City News

The City of Rochelle Engineering Office has recently fielded many complaints in regards to the increased train horns in the community. Rochelle is a Quiet Zone meaning that a train’s horn will only sound if a locomotive engineer perceives danger on the tracks. While the number of horn sounds has…
After nearly 24 years as Rochelle’s City Clerk, Bruce McKinney is heading into retirement! McKinney came to the City of Rochelle following a career at Swift. He began his time at the Rochelle accounting office where he was later promoted to a supervisor in the loading dock. Sometime later, he…
Mayor Chet Olson, City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh and City Clerk Sue Messer met with elected officials in Springfield today to share issues and concerns that affect both Rochelle's local government and our citizens as part of the Illinois Municipal League’s Annual Lobby Day. IML hosts Lobby Day annually to give…
After 32 years of service to the entire City of Rochelle and Rochelle Municipal Utilities, Joanne Peters is celebrating retirement. She and husband Tom Peters will retire on the same day this month. In the summer of 1986 Peters was a stay-at-home mom to her third and fifth grade daughters…
The Rochelle Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rochelle are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of Sunshine Bakery at 346 May Mart Drive, Rochelle located inside Central Bank Illinois. The newly-remodeled space features a café menu of cookies, cupcakes, artisan breads, custom-designed cakes and desserts, fresh salads,…
The City of Rochelle has approved an agreement to sell its transmission facilities to NextEra Energy Transmission MidAtlantic, LLC, an indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. The facilities consist of approximately 20 miles of 138 kV transmission lines and associated substation facilities at Caron Road and Twombly (Substation #2). Through…
At the Rochelle City Council Meeting Monday evening, Sue Messer was sworn in as the City of Rochelle’s Clerk following the retirement of Bruce McKinney. Messer, who is currently the Assistant to the City Manager, will continue to fill both roles. “Sue has my full confidence as she takes on…
The Union Pacific Railroad will be performing an emergency repair at the 9th Street crossing, between 1st Ave and Lincoln Avenue. The crossing will be closed from Wednesday April 11th at 7am through Friday April 13th. The closure is necessary due to maintenance of the track and/or crossing surface. Roadsafe…
Under the direction of City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh, Commercial and Retail Development Director Peggy Friday assembled a select group of local elected officials, business owners, and managers to collaborate, explore, review, and evaluate a range of potential strategic goals and projects to advance commercial and retail economic development opportunities in…