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Public Participation Guidelines & Registration

Winnebago County invites public speakers to address the Board. In order to maintain decorum and efficiency, County Code of Ordinances Ch 2, Art II, Div 3, Sec 2-65 establishes the guidelines governing participation.  

Speakers may address the Board by registering with the County Board Office:

     404 Elm St, Rockford, IL 61101, Rm 533

     Ph: (815) 319-4225

Requests to address the Board are accepted until 2 hours prior to the start of the meeting. The recommended method of registration is by completing and submitting the attached form (or similar written request.)

Click here to download a the guidelines and registration form.   

Participation Guidelines

  • Total time for public comment will be limited to 21 minutes; providing for as many speakers as the total time limit will permit.
  • Each speaker is limited to 3 minutes.
  • Visual aids are not permitted, but handouts may be provided to staff for distribution. It is recommended that a minimum of 24 copies be provided.
  • Speakers may not address personnel matters, pending or threatened litigation, or zoning matters which are pending before the ZBA, Zoning Committee or the County Board. 
  • Personal attacks or inappropriate language will not be permitted.
  • The chairperson will determine the sequential order of speakers.
  • If a particular item is deemed by the chairperson to be controversial, the chairperson shall strive to allow all sides an equal amount of time.

County Board Meetings are generally held at 6:00 pm every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. Click here for a listing of dates and exceptions. Meetings are held at the Winnebago County Courthouse: 400 West State Street, Rockford, IL  61101, Room 801 (8th Floor.)

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