Nine murals are being painted in Rockford for the CRE8IV festival. The Illinois Dept. of Commerce Office of Tourism provided the $91,800 grant. The artists are: Yulia Avgustinovich, from Denver, CO, Brett Whitacre, from Sycamore, Jenny Roesel Ustick,, from Cincinnati, Corey Barksdale from Atlanta, Lisa and Libbie Frost, from Rockford, Jenny M. Mathews, from Rockford, Chris Silva, from Chicago, and Molly Z, from Chicago.
Job expansion continues at the Chicago Rockford International airport with Pinnacle Logistics hiring both permanent and seasonal workers. Amazon’s Prime Air cargo fleet and USP are growing. A $9 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was announced by Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Representative Cheri Bustos.