Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Paul Gorski and to you and your family.

Friday, November 28, 2014

U.S. Cellular phones for a penny

U.S. Cellular is offering a wide variety of smartphones for a penny this Black Friday weekend.

Check it out at:

Paul Gorski
Editor, Winnebago County News

Olympic Restaurant Black Friday Gift Card discounts

Hi, I was passing the Olympic Restaurant on N. Main and saw sign for "Buy $100 in gift card get $20 free" or something like that. Sounded like a good deal. You might want to check it out. Looked like it was good today, Friday, Nov. 28 only.

Paul Gorski
Editor, Winnebago County News

Thursday, November 06, 2014

River City Sound international competition webcast at 10:26 AM, Thursday

Rockford's own River City Sound chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is competing for international honors today, Thursday, November 6, 2014.

Watch our local chorus perform on the international stage at 10:26 AM by visiting: They only perform two songs, so tune in before 10:26 AM so you do not miss a note.

Watch River City Sound perform in international competition:

Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 10:26 AM (tune in before that!)

Thank you!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Vote for Bob Springer for Sheriff and Margie Mullins for County Clerk

Please vote for Bob Springer for Winnebago County Sheriff. Springer has over 30 years of local law enforcement experience. Read more about Springer's experience at:

Also, please vote for Margie Mullins for Winnebago County Clerk. Mullin's staff provides excellent customer service and she has the experience needed to manage the clerk's office.

Experience counts!

Thank you,
Paul Gorski

Learn more about other candidates on the Tuesday ballot at:

Free Rides to the Polls – Call 815-962-0601

The UAW is offering rides to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014. 

Rides to the polls are available to residents of Boone and Winnebago counties by calling 815-962-0601.

Call 815-962-0601 for your ride to the polls this election year!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Please vote for Cheri Bustos and Randall Wayne Olsen for Congress

Please vote for Cheri Bustos or Randall Wayne Olsen for Congress. You will only see one of these candidates on your ballot, depending where you live. Look for their names and vote for Bustos or Olsen for U.S. Congress.

Randall Wayne Olsen,

Candidate for U.S. Congress, 16th Congressional District of Illinois

(Please note this is not Randy Olson, current forest preserve district member.)

Cheri Bustos,

Candidate for U.S. Congress, 17th Congressional District of Illinois

Visit this page for more information on other local candidates:

Thank you!

Please vote for Bob Springer for Winnebago County Sheriff

Please vote for Bob Springer for Winnebago County Sheriff. Springer has over 30 years of local law enforcement experience. Read more about Springer's experience at:

Learn more about other candidates on the Tuesday ballot at:

Please vote for Margie Mullins for Winnebago County Clerk

Please vote for Margie Mullins for Winnebago County Clerk. Mullin's staff provides excellent customer service and she has the experience needed to manage the clerk's office.

Learn more about other candidates on the Tuesday ballot at:

Governor Quinn and Senator Durbin rally, today Monday at airport

Dear Friend, 

Join us for a Get Out The Vote Rally this Monday. Governor Pat Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin will be traveling across Illinois to rally for Democrats.

Click here to find out the exact times and locations for events throughout the state.

Chicago, Rockford, Quad Cities, Peoria, Champaign, Marion and Metro East

Monday, Nov. 3 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

*Rockford event starts at 11:15 am, please arrive by 11 am.
Rockford Airport, Observation Court, 2 Airport Cir, Rockford, IL 61109

Times and locations:

Please RSVP to be notified of any schedule changes.

Please come out and bring your troops. We are depending on you for a strong presence.

Thank you so much for your help in this final GOTV push. We look forward to seeing you Monday!

Team Quinn

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Free Rides to the polls, weekdays, call 815-962-0601

The UAW is offering rides to the polls during early voting. Rides to the polls are available to residents of Boone and Winnebago counties by calling 815-962-0601. Rides are offered weekdays 10 AM to 2 PM.

Call 815-962-0601 for your ride to the polls this election year!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rockford Newspaper Guild asks you to contact the publisher of the Rockford Register Star today, Monday, October 27

The following is an email that I received from the Rockford Newspaper Guild...

