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Dec 7, 2016
VanVleet signs on as sports ambassador

Nov. 26, 2016
UW Health Sports Factory draws nearly 52K visitors to Rockford in first five months, winter sports to be a boon

Nov. 23, 2016
Indoor Pickleball comes to UW Health Sports Factory

Nov. 16, 2016
Our View: Transform Rockford moves from process to planning to action

Nov. 10, 2016
My Last Bite: Sprawling Rock River view, savory grub a hoot at Owly Oop Sports Pub

Nov. 3, 2016
Rockford region raises its game with four new tournaments

Oct. 26, 2016
Final beam means Sportscore Two construction is nearly 50 percent complete

Oct. 26, 2016
Topping Off ceremony held for ISC expansion in Loves Park

Oct. 24, 2016
Four sports tournaments coming to Stateline in 2017

Oct. 24, 2016
4 new sports tourneys worth $5M for Rockford

Sept. 29, 2016
USA Ultimate Nationals start today at SportsCore 2

Aug. 22, 2016
Sportscore Two Mega Center on track to be completed by spring

Aug. 17, 2016
Report: Tourism spending up in Winnebago County

July 28, 2016
UW Health Sports Factory exceeds its tournament goals, impacting Rockford economy

July 18, 2016
Prep Volleyball: Sports Factory's summer league a hit for area teams

June 10, 2016
Visitor Numbers Remain Strong in Rockford Region

June 5, 2016
New UW Health Sports Factory a shot in the arm for Rockford

June 5, 2016
First Tournament Held at UW Health Sports Factory

June 1, 2016
New sports facility expecting hundreds of youth basketball players this weekend

June 1, 2016
UPDATE: UW Sports Factory Opens

June 1, 2016
Author helps people who love Rockford spread that love at Transform event

May 26, 2016
Our View: UW Health Sports Factory adds to the Rockford win column

May 21, 2016
Chuck Sweeny: UW Health Sports Factory will bring up to 4,000 people to downtown Rockford every week

May 17, 2016
Soon-to-be sports facilities already increasing demand for more hotels

May 6, 2016
Milestones for 2 Reclaiming First projects in Rockford, Loves Park

April 24, 2016
Next Rockford Tour of UW Health Sports Factory

April 7, 2016
Downtown Businesses Prepare For UW Health Sports Factory Opening

March 9, 2016
Rockford Park District moves ahead with Sportscore 2 expansion

March 3, 2016
Prairie Street Brewhouse owners will open UW Health Sports Factory restaurant

January 8, 2016
Update: Downtown Sports Complex Draws Unique Interest

January 7, 2016
UW Health Sports Factory Starts Laying Hardwood

January 2, 2016
It’s 2016, many ribbons to be cut in Rockford this year

November 14, 2015
Three reasons UW Health Sports Factory is a big deal

November 12, 2015
Rockford downtown Sportscore to be renamed UW Health Sports Factory

November 12, 2015
UW Health Pays $1.9 Million To Name Rockford Sports Facility

June 26, 2015
Construction right on schedule for Sportscore Downtown in Rockford

May 27, 2015
Chuck Sweeny: Downtown Rockford construction is fast, furious and all good

May 21, 2015
Sportscore Two expansion in Loves Park may spark development

May 19, 2015
Sportscore Lands First Event

April 25, 2015
Community leaders kick off construction of downtown Rockford sports complex

March 26, 2015
Construction to begin on downtown sports complex

February 10, 2015
Get Back To Where We Once Belonged

February 9, 2015
Sports Complex Demo Work Begins

February 3, 2015
Reclaiming First Projects on Schedule

January 21, 2015
Our View: Reclaiming First drives economic development

January 20, 2015
Downtown Rockford Sports Complex Work Could Begin Next Week

January 13, 2015
Downtown Sports Complex Moving Forward

January 12, 2015
Rockford city panel selects local contractor to build downtown sports complex

December 1, 2014
Alderman Approve $12 Million in Loans for Sports Complex

August 6, 2014
Our View: Reclaiming First is a step toward big goals

August 1, 2014
Work begins on Rockford's Reclaiming First amateur sports project

August 1, 2014
Governor Quinn Announces Investments to Expand Recreation and Tourism in Rockford Area

August 1, 2014
Sports tourism gets boost with Sportscore Two construction underway

July 8, 2014
Rockford Park District 'green lights' Sportscore Two improvements

July 7, 2014
Rockford aldermen approve Ingersoll redevelopment, Watch Factory purchase

May 14, 2014
Wrestling tourney helps market downtown Rockford sports complex

May 6, 2014
Board aims for spring '16 Reclaiming First opening

December 28, 2013
Their View: City, County Working Together to Truly Transform Rockford

December 12, 2013
Our View: Competition, Urgency for Sports Plan Grow

May 9, 2013
House Committee Advances Reclaiming First Bill

March 21, 2013
Reclaiming First Moves to Full Senate

August 11, 2013
Our View: Reclaiming First, Rockford University in editorial stew

August 10, 2013
Gov. Quinn Signs Law to Expand Area Athletic Facilities

May 29, 2013
Tourism chief: dream big for next Rockford attraction

May 17, 2013
Illinois House gives Rockford's sports tourism plan its 2nd OK

May 16, 2013
Rockford's Reclaiming First bill passes Illinois House

April 29, 2013
Our View: Downtown Rockford ready for more success stories

March 30, 2013
Unions to drop opposition to Rockford's sports tourism plan

March 21, 2013
Reclaiming First: Sports tourism bill clears Senate hurdle

March 9, 2013
My View: Rockford momentum grows with sports complex OK

February 24, 2013
Our View: Forget Forbes; Rockford is what you make it

February 18, 2013
Steve Stadelman's 1st bill in Illinois Senate pushes sports tourism

February 18, 2013
Stadelman and Syverson file legislation for Rockford hotel tax

February 17, 2013
'Reclaiming First' Bill Back in Congress

February 7, 2013
Amateur sports complex to open in former Ingersoll building in fall 2014

February 7, 2013
Our View: Rockford Park District adds the 'wow' to the community

February 6, 2013
Indoor sports complex coming to downtown Rockford in 2014

June 21, 2012
Reclaiming First sports plan moves forward in Rock River Valley

June 14, 2012
Tim Dimke explains Reclaiming First

May 5, 2012
Guest column sports plan would boost vital tourism industry
Our view creative financing key to Reclaiming First sports plan

April 30, 2012
Reclaiming First plan to boost sports tourism revenue

April 25, 2012
Time for investment in Reclaiming First

April 24, 2012
Financing plan for local sports complexes

March 31, 2012
Rockford officials seeing progress on Reclaiming First sports plan

February 18, 2012
Winning funds formula key to Reclaiming First sports initiative

January 25, 2012
Proposed Sports Facilities May Boost Economy

December 15, 2011
Plan could help Rockford reclaim its place as amateur sports pioneer

December 14, 2011
$30 million sports plan to get Rockford back to top of its game
Our View: It's time to step up or step out on Rockford sports plan
Reclaiming First Plan to Boost Sports Tourism Revenue
Reclaiming First: Sports tournament plan

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