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TIMELINE: Mayor Morrissey's Tenure


April 2001: Larry Morrissey runs for mayor for the first time. Loses to Democrat Doug Scott.

April 2005: Morrissey runs for mayor for a second time, defeating Doug Scott and Republican Gloria Cardenas-Cudia. Morrissey wins 55% of the vote, becoming Rockford's first Independent mayor. He is also the youngest person ever elected Mayor of Rockford. 

August 2006: The Mayor travels to Sweden with area business and political leaders in hopes of creating new business opportunities for both regions. 

September 2008: Morrissey announces he is running for reelection. 

April 2009: Morrissey wins reelection, defeating Democrat Doug Block, Republican John Harmon and Green Party candidate Jesus Correa. He won with 63% of the vote. His 14,045 votes gave him more than double the number of votes received by his closest challenger.

November 2009: The Mayor travels to Italy with several other Illinois leaders to discuss economic opportunities for the area.

October 2011: Mayor Morrissey travels with former Governor Pat Quinn to meet with Chinese companies and discuss economic efforts between China and Illinois.  

February 2012: Morrissey accepts invitation to be a part of Governor Quinn's Export Advisory Council.

April 2013: Morrissey wins a third term as mayor, defeating Democrat Jim Hughes and Republican Michael Kleen. In a much closer race, Morrissey takes home 8,424 votes compared to 7,196 for Hughes and 3,502 for Kleen. 

April 2014: The Mayor delivers his ninth State of the City address.

June 2014: Mayor Morrissey visits the White House with about 20 other mayors for the first Maker Faire. The group traveled to Washington to discuss policies that would support manufacturing communities.

March 2015: Morrissey makes pitch to get Amtrak service to Rockford.

August 2015: The Mayor travels to China with developer Gary Gorman to recruit foreign investors for major city developments.   

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