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Rockford aldermen reflect on years serving the city

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Ald. Pat Curran Ald. Pat Curran
Ald. Lenny Jacobson Ald. Lenny Jacobson
Ald. Nancy Johnson Ald. Nancy Johnson
Ald. Carl Wasco Ald. Carl Wasco

It's the end of an era as six Rockford aldermen prepare to say goodbye. A few of those leaving have held their positions for decades.

Including the late 14th Ward Alderman Bill Robertson, the time served of council members not coming back adds up to 120 years of experience.

2nd Ward Alderman Pat Curran was first elected in 1983. After 30 years, Curran willingly passes the torch to someone younger and more energetic.

"It's been fun, but it was more fun early on and it's not quite as much fun. The council has changed, the personality of the council has changed."

6th Ward Alderman Lenny Jacobson has also served 30 years. Jacobson lost in the primary, but leaves on a positive note.

"I've got a lot of things to do with the family and grandkids and things that I'm going to really enjoy now that I have the time to do that." -he says.

The longest-serving woman in council history, 8th Ward Alderman Nancy Johnson, is also leaving. After her loss in the primary, it's an emotional goodbye to colleagues.

"We won't have the ability to be in an official capacity and that will probably be hard for us. We got a little addicted to this and so sometimes that part will be kind of hard." -she explains.

4th Ward Alderman Carl Wasco chose not to run for re-election, but this probably isn't the last you'll see of him in the community or council chambers.

"It's just been a great eight years and I'm looking forward to the next adventure." -he says.

The other two stepping down are 3rd Ward Alderman Doug Mark and 9th Ward Alderman Bill Timm.

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