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Winnebago County issues warning for 'Distraint Warrant' Scam

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – It has been brought to the attention of the Winnebago County Board Office that a scam regarding non-payment of taxes has been circulating to residents of Winnebago County. This is not an official letter from Winnebago County, and it is believed this is an attempt to scam residents into paying a fake tax debt. There is a bol...

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County Board approves Regional Solid Waste Management Plan with R1PC

The Illinois Solid Waste Planning and Recycling Act requires all Illinois counties to update their 20-year comprehensive solid waste management plan every five (5) years. To achieve this, Boone and Winnebago counties partnered with the Region 1 Planning Council (R1PC) to create a regional plan update on behalf of both counties. The Operat...

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Ring Video Doorbell Program registration now closed in Winnebago County

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – As of Thursday, November 10, 2022, registration for the Ring Video Doorbell Program offered through Winnebago County is now closed to new applicants. As previously stated, availability is limited; residents meeting the eligibility requirements will be served based on the order in which their application was received. Please...

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2022 1104 Pecatonica Prairie Trail Bridge Replacement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2022 Contact: Sean Von Bergen Winnebago County Highway Dept. Office: (815)319-4034 Fax: (815)319-4001 Jill Heyser ComEd Overhead Transmission Engineer 630-576-6757 PECATONICA PRAIRIE TRAIL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT ComEd has hired Brieser Construction to replace the bridge east of Pecatonica Community Garden Park on the P...

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County Board approves resolution to establish River Bluff Nursing Home Board of Directors

The Winnebago County Board has identified the need for River Bluff Nursing Home to have more oversight of its business operations and create strategic goals in becoming economically viable and achieve long term success. The Operations and Administrative Committee brought forward a resolution to establish a Board of Directors in order to accomplish ...

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Ring Video Doorbell Program now offered as county-wide initiative

After overwhelming interest in the first round of the Ring Video Doorbell Program, a second round of registration is now open and this time, available to all residents of Winnebago County. Beginning November 1, 2022 any citizen residing in the County of Winnebago who meets the eligibility requirements is welcome to sign up for the agreement and rec...

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County Board approves Phase 4 of Chairman's Initiative projects

 The Winnebago County Board approved an additional round of Chairman's Initiative Projects for Economic Impact. This program provides County Board members the ability to allocate American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to various projects within their district. Group 4 Projects include: • BLUE 815,: $23,000 to support the Winnebago County Sheriff's O...

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Winnebago County seeking applicants for Zoning Board of Appeals vacancy

 Date: October 17, 2022 To: Citizens of Winnebago County From: Winnebago County Board Office Re: Winnebago County Chairman Joseph Chiarelli is Seeking Applicants for the Appointed Position of Zoning Board of Appeals Vacancy Winnebago County is currently accepting applications for a Zoning Board of Appeals member. The Zoning Board of Appeals is...

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County to participate in "Cutting the Red Tape" government agency expo

 Join multiple agencies for an upcoming expo on November 2 at UW Health Sports Factory. Stop by anytime from 3 - 7 p.m. to learn how to do business with your local government! Breakout sessions will be hosted by: • Winnebago County Government • City of Rockford Government • Rockford Park District • Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) ...

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2022 1011 Gleasman Road Closure

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 11, 2022 Contact: Andy Limberg Winn. County Highway Dept. 815-319-4018 GLEASMAN ROAD CLOSURE Gleasman Road will be closed to thru traffic between Illinois Rte. 2 (North Main) and Rockton Avenue for a box culvert replacement. The work is scheduled to start the week of October 17, 2022 and is anticipated to be comp...

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2022 1006 Mulford Road Culvert Pipe Replacement & Resurfacing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2022 Contact: Andy Limberg Winnebago County Highway Dept. Office: (815)319-4000 Fax: (815)319-4001 MULFORD ROAD CULVERT PIPE REPLACEMENT & RESURFACING Beginning Tuesday October 11, 2022, Mulford Road will be closed to traffic between Sandy Hollow Road and Harrison Avenue thru October 14, 2022 for culvert pipe re...

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County Board approves resolution opposing the “SAFE-T Act”

 WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – Effective January 1, 2023, Illinois is set to be the first state in the union to eliminate cash bail through the SAFE-T Act. Among many concerns is that the SAFE-T Act creates unreasonable legal standards for detention in forcible felonies such as murder and armed robbery. The Winnebago County Board believes that this...

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Winnebago County to launch Ring Doorbell Safety Initiative

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – To help local law enforcement solve crimes and give homeowners an added sense of security, Winnebago County will allocate $130,000 of its American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to purchasing Ring Video Doorbell cameras for eligible residents in the county. Last year, Winnebago County received ARP dollars to assist in combatting t...

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2022 0914 Gleasman Road Culvert Replacement

Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 Press Room FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2022 Contact: Andy Limberg Winn. County Highway Dept. 815-319-4018 GLEASMAN ROAD CLOSURE Gleasman Road will be closed to traffic between Old River Road and Roscoe Road for a Box Culvert replacement adjacent to the railroad elevated bridge. The work is scheduled to st...

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County Board approves Phases 2 and 3 of Chairman’s Initiative projects

County Board approves Phases 2 and 3 of Chairman's Initiative projects WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – To assist with the negative economic impacts from the COVID pandemic, Winnebago County received in total approximately $55 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). The County has determined that a portion of the award, $1 million, will be used fo...

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Emergency Rental Assistance Program to conclude in Winnebago County

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2022 WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – The Winnebago County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) is nearing completion following more than a year of providing rental and utility assistance to households impacted financially due to the COVID pandemic. In total, more than $15 million was awarded to Winnebago County to be used...

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County Board approves Chairman’s appointment of Jennifer Muraski as Coroner

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – Following the resignation and conviction of former Winnebago County Coroner William Hintz, the Winnebago County Board declared a vacancy in the Coroner's Office, pursuant to the Election Code, 10 ILCD 5/25-11. With the advice and consent of the County Board, Winnebago County Board Chairman Joseph Chiarelli has appointed Jen...

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Chairman & Mayor’s YLC Seeking Youth Leaders for 2022-2023 School Year

ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Chairman and Mayor's Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is seeking new members for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications are being accepted directly from students and now local agencies can nominate students for this great opportunity. Facilitated by the Winnebago County Health Department since 2017, the YLC promotes the developm...

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County invests millions in infrastructure, major road improvement projects in 2022

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Ill. – The Winnebago County Highway Department laid out its capital projects and major maintenance items for Fiscal Year 2022 to county board members Thursday evening, April 28, 2022. At the top of the list are plans to resurface Charles Street from Alpine Road to Mulford Road, as well as widening and resurfacing Latham Road from ...

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2022 Spring Weight Postings Update

Press Room FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2022 Contact: Andy Pirrello Winn. County Highway Dept. 815/319-4000 2022 SPRING WEIGHT POSTINGS UPDATE As of Monday, March 28th, 2022 the spring weight postings will no longer be enforced by Winnebago County.