City News

The City of Rochelle and its contractor, Ameritrack, announce upcoming road closures in the Rochelle industrial area throughout the month of May. The closures are taking place while railroad crossings on Steam Plant and Caron Roads are reconstructed. First, beginning Monday May 1 at 7am, Steam Plant Road, from Caron…
A Swearing-In Ceremony will be held in the Council Chambers at Rochelle City Hall, located at 420 N 6th Street in Rochelle, on Monday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. City Clerk Rose Huéramo will administer oaths of office to John Bearrows, Bil Hayes, Benjamin Valdivieso and Tom McDermott. A quorum…
The City of Rochelle is rolling out a new rain barrel program to encourage RMU customers to utilize rain water for lawn irrigation.  The program utilizes stormwater management funds to cover a portion of the cost of the barrels. Rain barrels capture water from residential rooftops through the downspout.  Since…
City of Rochelle departments recently had the opportunity to share expertise between the Electric and Fire Departments through live wire training exercise conducted by the Rochelle Municipal Utilities Electric Department staff last week.  “We appreciate the unique training experience that brought working knowledge to our entire department,” said Rochelle Firefighter…
City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh has selected Officer Pete Pavia to serve as the Department’s Interim Chief, following Chief Eric Higby’s retirement announcement.  Pavia is currently assigned to RTHS as a School Resource Officer. The City of Rochelle and Rochelle Township High School are working together to fill the Resource Officer…
Following nearly twenty-seven years of dedicated service to the City of Rochelle, Police Chief Eric Higby has announced his upcoming retirement from the Rochelle Police Department. Chief Higby started his career with the Rochelle Police Department in August of 1996 following his graduation from Western Illinois University. Upon completion of…
City Hall and the RMU Customer Service Office will be undergoing an internet upgrade on Friday February 17th beginning at 10:00AM.  Both facilities will be unable to process credit card payments during this period, but will process check, cash or money orders for utility payments, birth/death certificates and building permits. …
The City of Rochelle, in its continuing effort to support the revival and development of local business, has again approved the Façade Improvement Program for 2023. The City will provide a 50% matching grant, with a maximum amount of $5,000 to business or building owners who complete eligible improvements to…

Winter Storm Information

December 21, 2022
With forecasted subzero temperatures, snow and high winds, the City of Rochelle and RMU have announced the following: City & RMU Offices will close at Noon on Thursday, December 22nd.  Offices are closed Friday, December 23rd as Christmas Eve Observed. The odd/even parking ordinance will come into effect with three inches…
The City of Rochelle's leaf vacuum service ends for the season on Friday, December 2nd.  Leaves and landscape waste will be collected via Northern Illinois Disposal's weekly landscape waste pickup through December 15th.
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