Rockford is full of music and vinyl lovers. We are lucky enough to have four amazing local record shops collaborate to meet the needs of avid music listeners around town. Those four shops are Toad Hall, CD Source, Culture Shock, and Kate’s Pie Shop Cafe and Records. On Saturday, October 21st, the 4th annual Rockford Record Crawl (RRC) had a huge turnout! According to Culture Shock’s Facebook page, 25% more people attended this year’s Record Crawl than last year’s.
The holidays are right around the corner and so is the Fifth Annual Stroll on State event
in Rockford, IL. Stroll on State is traditionally held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which means this year’s festivities will be on November 25 from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event will kick off with the Stroll on State holiday parade, commencing at 3 p.m. from the Rockford Public Library on Wyman Street. The parade will then travel south to State Street, cross the bridge, and end at 3rd Street. Children can enjoy creating holiday crafts and writing letters to Santa. After a wagon ride or ice skating, you can warm up by the Fire & Ice display.
Here are all the updated election appointees throughout the city of Rockford. Rockford Mayor: Tom McNamara
Rockford Township Assessor: Ken Crowley
Rockford Township Trustee: Nancy Johnson, Frank Manzullo, Kenneth Staaf, David Vella
Rockford Township Supervisor: Jasper St. Angel
Rockford Township Clerk: Carl Wasco
Rockford Township Highway Commissioner: Daniel Conness
Winnebago Township Supervisor: Gregory Hodges
Rockford School District 205 School Board District F: Michael Connor
Ward 1: Timothy J. Durkee
Ward 2: Jonathan Klarer Logemann
Ward 3: Chad Tuneberg
Ward 6: Natavias Ervins
Ward 7: Ann Thompson-Kelly
Ward 9: William Rose
Ward 10: Franklin Beach
Ward 12: John Beck
War 13: Linda McNeely
Rock Valley College Trustee (6 year term): John Nelson and Jennifer Ray
Rock Valley College Trustee (2-year term): Paul Gorski
The state of Illinois has policies in place which prohibit the display of campaign propaganda on the Rock Valley College campus premises. This enforced policy can be seen by the lack of campaign signs around the campus and in employee offices, and with teachers not wearing propaganda in support of certain candidates. There is only one place where this policy does not apply: personal vehicles. However, on Monday, March 27, the Vice President of Human Resources Jessica Jones sent an email containing the following:
As we move closer to the April 4th election, I have been requested to remind employees that displaying campaign signs on campus for any candidate and/or any public proposition is a violation of RVC Board Policy 1:10.010 (Code of Ethics), Section 6A as it constitutes a prohibited political activity. Such displays may also violate Board Policy 2:10:100 (Solicitation) as it implies that the College supportsa candidate or public proposition.
Rockford Area Art Council will premiere the opening of its news space, the Shumway, February 13 and 15, featuring Feverland. “Feverland is a dark comedy that commemorates the 88th anniversary of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” said the RAAC in their official press release. Written by Connie Kuntz, it depicts the love between Al Capone and Lady Liberty, the figurehead of the American Dream. The piece will feature talented local actors, dancers and musicians of Rockford, which music by Matthew Flamm and choreography by Caitlyn and Meghan Baylor.
Donald J. Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, January 20. During the inauguration, peaceful as well as threatening protests erupted in Washington, D.C. to raise voices against the seemingly unpopular man. News coverage followed the ceremonies of the day and showed the response of the American people. While the inauguration was shown to have significantly less attendees than in the past, the true force of solidarity was seen on January 21. Women all across the United States, and across the world joined, in a march to promote the unity and equality of women. It was one of the largest movements worldwide and the future goal of the Women’s March is to make this peaceful protest into a social impact that produces a change in the political world.
The 2017 spring semester has begun at Rock Valley College, and already there is no shortage in upcoming events for January.
The college campus will be closed on Monday the 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.
In the world of basketball, there are different events to choose from to attend:
Tonight at 5:30 p.m., the women’s basketball team will face Malcolm X College in the Physical Education Center. The men’s and women’s teams will both be playing against Milwaukee Area Technical College on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the PEC. On the 21, Rock Valley College will host the fourth annual Rumble in the Rock basketball tournament beginning at 10 am and will feature four Rockford area high schools as well at RVC’s own basketball teams. After the tournament, the Golden Eagles will come up against Triton College with the women playing at 4 p.m. and the men playing at 8 p.m.
Madison College’s teams will travel to RVC’s PEC on the 25 to play against the women at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m.
On the 28, Joliet Junior College will play the women’s basketball team at 1 p.m. and the men’s team at 3 p.m.
January 18 is the last day that students are able to drop a spring semester class in order to receive a refund.
The PEC was filled with rows of tables featuring businesses and careers located in Rockford. The Hosting Career and Internship Fair was a wonderful opportunity for students looking for careers associated with their major or certificate degree. It is constantly said by community members, RVC faculty, and those who attend that RVC is a great college to attend in order to determine what profession one wishes to pursue. With its numerous programs dedicated to student success, this college works with community based jobs that sponsor students and encourage applications depending on their career path. One table present was the Rockford Fire Department, represented by fire recruiter Jeff Kloweit and inspector Sonny Chanthaphone. The RFD has an extensive hiring process where an average of 700-800 people between the ages 19 and 21 apply for a limited number of positions on the team.