City Council Meeting

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Last week aldermen rejected Deliverance Crusader Church's proposal for a special use permit. Tonight the church gets the green light. The plan is to turn this abandoned house into a place for kids to come after school, a place to keep kids out of trouble.

More than 60 church members packed the council chambers Monday night demanding that aldermen reconsider, and it worked. One church leader says the group's track record also helped the cause.

"I believe that ultimately they saw the good in what we were doing. I believe they saw the good we have done over the past four years," says Robert King of Deliverance Crusaders Church.

Aldermen originally voted down the proposal because of miscommunication. Some thought the home would be used as a food pantry. Wording in the permit was changed tonight so that would not be a problem.

Rockford's getting a new high-end outlet mall. Tonight the board annexed the land off I-90 and Riverside where the mall will be built. The multi-million dollar project will bring jobs and stores to the area. It could also bring millions of tax dollars to the city.

While the mall will mean great shopping for Stateline residents, one alderman says it will also impact the lives of people who aren't shop-a-holics.

"We will be getting a percentage of the sales tax back and we will be using that in areas of the city that need some very desperate development and an influx of cash," says 8th ward Alderman Nancy Johnson.

Rockford City Council also voted tonight to postpone deciding on a pre-annexation agreement with Rockford Health Systems. The council is still in negotiations and will revisit the issue in July.