“Stalled bond sales delay Metro Centre; Lawsuit filed” – May 1978, April 1978

Source: Rockford Morning Star 5/17/1978

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 4/11/1978

Oscar De Priest

from Scotty Kirkland “Pink Sheets and Black Ballots: Politics and Civil Rights in Mobile, Alabama, 1945 – 1985” Thesis, University of South Alabama, 2009, p. 35; sent to the library by former newspaper editor Ralph Poore.

In the summer of 1931, Mobile NAACP secretary John “LeFlore and others had begun their attempts to revitalize the branch. They arranged a visit by Oscar DePriest, the first African-American Congressmen elected since Reconstruction, in an effort to renew their membership campaign. DePriest’s visit exposed internal divisions between LeFlore and other NAACP members. The Congressman’s record of speaking out against segregation alarmed some black ministers who feared white reprisal. Several ministers who were also NAACP board members had arranged for the Congressman to speak in their churches throughout the day but withdrew their invitations due to intimidation by white leaders and the local Ku Klux Klan. A deeply embarrassed LeFlore arranged for a consolidated meeting at a local Catholic church.”


Ronald Reagan; the Deep Hometown Roots of an American President – 4 of 8 pages

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Fall 2010, Vol. 7, No. 3;  by Karla Nagy, Associate Editor

Actual article contains 4 additional pages.  Rockford Public Library has a copy of the magazine in the Local History and Genealogy Room.

Rockford Exposition Authority Meets, Elects Charles Boettcher Chairman” Dec. 1969

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 12/17/1969


“Guerillas Are Authorized to Sponsor Bombers” – Green River Ordnance Plant, March 1944

Source, The Green River News, employee newspaper of The Green River Ordnance Plant, Dixon, IL, March 3, 1944

Garden Acres Neighborhood “Letter to the Editor” – 1980, Mayor McGaw, Ald. Frank Falzone and Victory Bell

Source: Rockford Register Star 2/28/1980

“AMCORE Financial files for bantruptcy” – August 25 2010

Source: Rockford Register Star 8/25/2010, by Alex Gary

“Alpine Bank Wins Federal Insurance OK” – 6/24/1961

Source:  Rockford Register-Republic, June 24, 1961

“Mob Suspect Frank Saladino’s local past” – 2005

Source: Rockford Register Star April 28, 2005

Rockford Magazine – January 1995

Source: Rockford Magazine, January 1995.   Cover, shown above, Pete McMurray and Linda Lampert, WXRX-FM

People to Watch 1995 include: Mayor Charles Box, alderwoman Carol Jambor-Smith, Jayne Byrne, Jesse Dabson, Pecatonica village President Ed Smith. Ron Wait, Barb Giolitto, John B. ANderson, Congressman Don Manzullo, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Dr. John LaTourette, Lynn Martin, George Bush, Paul Simon, Ann Hughes, Marty Flagg, Rory Peterson, Percy Gordon, Doug Scott, E.J. “Zeke” Giorgi, Eugene Eubanks, Dr. Ed Sharp, Geri Nikolai, Stephen J. Wesley, Harvard mayor Bill LaFew, Register Star managing editor C.W. Johnson, Jim Herman, Mike Townsend, Linda Grist Cunningham, Frank Schier, Gary Wilmer, Mary Collins, Larry Manne, Jack White, Jimmy Johnson, J. R. Sullivan, William Gregg, Richard Raether, Stella Maggio-Dobbins, Tom Maloney, Frank Fiorello, John Gile, Brian Reck, Mark Gillette, Mike Holmes, Conrad “Connie” Kowall, more. Some pictures.