E. J. “Zeke” Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman Street, built by Sjostrom & Sons, Fall 1987-1989

The original name of the State of Illinois Office Building, when it was dedicated by Governor Jim Thompson Dec. 3, 1989. Renamed the E. J. “Zeke” Giorgi Center and dedicated by Governor Jim Edgar Jan. 6, 1994. Zeke Giorgi had begun lobbying for a state building in Rockford back in 1975.

Photographed by Jean Lythgoe, November 16, 2021

Rockford Labor News, Friday, Sept. 6, 1985 – PAGE 2

“Three state legislators reject civic center funding plan” – 1972, home rule proposed

Source:  Rockford Register Star 4/30/1972 or Rockfordiana: Municipal Centers – 1, p 52 and 53


Home Rule: “City’s state legislators concerned over home rule loss” 1983

Source: Rockford Register Star April 14, 1983

The Mob in Rockford, pt. 3, 1984 – “Stigma annoys Italian community”

Source: Rockford Register Star March 4, 1984