A new $100 million federal courthouse was recently dedicated in honor of one of our very own, U.S. District Court Judge, Hon. Stanley J.Roszkowski (Ret.). The invitation-only ceremony was held on October 29 and included Sen. Dick Durbin and Rep. Don Manzullo among the dignitaries invited.
The Illinois State Congress voted to name the federal building after him in 2009. The building should be open later in 2011.
The courthouse represents a substantial financial investment in Rockford’s urban core. The six-story building features a glass atrium entrance, glass-enclosed jury assembly room, U.S. district clerk’s office, two bankruptcy courtrooms, three district courtrooms, and offices for U.S. marshals, U.S. attorney, probation and pretrial services, U.S. public defender, Department of Homeland Security and the GSA. Thirty-two local companies helped build the 200,000-square-foot building.
Following is an excerpt from Judge Roszkowski’s remarks from the ceremony:
“To say that I am proud to have been numbered among [U.S. District Judges] for these many years is to understate the case.
It has been said that it is the greatest of the professions, and of that fact I have no doubt. So long as its members remain strong and independent and dedicated to the purposes and traditions of our profession, our country and our system of government will continue to be the last great hope of mankind.”
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