Friends of Journalism,

On Monday Oct. 27 there’s a national protest against GateHouse Media, the owner of the Rockford Register Star. Employees have gone seven years without raises, and many jobs have been outsourced or eliminated under GateHouse ownership. We are negotiating our first contract.
You will not see pickets outside the Rockford Register Star tomorrow. The Rockford Newspaper Guild has chosen to do virtual picketing through social media. We need your help. 

Please visit

Share a link on your Facebook page and other social media to our site and tell your friends that you support strong, courageous journalism and the local professionals who create it. Encourage them to support it, too. Forward this email to friends, family and coworkers.

At the bottom of our web pages you’ll see links that will allow you to automatically Tweet to company management and community leaders. It’s important that they hear a public outcry about what’s happened to news coverage, news products and thought leadership in our community under GateHouse ownership. 

We live in a region that is on the cusp of transformation. We need strong, credible news coverage to foster that transformation. 

Please join us.

Thank you.

Max Gersh and Brian Leaf
Rockford Newspaper Guild

Tell the publisher, Josh Trust, you support the The Rockford Newspaper Guild.
Tell GateHouse VP of Content & Audience David Arkin you support The Rockford Newspaper Guild.
Tell GateHouse Senior VP Brad Dennison you support The Rockford Newspaper Guild.
Tell Rockford Register Star General Manager Paul Gaier you support The Rockford Newspaper Guild.
Tell Transform Rockford Executive Director Mike Schablaske you support The Rockford Newspaper Guild. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Obituary - Nancy I. Foltz

NANCY I. FOLTZ, 79 LOVES PARK - Nancy I. Foltz, 79, of Loves Park died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by her children. Born Jan. 29, 1935, in Rockford.

Married Aaron E. Foltz on Aug. 2, 1952, in Belvidere; he died Sept. 30, 1992. Employed by Woodward Governor, retiring in 1992. Retired from Rockford Memorial Hospital in 2000.

Survivors include daughter, Lori Carlson of Rockford; sons, Gregory (Linda McElmeel) Foltz and Michael Foltz, both of Loves Park, and Kenneth (Susan Myers) Foltz of German Valley; grandchildren, Allen Foltz and Nicole Bergren; great-grandchildren, Salvador and Eli Stoneberg; brother, Sidney (Cyndi) Haffenden; sister, Rebecca (Brian Edwards) Haffenden; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by parents, Edna and Daniel Haffenden; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private celebration of life at a later date.

Cremation rites accorded. Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home, Ltd., 401 River Lane.

Cheri Bustos in Rockford, today, Monday, 9 AM

Cheris Bustos (for U.S Congress!) is in Rockford, IL today, Monday, October 20, 2014 at the UAW Hall.

UAW Hall
112 N 2nd St
Rockford, IL

9 AM until 10 AM.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Support Alzheimer's research

This walk to support Alzheimer's research already occurred this Saturday morning, but you can still support Alzheimer's research.

2014 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Rockford

Saturday, September 20, 2014 Add to calendar
Registration at 8am | Ceremony at 9:30am | Walk at 10am
Route Length: 2.25 miles

Thank you to our 2014 champions, teams, walkers and donors!

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register in person on Walk day.

Online donations can be made through the end of the year - don't forget to check and see if your employer will match your donation.

Winnebago County Diversity Concert, today, Saturday, Sept 20, 1 to 7 PM

There will be entertainment, food and activities for the entire family at the 2nd annual Winnebago County Diversity Concert in Davis Park, Rockford, today, Saturday, September 20, 2014. Admission is free!

The program runs from 1 PM until 7:15 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2014.

There will be a wide variety of artists performing so come on down to Davis Park to enjoy this free concert event.

Bring the family!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vacancy in the position of Cherry Valley Township Highway Commissioner

The Cherry Valley Township board is seeking qualified candidates to fill the vacancy in the office of Cherry Valley Township Highway Commissioner.

The appointee must be of legal voting age, affiliated  with the Republican party, and a resident of Cherry Valley Township.

