|Lawrence J. "Larry" Morrissey|
|39th Mayor of Rockford|
|39th Mayor of Rockford, Illinois|
|Preceded by||Doug Scott|
Lawrence J. "Larry" Morrissey (Born in 1969 in Rockford, IL) is the Mayor of Rockford, Illinois. As an independent, Morrissey defeated Democratic incumbent Doug Scott in the 2005 mayoral elections after trying in his first run in 2001 with a populist campaign promising road improvements, education reforms, lower property taxes and a revitalized downtown. In an attempt to reduce the city's reliance on property taxes to fund road projects, Morrissey proposed an increase to the city's sales tax. A sales tax increase referendum was defeated in the March 2006 primary but passed in the April 2007 election. Morrissey failed to lower property taxes. The road improvements took a backseat to worthless attempts to revive a dead downtown. The popular opinion is that Morrissey is putting money into personal interest areas where he owns property. Rockford public schools are still a joke.
|Mayor of Rockford, IL
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