinational corporation based in Hartford, Connecticut. ...


Starting as early as the 1990s Rockford has had the ignominious honour of being listed at times as one America's worst cities by the Rand McNally corporation and Money magazine, sometimes being ranked one of the top ten worst cities.[8] This may have been due to the lack of jobs and high number of outdated or closed factories. Crime on the west side of town was endemic, with huge areas of old established neighborhoods in extreme blight. The homicide rate in these areas was quite high. Many houses were vacant with no one wishing to buy them. The city government has developed many programs to attempt to address these problems and has seen some success. In 2005 Rockford received top honors in the America in Bloom contest with the award being 4 Blooms Tidiness. Rand McNally & Company is the preeminent American publisher of maps, atlases, and globes for travel, reference, commercial, and educational uses. ... Cover of Money magazine Money is a Time Warner financial magazine. ...


In early 2007 the city of Rockford city council voted to end the 90 year old vehicle sticker program. [9] The vehicle sticker was a way of raising tax revenue and it required Rockford residents to display, every year, a new sticker/decal on the inside of registered vehicle windshields. [10] The last sticker, required through the end of 2007, will depict artwork from Rockford's hometown celebrity rock group Cheap Trick, from their latest album called Rockford. Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ...


Transportation

The airport is home to United Parcel Service's second largest air-hub. The Chicago Rockford International Airport is presently ranked as the twenty-second largest cargo airport in the nation when measured by land weight. [11] United Parcel Service, Inc. ...


Rockford is at the intersection of three major highways: Interstate 90 (Northwest Tollway), U.S. Highway 20, and Interstate 39. Interstate 90 was completed in the early 1960s, providing a link between Rockford and Chicago. The U.S. Highway 20 bypass around Rockford was completed in 1965. The Wallenberg Expressway was a proposed highway that would have linked downtown Rockford with U.S. 20 and I-90. Construction on Interstate 39 south of Rockford began in 1984. [12] Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in the United States at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... The Northwest Tollway in Illinois is a 79 mile (127 km) segment of Interstate 90 from Interstate 190 in far northwest Chicago to Illinois State Route 75, one mile south of the Wisconsin state line. ... U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... INTERSTATE JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS Prev Next Interstate 39 (abbreviated I-39) is an interstate highway in the midwestern United States. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (abbreviated I-90) is the longest interstate highway in the United States at nearly 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometers). ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... U.S. Highway 20 is an east-west United States highway. ... Wallenberg Expy. ... INTERSTATE JUNCTIONS JUNCTION EXIT # Legend BROWSE STATE HWYS Prev Next Interstate 39 (abbreviated I-39) is an interstate highway in the midwestern United States. ...


Passenger rail service is planned for expansion in Illinois and Rockford will likely become a destination. In 2006 the Northern Illinois Commuter Transportation Initiative proposed extending Metra train service from the western Chicago suburbs to Rockford.[13] Additional passenger service is being considered via Amtrak through the Blackhawk Area Rail Coalition. While service (via Amtrak's Black Hawk) was cut in 1981, trains could begin carrying passengers in and out of Rockford as soon as 2010. A Metra Train in Ogilvie Transportation Center Metra (officially known as the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad Corporation) is a regional rail system that serves the city of Chicago, Illinois, United States and surrounding cities, many of them Chicago suburbs. ... Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ... The Black Hawk was an Amtrak route from Chicago IL to Dubuque IA using Budd Company rail diesel cars between 1974 and aproximately 1978 when RDCs were replaced with Amfleet equipment using F-40 locomotives. ...


Rockford is served by several different freight railroad lines, such as Union Pacific, Canadian National, and the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern. Rochelle, a community of 10,000, 25 miles (40 km) south of Rockford is home to Union Pacific Railroad’s Global III Intermodal Facility. The complex is one of the largest intermodal facilities in the world.[citation needed] Construction on the state-of-the-art facility was completed in 2003 in Rochelle due to the close proximity to interstate highways and rail routes. The Union Pacific Railroad (NYSE: UNP) is the largest railroad in the United States. ... CN redirects here, as its the most common usage of the abbreviation in Canada; for more uses, see CN (disambiguation). ... An eastbound IC&E train passing Fairdale, Illinois, on May 29, 2005. ... Rochelle is a city located in Ogle County, Illinois. ...


