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This week in Rockford is a podcast covering news, events, and politics in Rockford, Illinois.

Latest Episodes

19 - Brian Leggero and Eric Mueller

Rockford mayoral candidate Brian Leggero joined us just after the primaries to talk about the battle ahead. Rockford IceHogs communication intern Eric Mueller talked with us about his time with the Hogs and perspective on Rockford. Check...

56 MIN2017 MAR 24
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19 - Brian Leggero and Eric Mueller

18 - Aaron Tokarz

With the February 28 primary election rapidly approaching, Second Ward Aldermanic Candidate Aaron Tokarz told us how things are going for his campaign and what sets him apart from his primary competitors. Upcoming events around town: Aaron Tokarz Coffee & a Candidate, 2/25/17 at 10 AM at Poska, 2213 E. State St., Rockford, IL Ald. Karen Elyea's Swedish Pancake Breakfast, 2/26/17 at The Lyran Society, 1115 4th Ave., Rockford, IL One for the Books, An Evening with Dean Lowry of the Green Bay Packers, to benefit the Rockford Public Library, 2/28/17 at 6 PM at The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club. They bring back the Art of the Shave and Cut and are located at 115 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. Recorded February 22, 2017. Show notes and video available at: http://thisweekinrockford.com

47 MIN2017 FEB 25
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18 - Aaron Tokarz

Episode 17

We had a crowd at the studio for Episode 17! We were joined by Second Ward Aldermanic Candidate Jonathan Logemann, 12th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Barb Verni-Lau, and Alderman Karen Elyea, who faces a primary challenge in the 11th Ward. ...

118 MIN2017 FEB 24
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Episode 17

16 - Ronnie Manns

Ronnie Manns, independent candidate for Rockford Mayor, talked with Caleb, Jim, and Jeff about his background, the best aspects of Rockford, and race relations in Rockford. We also discussed Ronnie's article on campaign finance. This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club. They bring back the Art of the Shave and Cut and are located at 115 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. Recorded February 8. 2017. Show notes and links available at: http://thisweekinrockford.com

26 MIN2017 FEB 11
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16 - Ronnie Manns

15 - Lisa Palmeno

Candidate for Rockford's 11th aldermanic ward, Lisa Palmeno, joined us to talk about her campaign and her business, Market Street Press. The guys then covered the Rockford IceHogs and the newly opened Burnham Lofts. They also discussed Jim and Jeff's new show, Case Reports, which has been covering the Steven Avery case and plans to cover the unsolved Jennifer Lockmiller murder. This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club. They bring back the Art of the Shave and Cut and are located at 115 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. Recorded February 1, 2017. Show notes and video available at: http://ThisWeekinRockford.com

70 MIN2017 FEB 8
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15 - Lisa Palmeno

14 - Frank Haney Frank Gambino Dan Petrie

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney talked with Jeff about the county’s new leadership team, strategies for stemming crime, modernizing the county’s policies, and the principles of accountability, collaboration, and transparency. Rockford First Ward Aldermanic Candidate Frank Gambino discussed his ideas to streamline business, land-use, and construction application processes in Rockford, current issues in the First Ward, and how he would compare with incumbent Tim Durkee on various policy issues and responsiveness. Then, with Caleb and Jim back in the studio, we all talked with Dan Petrie of the Fatherhood Encouragement Project and Motherhood Encouragement Project. Dan let us know about the upcoming collaboration between the Projects and the Rockford Housing Authority. Dan’s parenting book, “The Power of You Are,” will be released February 23, 2017, via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. That same evening, Dan and his partner agencies will be hosting the Fatherhood Awards Banqu...

83 MIN2017 JAN 31
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14 - Frank Haney Frank Gambino Dan Petrie

13 - Rudy Valdez

Rockford Mayoral Candidate Rudy Valdez came to visit the chilly confines of the This Week in Rockford studio. We talked about Rudy's background and his business and community leadership experience, plus the frequent campaign topics of crime and economic development. The guys then discussed the death of Rock River Times' Frank Schier, Gary Hill's newly published music book, Jim Ryan's move to Rock Valley College, and Jim's observations on the Todd Smith murder trial. As usual, Jim also gave a Rockford IceHogs update. And everyone took note of Jeff's excellent haircut, provided by Downtown Barbers Shave Club (our show sponsor), but noted that even a great haircut can't make Jeff as good looking as Jim "Robert DeNiro" Hagarty. Producer Jake "The Snake" Morgan was unable to provide a meaningful RoboVikings update, but we are glad that he's made it through a couple of weeks of driving without incident. Then Caleb had to go (we think he had a date, even though he denies it), so we wrapped...

