City of Freeport IL – City Hall

The mission of the City of Freeport is to provide sound municipal leadership and efficient, high quality services that enhance the safety, economic prosperity, quality of life, and public health of our community.

Thank you Denny, Founder of Little Cubs Field, for being All In! #FreeportAllIn ... See MoreSee Less

Denny Garkey, Founder of Little Cubs Field - a Wrigley Field replica, knows first hand what can happen when a community comes together. “I have been ALL IN for Freeport for the 45 years I've lived here. I always knew this was a community with a tremendous volunteer spirit, which was demonstrated during the Little Cubs Field project. Hundreds of individuals, as well as 170 different companies, donated over $400,000 of labor and materials to make our dream come true. Little Cubs Field stands as a testament to everyone who was and continues to be ALL IN for Freeport. Nothing is impossible if you are ALL IN for your community!" Thank you, Denny, for being ALL IN! #FreeportAllIn

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We are honored to be part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Holiday Recognition event. Special thanks to Michelle Stubbe for the entertainment, Cindy Mielke for her tireless efforts directing RSVP, and to all the volunteers for their valuable work in the community. ... See MoreSee Less

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Dennis Carr joined the Freeport Public Works Department on November 6, 2017 as Director of Public Works.

Dennis is a native of Peoria, IL and has spent 11 years in the Civil Engineering field designing everything from parking lots to complete streets. Dennis has worked in most civil engineering roles related to roadways, including but not limited to sewer, green infrastructure, pavement and roadway design, signal timings, and ADA compliance.

Most recently, Dennis held the position of Project Engineer for Hanson Professional Services Inc. in Peoria, IL, in which his last major accomplishment was the completion of a complete set of bid documents for Northmoor Road in Peoria, IL. The construction of Northmoor Road is budgeted at over 10 million dollars for approximately 1 mile of urban roadway that incorporates a new 3 lane pavement, storm sewer, green infrastructure, bike path, traffic signals and multiple retaining walls, to reduce the impact to the surrounding properties which includes 3 schools, a district bus barn, 3 churches, a fire station, and a retirement community.

Dennis earned his BS and MS in Civil Engineering at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Dennis looks forward to serving the residents of Freeport, and providing appropriate guidance to better utilize funding for roadways and utilities alike. Please join City Manager Lowell Crow, your elected officials, and the rest of the City staff in welcoming Dennis Carr to the City.
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Please be advised that the City has revised the timeline for the 2017 Facade Improvement Grant Program. It is now as follows:

Deadline for Proposals January 2, 2018

Initial Review by City and Façade Improvement Committee
January 8, 2018

Public Meeting of Historic Preservation Commission
January 16, 2018

City Council Review of HPC award recommendations
January 22, 2018

Notification of awards
January 23, 2018

Project completion Date July 31, 2018
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Join in on the festivities at the Freeport Public Library this week. ... See MoreSee Less

The weather is chilly, but we're still warm and there's lots to do this week @ the library: Monday: 10:30 a.m., Sing & Play. Tuesday: Happy Hanukkah! 4 - 5:30 p.m., Lego Club, Youth Program Room. 5 - 7 p.m., Santa Visits the library! 6:30 p.m., "Remembering Marshall Fields at Christmas", a holiday lecture with Leslie Goddard. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., Story Time. 4:30 - 6 p.m, Reception for Carole Dickerson, Library Director. Thursday: 5 - 7 p.m., Santa Visits. 5:30 p.m., Free Movie Night. The web-slinging hero of Queens balances crime-fighting with high school. [PG-13] Saturday: 1 - 3 p.m., Santa Visits. (Photo courtesy of www.flickr.com/photos/lel4nd/)

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Shop with a Cop took place this past Saturday with officers on hand from Freeport, Stephenson County and the Lena Police Department, children and a parent were paired with a police officer or deputy to look at toys and clothes.

