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As if there isn't enough opportunity to take a "what do love most about ______?" question and blast it with negativity, an Illinois city decided to ask this question on Facebook anyway.

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One of the Illinois cities that continues to get negative press, despite the abundance of "good" related to the city, is Rockford.

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Truthfully, I cringed after I read City of Rockford's question posted to Facebook today.

SHARE THE LOVE: We know Rockford isn't perfect, and we are always trying to improve. But, let's focus on the positive today. What do you love most about Rockford?

I cringed because the social media channel has become a space overflowing with negativity, unoriginality, and false information. FB has turned into a space with more negativity than positivity, it seems.

IT CAN'T ALL BE BAD, RIGHT?

Rockford has a lot to offer and a lot of good. Knowing this I wanted to see if there were actually positive responses and I was pleasantly surprised.

What do you love most about Rockford?

Here are just a few of the reasons to love Rockford.

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People are very generous when a need is known.

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I do know where to find great pizza, bbq, and gyros in Rockford.

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Rock River and the parks.

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Rockford has a fantastic core group who are constantly working to improve our city.

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Community Art!

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I live 15 minutes from downtown and 15 minutes from orchards. City convenience and country charm all in one charming city.

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Our beautiful riverfront!

Check out some of the other real reasons to love Rockford and then learn about some of the other great places to live in Illinois.

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On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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