Liam Burdick, 18, of Rockford IL, passed away Monday, May 14th. He was born in Mauston, WI on February 18th, 2000. Liam attended Harlem High School and in his spare time, he loved to snuggle his dogs Nico and Alyce. He also loved to sing, draw and write poetry. Liam was an active member of his community, participating and leading several groups, activities and was a powerful advocate for equality.
Liam is survived by his mother Phyllis Gallisath, father Jason Gallisath, sister Taiah Gallisath, brother Ryker Gallisath, his birth father Herbert Lee Burdick III and their family, his loving partner Celeste Rub, his grandparents, Vicki Legge, Linda and Mike Parent, Don and Karen Gallisath and Dorothy Bunjes, an overwhelming amount of extended family both blood and bond alike, PFLAG Rockford, DiversCity Youth Group, The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Youth Committee, Action Camp folks, his TEACH family at Harlem High School, and all of the lives he touched during his short time here.
His wonderful spirit, joy, and talents will be celebrated Monday, May 21st at one of his favorite places, Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park IL in the West Lake Shelter at 3 pmwith a gathering for a fellowship to immediately follow at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Rockford IL.
“I have felt my mother’s warmth. I have given my soul to other souls. I have loved and been loved more than I can recall. I have been accepted. I have been cherished and celebrated. I have lived. I will always live.” – Liam Burdick
UPDATE: Hello, I am Liam’s uncle. I am sorry to inform you that his body was found this morning.
The family would like to express its deepest gratitude for the assistance with the search.
We ask that you please give us privacy and time as we mourn his loss.
Thank you, much love. Travis
Liam’s car has been found at Dahlquist Park. He was not in it and is still missing.
Liam was last seen at Mcdonald’s on E State (4600 block of E State St) last night at 11:pm
RS fan Phyllis Legge Gallisath: Liam my 18 year old son, has been missing since 3:pm Monday, May 14th. He was last seen in a 98’ Silver, Chevy Blazer. The driver side door is held together with a bungee cord, license plate AG4 6603. I am hoping he is still in the Rockford area but really unsure…. If you have any leads, please contact me or the police right away.
As I am sure many of you have noticed, the website has been updated a little bit. With that, we completely overhauled the “Rockford Scanner Weather Page” and we wanted to give just a brief overview of what is new!
The new weather page will feature this live weather display (pictured below) at the top of the page, giving you the current sky and weather conditions, temperature, winds and more. In the bottom right corner of the graphic, it says forecast. If you click it, it will give you the forecast for the day before, today, and also for the future.
If you scroll a little farther down on the page, the next section is the “Weather Story” from the NWS in Chicago (pictured below). The NWS in Chicago updates this periodically throughout the day with the newest forecast, outlook, or advisory they might have for across their County Warning Area (CWA). Since the Rockford area falls under their CWA, that is why we are featuring it on our page. Within the weather story, there can sometimes be more than one tab you can click on. In the example below, for instance, there is a tab for “Drier weather on the horizon” and “Any wind damage? We Need Your Help With Reports” which you can click on both to see.
Below the weather story, we have added an interactive current radar mosaic that allows you to zoom in/out and look at weather all across the country! The radar image updates every 5 minutes. It may take a second to load the image or radar data, but just be patient, it will load! In the near future, we may add local storm reports, storm tracks, and lightning to this map or add a separate map with this information.
Last but not least, we have a map with the current NWS Advisories, Watches, and Warnings. This map is also interactive, which means you can zoom in/out or look at the advisories all across the Country. In the upper left corner of the map, there are two arrows that you can click to get the legend for any and all advisories, watches, and warnings as well. Same with the current radar image, it may take a few seconds to load, so please be patient!
Come the winter months, we hope to also add an interactive map with the Winter Road Conditions. So look forward to that future update as well! We hope you enjoy the new weather page and any helpful comments or suggestions are welcome!