Midwest Governors Announce Partnership to Reopen Regional Economy

Today, Governors Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Mike DeWine (OH), Tony Evers (WI), Tim Walz (MN), JB Pritzker (IL), Eric Holcomb (IN), and Andy Beshear (KY) announced that they will work in close coordination to reopen the economy in the Midwest region.   The governors said: We are doing everything we can to protect the people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region. Here in the Midwest, … [Read more...]

Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford

The Start of Beauty Several business trips took John Anderson to Japan in the 1960s. However, a visit to the Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon inspired him to develop his swampy backyard, along Spring Creek in Rockford, to give Illinois it's own piece of Japan. John employed the assistance of designer Hoichi Kurisu, a master craftsman, and in 1978 construction began on the Anderson Japanese Gardens. Every path, tree, and rock placed in the gardens were done so with exact … [Read more...]

Retiring Superintendent Dave Pruneau named next Superintendent in Illinois District

Rochester Community Schools congratulates retiring Superintendent Dave Pruneau for being chosen as the next superintendent of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 in Illinois. Mr. Pruneau will assume his duties as the leader of Elmhurst’s 13 schools and over 8,000 students, beginning on July 1. “My experience in Rochester Community Schools has been invaluable to me, both professionally and personally,” said Mr. Pruneau. “The students, staff and parents are what make this a great school … [Read more...]