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Rockford’s Mayor’s Office is the top level of administration and policy making for the city and is the main office for residents for city requests and services. The mayor is assisted by the city administrator, responsible for day-to-day municipal operations. The Rockford City Council of 14 council members acts with the mayor as the legislative and policy-making body, and meets in open session each Monday at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, second floor, City Hall, 425 E. State St. The city’s 14 wards are represented by 14 aldermen, elected to serve four-year terms all ending in the same year.

The city of Rockford, along with the villages of Cherry Valley and New Milford, are all located in Rockford Township. Established in 1850, Rockford Township is the largest of Winnebago County’s 14 townships and one of the largest in the State of Illinois. Rockford is the county seat for Winnebago County.

Winnebago County is made up of 14 districts, overseen by a 28-member board and board chairman.

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