“It’s about giving back for us in law enforcement,” Shenberger said. “This creates a bond with the children to see us in a positive light. We get so much community support for this program and this is the best year we have had so far. It’s about the children and making sure they have what they need.”
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Tyler Adams, right, of Freeport shows Lt. Travis Davis a Batman shirt during Shop with a Cop on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Walmart in Freeport. [JANE LETHLEAN/THE JOURNAL-STANDARD CORRESPONDENT] Full story: www.journalstandard.com/news/20171209/shop-with-cop-is-about-my-son-having-nice-christmas

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Blake Klosa joined the City of Freeport on December 4, 2017 as our new Nuisance Inspector. Blake will be working alongside Neighborhood Services Manager Alex Mills in the Community Development Department at City Hall.

Blake, and his wife, Wendy are natives of Freeport, and raised their four children in the Freeport area. Some of you may know Blake from his previous tenure at the Freeport Police Department. Blake served the Police Department for almost 28 years before retiring this past May. He was hired as a sworn patrol officer, working his way up through the ranks to the position of Administrative Lieutenant.

Although Blake has enjoyed spending time with family and friends during the seven months since his retirement, he is looking forward to serving the City of Freeport again in this new capacity.

Blake’s background with the Police Department, along and his knowledge of the City and its residents makes him an excellent fit for this position. Please join City Manager Lowell Crow, your elected officials, and the rest of the City staff in welcoming Blake Klosa to the City of Freeport Community Development Department.
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The Facade Program for 2017/2018 was approved last night at city council.

Due by 5pm on December 15, 2017 to the City of Freeport Community and Economic Development Department
314 W. Stephenson Street Freeport, Illinois

The City has a proposed budget of $20,000 for 2017. The Paint the Port event generated $10,000 in net proceeds that will be included in this year’s Façade Improvement Grant Program. The total anticipated funds for 2017 will be $30,000. Funds not expended within the given year may be carried over and available in future years.

The Façade Improvement Program is intended to assist with the costs of enhancing the outward appearance of downtown buildings. Under the program, property owners or business owners within the Downtown TIF area are eligible to apply for (for example: corner properties). For purposes of this grant a primary façade is defined as one facing the street.

The City of Freeport Community and Economic Development Director, with the assistance of the Historic Preservation Commission, will recommend applications to the City Council. The City Council approves grant awards under the program. Grant program compliance and the reimbursement of funds are overseen by the City of Freeport Community and Economic Development Department.

Grant money will be payable as a reimbursement after the Completion Report/Request for Reimbursement form and supporting documentation are submitted to the City of Freeport’s Community and Economic Development Department. Individual grant applications will be accepted for multiple buildings with the same owner. Multiple grants for phased rehabilitations will be considered and based on availability.

It is not the purpose of this program to finance ongoing improvements that may be considered part of a building’s regular maintenance. Each eligible improvement will be funded by the program only once.

Target Area:

Historic Business and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts

Come by City Hall for an application
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Consider being a sponsor for this wonderful event to help fight hunger and homelessness in our community. Freeport Area Church Cooperative ... See MoreSee Less

26th Annual Mayors Hunger Luncheon

December 7, 2017, 11:30am - December 7, 2017, 1:00pm

We've set an ambitious goal of raising 10,000 pounds of food and $20,000 dollars to support the FACC's Food Pantry through the 26th Annual Mayor's Hunger Luncheon and 48 Hours of Caring Food Drive on December 8th and 9th. Mark you calendar and consider joining in.

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Fuel up at Freeport Fast Stop in the month of December for a great cause! #UnitedWay ... See MoreSee Less

FS Fuel up Give back is back through December!

December 1, 2017, 9:40am - December 31, 2017, 12:35pm

Fuel up at Freeport Fast Stop to support United Way of Northwest Illinois!

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Two Lewis Concrete framing up footings for the new homes in Rose Meadow Development. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's that time of year with the community decorated for the holidays. Have you seen a house or business magnificently decorated that your family enjoys?

