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13 WREX to host ‘Delinquent’ town hall to discuss Rockford tax issues

ROCKFORD (WREX) — 13 WREX will end its 3-part series on tax and property issues in Rockford by co-hosting a town hall that addresses them head on.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Salvation Army building at 500 S. Rockford Ave.

“Delinquent” aired last week and looked in to the different tax issues, property battles and business climates that residents and businesses face in Rockford. To view the reports, CLICK HERE. 

The town hall is co-hosted by 10th Ward Ald. Frank Beach, and the Alpine Ridge, Palmwood, and Calvin park Hill South neighborhood associations.

The forum is open to the public. Community members can participate by writing questions to the panel of experts. Note cards will be handed out ahead of time, or you can email your question to

If you can’t make the event, tune in to the 13 WREX livestream or our Facebook page.

Panelists include different experts in the Rockford community, including:

Michael Dunn Jr.

Dunn Jr. is the executive director of R1 Planning Council, formerly RMAP. The multi-county metropolitan planning organization represents governments in Winnebago and Boone counties, and operates a Land Bank for Stephenson, Winnebago and Boone counties.

Nathan Bryant

Bryant is the president and executive officer of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. At RAEDC, Bryant is responsible for managing all the organization’s efforts, including business retention and expansion, new business recruitment, and improvement of the region’s business climate.

Gary Anderson

Anderson has more than 45 years of experience in renovation, restoration, construction and development. As founder and leader of Gary W. Anderson Architects, Anderson helps clients visualize and articulate the vision for their project or development.

Litesa Wallace

Wallace currently serves as the interim human services director for the City of Rockford. She is a former Illinois state representative and served the 67th District from 2014 to 2019. Wallace was also a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018 alongside running mate Daniel Biss.

Karl Franzen

Franzen joined the City of Rockford in 2016 and was appointed by Mayor Tom McNamara in June 2018 as the director of community and economic development. He oversees the implementation of strategies related to two of Mayor McNamara’s key priorities: economic development and neighborhoods.

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