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Rockford, Illinois

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Rockford is the third largest city in the state of Illinois. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Rockford's population was 157,871. In 2007, Money Magazine ranked Rockford as one of the top 100 best places to live.[1][2]

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Main article:
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits N
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Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The budget is published. [3]
  • Meeting minutes and agendas are published.[4]
  • Elected officials and administrative officials are listed.[5]
  • Zoning information is published.[6]
  • Permit information is published.[7]
  • Pay My Bill feature allows online payment and is easy to use.[8]
  • Local tax information is published.[9]
  • FOIA tab is easily accessible on homepage to allow requests.

The bad

  • Limited contract information is posted.[10]
  • How Do I? section is still in development.[11]
  • Generally, the website includes a lot of information, but you must use the search feature to find it quickly.
  • No salary information specific to each employee.


  • For FY 2010, the Government Finance Officers Association awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation award to the City of Rockford, Illinois.[12]
  • The FY 2011 Rockford budget was $252,200,000.[13]


Rockford received $30,055,006 of federal stimulus money in eighteen grants and two contracts.[14]

Type Description Amount
Contract Improve traffic $568,800
Contract Improvement and Weatherization $4,182,467
Grant US 20 B $518,841
Grant ILL 251 $610,289
Grant ILL 251 $1,138,543
Grant COLA increase $310,182
Grant ILL 251 $398,389
Grant Arts and ARRA 2009 $25,000
Grant Chicago and Rockford Int. Airport $1,052,000
Grant Block Grant $562,555
Grant ARRA Health Centers $555,180
Grant Grant $28,344
Grant Rockford EECBG Project $1,582,800
Grant ARRA Capital Fund Report $702,771
Grant ARRA Capital Fund Program $2,300,000
Grant ESTC Construction $3,693,756
Grant COPS Hiring Recovery Act $3,547,170
Grant ARRA Capital Improvement $1,652,800
Grant Federal Work-Study $39,295

Elected officials

  • The Rockford Aldermen are comprised of 14 council members with four-year terms, all ending in the same year. Council members meet once a week as a whole and also in weekly committee meetings.[15]

Salary information

No salary information is available for specific employees. The 2011 budget did contain salary information for departments as a whole.

Emergency personnel

The 2011 budget allocated $83.2 million to public safety.[16]


The main revenue for the city of Rockford is from property taxes (20% of total revenue), sales taxes (8.25% of total revenue) and utility taxes (6% telecommunications and 5% water utility).[17]

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