Link to November 8 Rockford Star-Register article, "You still have time to affect the library funding decision".
Excerpt: There is something the aldermen can do. They can listen to the more than 2,000 constituents who signed the petition against this cut. They can vote against this proposed cut to the library funding as it is written now and propose a more moderate solution. We understand the devastating financial problems our city faces. And yet, despite the fact that so many of Rockford’s citizens are unemployed, members of City Council voted to raise water rates and the garbage tax without input from the citizens. They owe it to the citizens of Rockford to at least vote on whether they are willing to pay an increase to the library portion of the tax revenue.