What's Next After Home Rule Vote?

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

Of the Alderman who voted “no” it really wasn't about whether or not they were in favor of Home Rule it was about the procedure. The "no" alderman agreed with signs saying “City Council Home Rule Vote Unfair.” Some council members didn't want that power so it's now most likely going to be placed in your hands. A whole bunch of petitions are needed in order to get Home Rule on the November ballot. 10% of the registered voters in Rockford would need to provide their signature. Empower Rockford, a huge advocate of Home Rule was encouraged by all the alderman's willingness to want to gather petitions and continue discussing Home Rule. Empower Rockford was just hoping that party ties could have been left out of Monday night’s vote.

Peter Provenzano with Empower Rockford states, "We saw partisans get in place before the community. We saw Democrats align and make a choice to suspend something that's ready to happen now and that's very disappointing to me that our democrats would chose to do that."

John Gile with fixhomerule.com said, "If we could have local charter and a local constitution to allow citizens to specify what powers they want city council to exercise. They want to know what power they want council to ask to exercise then we can have real Home Rule."

But as it stands now that power will only come back first via petitions and than your vote. All signatures need to be collected by August 21st. Empower Rockford plans to meet this week to discuss if the group will lead the search for about 10,000 signatures.


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