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Television

PBS/WYCC Channel 20 - In The Loop: The Rebirth of Rockford
December 18, 2015
The Rockford region sees its glory days once again as local businesses thrive and the community works to rebuild. John Groh, RACVB president/CEO and Mayor Morrissey, City of Rockford talk about how perceptions have changed and the community is now on the rise.
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WGN TV - "Around Town" featuring Trickford's Cheap Trick Trail
WGN's Ana Belaval interviews Rockford leaders about the revitalization efforts happening in the community that have led to flourishing local businesses and a prosperous downtown. This story also highlights Rockford's support for hometown band, Cheap Trick, as they are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The community "officially/unofficially" is named "Trickford" and a Cheap Trick Trail takes visitors to the band members' favorite spots.

HLN with Michaela Pereira
November 11, 2016
Michaela Pereira talks with Rockford's Mayor, Larry Morrissey about the progress to end veteran homelessness in the Rockford region with the help of collaborative partnerships. Rockford, Illinois is the first community in the United States to end veteran homelessness.
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ABC7 Chicago - Roz Varon's Weekender Report (sock monkey feature)
Rockford's very own sock monkey travels to Chicago to make an appearance on ABC7 during Roz Varon's Weekender Report. The news team also talks about Sock Monkey Madness event at the Midway Village Museum, home of the sock monkey, during their Festival Friday segment.
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Radio

WGN Radio - Steve Bertrand Interview with John Groh 
John Groh, RACVB president/CEO discusses the economic boost in the Rockford community as the amateur sports market continues to drive visitors to the region.

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WLS-AM 890 - The Big John Howell Show and the Chicago Board Options Exchange "Business First" newscast
John Groh, RACVB president/CEO talks about Rockford's comeback story through revitalization efforts, specifically the economic impact of community-supported events like Stroll on State.

Knowledge at Wharton on SiriusXM Radio Show
February 14, 2017
John Groh, RACVB president/CEO and Nathan Bryant, RAEDC president/CEO talk with Don Money (broadcast from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania) about Rockford's comeback and how Rockford can be a model for other communities looking to grow their economies and to enhance the quality of life and place for residents.

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Print

Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2017
Rockford's Burpee Museum of Natural History is featured as a main event in Chicago Tribune's News to Use section for their Annual Paleofest event that attracts thousands to the region.
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Chicago Tribune
December 7, 2016
Rockford's River Lights takes top spot for the News to Use section in the Chicago Tribune featuring fun winter holiday events throughout the Chicagoland area.
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Associated Press & The Daily Herald
April 8, 2016
Rockford celebrates Cheap Trick's entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by "officially/unofficially" renaming the community Trickford and developing a Trickford Trail of all the band's favorite places around town.
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Online

Expedia
March 7, 2017
The Rockford region is named the most beautiful town in Illinois.
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