An important message to Rockford Independent readers

An important message to Rockford Independent readers

Dear readers,

The amazing thing about being part of a small, family-owned media business is that our brands become like our children. We give birth to them, feed them, watch them grow and thrive and take on a personality of their own.

During the 6 1/2 years since Stafford Media Solutions — our parent company — bought The Rockford Independent newspaper, we have been proud of how The Indy has matured. Of course, we have had our trying times along the way. But especially during the past year having hometown girl Danielle Arndt at the helm, we have seen the publication bring a community together. We are proud of the relationships we have built with our readers, advertisers and contributors. We could not have shaped this newspaper into what it is today without each and every one of you.

And so it is with heavy hearts that we must tell you this will be the final weekly edition of The Rockford Independent. While we excelled at delivering local news, we quite honestly have struggled with the economics of giving this publication life.

It is important to note that you likely have not heard the last of Stafford Media Solutions in Rockford. We value the Rockford area and hope to remain part of the community for years to come. This difficult decision in no way diminishes that.

Please keep in touch via our Rockford Independent Facebook page ( or drop us an email at and we will keep you posted on where we are headed next.


Robert Stafford President and CEO of Stafford Media Solutions