About Happy Rockford

Rockford has a bad rap. There is crime, property values are down and poverty hits hard. But there are also a ton of great people working hard to make Rockford a better place.

This blog is dedicated to highlighting the good going on in our community. It’s important to recognize our problems so that we can fix them. But we won’t make a dent without positive action. These stories show the power of the good in our community.

Share your stories about the good you see in the community. Together, even the smallest efforts will snowball to make real change in our community.

The page is administered by Brian Wallheimer, a former journalist-turned freelance writer and stay-at-home dad. Having married a Rockford native, Brian and Dorothy moved back to her hometown in 2013 and set down roots. Their goals include raising three wonderful children and making the community a better place to live, work and play through positive participation.