Rockford, Illinois, on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois, is home to 157,175 residents (US Census Bureau estimate). Communities which border Rockford and are considered part of the Rockford metro area include Loves Park, Machesney Park, Belvidere, and the villages of Winnebago, Roscoe, Rockton, and Cherry Valley. Rockford is 90 miles northwest of Chicago, 90 miles southwest of Milwaukee, and just 15 miles from the Wisconsin state line.
Visitors to Rockford, IL will find that this third largest city in Illinois has a small-town charm, with rolling hills, the Rock River, and the abundance of tree-lined streets. Rockford is known as “The Forest City.”
Gunite Corporation, a producer of wheel-end components, is one of the major employers of Rockford. Rockford is growing as an important center for aerospace components, with Hamilton Sunstrand Corp., while other top employers include Anderson Packaging, the hospitals, county government, and Greenlee Textron.
For motorists, Rockford, Illinois can easily be accessed off Interstate 90, Interstate 88, Interstate 39 and Interstate 43. Rockford is easy to navigate by car and has little traffic congestion compared to other larger cities, especially Chicago. Chicago Rockford International Airport offers passenger service for air travelers. The airport is currently home to United Parcel Service’s second largest air hub.
Statistics from the Illinois Department of Transportation report 4,016 vehicle crashes in Rockford, Illinois in 2009, with 11 fatalities on Rockford’s busy roadways. Fortunately, only 115 of these crashes were ‘Injury Classification A’ crashes, a designation used when any injury, other than a fatal injury, occurs which prevents the injured person from walking, driving, or any other activity which they were capable of performing before the injury occurred. These injuries may include severe lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, chest injuries, and abdominal injuries.
Rockford, IL residents have access to high quality medical care from three hospitals, Rockford Memorial Hospital, Swedish American Hospital, and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Rockford Memorial Hospital features a Level I Emergency/Trauma Services Department for critically ill and seriously injured patients. OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is a state-designated Level I trauma center and operates Lifeline Ambulance and emergency helicopter services. It is also a regional training center for trauma nurses. Rockford, Illinois offers dozens of physicians, specialists, and dental professionals.
Residents of Rockford County would utilize the Winnebago County 17th Judicial Circuit Court. A unified, three-tiered judiciary consisting of the Circuit Court, Appellate Court, and Supreme Court serves IL. The Circuit Court is a court of general jurisdiction with original jurisdiction in all civil matters such as medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, and personal injury cases, and in all criminal matters. Rockford is the county seat of Winnebago County and, as the county seat, is home to the Winnebago County Courthouse, located at 400 West State Street, Rockford, Illinois 61101.