Looking into the future

The Rockford economy has suffered since the decline of the manufacturing industry in the late 1980s. Once a national leader in manufacturing and industry, the focus of the local economy has been forced to change. Many of the "family-owned" companies that once inhabited Rockford were bought out by larger companies, the larger companies then relocated the products being made to lower wage parts of the United States or sent them overseas altogether. The city's new focus relies on high-technology businesses, tourism generated by outstanding museums and a great park system, and the westward growth of the Chicago metropolitan area. Chicagoland is an informal name for the Chicago metropolitan area, used primarily by copywriters, advertising agencies, native residents, and traffic reporters. ...


As of 2006, new commercial and residential development is taking place in the downtown area. The city is also considering plans for a Convention Center, Casino, and Riverwalk. The Main Street Corridor (Illinois Route 2) is also expected to be redeveloped. Construction from the downtown area, south to US Highway 20 is expected to begin in 2007. Plans for 2007 also mark a major renovation of the MetroCentre in downtown Rockford.[citation needed] Illinois Route 2 is a north-south state road in northern Illinois. ...


On September 28, 2007, Rick Nielsen, lead guitarist of the rock band Cheap Trick, announced plans for a $25 Million restaurant and hotel on the city's far northeast side called "Rick's." The restaurant will have a music theme featuring thousands of guitars and memorabilia that Mr. Nielsen has collected. Groundbreaking is expected in late 2007 with a grand opening in the second half of 2008. [14] Richard Nielsen (born December 22, 1946 in Rockford, Illinois) is the lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick. ... Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, that gained popularity in the late 1970s. ...


Rockford school system

Post-secondary

Rockford, Illinois is the site of Rockford Business College, Rockford College and Rock Valley College. In addition, it hosts several satellite branches of other schools, including Judson College (based in Elgin), Northern Illinois University (based in DeKalb), Rasmussen College[2], and the University of Illinois College of Medicine (based in Chicago). Rockford College is a private American liberal arts college in Rockford, Illinois. ... Rock Valley College (also known as RVC) is a two year community college with several campuses in the Rockford, Illinois area. ... Judson College, founded in 1838 in Marion, Alabama (as Judson Female Institute) is the nations fifth oldest womens college. ... Northern Illinois University is a public university located in DeKalb, Illinois. ... Rasmussen College is a private, for-profit, two-year and four-year degree-granting college with five campuses in Minnesota including Brooklyn Park, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Mankato, and St. ... The University of Illinois College of Medicine, part of the University of Illinois system, is the largest medical school in the United States, with over 2,600 students and trainees. ...


Rockford College is best known for graduating Jane Addams, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her efforts to promote international peace and justice. Laura Jane Addams (1860 - 1935) entered what was then Rockford Female Seminary in 1877 and became the first graduate to receive a B.A. degree from the newly accredited baccalaureate institution in 1882 (the school was renamed Rockford College in 1892). Laura Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was a founder of the U.S. Settlement House movement, and the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. ... Lester B. Pearson after accepting the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. ...


Public School District 205

See also: Public middle schools of Rockford, Illinois.

The Rockford Public School District covers about 170 square miles (440 km²) and serves over 27,000 students. It is the third largest school district in the state, with 40 elementary schools, seven middle schools (Eisenhower, Flinn, Kennedy, Lincoln, Rockford Environmental Science Academy, West, and Wilson) and four high schools, (Jefferson High School, Guilford High School, East High School, and Rockford Auburn High School). The six public middle schools of Rockford, Illinois, USA are: RESA Middle School Lincoln Middle School Eisenhower Middle School West Middle School Flynn Middle School Kennedy Middle School http://webs. ... School districts are a form of special-purpose district in the United States (amongst some other places) which serves to operate the local public primary and secondary schools. ... Primary or elementary education is the first years of formal, structured education that occurs during childhood. ... High school, or secondary school, is the last segment of compulsory education in Hong Kong, United States, Australia, Canada, China, Korea and Japan. ... Thomas Jefferson High School is a secondary education facility located in Southeast Rockford, Illinois, which opened as a junior high school in 1957. ... Name Guilford High School Address 5620 Spring Creek Road Town Rockford, Illinois Established 1963 Community Type Public Secondary Religion No Affiliation Students Coeducational Grades 9 to 12 Accreditation District 205 Nickname G-Vikes Colors Columbia Blue/White Website guilford. ... The Salt Lake City School District is among the oldest public school districts in Utah. ... Auburn High School is a public high school located in Rockford, Illinois, USA. In addition to serving the west side of Rockford for grades 9-12, it also houses the high school portions of the Gifted Program (Academy), the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) Program, and the only Junior Reserve...


