City of Freeport, Illinois


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City of Freeport Calendar of Meetings - 2015


Comprehensive Plan adopted April 5, 2010


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Area Events provided by: The Freeport/Stephenson County Convention
and Visitors Bureau
- view link



To get construction project updates on TWITTER


Leaf Pick Up

The Public Works Department will begin the community-wide leaf pickup begin on October 19th and it will continue through November 25th. All leaves must be raked to curb by November 16, 2015.

  • Leaves must be placed in a continuous row at the curb line;
  • Only leaves are accepted. Please do not place any grass clippings, yard waste, sticks, brush, or trash in the leaf pile. These items can damage the collection equipment;
  • Please do not park your car on a leaf pile;
  • Please do not cover the storm sewer grate with leaves.

If you have questions, please call the Public Works Department at (815) 235-8210


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Property Tax Bills

Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2015 for the 2014 Stephenson County Real Estate Taxes for taxing bodies including Freeport School District 145, Stephenson County, Freeport Corporate, Freeport Park District, Highland Community College, Freeport Public Library, Freeport Township, and Freeport Mosquito Abatement. Installments are due on June 19th and September 4th.

Did you know that only 8.98% of your total property tax bill is forwarded to the City of Freeport and the City's percentage share of taxes has dropped every year for last five years from 9.893% in 2010? That amount pays for police and fire emergency services and personnel, street maintenance and crews, leaf pick-up, snow removal, demolitions, building permitting/ inspections, licensing, grant writing, nuisance inspection, animal control, accounting/payroll and city administration functions to help the City of Freeport run effectively.

How much of my tax bill is directed to the other taxing bodies? view link. Please note; these comparisons are the percentage share of the tax bill and not the taxable rates. To view charts for comparison purposes, view links below:

Last year, home values were lowered. A property valued at $146,00 the year before was valued at $141,580 this year. This property valued at $141,580, located in the City limits and owner occupied, paid taxes in an amount of $462.23 to the City of Freeport while paying $3,076.27 to the Freeport School District #145, $573.06 to Stephenson County and $445.61 to the Freeport Park District.

Household Waste Collection Guidelines

For further information visit the link above to "Living in Freeport" --- Garbage/Recycling website page. View Link


New Websites for Economic Development Opportunities, Riverfront Redevelopment, Pretzel City Kitchens...

Visit this site to learn about redevelopment opportunities for the Rawleigh Complex redevelopment:

Visit this site to learn about a collaborative effort to promote reinvestment, strengthen neighborhoods celebrate the river, and support the many community-driven initiatives throughout the riverfront area:

Visit this site to learn about  a planned commercial kitchen in Freeport, Illinois designed to grow the regional food economy in the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline area: .


2015-2016 Water Main Project through IEPA

ORDINANCE #2015-25, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1052 (Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Fund) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Freeport, Illinois as passed by corporate authorities on May 4, 2015 to add $6.00 per month to the Captital Improvement Surcharge - view link

ORDINANCE #2015-09 as passed by corporate authorities on February 2, 2015 -
view link

View link to summary of project: Notice of Intent to Issue a Categorical Exclusion and the Project Plan a

View Map of Proposed Project Area


Residential Rental Property Regulations

876.04  DURATION OF REGISTRATION. - Registration shall be required annually for each residential rental structure by June 1 of each year beginning June 1, 2015, unless (i) all or part of the ownership of the residential rental structure changes, or (ii) the number of rental units in the residential rental structure changes. If either such change occurs, the then owners of the residential rental structure shall within 45 days of the change, file a new application of registration with the Building Commissioner of the City of Freeport.

For answers to frequently asked questions - view link


We Need You On Our Boards and Commissions!

Becoming a member of a board or commission for the City of Freeport is fulfilling community service work and plays a vital role in moving Freeport forward. The City of Freeport has openings on various Boards and Commission. Please let Mayor James Gitz know of your interests through completion of the following form: view link.

Forms should be returned to Mayor James Gitz, 524 W. Stephenson Street, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032. Please call and speak to Mary Beth with any questions at phone number 815-235-8200.



City Hall Public Outreach - view photos of buildings and documents on file


Electrical Aggregation

If you have any questions pertaining to your account, please feel free to contact the City of Freeport's aggregation consultant, Rock River Energy Services at 815-732-4603.

View link to Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?
Residential or small business customers located in the participating governmental entity boundaries may participate. Customers enrolled in real time pricing, Power Smart Pricing, space electric heat rate, or served by an alternative retail supplier may not be eligible.

How do I enroll?
It's simple. It's automatic. Unless you “opt-out” of the program, all eligible ComEd customer accounts within the boundaries will be enrolled in the program. You will receive a “switch” letter from your utility, ComEd, confirming your enrollment. If you are a current participant, there is no need to reenroll.

