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Department of Law

It is the mission of the Department of Law to act as legal counsel for the City of Rockford, its elected officials, officers and employees (in their official capacities), and to provide legal advice to the various City Departments and agencies.


The Department of Law is located on the 7th floor of City Hall.   The department provides legal services for administrative and legislative issues including:

  • Maintaining custody of records and city documents, and preparing, recording, filing and keeping all proceeds of the city council
  • Appearing for and protecting the rights and interests of the city in actions, suits and proceedings brought by or against it or any city officer, board or department acting in their official capacities
  • Prosecuting city ordinance violations, including code enforcement for Building Department, Zoning Division and Fire Department
  • Advising and prosecuting, as required by law, matters for certain commissions and committees
  • Acting on behalf of the Mayor to issue liquor licenses, and investigate and prosecute violations of the liquor code
  • Providing legal advice concerning matters to the City Council and drafting ordinances, committee reports and resolutions as required
  • Acquiring and disposing of interest in real estate for the City of Rockford
  • Drawing deeds, leases, contracts or other papers as required for the City of Rockford

The Legal Department cannot provide legal advice on non-city related matters or to members of the general public.





The Lincoln Promise Zone Act allows the City of Rockford to establish a Lincoln Promise Zone Authority to promote access to a community college education through financial assistance.  The Rockford Linclon Promise Zone Authority would be required to develop a promise zone development plan which, at a minimum, would provide funding sufficient to provide an eligible student the tuition necessary to obtain an associate degree or its equivalent at the local community college during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years.

In accordance with State Law, the City of Rockford will hold a public hearing on the adoption of a proposed ordinance establishing the Lincoln Promise Zone Authority on March 31, 2014, at 6:00p.m. central time at Rockford City  Hall, 2nd Floor Council Chambers, 425 E. State Street, Rockford, Illinois.


To view a copy of the Draft Ordinance under discussion, click here


To view a copy of the new state law, click here.

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