Easter Weekend in Rockford

by maureen on April 15, 2014

Easter Weekend in Rockford this year includes the arrival of Easter festivities to the area including the Burpee Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center Museum’s “Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza” on Saturday from 10a-3p.  Highlights for 2014:
• 10,000 hidden eggs
• Live animals for petting
• Fossilized eggs to see and touch

All children, ages 2 through 9, are asked to bring their own baskets to hunt for plastic eggs. Egg hunts will be held at 11:00am and 1:00 pm for children ages 9 and younger. Everyone is encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes before start times as the egg hunts will begin promptly.

Many area churches will also have Easter services throughout the weekend including Harvest Bible Chapel’s “Easter at the Coronado” Sunday at 10a.

This weekend also marks the kickoff of Rockford Speedway’s season opener.  The Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models, Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Miller Lite American Short Trackers and Kickstart Roadrunners will be ready for action along with the Sam’s Drive-In ‘Drive/Fan Easter Egg Toss.’ Gates open at 5:00pm, with the Stateline Staffing Services Fast Dashes going green at 7:07pm.

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Amtrak rail service between Chicago and Rockford to begin in 2015

April 10, 2014|By Jon Hilkevitch | Tribune reporter

Long-sought plans to restore passenger rail service next year between Chicago and Rockford got a boost Thursday with the announcement of a new route.

Service between the two cities stopped in 1981.

The new Amtrak service will begin in late 2015 with one roundtrip daily between Union Station and a temporary 7th Street station in Rockford, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. A permanent Main Street station along the Rock River in Rockford will be constructed later, officials said.

The cost of the project to upgrade tracks and signals and make other safety improvementsis $223 million, which is being provided through the state’s capital program, officials said. It does not include the additional expense of subsequently building a permanent Main Street station along the Rock River in Rockford, officials said.

Plans call for expanding the train schedule to two daily roundtrips in late 2016 when the route is fully signalized, and increasing train speeds to 79 mph from 59 mph, which will reduce total trip times to about an hour and a half, officials said.

Stops are also being planned for Elgin, Huntley and Belvidere.

The route will eventually continue west to Dubuque, Ia,. with en route stops in Freeport and Galena.

The new route that will be utilized is on tracks owned by Metra and the Union Pacific Railroad.

The decision followed unsuccessful negotiations to use tracks owned by the Canadian National Railway.

IDOT officials said they are hopeful that agreement can be reached in the future with Canadian National to extend the service between Rockford and Dubuque on CN-owned tracks.

“The Union Pacific route is the route that we can get built as quickly as (Gov. Pat Quinn) would like us to get service started,’’ said Joseph Shacter, IDOT’s director of intermodal and public transportation.

The new route will use Metra’s Milwaukee District West Line and connect to the UP near Big Timber in Elgin, officials said.

Amtrak will use its existing trains when the new service is launched next year, Shacter said. The state is procuring new locomotives and coaches for 110 mph service on the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor and for expanded passenger service elsewhere in Illinois. Some of the new equipment will be used on the Chicago-to-Rockford service in 2017 or 2018, he said.

jhilkevitch@tribune.com

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Rockford begins a new Homebuyer Rehabilitation Assistance Program

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