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Next Rockford Platform Endorsement Process

Next Rockford is a grass roots organization comprised of Gen X and Gen Y professionals living and working in the Rock River Valley.  The purpose and focus of the organization is advocating for improvements in education, the business environment, urban development and other issue important to our membership. Next Rockford has been instrumental in initiatives to bring positive change to Rockford including: Fully supporting the conclusions of the Next Generation Consulting (Rebecca Ryan) study from 2005 for attracting and retaining talent....

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Next Rockford October 9th General Membership Meeting Follow-up

Next Rockford held their General Membership meeting on October 9th.  The main topic of the meeting was a forum with the two candidates for Winnebago County Sheriff.  This is a critical race in the November election with impact on regional safety.  Both candidates represented themselves and their views well.  We appreciate both for caring enough about the region to invest their time, effort, and lives to make a difference.  Good luck to both! Additionally, the organization had updates on:  Volunteer work with A World in Motion STEM program at...

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Next Rockford to Conduct Sheriff Candidate Forum This Thursday

Next Rockford Meeting Thursday, October 9, 2014 YWCA 7:30-8:30 am Topic: Winnebago County Sheriff Candidate Forum Twitter Hashtag: #nextsheriff   Please join Next Rockford this Thursday October 9th at 7:30am at the YWCA for the General Membership meeting.  There will be a forum with the two candidates for Winnebago County Sheriff.  This is a critical race in the November election with impact on regional safety.  Be there to learn about the candidates and their strategies and plans. Additionally, the organization will have updates on:...

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What is Next Rockford?

Since the original group first met in the fall of 2003, there have always been three keys to the philosophy on why Next Rockford exists. We exist to….. Connect Generation X and Generation Y leaders to one another.   Educate our generations on the issues important to the community and to individual members.   Once we are connected and educated, successfully advocate for issues important to our generations, members, and community.   What have we accomplished as a group in our 10-years? First and foremost, there are countless...

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Food deserts – like it or not, Rockford has them

Chuck Sweeny’s recent post about food deserts missed the mark in both tone and in adequately defining what a food desert really is.  In lamenting his lack of easy access to a Costco, Chuck reduced an issue that deserves critical attention to a liberal buzzword.  The implication and implicit eye-roll are a reminder that people with power struggle with basic empathy, and locally, a sincere lack of understanding for a gigantic swath of Rockford residents. What is a food desert and do food deserts actually exist?  There’s a lot of debate over the...

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Four reasons for a Fair Tax

When Illinois rewrote its State Constitution in 1970, the drafters included language requiring that all income be taxed at the same rate.  This was a popular stance at the time – when income inequality was low, serious pension obligations were a generation away, and medical costs were a fraction of what they are today.  Things have changed. Sometime before the end of this spring’s legislative session in Springfield, the House and Senate will vote on whether they should put before the voters an amendment to the State Constitution which...

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Fair Share – Property Taxes Funding Education

In the mix of dealing with the State’s broken pension system, unfunded liabilities, and unpaid bills there is another matter that should be at the forefront of conversations – education. Funding for education has grown rapidly over the years.  Taxpayers are feeling the hit.  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 2012 Annual Report indicates that since fiscal year 1993, state, local and federal spending (adjusted for inflation) has grown more than 73 percent.  Illinois taxpayers do not need graphs, in-depth research or reports to...

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