To be considered for the position please send or drop off a letter of interest and a resume at the township offices at:

Cherry Valley Township
4875 Blackhawk Rd
Rockford, IL 61109

This paperwork must be received at the township office by September 26, 2014.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Obituary – Pat O'Donnell, longtime Cherry Valley Township Highway Commissioner

Pat O'Donnell, who had served as Cherry Valley Township Highway Commissioner since 1979, passed away September 4, 2014 after a brief illness. Pat was loved by many. My condolences to Lois and family. Services are being held today, Tuesday, September 9, 2014. 

More information about the services at:

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

12U Rockford Big Dogs travel baseball team tryouts Saturday, Sept 6, 2014

12U Rockford Big Dogs travel baseball team tryouts Saturday, Sept 6, 2014

12u Whitledge will host their tryouts on September 6th at 10 am. Tryouts will be at Haws Park in Roscoe, 11588 Cedarbrook Rd.

Call 815-289-3479 with any questions.

For registration and more information, visit:

Please fill out registration form "12u Whitledge"


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans

Meet John Doe: Labor unions gave us Labor Day and longer life spans
By Paul Gorski
According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. … The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883.”

This history was apparently news to some Rockford City Council members as they recently debated whether to issue a permit for this year’s Labor Day Parade. Yes, organized labor worked to create and sponsor the Labor Day holiday for more than 100 years...

Read the full article at:

Tech-Friendly: Should I upgrade my Mac OS X?

Tech-Friendly: Should I upgrade my Mac OS X?

By Paul Gorski

Reader Nicole Montgomery asked for my opinion whether she should upgrade her Mac OS. Read her request and comments at

Apple updates the Mac OS very often, issuing a major upgrade about every 18 months, with minor patches in between. Sometimes these upgrades are not so “major,” but do bring a few useful new features or bug fixes. Over the past few years, these upgrades have fixed, or created, problems with the, Wi-Fi connectivity, and corporate file server connections. More often, Apple updates a service, like iCloud, or an app, like Pages or Keynote, that requires a Mac OS upgrade, whether you want to upgrade...

Friday, August 29, 2014

In memory of – Robert Yeske, 62

Robert Alan Yeske, 62, died August 26, 2014. Memorial celebration service at 2 p.m. Saturday August 30, 2014 at Faith Center, 4721 S. Main St. Rockford. 

Visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014.
Memorial service at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2014

Condolences to the Yeske family from Paul Gorski and family.

See more at:

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress at town hall meeting, Wed, Aug 27

Stadelman reports on passenger rail progress at town hall meeting

ROCKFORD – Anyone interested in learning more about passenger rail service between Rockford and Chicago is encouraged attend an Amtrak Town Hall Meeting hosted by Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman.

Senator Stadelman, D-Rockford, has invited Illinois Department of Transportation experts to give a 45-minute report on the status of the $223 million project. A question-and-answer session will follow.

5:30-7 PM, WED., AUG. 27
Zeke Giorgi Center Auditorium
200 S. Wyman St., Rockford, IL

“Passenger rail service to and from Chicago holds tremendous potential for economic growth and enhanced quality of life in the Rockford area,” Stadelman said. “The public is excited about the prospect of a rail link with Chicago, and I think it is important to keep the public fully informed and to involve as much public input as possible.”

Construction is expected to begin in October 2014, with one daily round trip anticipated to be running by the end of 2015, two daily round trips by the end of 2016 and eventual service to Dubuque, Iowa. Amtrak will provide the restored Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) service from Chicago to Rockford, using Metra & Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Track and bridge upgrades, increased capacity, a layover facility, a UP/Metra connection and new stations – including one in Rockford -- are among the improvements being funded through Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program.

IDOT Project Manager Elliot Ramos will lead an overview discussion of Amtrak service and preparation work before fielding questions with Senator Stadelman and other transportation, engineering and municipal representatives.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tech-Friendly: Review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet from U.S. Cellular

By Paul Gorski

U.S. Cellular (USC) recently began selling the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablet, and I used the tablet for almost two weeks. It took me a few days to appreciate the strengths of this tablet, but I now see why some people like their tablets so much. Since my revelation stems more from the experience rather than the hardware, my review will focus on the experience first, the hardware last...

