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You know what rocks. Rockford Register Star awards 167 Best of the Best titles

ROCKFORD — Hundreds gathered for the Rockford Register Star’s annual What Rocks Awards ceremony earlier this month at the Illinois Bank and Trust Pavilion in Rockford.

What Rocks is a community choice awards contest where readers of the Rockford Register Star and are able to nominate and vote for their favorite Rockford area employers, businesses and service providers in more than 160 categories.

A record 125,000 votes were cast during this year’s contest. Awards were presented for Best of the Best in areas of beauty & health, dining, spirits, entertainment, professional services, kids and education, sports and fitness, shopping, vehicles, pets and more.

Special guest Miss Illinois Monica Nia Jones of Chicago read the list of top three finalists and announced the winners at the ceremony held Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022.

“The people in this room are the leaders of our business community, and your creativity and potential will ensure our hometown’s continued growth and success,” said Register Star sales executive Theresa Knauf.

A full list of finalists and winners can be found at

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