Pro-Life group wins lawsuit against Rockford - – Rockford’s News Leader

Pro-Life group wins lawsuit against Rockford


A five year old lawsuit against the City of Rockford is finally settled.

Back in 2007, the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative group paid for a one year contract to put an advertisement on a bus bench.

The Rilott versus Rockford case was filed after the city had the sign removed. The city said reoccurring vandalism to that particular ad was the cause for removal.  

The anti-abortion group, however, says its rights to free speech were being disregarded.

The case went before federal judges several times, before the group finally won.

On Monday, a settlement agreement voted on by City Council members finalized the deal.

Kevin Rilott, Board of Directors member for the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative says Rockford will  pay the group about $8,600 to cover the group's attorney's fees and a full refund for the sign.

"This is the first amendment rights of any citizen in the United States," said Rilott. "Whether they are for abortion or against it, whether they are pro-union or anti-union, this was just protecting our ability to peacefully protest, pray and offer help to people in need on public ground.

Rilott says the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative group will use the money they received from the settlement to fund new public service announcements in the city.

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