Private Schools

Additionally, Rockford supports 27 sectarian and nonsectarian private schools ranging from elementary to secondary education.


Points of interest

Tinker Swiss Cottage, a National Register of Historic Places listing
Tinker Swiss Cottage, a National Register of Historic Places listing

The Rockford area is known as an outdoor destination, especially in the non-winter months. Numerous forest preserves surround the Kishwaukee River valley, five miles (8 km) southeast of the downtown area. Rock Cut State Park is located within the county to the northeast. Both the Rockford Park District and Winnebago County Forest Preserve District own and operate numerous golf courses as well. In fact, Golf Magazine called Aldeen Golf Club one of 50 excellent national golf courses one can play for under $50. Aldeen was ranked #38 in the nation in 2004. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...


Rockford's Anderson Japanese Gardens has been ranked the top Japanese garden in North America. The garden was designed by Hoichi Kurisu. The Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden is also a popular attraction. The facility contains 150 acres (0.6 km²) of rare trees and shrubs. The Anderson Japanese Gardens (14 acres) are Japanese gardens located at 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois. ... This view from the Symbolic Mountain Lookout in Cowra, NSW shows many of the typical elements of a Japanese garden Stone lantern amid plants. ... North American redirects here. ... Hoichi Kurisu is a noted designer of Japanese gardens, active in the United States. ... Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden (155 acres) is a nonprofit arboretum and botanical garden located at 2701 Clifton Avenue, Rockford, Illinois. ...


Burpee Museum of Natural History, located just north of downtown, is home to Jane the Rockford T-Rex. The Discovery Center Museum contains a large and well-respected interactive children's science exhibit. The Rockford Art Museum completes the entire museum campus. Burpee Museum of Natural History The Burpee Museum of Natural History is located along the Rock River in downtown Rockford, Illinois at 737 North Main Street. ... Jane is a renowned juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in southern Montana. ...


Another point of interest is the Coronado Theatre, an ornately decorated vaudeville movie theater located in Downtown Rockford. The theatre was completely restored in 1999. The tallest building in Rockford is the former Faust Hotel. It was built in 1929 and has many art deco features. It has a tower several stories above the rest of the building, topping off at 15 stories (186 ft) The Hotel Faust was the center of social life and visits by V.I.P.s for decades. The 'Faust' building is now used as apartments for the elderly. The Coronado Theater, located at 314 North Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, is a 2,400 seat theater designed by architect Frederick J. Klein. ... This article is about the musical variety theatre. ... The Faust Landmark, formerly known as the Faust Hotel (or Hotel Faust) and Tebala Towers and located on East State Street, is one of the largest buildings in downtown Rockford, Illinois, United States. ...


To get an idea of what life was like in Rockford in the 19th century, take a tour of the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, a preserved "cottage" built in 1865, with exterior elements of a Swiss Chalet with some style borrowed from Victorian. The swing foot bridge, razed in 1976, ran from the cottage crossing the Kent creek bluffs and was a popular place to visit for many years. From October 2004 until June 2005, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum worked to rebuild the bridge. Engineers Willett, Hofmann & Associates and Civil Constructors designed and built the new bridge. The Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is a historic place, museum, and park in Rockford, Illinois, USA. It was built as a personal residence by Robert Hall Tinker in the 1860s. ... Manchester Town Hall is an example of Victorian architecture found in Manchester, UK. The Carson Mansion is an example of a Victorian home in Eureka, California, USA The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of architectural styles predominantly in the Victorian era. ...


Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is the oldest continuous community music organization in the United States. It exists to provide quality music for all people of the northern Illinois region through live performances by local and world-renowned artists.