Read the full Rock River Times article at:

Meet John Doe: Take control of your local government and vote in the November election

By Paul Gorski
Please vote this fall — do not let a small group of vocal voters control the election this November.
Less than 20 percent of the registered voters in Winnebago County voted in the spring primary elections. Worse, less than 15 percent of the registered voters in Rockford cast a ballot in the primaries.
Primary voters decided some of the races. This means a small group of residents decided who is going to hold local office, or at least, advance to the next step in the election process...

Friday, August 01, 2014

Meet John Doe: Climate change is not global warming, and neither are hoaxes, part two

By Paul Gorski

The basic premise of my article “Meet John Doe: Climate change is not global warming, and neither are hoaxes” from the June 18-24, 2014, issue was that the measurements and arguments used to support the belief that the Earth’s climate is rapidly changing are not part of an elaborate hoax or lie. What purpose would that hoax serve? Readers responded. One reader replied with an explanation...

Read the full Rock River Times article by Paul Gorski at:

Meet John Doe: Climate change is not global warming, and neither are hoaxes

By Paul Gorski

I am writing this article with the global climate change naysayer in mind.

Some people seemed confused about climate change, global warming, the facts surrounding these topics, and the scientific theories used to explain these phenomena.

I have read some odd articles and/or comments in local and national news sources discussing climate change, so I thought I would clarify some of the key points...

Read the entire Rock River Times article by Paul Gorski at:

Tech-Friendly: Read the full print version of ‘The Rock River Times’ as a page flip document on

The new Rock River Times website ( is easy to read and navigate on your laptop, desktop and mobile devices, but you may also read the full print version in all of its four-color glory online as a page flip document. Page flip, or page turner software, allows publishers to convert electronic versions of their print publications into virtual, turn page by page books, magazines and newspapers...

Read the full Rock River Times article at:

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Senator Stadelman Announces Expanded HoopStars Youth Basketball Tournament

ROCKFORD – Illinois Senator Steve Stadelman is taking his free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament outdoors and moving the competition to Labor Day in hopes of beginning its transformation to a large, Gus Macker-style event.

Boys and girls in 3rd through 8th grades will compete on courts at Davis Park, with the first games tipping off immediately after the Labor Day parade, Stadelman announced at a news conference today. The outdoor location and switch from Saturday of Labor Day weekend to the Monday holiday allows “Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars” to grow in its second year; more than 125 players took part in 2013 on indoor courts at Patriot’s Gateway Center.

“We’re taking HoopStars to the streets in 2014 – not literally, but in the spirit of Gus Macker,” said Stadelman, referring to the popular adult 3-on-3 tournament that took place in the streets of downtown Rockford for many years.

“The tournament’s goal,” he said, “remains the same -- to provide a positive, no-cost activity for our youth, particularly those from low-income families and inner-city neighborhoods. Senator Stadelman’s HoopStars is about the love of the game and kids having a ball.”

Stadelman said the downtown expansion is made possible by new partnerships with the Rockford Park District and Rockford United Labor, which organizes an annual picnic for union members at Davis Park following the Labor Day parade. Families attending the basketball tournament can enjoy live music and kids’ rides at no charge as guests of the labor group. ComEd and Comcast are returning as financial sponsors, and both will operate interactive educational booths during the tournament.

All players will receive free commemorative T-shirts; trophies or medals also will be awarded. Teams of four can register online at: 1); 2) Stadelman’s office in the Zeke Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman St., Suite 301, Rockford; or 3) participating community centers. More information is available at

Governor Quinn signs $1.1 billion capital construction bill

From The Rock River Times...

Online Staff Report

CHICAGO — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new state capital construction bill that invests $1.1 billion in road and bridge projects to improve transportation and create jobs and boost economic development across Illinois, including northern Illinois...

Read the full story at:

Litesa Wallace selected to succeed Chuck Jefferson

From The Rock River Times...

The Democratic Party has selected Litesa Wallace to fill the remainder of Rep. Chuck Jefferson’s unexpired term in the 67th District of Illinois...

