Winnebago County news briefs

The Rockford Park District and YMCA of Rock River Valley are partnering to better serve communities aquatics needs by offering year-round swim lesson opportunities for families.


Park District, YMCA team up

for year-round swimming lessons

The Rockford Park District and YMCA of Rock River Valley are partnering to better serve communities aquatics needs by offering year-round swim lesson opportunities for families.

This collaboration means the Y will begin offering lessons at Alpine Park Pool and Harkins Pool, in addition to three other locations.

The Rockford Park District believes in helping others do what they do best and in order to operate more efficiently is eliminating duplication of services. The Y has more than 110 years of experience teaching people to swim and has certified, caring instructors that are trained to guide swimmers of all abilities and all ages. They use a skill-based instruction that maximizes physical activity, emphasizes safety, and elevates character development to engage families in our community.

Swimming is truly a life skill that everyone should know to be safe. Program fee assistance is available to those who qualify.

Participants You don’t need to be a Y member to register for swim lessons at Rockford Park District pools or Harlem Middle School.


City has limited funding available 

for non-profit organizations

The City of Rockford has a limited amount of funding available to incorporated not-for-profitorganizations. The Impact Fund supportscollaborative and impactful projects/interventions that advance community and/or economic development efforts in the City of Rockford.

For more information, call 779-348-7419 or visit


County hosts flag retirement collection during week of Flag Day

The Winnebago County Clerk’s Office in partnership with Veterans Memorial Hall will be accepting worn and dilapidated flags for proper retirement, beginning Monday June 10 through Friday, June 14th, the official observance of Flag Day, at the County Clerk’s office, located at 404 Elm Street, or at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 211 N Main Street, Rockford.


Move out campaign nets 13,000 pounds of items for Goodwill

More than 13,000 pounds of items have been diverted from landfills and will end up in the homes of savvy shoppers thanks to a partnership between NIU and Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois.

The Goodwill Move-Out campaign encourages Huskies to donate items such as gently-used clothing, linens, decor, kitchen items and working electronics that they no longer want. Large blue donation bins were placed in the lobby of each NIU residence hall and at the apartments in Northern View Community.

Huskies responded.

“The campaign provides an easy way for students to take home what they need and donate what they no longer want to a worthy cause,” Dawn Montgomery, facilities coordinator, NIU Housing and Residential Services, said.

NIU originally piloted the move-out program for Goodwill in 2012, and since then, Huskies have donated more than 70,000 pounds of items during the Campus Move-Out campaign.

“We are so happy to have NIU as a partner and supporter of Goodwill,” Mary Ann Matus, Goodwill’s Corporate Donations Manager, said.


Learn more about Rockford 

University’s MBA program

Rockford University’s Puri School of Business will host a free Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) information session on Tuesday, June 25,, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in learning more about earning an MBA is encouraged to attend. Attendees will be provided an in-depth look at how the University’s MBA program helps advance career and leadership opportunities, including details on available program concentrations and admission requirements.

Hear from a panel of current and former students who will provide insight on their experiences with the program. Guests also will be able to speak one-on-one with program advisors and faculty.

The information session will conclude at approximately 7 p.m.