89 MIN2017 JAN 21
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13 - Rudy Valdez

12 - Kathy Mehalko and Becky Baux

Kathy Mehalko, one of her foster dogs, Katie, joined us to talk about the problems with puppy mills. Then we talked with Becky Baux and her efforts to make the Winnebago County Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter. (We didn't know at show time that both Kathy and Katie are Packers fans.) Then, in case our prior episodes didn't have enough crime reports for you, this one has double the crime! Plus, we discussed the Longwood Gardens TIF loan extension, all the new ways to legally catch catfish in Illinois, Fred VanVleet's recent victory with the Raptors 905 and his appearance at an upcoming fundraiser, and the recent loss of Mark Mayhew. Jim then provided the weekly IceHogs update. This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club, located at 115 S. Main, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. They bring back the Art of the Shave & Cut. Recorded January 11, 2017. Show notes with links at http://thisweekinrockford.com

86 MIN2017 JAN 14
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12 - Kathy Mehalko and Becky Baux

11 - Crime in Rockford

Caleb, Jim, and Jeff discuss crime in Rockford, including the New Year's shootings at Cliffbreakers and Rockford Police Chief O'Shea's press conference. The guys also talked about RockfordAdvocate.com's upcoming series on domestic violence and another series on true crime, including the Lockmiller murder case that is now, apparently, unsolved as a result of Alan Beaman's exoneration. Note: County Board Chairman Frank Haney is rescheduled for the January 25, 2017, episode. Show notes at http://thisweekinrockford.com

54 MIN2017 JAN 10
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11 - Crime in Rockford

10 - Eli Nicolosi and David Soll

Candidate for Loves Park's second aldermanic ward, David Soll, joined us to discuss issues in Loves Park, his aldermanic campaign platform, and government in general. Then Eli Nicolosi, Winnebago County Board Member for District 8, sat in and talked about changes in the County Board, transparency and control within the County,looking forward to the new Board Chairman's administration, budgetary issues facing the County, the County's role and position to solve Rockford's crime problem, and more. We discussed Eli's perspective on Mike Dunn's texts - both round 1 and round 2. Eli is also the owner of Astute Web Group. Jim, Caleb, and Jim then covered the recent killingof a teen in Rockford and another in Machesney Park, the Cubs' trophy coming to Rockford on January 8, 2017, and the Rockford IceHogs performance. Recorded December 28, 2016.

84 MIN2017 JAN 3
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10 - Eli Nicolosi and David Soll

Latest Episodes

19 - Brian Leggero and Eric Mueller

Rockford mayoral candidate Brian Leggero joined us just after the primaries to talk about the battle ahead. Rockford IceHogs communication intern Eric Mueller talked with us about his time with the Hogs and perspective on Rockford. Check...

56 MIN2017 MAR 24
Comments
19 - Brian Leggero and Eric Mueller

18 - Aaron Tokarz

With the February 28 primary election rapidly approaching, Second Ward Aldermanic Candidate Aaron Tokarz told us how things are going for his campaign and what sets him apart from his primary competitors. Upcoming events around town: Aaron Tokarz Coffee & a Candidate, 2/25/17 at 10 AM at Poska, 2213 E. State St., Rockford, IL Ald. Karen Elyea's Swedish Pancake Breakfast, 2/26/17 at The Lyran Society, 1115 4th Ave., Rockford, IL One for the Books, An Evening with Dean Lowry of the Green Bay Packers, to benefit the Rockford Public Library, 2/28/17 at 6 PM at The Nordlof Center, 118 N. Main St., Rockford, IL This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club. They bring back the Art of the Shave and Cut and are located at 115 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. Recorded February 22, 2017. Show notes and video available at: http://thisweekinrockford.com

47 MIN2017 FEB 25
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18 - Aaron Tokarz

Episode 17

We had a crowd at the studio for Episode 17! We were joined by Second Ward Aldermanic Candidate Jonathan Logemann, 12th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Barb Verni-Lau, and Alderman Karen Elyea, who faces a primary challenge in the 11th Ward. ...

118 MIN2017 FEB 24
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Episode 17

16 - Ronnie Manns

Ronnie Manns, independent candidate for Rockford Mayor, talked with Caleb, Jim, and Jeff about his background, the best aspects of Rockford, and race relations in Rockford. We also discussed Ronnie's article on campaign finance. This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club. They bring back the Art of the Shave and Cut and are located at 115 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. Recorded February 8. 2017. Show notes and links available at: http://thisweekinrockford.com

26 MIN2017 FEB 11
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16 - Ronnie Manns

15 - Lisa Palmeno

Candidate for Rockford's 11th aldermanic ward, Lisa Palmeno, joined us to talk about her campaign and her business, Market Street Press. The guys then covered the Rockford IceHogs and the newly opened Burnham Lofts. They also discussed Jim and Jeff's new show, Case Reports, which has been covering the Steven Avery case and plans to cover the unsolved Jennifer Lockmiller murder. This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club. They bring back the Art of the Shave and Cut and are located at 115 South Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. Recorded February 1, 2017. Show notes and video available at: http://ThisWeekinRockford.com