Read the full story at:

Congratulations to Litesa Wallace!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Democrats accepting applications for state representative vacancy

Winnebago County Democrats Prepare to Select New State Representative

ROCKFORD, Illinois. – The Winnebago County Democratic Party will begin an open selection process to appoint a new state representative this week. A committee will accept applications and conduct interviews in order to fill the seat vacated by state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D-Rockford, who announced his retirement earlier this month.  

“We are committed to finding a state representative who will continue to speak up for the needs and concerns of Rockford residents, and the best way to do that is to make sure residents have the opportunity to participate in the process,” said Winnebago County Democratic Chairman Charlie Laskonis. “By soliciting resumes and interviewing top candidates, we can ensure that our next state representative reflects the values and diversity of our community.”

Last evening at our regular monthly central committee meeting party members selected two precinct committeemen from the 67th District, L. C. Wilson and Odell Simpson, to serve on a three-person selection committee. By law, the county party chairman will serve as the third member of the committee.

Interested candidates can email their resumes to the committee at or drop them off at 6820 Mill Road Rockford, Illinois.

All resumes must be received by 4:00 P.M. Friday, July 25. Committee members will review all applicants and conduct interviews with multiple candidates on Wednesday, July 30 at the United Automobile Workers hall 112 North 2nd Street Rockford. Interviews will be open to the public. By law, applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have been a registered voter of the 67th District for at least two years.

Charles H. Laskonis


Winnebago County Democratic Party

P.O. Box 23

Rockford, Illinois 61105


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs

July 16th, 2014
For Immediate Release
Contact: Zach Koutsky 630-269-3826 or

Illinois Education Association Endorses Mike Frerichs
Cites Frerichs’ longstanding advocacy for public education in endorsement
Champaign, IL- This week, members of the Illinois Education Association, the state’s largest education employee union with over 130,000 members across Illinois will join Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign) in Moline and Rockford and announce their endorsement of Frerichs for state Treasurer.
Thursday, July 17th
·   Moline, IL- 1:00pm-1:45pm, IEA Moline Office, 1530 46th Avenue, Suite 1 Moline, IL 61265
·    Rockford, IL- 5:00pm-5:45pm, IEA Rockford Office, 7029 Rote Road, Rockford, IL 61107
“I am honored to have the IEA’s 130,000 members support me in my race for Treasurer. I have campaigned in every corner of Illinois on the need for investment in our people and our state and how we can expand access to a quality and affordable college education. These are values that IEA shares and with their backing, I will work non-stop as Treasurer to help grow the middle class and provide ethical and transparent leadership in Springfield,” Frerichs said.
IEA President Cinda Klickna said, "As state senator, Mike Frerichs has been a strong and consistent proponent for eliminating the significant and unfair disparities in state funding for school districts. We are excited about his candidacy and look forward to working with him as Treasurer.”
To learn more about the IEA and to read their official endorsement release, visit,

Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 975) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” references that at 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.

For more information, visit

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dorothy Turner addresses constituent concerns regarding appointment process

Dorothy Turner, Democratic 17th District State Central Committee woman, held a press conference this past week to address concerns raised by her constituents about the process to appoint retiring State Representative Chuck Jefferson’s replacement.

Turner reminded the media, public and local party officials that in regards to elections and appointments the state Democratic central committee bylaws promise:

(e) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a full description of the legal and practical procedures for selection of Democratic Party Officers and representatives on all levels. Publication of these procedures shall be done in such fashion that all prospective and current members of the Democratic Party of Illinois will be fully and adequately informed of the pertinent procedures in time to participate in each selection procedure at all levels of the Democratic Party organization.

(f) The Democratic Party of Illinois shall publicize fully and in such a manner as to assure notice to all interested parties a complete description of the legal and practical qualifications of all officers and representatives of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Such publication shall be done in a timely fashion so that all prospective candidates or applicants for any elected or appointed position within the Democratic Party of Illinois will have full and adequate opportunity to compete for office.

Turner expressed concerns the appointment process had not been properly outlined or agreed upon and has asked for further clarification so that she may respond to her constituents.

Local party officials have contacted state party officials for clarification. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

Dorothy “Dot“ Turner was elected this past spring to represent Democrats in 14 Illinois counties as 17th District State Central Committee woman.

Residents interested in learning more about the appointment process may fill out this form on the local Democratic website: 

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