Rockford Scanner™: Neighborhood Network Of Rockford, Ceases Operations



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According to the Neighborhood Network of Rockford: After nearly two decades of working to improve neighborhoods in Rockford and Winnebago and Boone counties, Neighborhood Network has ceased operations as of December 31, 2018.

Update: After we posted this, we heard back from them.  We asked for a list/link of the neighborhood watch groups, so we can share that with everyone.  Hopefully will have that shortly.

Wester Wuori said “There are about 75 neighborhood groups and associations in existence and about 40-50 of them are active currently.”

Wester Wuori also said: “The mayor and I personally have been presenting at and meeting with neighborhood groups since about a month after he took office and we will continue to do so, as is noted below.”

Wester Wuori sent us the following:

To: Rockford Area Neighborhood Groups and Associations, 

As you are most likely aware, Neighborhood Network has advised the City that it will dissolve at the end of 2018.  In an effort to ensure there is not significant disruption, we have met recently with Neighborhood Network Director Cyndie Hall and Board President Cathy Johnson to help us effectively transition into the new year.  

Mayor McNamara, since taking office in May 2017, has made it a priority to strengthen our city’s neighborhoods. With the support of the City Council, that’s included everything from adding staff and technical resources to the Police Department to allocating additional revenue to neighborhood streets and sidewalks in the annual Capital Improvement Plan.

We believe the timing of this change is appropriate to take a holistic review of our neighborhood strategies to ensure the City and community efforts are aligned with our budget, department work and City Council’s top priorities in strengthening our neighborhoods.   This includes the Guiding Principle on Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods—“Rockford values all its citizens, their knowledge and talents and the city offers residential options to promote economic strength and inter-connected neighborhoods.”

Based on the feedback we have received to date, we intend to reallocate funds within the approved budget to create an internal position focused on neighborhood alignment.  This would allow us to expand the strategic focus of our neighborhood efforts throughout the City of Rockford organization. 

As we look to make this transition, we need your feedback on what you’d like to see in that position as it relates to our neighborhoods:

                What skill sets are needed to effectively strengthen neighborhoods?

                What key attributes and/or experience do we need in this position?

                What role should our neighborhood groups and associations play?

                What is you group currently doing well? What could it improve upon?

                How can the City better work with neighborhoods in the context of this position?

The mayor and I have, between us, attended dozens of neighborhood group meetings since shortly after he became mayor—we will continue to do that, as it’s vital both to share information with residents and hear concerns and questions.  Laura Maher, the City’s Strategic Communications Manager, also has expanded our use of the City’s website, social media channels and NextDoor to share City information with residents.

Thank you for your input and for all the work you do to help strengthen our neighborhoods and move our community forward.   Please keep me updated with your meeting schedules, contacts and any additional information you may need in working with your group.  We look forward to continuing our work together.

Wester Wuori


Tanker Replies to Neighborhood Network

As you are most likely aware, Neighborhood Network has advised the City that it will dissolve at the end of 2018.  In an effort to ensure there is not significant disruption, we have met recently with Neighborhood Network Director Cyndie Hall and Board President Cathy Johnson to help us effectively transition into the new year.  Mayor McNamara, since taking office in May 2017, has made it a priority to strengthen our city’s neighborhoods.

I don’t want my “neighborhood strengthened.” I want the violent thugs out of Rockford. Is there a way we can “prioritize” that?

With the support of the City Council, that’s included everything from adding staff and technical resources to the Police Department to allocating additional revenue to neighborhood streets and sidewalks in the annual Capital Improvement Plan.  We believe the timing of this change is appropriate to take a holistic review of our neighborhood strategies to ensure the City and community efforts are aligned with our budget, department work and City Council’s top priorities in strengthening our neighborhoods.  

Well thank goodness our strategies are holistically reviewed and well-aligned! Can we now start working on getting violent thugs out of Rockford?

This includes the Guiding Principle on Safe and Vibrant Neighborhoods—“Rockford values all its citizens, their knowledge and talents and the city offers residential options to promote economic strength and inter-connected neighborhoods.”

I don’t value all our citizens. I don’t value violent thugs. I want them out of Rockford. I don’t care about how “vibrant” and “inter-connected” my neighborhood is. That’s a bunch of mealy-mouthed nonsense that distracts us from the major problem of violent thugs shooting up our city.


