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Wards and Aldermen

The Rockford Aldermen (City Council) acts in conjunction with the Mayor as the legislative and policy making body of the municipality. There are presently fourteen council members. There are fourteen aldermen, elected by ward, with four year terms all ending in the same year. Council members legislate once a week as a whole and also meet in weekly committee meetings; Finance and Personnel, Planning and Development, and Code and Regulation. Aldermen make decisions, pass ordinances, appropriate funds and present initiatives so as to best represent the needs of both their respective constituents and the City of Rockford as a whole.

The Mayor and Council members meet in open session on each Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 425 East State Street. The Mayor and Council meet on Tuesday whenever there is a Monday holiday.

Pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2.02 through 120/2.06, public notice of the schedule of the regular meetings is given as follows:

 

CITY COUNCIL AND STANDING COMMITTEES: 

 

Effective January 12, 2015, City Council will be held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month and will start at 5:30 pm.  Committee meetings will be held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month and will start at 5:30 pm.   

 

In addition to a change in frequency and the starting time for Committee meetings, the individual meetings, which have traditionally been held in small conference rooms in City Hall, will move to Council Chambers and will meet successively with all Aldermen invited to attend and participate in all three meetings; only those Aldermen assigned to the Committee will have voting privileges on the agenda items. 

 

The regular order of business on Committee nights will be:  Call to Order, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance, Public Speaking, Planning and Development, Code and Regulation, Finance and Personnel and then adjournment.  Council meetings will maintain their traditional order of business.

 

Both City Council meetings and Committee meetings will be televised through Comcast channel 17.  City Council will have a 5:30 pm start time and Committee meetings will start their broadcast at 5:30 pm.  

 

CITY COUNCIL: Generally the first and third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., unless Monday falls on a holiday (in which case the meeting generally falls on Tuesday). Meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 425 East State Street.

For 2015:

1/5, (Tuesday) 1/20, 2/2, (Tuesday) 2/17, 3/2, 3/16, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1, 6/15, 7/6, 7/20, 8/3, 8/17, (Tuesday) 9/8, 9/21,10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 12/7, 12/21

 

CITY COUNCIL STANDING COMMITTEES: Generally the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 pm, unless Monday falls on a holiday (in which case the session generally falls on Tuesday). Sessions will be held in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall, 425 East State Street

For 2015:

1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, (Tuesday) 5/26, 6/8, 6/22, 7/13, 7/27,

8/10, 8/24, 9/14, 9/28, (Tuesday) 10/13, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, 12/14

 

Code and Regulation: Second and fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m., Council Chambers, City Hall 2nd floor, or as scheduled.

Finance and Personnel: Second and fourth Monday at 5:30 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall 2nd floor, or as scheduled

Planning and Development: Second and fourth Monday at 5:30 p.m. Council Chambers, City Hall 2nd floor, or as scheduled


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STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSIONS:  Generally will meet the 5th Monday of March, June, August and November at 5:30 pm; location to be determined.

For 2015:  3/30, 6/29, 8/31, 11/30 

 

The clerk of the City of Rockford will have up to date information as to the time and place of meetings.  Information can be obtained from Diane Reed at the offices of the City Legal Department, 425 E. State, 61104, or by calling 967-6797.  Information as to the agendas for the standing committees may be obtained from committee secretaries:  Code & Regulation - Sheila Alexander 987-5549, Planning & Development – Nora Doyle at 987-5540, and Finance & Personnel - Mary B. Johnson at 987-5643, Legislative Lobbying – Troiana Gearns at 987-5542. A listing of additional meetings is as follows:

 

BUILDING BOARD OF APPEALS: as needed.

 

CITIZENS PARTICIPATION COMMITTEE: as needed.

 

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS: 11:30 am, 612 North Church Street, 1/22; 2/26; 3/26; 4/23; 5/28; 6/25; 7/23; 8/27; 9/24; 10/22; 11/19

 

DOWNTOWN PARKING GROUP: 5:30 pm, Conf. Rm. A, City Hall 2nd floor (north room), 1/27; 4/28; 7/28; 10/27

 

FAIR HOUSING: 12:30 pm, Conf. Room B, City Hall 2nd floor (south room), 1/8; 2/5; 3/5; 4/2; 5/7; 6/4; 7/9; 9/3; 10/1; 11/5; 12/3.

 

FIRE PENSION FUND: 3:00 pm, Fire Administration Building, 201 S. 1st  Street, 2nd floor, 1/15; 2/19; 3/19; 4/16; 5/21; 6/18; 7/16; 8/20; 9/17; 10/15; 11/19; 12/17.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION: 6:00 pm, Conf. Room B, City Hall 2nd floor (south room), 1/13; 2/10; 3/10; 4/14; 5/12; 6/9; 7/14; 8/11; 9/8; 10/13; 11/10; 12/8

 

HOMESTEAD BOARD: 8:00 am, Conf. Rm. B, City Hall 2nd floor (south room), 1/8; 3/5; 5/7; 7/2; 9/3; 11/5

 

LIQUOR/TOBACCO ADVISORY BOARD: 6:00 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall 2nd floor, 1/21; 2/19; 3/17; 4/21; 5/19; 6/16; 7/21; 8/18; 9/15; 10/20; 11/17; 12/15

 

LIQUOR COMMISSION: as needed.

 

MECHANICAL BOARD: 7:30 am, Conf. Rm. A, City Hall 2nd floor (north room), 1/15; 2/19; 3/19; 4/16; 5/21; 6/19; 7/16; 8/20; 9/17; 10/15; 11/19; 12/17

 

POLICE PENSION FUND: 8:00 am, Conf. Rm. B, City Hall 2nd floor (south room), 1/15; 2/19; 3/19; 4/16; 5/21; 6/18; 7/16; 8/20; 9/17; 10/15; 11/19; 12/17

 

TRAFFIC COMMISSION: 6:00 pm, Conf. Rm. A, City Hall 2nd floor (north room), 1/14; 2/11; 3/11; 4/8; 5/13; 6/10; 7/8; 8/12; 9/9; 10/14; 11/12

 

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS: 5:30 pm, Council Chambers, City Hall 2nd floor, 1/21; 2/19; 3/17; 4/21; 5/19; 6/16; 7/21; 8/18; 9/15; 10/20; 11/17; 12/15

 

Related Links: Ward Map | Minutes and Agendas | Committees and Commissions


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