Midway Village and Museum Center is a picturesque turn-of-the-century Victorian village featuring twenty-six historic structures and heritage gardens. Its grounds include a 55,000 sq ft (5,100 m²). Museum Center that offers five exhibition galleries of Rockford's unique and ethnic history, a collection of antique and handcrafted doll houses in the Old Doll House and a working replica of a water powered machine shop at its Severin Lake entrance. Fin de siècle is French for End of the Century. The term turn-of-the-century is sometimes used as a synonym, but is more neutral (lacking some or most of the connotations described below), and can include the first years of a new century. ... The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... For other uses, see Antique (disambiguation). ... A lathe is a common tool used in machining. ...


Suburbs

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Sister cities

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Miscellaneous

Sports teams

Rockford Forest Citys was one of the first professional baseball clubs, playing for one season during the National Association inaugural year of 1871. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Rockford Lightning are a basketball team that played in the Continental Basketball Association. ... The Rockford IceHogs are a professional ice hockey team in Rockford, Illinois USA. They are a member of the United Hockey League. ... The United Hockey League (UHL) is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the United States. ... The Rockford IceHogs are a professional ice hockey team in Rockford, Illinois USA. They are a member of the United Hockey League. ... The Rockford RiverHawks are a minor league baseball team which plays in Loves Park, Illinois, a suburb of Rockford. ... The Rockford Peaches were a founding team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and were based in Illinois, playing their home games at Beyer Stadium. ... The Rockford Metros were an Arena football team formed by Arena Football League founder Jim Foster for the purposes of playing a test game in Rockford, Illinois in the spring of 1986 at the Metro Center. ... The Rock River Raptors are a professional indoor football team. ... This page is for the American Indoor Soccer League team, for the National Pro Fastpitch softball team, see Rockford Thunder (NPF). ... The Rockford Thunder is a womens softball team based in Rockford, Illinois. ... The Rockford Fury is a Premier Basketball League (PBL) team based in Rockford, Illinois. ... The Premier Basketball League is a new league scheduled to begin play in Fall 2007. ...

Notable Rockfordians

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First international Unofficial: USA 0 - 1 Canada  (Newark, NJ, USA; November 28, 1885) Official:  Sweden 2 - 3 USA (Stockholm, Sweden; August 20, 1916) Biggest win USA 8 - 1 Cayman Islands  (Mission Viejo, CA, USA; November 14, 1993) USA 7 - 0 El Salvador  (Los Angeles, CA, USA; December 5, 1993) USA... Hannover 96 is a German football club in Hannover, Lower Saxony. ... The official Bundesliga logo. ... The City of Rockford Pipe Band City of Rockford Pipe Band was founded in January of 2000, and made its performance debut on Saint Patricks Day just three months later. ... Thomas Fleming is an American writer, president of the Rockford Institute, and editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, a leading paleoconservative political commentary periodical. ... Chronicles is a U.S. monthly magazine published by the paleoconservative Rockford Institute. ... Alternative Press (or commonly referred to on the website and in the magazine as AP) is a music magazine based in Cleveland, Ohio which primarily focuses on pop rock, post-hardcore, indie rock, ska, hardcore and rock music and their attendant subgenres, providing readers with band interviews and photos, information... Susan Saint James (born August 14, 1946) is an activist volunteer[1] and retired[1] American actress, most widely known in the U.S. for her Emmy Award-recognized work in television during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... The Beautiful Letdown, a 2003 CCM album by Switchfoot. ... Ernie Kent (born January 22, 1955 in Rockford, Illinois) is the current head mens basketball coach at the University of Oregon. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Oregon Ducks refers to the mascot and sports teams of the University of Oregon, located in Eugene, Oregon, United States. ... Chad Knaus Chad Anthony Knaus (pronounced kuh-NOWSE) (born August 5, 1971 in Rockford, Illinois) is the NASCAR Nextel Cup crew chief for the #48 Lowes Chevrolet Monte Carlo currently driven by Jimmie Johnson, owned by Jeff Gordon and operated by Rick Hendricks Hendrick Motorsports. ... This article is about NASCAR driver. ... The NEXTEL Cup Series is NASCARs top racing series. ... On The 70s House Natasha Leggero (born March 26, 1977 in Rockford, Illinois) is an American stand-up comic and character actor. ... Richard Pryor hits the money line A stand-up comedian or stand-up comic is someone that performs in comedy clubs, usually reciting a fast paced succession of amusing stories, short jokes and one-liners, typically called a monologue. ... A character actor is an actor, especially in motion pictures, who predominantly performs in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... Janet Lynn Nowicki, known athletically as Janet Lynn, is a skater and an Olympic bronze medalist. ... 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The Chicago Sky are a current Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The New Monkees was the name of both an American pop rock music group and the short-lived, syndication-only television show featuring the band. ... Shawn Ryan is the creator of the television series The Shield, and the upcoming CBS drama, The Unit. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Gordon Tullock (born February 13, 1922 in Rockford, Illinois) is currently professor of law and economics at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. ... Ed Viesturs Ed Viesturs (born June 22, 1959), is one of the worlds premier high-altitude mountaineers. ... NASA Biography Categories: Stub | 1956 births | Astronauts ... For other uses, see Astronaut (disambiguation). ... 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Media

