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Public Participation Guidelines & Registration

County Code of Ordinances Sec. 2-65. provides the following rules for public comment at County Board meetings.   

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  1. Non-Members may address the Board if written request is submitted to the County Board office by noon on the day of the County Board meeting for which recognition is sought.  The written request must identify the name of the speaker, specify the subject matter the speaker will address, and indicate the speaker’s interest in the subject.  Comments shall be limited to three (3) minutes.  Speakers may not address zoning matters which are pending before the ZBA, Zoning Committee or the County Board.  Personnel matters or pending or threatened litigation may not be addressed in open session.  An individual may speak a maximum of three times per calendar year on the same topic.  This prohibition shall include the repetition of the same topic in a statement on what is purported to be a different topic.  Personal attacks or inappropriate language of any sort will not be tolerated.
  2. Each person from the public will be limited to three (3) minutes.
  3. A maximum of twenty-one (21) minutes shall be allowed for non-members to speak at each meeting.  If a particular item is deemed by the Chair to be controversial, the Chair shall strive to allow all sides an equal amount of time within which to speak at each meeting, subject to the twenty-one (21) minute time limit.  The Chair shall determine the sequential order in which non-members will be allowed to address the Board.
  4. No visual aids may be used during the addressing of the County Board

County Board Meetings are generally held every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.  Certain dates may be substituted due to holidays.  Please refer to the Winnebago County website for a listing of dates:  Meetings are held at 6:00 PM in the County Board Chambers located at:

 Winnebago County Courthouse

400 West State Street

Room 801 (8th Floor)

Rockford, IL  61101

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