Rockford History 1964

Feb. 10, 1964 ----- Plans are announced for a $2,450,000 expansion program at St. Anthony Hospital's new E. State St. facility. A fourth floor and 75-bed acute care unit included in the plans.

June 15, 1964 ----- Plans for a $6 million expansion program to make Rockford Memorial Hospital a 401-bed facility, are announced by Frank D. White, chairman of the board of trustees.

June 26-30, 1964 ----- Sheriff Kirk S. King and state police warn local officials to close all Bingo games or face raids.

Aug. 3, 1964 ----- Consulting engineers recommend to the Rockford City Council that the Jefferson Street Bridge be rebuilt from its archway supports up, at a cost of about $710,000.

Aug. 30, 1964 ----- Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve, north of Rockford at Old River and Gleasman Roads, is dedicated; its donor, Rockford industrialist Seth B. Atwood, gives the main address.

Sept. 11, 1964 ---- Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, Republican candidate for president, brings his campaign to the Rockford area.

Sept. 12, 1964 ----- Goodwill Industries announces purchase at $225,000 of the industrial plant once occupied by Anderson Bros. Mfg. Co. at 1907 Kishwaukee St.

Oct. 2, 1964 ----Sjostrom & Sons, Inc. is awarded a $58,141 contract to remove domes and repair the roof of the Winnebago County Courthouse.

Oct. 10, 1964 ----- Voters in Winnebago and Boone Counties approve plan to create a community junior college and finance it with an 8-cent per $100 assessed valuation tax levy. The new institution, later to be named Rock Valley College, will be governed by a seven-member board.

Oct. 12, 1964 ---- FCC authorizes a third television station for the Rockford area, to operate on channel 23.

Oct. 21, 1964 ----- a 65-ton crane brings to earth the 12-ton Winnebago County Courthouse dome, which on May 11, 1877, had collapsed, killing nine and injuring 12 workers.

Oct. 30, 1964 ---- President Lyndon B. Johnson becomes the third United States president to visit Rockford.

Nov. 3, 1964 ----- Democratic Gov. Otto Kerner wins re-election over the GOP's Charles Percy, but Percy carries the county. Congressman John B. Anderson is elected to a third two-year term.

Dec. 21, 1964 ----- Illinois' new school fire safety code is rule unconstitutional by Chief Circuit Judge Albert S. O'Sullivan.