  • WREX, NBC Affiliate - Channel 13 "Rockford's News Leader"
  • WTVO, ABC Affiliate - Channel 17 "News Where You Live"
  • WIFR, CBS Affiliate - Channel 23 "23 News Right Now"
  • WQRF, FOX Affiliate - Channel 39 "Fox 39 News at Nine"
  • WNTA 1330, News/Talk Radio
  • WTJK 1380, ESPN Radio
  • WROK 1440, News/Talk Radio
  • WFEN-FM 88.3, Christian Radio
  • WNIJ-FM 89.5, NPR
  • WNIU-FM 90.5, NPR Classical Radio
  • WGSL-FM 91.1, Christian Radio
  • WYHY-FM 95.3, Classic Hits/Adult Contemporary Radio
  • WKGL-FM 96.7, Classic Rock Radio
  • WZOK-FM 97.5, Top 40 Radio
  • WXXQ-FM 98.5, Country Radio
  • WQFL-FM 100.9, Christian Radio
  • WGFB-FM 103.1, Adult Contemporary Radio
  • WXRX-FM 104.9, Active Rock Radio

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See also

  • Winnebago County War Memorial

The War Memorial Building, more commonly known as Memorial Hall, was built from 1901 to 1903, was originally dedicated to those who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War. ...

References

  1. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ IL sees flooding Retrieved on August 08, 2007
  3. ^ Rockford's Flooding Same Story Again for Dozens of Victims Retrieved on August 08, 2007
  4. ^ a b Downpours flood northern Illinois Retrieved on August 08, 2007
  5. ^ American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ http://www.daimlerchrysler.com/dccom/0-5-8793-1-36907-1-0-0-0-0-0-91-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0.html
  7. ^ http://www.hamiltonsundstrandcorp.com/hsc/details/0,10389,CLI1_DIV22_ETI2806,00.html
  8. ^ Rockford Register Star newspaper/Archives, from June 8, 2003 article entitled: Sierra Club names best, worst developments, by Chris Green.
  9. ^ http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070206/NEWS0107/102060026/1044
  10. ^ http://www.rrstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070218/OPINION0102/102180032/1044
  11. ^ Fly RFD, Chicago Rockford International Airport
  12. ^ Routes 1 thru 20
  13. ^ Bona, Thomas V. "All aboard? Commuter rail could take 3 to 5 years", Rockford Register Star, April 30, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-04-30. 
  14. ^ Welcome to Rockford and the ‘very cool’ world of Rick Nielsen - Rockford, IL - Rockford Register Star
  15. ^ Ed Viesturs biography at his website

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The Junior League of Rockford’s current project is MAYA’S House, a daytime drop-in center for homeless mothers and their children.
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It is often said, "Rockford is a great place to raise a family!" The Rockford Park District is proud to contribute greatly to the quality of life residents enjoy with cultural and leisure pursuits offered year round.
The Rockford area is home to high quality and plentiful golf opportunities at some of the most affordable fees in the United States.
We have soccer fields and facilities that are the envy of most mid-size cities, and we're able to host regional and national tournaments with 53 regulation soccer fields (not to mention league play for all ages and abilities in many sports).
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