ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Some mid-size Illinois cities are hoping to gain more influence in Springfield.
The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1gWQtT1 ) industrial cities like Rockford, Peoria, Aurora and Danville are forming a new alliance at the Capitol.
Each of these cities already belongs to the Illinois Municipal League. That organization focuses on legislative issues for communities across the state.
But the new alliance hopes to bring attention to 10 to 12 mid-sized Illinois communities.
Larry Morrissey is the mayor of Rockford. He says mid-sized cities have their own interests that need to be addressed. Morrissey says members of the new alliance don't want to be lumped together with Illinois' smallest cities and Chicago.
The group hasn't hired a lobbyist yet, but they say they could eventually represent up to 1 million people.
Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com
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