70 MIN2017 FEB 8
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15 - Lisa Palmeno

14 - Frank Haney Frank Gambino Dan Petrie

Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney talked with Jeff about the county’s new leadership team, strategies for stemming crime, modernizing the county’s policies, and the principles of accountability, collaboration, and transparency. Rockford First Ward Aldermanic Candidate Frank Gambino discussed his ideas to streamline business, land-use, and construction application processes in Rockford, current issues in the First Ward, and how he would compare with incumbent Tim Durkee on various policy issues and responsiveness. Then, with Caleb and Jim back in the studio, we all talked with Dan Petrie of the Fatherhood Encouragement Project and Motherhood Encouragement Project. Dan let us know about the upcoming collaboration between the Projects and the Rockford Housing Authority. Dan’s parenting book, “The Power of You Are,” will be released February 23, 2017, via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. That same evening, Dan and his partner agencies will be hosting the Fatherhood Awards Banqu...

83 MIN2017 JAN 31
Comments
14 - Frank Haney Frank Gambino Dan Petrie

13 - Rudy Valdez

Rockford Mayoral Candidate Rudy Valdez came to visit the chilly confines of the This Week in Rockford studio. We talked about Rudy's background and his business and community leadership experience, plus the frequent campaign topics of crime and economic development. The guys then discussed the death of Rock River Times' Frank Schier, Gary Hill's newly published music book, Jim Ryan's move to Rock Valley College, and Jim's observations on the Todd Smith murder trial. As usual, Jim also gave a Rockford IceHogs update. And everyone took note of Jeff's excellent haircut, provided by Downtown Barbers Shave Club (our show sponsor), but noted that even a great haircut can't make Jeff as good looking as Jim "Robert DeNiro" Hagarty. Producer Jake "The Snake" Morgan was unable to provide a meaningful RoboVikings update, but we are glad that he's made it through a couple of weeks of driving without incident. Then Caleb had to go (we think he had a date, even though he denies it), so we wrapped...

89 MIN2017 JAN 21
Comments
13 - Rudy Valdez

12 - Kathy Mehalko and Becky Baux

Kathy Mehalko, one of her foster dogs, Katie, joined us to talk about the problems with puppy mills. Then we talked with Becky Baux and her efforts to make the Winnebago County Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter. (We didn't know at show time that both Kathy and Katie are Packers fans.) Then, in case our prior episodes didn't have enough crime reports for you, this one has double the crime! Plus, we discussed the Longwood Gardens TIF loan extension, all the new ways to legally catch catfish in Illinois, Fred VanVleet's recent victory with the Raptors 905 and his appearance at an upcoming fundraiser, and the recent loss of Mark Mayhew. Jim then provided the weekly IceHogs update. This episode was sponsored by Downtown Barbers Shave Club, located at 115 S. Main, Rockford, Illinois, 779-221-5080. They bring back the Art of the Shave & Cut. Recorded January 11, 2017. Show notes with links at http://thisweekinrockford.com

86 MIN2017 JAN 14
Comments
12 - Kathy Mehalko and Becky Baux

11 - Crime in Rockford

Caleb, Jim, and Jeff discuss crime in Rockford, including the New Year's shootings at Cliffbreakers and Rockford Police Chief O'Shea's press conference. The guys also talked about RockfordAdvocate.com's upcoming series on domestic violence and another series on true crime, including the Lockmiller murder case that is now, apparently, unsolved as a result of Alan Beaman's exoneration. Note: County Board Chairman Frank Haney is rescheduled for the January 25, 2017, episode. Show notes at http://thisweekinrockford.com

54 MIN2017 JAN 10
Comments
11 - Crime in Rockford

10 - Eli Nicolosi and David Soll

Candidate for Loves Park's second aldermanic ward, David Soll, joined us to discuss issues in Loves Park, his aldermanic campaign platform, and government in general. Then Eli Nicolosi, Winnebago County Board Member for District 8, sat in and talked about changes in the County Board, transparency and control within the County,looking forward to the new Board Chairman's administration, budgetary issues facing the County, the County's role and position to solve Rockford's crime problem, and more. We discussed Eli's perspective on Mike Dunn's texts - both round 1 and round 2. Eli is also the owner of Astute Web Group. Jim, Caleb, and Jim then covered the recent killingof a teen in Rockford and another in Machesney Park, the Cubs' trophy coming to Rockford on January 8, 2017, and the Rockford IceHogs performance. Recorded December 28, 2016.

84 MIN2017 JAN 3
Comments
10 - Eli Nicolosi and David Soll