Everyone seems to feel the same about the year 2016; it sucked and we're happy to see it go. Lots of beloved celebrity deaths, too many crime and shooting stories to talk about, and a presidential election that got entirely too ugly are some of the main reasons I feel 2016 can take a flying leap. Many good things did happen this year too, especially locally, and I think we all may need a reminder of a few of them to start 2017 off on the right foot. 

2016 will always be special to me for one reason alone, it was the year my second daughter was born. Other than that, I'm done. I hope this new year will bring some change to Rockford, and that people here will do a better job of working together instead of against each other.

Here's a few more things that happened in our community this year that actually made me smile, hopefully you feel the same. What positive things would you add to the list?


  • 1

    The Chicago Cubs Won the World Series

    Honestly, the list could probably end right here. The Cubs winning the World Series was a dream come true for so many Illinoisans, and most would agree the only real bright spot of this year.

  • 2

    Cheap Trick Was Inducted to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Rockford's favorite musicians, Cheap Trick, finally received the credit they so richly deserve when they were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2016.

    Rick Diamond, Getty Images
  • 3

    Rockford Celebrated It's First 815 Day

    In an effort to enhance the positive vibes and reputation of this commuity, Rockford celebrated it's very first "815 Day" on August 15 to highlight everything that makes this city great.

    Rockford Day via Facebook
  • 4

    Stroll on State Hits Attendance Record

    In 2016 over 72,000 people attended Rockford's Stroll on State holiday celebration making it a record breaking year. This amazing celebration also gained Rockford the title of "Most Festive Christmas Town in Illinois".

    Photo Courtesy of Stroll On State
  • 5

    Carrie Underwood Rocked Rockford Again

    Carrie Underwood made the day for thousands of fans when she chose to include Rockford as one of the final stops on her 2016 Storyteller tour.