Laura Gibbs Green, communications manager for the Rockford Park District, joins Steve Summers on This Week in the Stateline to talk about the upcoming Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition Jan. 26-29.

There will be 11 teams competing this year, as well as 11 teams in the high school division.

Last year, roughly 59,000 people drove through Sinnissippi Park to see the sculptures last year, Gibbs Green said.

"When you start to see those snow blocks form at Sinnissippi Park, it's like big wood blocks of snow, basically, then you know that things are looking pretty good," Gibbs Green said.

Listen to the full interview below.

 

 

[caption id="attachment_176493" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Mayor Tom McNamara listens to a question from a reporter on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2021, during a news conference following a shooting at Auburn High School. (Photo by Kevin Haas/Rock River Current)[/caption]

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara joins Steve Summers on This Week in the Stateline to discuss rising COVID-19 numbers, the recent shooting outside Auburn High School and what's on tap at Monday's City Council meeting.

 
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[caption id="attachment_178091" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Amy Nord is the executive director of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce. (Photo provided)[/caption]

Amy Nord, executive director of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce, joins Steve Summers on This Week in the Stateline to talk about the multitude of upcoming events the chamber is hosting.

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"I think the biggest challenge for us is just finding events that people are comfortable attending," she said on the show. "We have really tried to find that sweet spot of balancing in-person events that are a smaller number of people ... and then some larger events that we can hold."

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You can listen to the full interview below:

 
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Tom discusses waiting for election results, how excited he is to work with new Aldermen, Winnebago County Chairman and more. He also discusses the health systems at capacity for COVID cases, the Property Tax Levy and that he is proud of keeping taxes flat, how the coy is helping restaurants in need, and about new exciting initiatives he will be announcing next week to help property values for the city.

Runtime:  8 Minutes

 
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