Police and Fire Depts. Statistics, 2016 – 2017 – The Voice, 2018

Source:  The Voice of the Rockford Business Community, March 18, page 30

City website:  www.rockfordil.com

also: RockfordChamber.com   for Rockford Chamber of Commerce

Police Dept. Non-Emergence Line: 815-966-2900

Fire Dept. Non-Emergency Line:  815-966-2900

S. Main St., 200 Block< Odd Numbers of addresses - 1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

So. Main St. between Elm St. and Chestnut St.

Source:  1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map

From 1928 McCoy’s Rockford City Directory, page 1033:  Occupants (below)

201 S Main     –     Mid West Piggly Wiggley

203 S Main     –     James H. Farley, Banzai Lo Restaurant (owner S K Onishi)

205 S Main     –     Salamone & Sons meat market, also Dr. R S Grant

207 S Main     –     Hobart Print Shop, Rockford Army and Navy Supply

209 S Main     –     Pinkney’s Marble Grill, Illinois Hotel

211 S Main     –     Vacant

213 S Main     –     Henry Clay Shoe Store, Joe Rallo

215 S Main     –     Petritz Clothing Co.

217 S Main    –      Rockford Trunk and Leather Goods Co Inc

219 S Main    –      Muscle Shoals Cooperative Syndicate

221 S Main    –      Masters Shoe Co.

223 S Main    –      Dr. P. G. Luomons, A R Matts

225 S Main    –      Mrs. Jessie McRae, N J Metropolos

227 S Main    –      Main Hat Shop

229 S Main    –      Rice Accessory Co.





“Fireman’s Ball Planned Feb. 7” – 1945

Source:  Rockford Morning Star, January 13, 1945

“Rockford voters kill home rule” – 4/13/1983

Source: Rockford Register Star 4/13/1983

Source:  Rockford Register Star 4/13/1983

“Good start for Rescue 1 and 2” – 2/22/2012

Source:  The Weekly, Rockford Register Star 2/22/2012  by Chris Green

“City Council OK’s leasing 4 new trucks” – 2012

Source: The Weekly, Rockford Register Star, 2/22/2012

“City, union don’t seem to agree on just how much they disagree” – 2011, Firefighters

Source: Rockford Register Star 1/8/2011; by Corina Curry


As for the 8 percent figure, Dilonardo isn’t saying where it comes from or what it represents, nor will he confirm or deny that the union is asking for it. Without that information, the effect of the union’s wage demand on the city’s budget is unclear.

The mayor was blunt: “Eight is their number.”

Since the November memo, some new comparable salaries have become available but not all. At least two cities — Champaign and Bloomington — have not determined 2011 firefighter wages. In Aurora, the fire union still is considering wage reductions for 2011 to help the city balance its budget.

Also complicating the issue: 2011 pay raises in some of the comparable cities are scheduled to kick in at various times and it’s unclear which numbers the Rockford firefighters union is using.

Morrissey says the city is under no obligation to give firefighters a raise, and he’s tired of the union’s use of a formula that isn’t specific.

“There was never an agreement in our last contract that we were going to, as a council, be ingrained to bring them up to 95 percent of whatever,” Morrissey said. “They wanted that, and we said there’s too much risk. And it was a sage decision back then because look what happened.”

“This idea that we have to make them whole, like they lost, is an absolute misconstruction of what they think about the deal,” he said. “What I’d like to see them do is put a whole number out there so it resonates with our taxpayers. Tiptoeing around it doesn’t serve our taxpayers well. It doesn’t help us understand truly what it is that they want.”

Staff writer Corina Curry can be reached at *protected email* or 815-987-1371.