Illinois border city sees tourist gold in Wisconsin standoff

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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/10/us-wisconsin-politics-rockford-idUSTRE7290AY20110310

    Forbes magazine recently dubbed this industrial city about 60 miles west of Chicago one of the worst places to live in the United States, citing its high crime and jobless rates.


    So when a bitter political fight 60 miles north in Madison, Wisconsin prompted 14 state Senators to flee across the border and briefly hide out in Rockford, city boosters sensed an opportunity to burnish their town's image, badly maligned last year when Forbes called Rockford one of the 20 Most Miserable Places in America.
    Cue the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau latest campaign, a tongue-in-check Internet-focused push that extols the city as a place to flee no matter who you're trying to get away from -- whether it's your boss, your spouse or your state's newly elected governor.
     
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