State of the City Address Pushes for a Better Rockford Today

ROCKFORD- Mayor Larry Morrissey jumped right into his state of the city address; talking better public safety, education and infrastructure investments.

"As we move forward we'll complete the first phase of the rebuilding of West State Street. We’ll also continue our work rebuilding South Main Street and do the final engineering work on North Main Street from Auburn to Riverside," said Morrissey.

He explained Rockford is stomping out unemployment with company partnerships.

"As we continue to build on our economic foundation, we've had success expanding over the last year our industrial base. We’re proud of the tremendous industrial partners that continue to call Rockford home and support our economy," said Morrissey.

The State of the City started weeks ago through meetings dubbed "A Better Rockford Today." Mayor Morrissey spoke with councilmen and residents in every single ward.

City of Rockford Human Resources Director Julia Scott-Valdez says through those meetings the city identified challenges like revitalizing downtown despite restrictions.

"The financial restrictions, sometimes the geographic restrictions, how do we make this all come together? And how do we find cooperation amongst other entities to build a better product and put together a better Rockford?" said Scott-Valdez.

Part of that product is the Winnebago County Violent Crime Task Force with a unit aimed at ending street crimes. 14th Ward Alderman Joe Chiarelli says its just one way the city is making his ward safer and creates a better Rockford. 

"This past year has been incredible for us. We’ve had a lot of projects on our plate and I think we're delivering to the city," said Chiarelli.

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