Do I have to participate in the municipal or county aggregation plan?
All eligible ComEd utility customers within the municipal or county boundaries will receive an opt-out notification letter via U.S. mail. You may “opt-out” by returning the Opt-Out card by the deadline date identified in your notification. If you choose to opt-out, your account remains with ComEd at the current utility rate.

What if I decide to opt-out after the opt-out deadlines have passed?
You may opt out at any time by calling our toll free number or sending us an email.

What are the Rates and Terms for my Municipality or County?
A listing of communities served by Homefield Energy can be found at . Select your municipality or county to find the applicable rates, contract length, and the terms and conditions for your particular governmental entity. Customers who are enrolled in the program should see the changes on their monthly electric bill 45 to 60 days after enrollment.

Letters were mailed May 30 from Homefield Energy -- sample link

Mailing Including Opt out postcard

Sample Electric Supplier Choice Confirmation letters from ComEd

View Link to Article Published by Mayor James L. Gitz


City of Freeport Public Safety Plan

Public Safety Plan Progress Report - February 2014

This City is dedicated to crime reduction. We will be relentless in pursuing criminals and bringing them to justice. We intend to serve notice on people who come to Freeport thinking it is a good place to hang out, rip people off, sell drugs and otherwise drag this City down. The message is: clean up your act or go to prison. For the people who have families, or live alone, who work hard or have retired, and all who care about this City, we also have a message: this City is dedicated to helping you succeed – to live, work and enjoy life in a safe, caring community.

This plan has six (6) goals. It seeks to: (1) create safer neighborhoods, (2) promote personal accountability, (3) develop stronger community relationships, (4) create safer housing, (5) foster interdepartmental cooperation in the deployment of city resources, and (6) make sound, data driven decisions. The City already has reinstated Community Policing, but we know we need a broader strategy that builds strong relationships with all parts of our community.

For more information or to submit comments on this draft plan, please contact Mayor Jim Gitz at (815) 235-8200 or mail to 524 W. Stephenson, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032.


Sidewalk Program Reimbursement

The Sidewalk Reimbursement Program is a voluntary program in which owners of residential use properties and the City of Freeport share the cost of replacing sidewalks within City limits. The scope of a reimbursement project includes the main walk, the courtesy walk and existing catwalks/landing steps within the public right-of-way. The City of Freeport will also contribute in-kind services for the removal of existing sidewalks for eligible projects. The City of Freeport will continue to build ADA-compliant corner ramps where applicable, with the City paying the entire cost of the ramps. This year's program shall provide qualifying applicants with a reimbursement of $1.50/SF .

 How does the process work?

Applications for the City of Freeport Shared Cost Sidewalk Program can be picked up from the City of Freeport Building Department located at 524 W. Stephenson Street, 3rd Floor (area behind Water & Sewer Department) or can be downloaded under the following link – view full program overview, application and waiver form .

The City of Freeport Public Works Department will review each application and perform site visit to verify that the replacement meets program requirements. Please be sure to read and follow the program guidelines to qualify for reimbursement:

PDF of Sidewalk Program Overview, Waiver Form and Application
Cement Contractor Listing
Word file - application and waiver form


Jane Addams Trail

Stretching north from Freeport, Illinois, to the Wisconsin state line, the Jane Addams Trail is a natural wonder. Expect to see birds and wild animals-from exotic aerial hunters, such as owls and hawks, to run-of-the-mill squirrels and deer. Its crushed limestone surface may be used by hikers, bicyclists, snowmobilers, and cross-country skiers. This multi-use 15 mile recreational trail offers beautiful scenery and is highlighted by 21 decked bridges passing wetlands, creeks, woods, prairies, geologic formations and farmland. For further information please visit:



Landscape Waste Program begins
April 15th and will continue through November 18th

View Program 2015

There is a pre-paid cost each season of $80 which includes weekly service and toter. Please contact the hauler to determine which one serves your area. Freeport uses two waste haulers:

  • Gill's Freeport Disposal - phone 815-233-5644 (open 8am to 4:30 pm)
  • Moring Disposal - phone 815-233-9216 (open 7am to 4:30 pm)

The City of Freeport has an annual leaf collection program but this program runs only in the fall. For spring clean-up, you must sign up for landscape waste subscription.


For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
please visit the Stephenson County Website using this link: Mosquito

Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555

  • To be notified prior to a Mosquito Control application.
  • To report possible mosquito breeding areas, such as standing water or stagnant water or unkempt swimming pools.
  • To report any mosquito annoyances in your area.
  • For further information regarding the Clarke Mosquito Control Program and what products are being utilized.



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For more information, please visit this link: Midwest High-Speed Rail



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Freeport City Hall
524 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203