Rockford Family Initiative Files Suit Appealing Zoning Permit for Potential Abortion Clinic

The Rockford Family Initiative and three individuals have filed an appeal of the Rockford Zoning Officer's certification for use of 611 Auburn Street as an abortion clinic. The appeal claims that the proposed abortion business has not met the legal requirements to open. According to the details of the appeal, the claim is based on, but not limited to:

The request for certification was not accompanied by a plat legally recorded under the laws of the State of Illinois and Winnebago County giving a legal description, and the request for certification was not accompanied by a plot plan.


The location of the abortion business is not zoned for commercial use, and there is no active special use permit allowing its use. The location owner, Dennis Christensen, has not applied for a special use permit, and the city of Rockford has not independently reviewed whether use of the location as an abortion business will "endanger the public health, safety, morals, comfort, or general welfare".


Furthermore, the City of Rockford has not reviewed whether the abortion business will: 

"have special impacts [or] potentially adverse effects on the neighborhood surrounding the site";

"create significant noise, traffic, environmental, or other impacts that may be objectionable";

"have significant visual [and] traffic impacts"; 

"diminish property values"; 

"impede the normal or orderly development and improvement of the surrounding property"; and

"[be] compatible with the existing character of the area."  

The owner, Dennis Christensen, has not been issued a home business permit.

The Rockford Zoning Ordinances expressly prohibit the abortion business from: Employing non-residents of the home; and Operating as a medical clinic at its current location.

"When the former abortion clinic in Rockford was open, the owners and staff consistently did not follow state health regulations and placed the lives of women in danger,” said Rilott. “It appears again that many city ordinances have not been followed in this case. The Rockford Family Initiative is doing everything possible to ensure that the laws of our city are followed, and that the killing of innocent children in the womb is never allowed in this peaceful Rockford neighborhood.”

Local Businesses Demand City Council Stop Abortion Clinic 

Eleven Rockford businesses located in the immediate vicinity of the potential abortion clinic at 4236 Maray Drive have signed an open letter to the public officials of the city of Rockford, demanding that the City Council amend the area zoning regulations to exclude abortion clinics. They will present the open letter to the City Council on Monday, October 17th at 5:30PM.

The business owners are making the demand because they worry that allowing the abortion clinic to open will adversely affect their business. “4236 Maray Drive is currently zoned C-2 Limited Commercial District, which does not allow for ‘undue traffic congestion’ or ‘detrimental impacts on neighboring properties.’ This alone should have prevented the new clinic owners from attempting to establish an abortion clinic in our neighborhood. Since this has not happened, we demand that the city council amend the C-2 Limited Commercial District zone to explicitly exclude abortion clinics.” 


Additionally, the businesses are concerned that, considering the previous clinic location formerly operated by Dr. Dennis Christensen was shut down due to health and sanitation violations, the 4236 Maray Drive location could become a vacant and uncared for property if the future abortion clinic (which is also owned by Dr. Dennis Christensen) is shut down as well.


The open letter continues, “At a recent meeting, the City Administrator, Todd Cagnoni, said that any alderman could make the proposal to amend the C-2 Limited Commercial District zone to explicitly exclude abortion clinics, and that the city council could then vote on the measure. We demand that one of the alderman make this proposal and the city council vote to make the zoning amendment.”


The businesses owners plan to present the open letter to the City Council on Monday night, October 17th, at the next council meeting.

Keep Rockford Pro-Life Rally on October 10

Over 150 people joined Lt. Governor candidate Stephanie Trussell to rally for life outside the proposed abortion mill at 611 Auburn Street in Rockford

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ACTION ITEM: Contact Alderman Frank Beach 

Click here for an update on the situation

We have been working with Alderman Frank Beach (whose district includes the proposed clinic on Maray Drive) to explore all options to prevent the Maray Drive abortion mill from opening. Now we need your help – PLEASE call him today and encourage him to do everything in his power to stop the clinic from opening.

Alderman Beach's contact information:

Phone: 815-399-3737



At a recent public meeting, the Rockford City Administrator (Todd Cagnoni) said that the Rockford city council could explicitly exclude abortion clinics from the zoning that includes the Maray Drive location. Any of the city alderman could propose the zoning change. Passing the zoning change would effectively prevent the Maray Drive location from ever opening its doors.

Alderman Frank Beach is the alderman of the district that includes Maray Drive. Please call him ASAP and encourage him to make this proposal at the city council! If we don't stop the abortion clinic from opening NOW, thousands of little innocent babies could be killed in Rockford.

Please contact Alderman Beach today, RIGHT NOW. Below is a sample script you could use.

Here is Alderman Beach's contact information:

Phone: 815-399-3737



Here is a very simple script you could use for your conversation with Alderman Beach:


"Alderman Beach - thank you for all you have done to oppose abortion in Rockford.  Please make a proposal at the city council to prohibit abortion clinics from opening in locations zoned as C-2, including the proposed location at 4236 Maray Drive. Doing this could save the lives of thousands of innocent children in Rockford! Thank you and

God bless!"

