Home Rule Rally

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Supporters of home rule today explained why Rockford leaders, and not the Illinois State Assembly, should pass the majority of laws that directly impact the citizens of Rockford.

Monday night, supporters rallied at the University of illinois School of Medicine. The city's voters abolished home rule back in 1983. Supporters want to bring it up for vote next March.

Organizers say the measure would allow Rockford to govern itself better, because leaders could react more quickly to problems like crime, education and other initiatives.

Opponents say it gives lawmakers too much power and leaves thousands at the mercy of an elected few.