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Rockford Scanner™: Apartment Complex Struck By Gunfire in Rockford



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On 12/30/2018 at 5:30 PM Rockford Police Officers responded to 1200 Auburn Court, Rockford, Illinois reference several calls of shots fired.

While officers were on scene, a resident at 1230 Auburn Court #3, Rockford, Illinois advised that their apartment had been struck by gun fire.

Officers found that apartment #3 had been struck twice by gun fire. The victim suffered no physical injuries as a result of this shooting. There was no suspect developed during this investigation. ID Unit processed the scene.


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Rockford Scanner™: Several emergency personnel responded to a possible house fire



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Around 8 AM  several emergency personnel were responding to a possible house fire.

UPDATE:  MABAS BOX 11 to the box alarm

It happened in the 4600 block of Lamp Light Trail.
Google maps shows this in the area of Owen center and Elmwood

A boiler inside a crawlspace is reported to be on fire.

The residents are evacuating. This is still developing..


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Rockford Scanner™: Sources Reporting A Stabbing And A Home Invasion On The East Side



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Sources are reporting a stabbing in Rockford.
Sources also reporting  a home invasion in the same area.

  • A person was stabbed in the area of 11th st and 13th ave around 1 pm today.

At least one person was stabbed. No suspect information at this time.

 

  • Around 1:30 am, there was a home invasion in the 1300 block of 11th st.

No suspect information at this time.

RPD has confirmed both the stabbing and home invasion incidents. But no other information was provided.

Unknown if these two incidents are related at this time.

Might be related to this ~ http://rockfordscanner.com/2018/12/24/rockford-scanner-sources-reporting-police-are-working-a-scene-on-the-east-side/

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Fire Department Battling A Structure Fire



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NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.

Sources are reporting a structure fire in Rockford.

It happened in the area of 814 Royal ave in Rockford.

Reports of a structure on fire. Possibly a detached garage that is on fire.

Unknown on injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Flames and smoke are showing.  Still developing

 


RFD: Rockford Fire is on scene at 800 Royal Avenue for a garage fire. Engine 6 is first on scene and reports flames and smoke are visible from the detached garage.


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Rockford Scanner™: Emergency Personnel On Scene Of A Serious Accident On The East Side



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Emergency Personnel On Scene Of A Serious Accident On The East Side

It happened in the 2100 block of 7th st, around 1:15 am

There is an accident near this intersection.

Injuries are being reported. A female victim is unconscious.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Avoid this area for awhile.

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Rockford Fire Department battling a house fire, Possibly started near the fireplace



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Sources are reporting a residential fire in Rockford.

Several emergency personnel are on scene out of a possible house fire in the 900 block of N. Court St.

Emergency personnel are on scene and confirm there is a fire in the chimney of the residence.

It sounds like the fire may have started near the fireplace.
The cause of the fire is under investigation

This is still developing

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Woman Kidnapped, Beaten And Robbed in Rockford



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Suspects kidnapped a woman on 7th street and they beat her and robbed her and then dumped her out of the car in the ally between 9th and 10th ave behind s. 6th street.

Suspects are two black males and a white female. Suspects are in a Grey older model Nissan, with a loud exhaust, no hub caps some rust. Last seen northbound

They stole her phone and about $40

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Multiple Injuries Being Reported At An Accident Scene, Avoid The Area



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NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.

Update from a party that was involved:
Hello! I was wondering if you were able to make a post about the car accident that happened on 9th and Harrison yesterday right before 2pm to see if there were any witnesses. Because I was in the accident and the lady that hit me ran the red light, but there are no calls into 911 or anything. And I was just wondering if you were able to help. Thank you.

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Around 2 pm today, sources were reporting there is a bad accident in Rockford.

It happened in the area of 9th and Harrison.

Multiple injuries are being reported. At least 3 ambulances have been dispatched to the scene.  Unknown on the severity of the injuries.

Sounds like most of the intersection is blocked off, so please avoid the area.

 


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Rockford Scanner™: Rollover Accident in Boone County



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Sources are reporting a rollover accident in Boone County.

It happened on poplar Grove rd just North of Beaver

A vehicle has rolled over near this location.

Female occupant is out of the vehicle.

Unknown on injuries.

Emergency personnel are en route.

 


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