“Hotels lose without Waterfront, Airfest” – 2013

 

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Source: Rockford Register Star 8/11/2013

 

 

“Metro tax endorsed by council” – April 1978

Source: Rockford Morning Star 4/4/1978; by Tom Schafer

“Home prices stage reversal of fortune” – 2012, by Alex Gary

Source: Rockford Register Star May 13, 2012, by Alex Gary; Editor: Annette LaCross front page of Local & State Section

“Civic Center Bill Gets OK” – 6/15/1977

Source: Rockford Register-Republic 6/15/1977  by Sharen Johnson, and/or Rockfordiana: Municipal Centers – 1, p. 108

“Shop on Broadway; Harvest of Values” – 1972, Rockford Labor News

Source: Rockford Labor News, Friday October 27, 1972, page 5

“Local Execs…” – 4/4/1968

“New taxes urged for civic center” – 1975, home rule added tax

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/24/2012

Second column, last full paragraph refers to ability to levy additional tax to city motels and hotels under Home Rule

The civic center (which became MetroCentre) was proposed in the 1920’s (see The Roper Plan) and voted down each time it was proposed in an election for 50 years until the MetroCentre was built.