Inmate lockdown lawsuits influence sheriff’s budget dispute

The number of lawsuits filed by the inmates against Winnebago County Sheriff Caruana currently stand at twenty-one with undoubtedly more on the way. This is the inmate’s response to an unanticipated upsurge in the number of lockdown hours triggered by the sheriff in the months immediately following the layoff of 10 correction officers. The lawsuits are identical except for the name of the inmate, suggesting an organized campaign to reduce the lockdowns. How did the county get into this position? First, county spending has exceeded revenues....

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How’s that strict gun control working for you, Chicago?

According to the Associated Press in today’s Rockford Register Star, Chicago police have said a 14 year old boy was among the 13 people wounded and 1 killed just this Saturday night alone. Excerpt: At least 30 people have been shot since 6:20 p.m. Friday, 7 of them fatally. An 18-year-old man, identified as Alonzo Powell of the 100 block of North Parkside Avenue by the Cook County medical examiner’s office, was found about 8:15 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North Pine Avenue in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side...

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Winnebago County state’s attorney: Weber has the experience for job

There is a clear distinction between the Republican candidates for Winnebago County state’s attorney and it’s the experience in prosecuting criminals. Excerpt: Glen Weber’s focus is putting criminals behind bars, and he’s not concerned about rehabilitation and alternative programs that keep people out of jail. He thinks the state’s attorney’s office needs systemic changes, and his passion for prosecution is obvious to anyone who’s ever heard him speak. Many feel that criminal justice begins and ends with alternative programs that...

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Noisy cars may help Rockford balance next year’s budget

Here’s hoping the Rockford man, who is challenging the loud car stereo ordinance,  is unsuccessful in suing the city for violating his constitutional rights by impounding his car after he got a ticket for playing loud music in his car after 11:00PM. Can you believe that anyone thinks they have a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to play loud music, outside, in their car after 11:00PM, while others in the neighborhood are trying to sleep before getting up for work in the morning or trying to keep their children asleep while your car radio is blaring...

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Followup on Residency Rule’s defeat by City Council 10-2

The city council voted 10-2 to reject the residency requirement to be a police or fire candidate in the city of Rockford. Only Venita Hervey, D-5, and Ann Thompson-Kelly, D-7, voted in favor of the proposal. Linda McNeely, D-13, was obviously absent; if present she usually vote NO! Getting the best candidate should be paramount in the selection process, not the best candidate that lives in Rockford as suggested by Ald. Venita Hervey, when she stated, “Many of Rockford’s police and fire job applicants come from outside the city,...

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