Rockford city officials are reviewing a $2.7 million dollar loan to the Cliffbreakers hotel after a shooting there on New Year’s morning left one dead and three wounded, one critically. The section 108 loan was proposed to help rehabilitate the Rockford hotel.
“Cliffbreakers has to manage its facility properly,” Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey said in a statement before Tuesday night’s city council meeting. “Certainly when the city is going to be backing a $2.7 million loan, we have an additional responsibility to ensure that the facility is properly managed and in compliance with code. If not, we will modify accordingly.”
The city is also investigating whether any code violations were committed, and is also putting new restrictions on the number of people who can book a hotel room in the city.
The Cliffbreakers shooting is one of 11 reported in Rockford since the new year began, and city officials concede they have few answers. “The violent crime that plagues our city is unacceptable,” said Mayor Morrissey. “I wish there was an easy answer. There isn’t.” He added they will continue to partner with social and community service agencies and community leaders to deal with the underlying issues that contribute to violent crime.
Police Chief Dan O’Shea saying they are deploying ‘all internal resources’, but need the communities help. “We simply cannot successfully prosecute cases without information that leads to arrests,” he says.
Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is encouraged to call the Rockford Police Department at 815-966- 2900, or report information anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.