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Mayor John Bearrows

  • Mayor
  • 2023-2027
John is a lifelong resident of Rochelle, a self-employed Auctioneer/Owner of Bearrows Real Estate and Auction Company since 1975. John holds a Managing Broker’s Real Estate License with Bearrows Real Estate and Auction Company in Rochelle. John joined the city council in 2017 as a Council Member, and was then elected Mayor in 2019
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Tom McDermott

  • Council Member
  • 2023-2027
Tom has an A.A.S and A.S. Degree from Kishwaukee College a B.A. Degree from Western Illinois University. Tom is retired after completing more than 35 years working for the City of Rochelle.
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Bil Hayes

  • Council Member
  • 2023-2027
Bil Hayes is a life-long resident of Rochelle. He has served on the City Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Hayes works as a Service Manager for Oxbo International Corporation.
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Ben Valdivieso

  • Council Member
  • 2023-2027
Ben is a Sheriff’s Deputy for an area Sheriff’s Department and holds a Masters Degree from American Military University in National Security Studies. He is a graduate of RTHS and was born and raised in Rochelle.
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Dan McDermott

  • Council Member
  • 2021-2025
Dan is a retired school teacher with an Associates Degree from Kishwaukee College and a Bachelor’s Degree from NIU. He has served as a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT. Dan is also a lifelong resident of Rochelle
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Kate Shaw-Dickey

  • Council Member
  • 2021-2025
After graduating from RTHS, Kate earned a B.S. in Business from Millikin University and then went on to complete the MBA program at NIU. Kate worked in retail management for almost 10 years before joining FNB-Rochelle 2 years ago and began a career in Human Resources. Kate also served on the Rochelle planning and zoning commission for almost 7 years.
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Rosaelia Arteaga

  • Council Member
  • 2021-2025
Rosie Arteaga has been teaching at Lincoln School for the past thirteen years. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Aurora University and her Master’s Degree at NIU in Bilingual Education. Rosie was born and raised in Mendota, IL.