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stay out of Rockford,IL. - 10/23/2009
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Rockford, IL

Rockford is truely a living breathing nightmare. Recently, a young bi-racial man was gunned down inside of a chuch slash daycare. He'd had a dispute with his girlfriend; police were called;the young man ran across the street to avoid the police. He was shot in the back by two white officers. The same officers that had priors of shooting other victims. There were children and adult witness that saw the terrible incident. This is not the only racially sparked evil that has lingered throughout this town. Unemployment in this town is the highest in the whole state. Drugs, crime and police brutality laces this den of doom!

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Rockford, IL

Ghetto - 12/8/2013

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Rockford, IL

SMALL TOWN MINDS - 5/25/2013

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Rockford, IL

Cost of housing - 1/10/2013

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Tax Pressures - 1/20/2012

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Rockford, IL

bad idea--- - 12/5/2011

This town is going nowhere fast-if you read the local paper it will not give you the real facts as it is trying to change the perception of the community to residents and outsiders, though this does nothing to help teh reality of the town---problem is, changing the reality will take more time than most people have. You would have to be very desperate to make a move here or not understand what is good for you or your family. There is a reason that only 13% of the population has a bachelor's degree in Rockford (the paper will tell you over 20%). Those who are educated know this place is going nowhere fast and understand that a quality life can not be made here. Crime, education, unemployment, are all bad and some of teh worst in nation(recently rated 9th most dangerous city in the US,)--and will be for sometime. If yo got twenty years to kill--this is your place.[read more...]

Rockford, IL

Great in the summer, AWFUL in the winter...bad edu - 6/30/2011

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Change of Heart. - 1/23/2011

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Rockford, IL

Arctic winter conditions - 1/21/2011

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Good stuff to do in Rockford - 1/20/2011

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Rockford, IL

Crime in Rockford - 12/6/2010

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We like Rockford - 10/25/2010

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This is a horrible place to live - 9/30/2010

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Things to do near and not so far! - 2/7/2010

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Rockford is not a good place to live - 10/23/2009

Police brutality; High crime rate; the highest unemploment in the wholoe state Drugs and gangs are everwhere. And loads of discrimation! And of course the new million dollar prison, and they've been talking about building another one. What does that tell you?[read more...]

Rockford, IL

stay out of Rockford,IL. - 10/23/2009

Rockford is truely a living breathing nightmare. Recently, a young bi-racial man was gunned down inside of a chuch slash daycare. He'd had a dispute with his girlfriend; police were called;the young man ran across the street to avoid the police. He was shot in the back by two white officers. The same officers that had priors of shooting other victims. There were children and adult witness that saw the terrible incident. This is not the only racially sparked evil that has lingered throughout this town. Unemployment in this town is the highest in the whole state. Drugs, crime and police brutality laces this den of doom![read more...]

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the parks - 10/18/2009

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Rockford, IL

What to do? - 10/3/2009

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