Mark your calendars -
prayer vigil 
on September 13, 2022

What: Pro-Life Prayer Vigil at the "Meet our Pro-Choice Candidates" Forum

Where: At the entrance to Unitarian Church, 4848 Turner Rd, Rockford

When: Tuesday, September 13, 6:00PM - 6:45PM


We continue to monitor the situation of two potential abortion clinics coming to Rockford and will have an update on that soon. In the meantime, the pro-abortion Winnebago County Citizens for Choice will be hosting a

MEET OUR PRO-CHOICE CANDIDATES forum, Tuesday, Sep. 13th at the Unitarian Church, 4848 Turner Rd.

Several Rockford area pro-abortion political candidates are expected to be there.

We are going to protest in a peaceful and prayerful way outside the event!

Please arrive shortly before 6:00pm at the Unitarian Church, 4848 Turner Rd, Rockford.  Park in the neighborhood near the entrance to the so-called church and we will have signs for you to hold on public property. 

Please bring a chair if you need one.


We need to be a prayerful presence for our Lord Jesus and for the babies outside of this event that will be filled with those who locally support the killing of God's children by abortion.  We have a duty and responsibility to be at this event to pray, witness, and hold signs that will show Rockford area pro-abortion leadership that they are responsible for the murder of children and to pray for their repentance.


Our signs will great the participants as they arrive with a clear message that abortion is a

crime against God and against humanity.

We will conclude at about 6:45pm.  Please join us and invite others for this time of prayer and witness for Christ & Life.

Help us STOP abortion from coming to Rockford

*Donate and Get Yard Sign*


Abortionist Dennis Christensen has purchased two buildings in Rockford and is expected to open two abortion clinics in the near future. We are doing everything we can to stop him. Thank you to everyone who has joined us at our recent rallies!

Your prayers are needed, your physical presence at the abortion mill locations is needed... and your financial support is needed. PLEASE, click here if you are able to chip in a few dollars towards the effort to stop Dennis Christensen.













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We just purchased these "Abortion is Bad for Rockford" yard signs that we are giving away. Please contact us to request one right away!


In addition to the yard signs, we have purchased: 

  • Pro-life signs to be held at the abortion mills. We bought enough signs so that those who are interested can keep a sign so they will always have in their car.

  • Pro-life pamphlets for our sidewalk counselors to give mothers entering the abortion mills showing the horrific dangers of both chemical and surgical abortions.

I put these expenses on my credit card, trusting that God would inspire you and others in the Rockford area to contribute towards covering these expenses. If you are able to help out, I would be most grateful. (Link to our donation page) No donation is too small, and all donations go directly towards the work that Rockford Family Initiative does. 


May God reward you for your generosity!


God bless,

Kevin Rilott

Rockford Family Initiative


We have an urgent update on attempts to bring abortion to Rockford. PROTEST on July 8, 2022 at 11AM (4236 Maray Drive, Rockford)


We were informed that Dennis Christensen (the infamous former owner of the former abortion clinic on Broadway in Rockford) purchased another property – 4236 Maray Drive in Rockford (the former Animal Emergency Clinic).

We confirmed with the Winnebago County Recorder’s office that the property was indeed purchased by Dennis Christensen of Madison, Wisconsin on June 14, 2022.

Knowing that Dennis Christensen has been in the business of killing babies for a long time, we have every reason to believe that he intends to open an abortion clinic at 4236 Maray Drive in the near future.



We will have signs and banners.


Let’s keep do everything we can to keep abortion OUT of Rockford!


We have confirmed that there are plans to open an abortion mill in Rockford.


Dennis Christensen, the infamous former owner of the former abortion clinic on Broadway in Rockford, has purchased a property at 611 Auburn St in Rockford. It appears that he plans to use this property as an abortion clinic. (Click here for a local news report


We must do everything in our power to stop abortion from coming back to Rockford.




  • Call your local alderman and tell them to do everything in their power to prevent this abortion mill from being open. It is VERY important that we flood their phone lines with calls.


  • Be ready to attend a rally SOON outside the planned abortion clinic. More information to come!


  • PRAY and make sacrifices to ask Almighty God to intervene and foil the plans of the Evil One and keep Rockford ABORTION FREE


2nd End Roe Rally on June 11

Saturday, June 11th 

11:00AM  - 12:15PM

Mulford Rd and Riverside Blvd


We are excited that Roe v. Wade could soon be overturned! About 160 people joined to pray for the courage of the pro-life justices on the Supreme Court, and for the end of abortion in our country and state. Let’s show our city that we want to make abortion not only illegal, but UNTHINKABLE!


 Hundreds join End Roe Rally on May 7!

On Saturday, May 7, a huge crowd of over 200 pro-lifers gathered at Riverside and Mulford in Rockford to pray and rally for the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the end of abortion. 



On Saturday, January 15th, a huge crowd gathered in downtown Rockford to pray and rally for the end of abortion. The event began with a rally at the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Federal Courthouse and then participants walked in procession past the State of Illinois building, and then back to the Federal Courthouse.


Click here for pictures

2022 Rockford Walk for Life

The Rockford Family Initiative is an organization dedicated to promoting family values in the greater Rockford, IL area. We advocate for the love and protection of children in the womb and the defense of the traditional family.

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