Please submit photos to twilkinson@cityoffreeport.org for our community to enjoy!
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Stop into Hilldale Deli Downtown Freeport, to enjoy their beautifully decorated We Back The Blue Christmas decor and delicious food! #WeBackTheBlue ... See MoreSee Less

We love the tree in the front window of Hilldale Dairy on Stephenson Street in downtown Freeport, and the words of support are very much appreciated!

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Freeport Street Department is hard at work installing the City Hall Flag Pole today. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Nathan Stepp who has begun his career with Freeport Fire Department. Nathan was sworn in today by Mayor Miller in a ceremony at City Hall. Freeport Professional Firefighters Local #441 ... See MoreSee Less

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The Civilian Police Academy is a ten (10) week program with presentations from Freeport Police Officers and other area law enforcement officials; with an overall goal of informing, educating, and introducing law enforcement topics to members of the community.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the upcoming CPA class that is currently scheduled for the Spring of 2018, please contact Officer Chris Fidecki via email at: cfidecki@freeportpd.com.
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CIVILIAN POLICE ACADEMY On 11/15/17, the fall session of the Freeport Police Department Civilian Police Academy closed with a ceremony at the Freeport Public Library, and we are extremely grateful for the dedication of the citizens from our community who participated in this program. The CPA is a vital program that affords us with the opportunity to give the participants in the program an inside look at our operation, as well as to share some information and knowledge along the way. We believe that during this program we were able to dispel some common myths about law enforcement and we are confident that graduates of this program have a much better understanding of our agency. We operate this program because we truly believe that effective law enforcement can only be accomplished through partnerships between the police and the citizen's that they serve. The Civilian Police Academy is a ten (10) week program with presentations from Freeport Police Officers and other area law enforcement officials; with an overall goal of informing, educating, and introducing law enforcement topics to members of the community. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the upcoming CPA class that is currently scheduled for the Spring of 2018, please contact Officer Chris Fidecki via email at: cfidecki@freeportpd.com.

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City of Freeport would like to recognize our Business of the Week!

Mas Roofing, Siding & Decks Roofing, Siding & Decks
3198 Lily Creek Rd, Freeport
815-235-7883

Hours
Mon – Fri: 9am – 4pm

MAS Roofing, Siding, & Decking has over 20 years of experience in providing quality work at reasonable rates to our customers. They are more than a roofing company, specializing not only in steel and shingle roofing systems, but also do siding, windows, soffit & fascia, gutters, and decking.

They were nominated as Business of the Week because your satisfaction is their #1 priority.

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Shopping small means wonderful things for the city you live in. Not only are those small business owners and their employees able to put more back into the community, the sales tax helps city departments and projects like police, fire, and infrastructure improvements. Every single dollar matters!

#ShopSmall in downtown and throughout Stephenson County today for Small Business Saturday!
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Reminder Water & Sewer and City Hall Offices are closed today, Friday November 24th.

We will re-open Monday, November 27th.
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Happy Thanksgiving from the City of Freeport! ... See MoreSee Less

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Water & Sewer and Freeport City Hall Offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 for Thanksgiving and Friday, November 24 for Post-Thanksgiving Holiday. ... See MoreSee Less

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This Saturday is your chance to #ShopSmall and show your love for the City of Freeport and Stephenson County! ... See MoreSee Less

Shopping small means wonderful things for the city you live in. Not only are those small business owners and their employees able to put more back into the community, the sales tax helps city departments and projects like police, fire, and infrastructure improvements. Every single dollar matters! Shop small this Saturday in downtown and throughout Stephenson County. City of Freeport IL - City Hall Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau/Visitors Center Freeport All In. Freeport, Illinois Shop Local Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce

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Contractors hard at work on Casey's General Store. ... See MoreSee Less

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Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, November 25! Show your love to #ShopSmall #DowntownFreeport #SmallBizSat ... See MoreSee Less

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YES Club Program has just been Approved as an Officially Endorsed Partner of the IL200 Bicentennial Commission!

Thank You for Your Interest and Support of our involvement in Your Non-Violence Task Force! We hope to serve even MORE Students in FSD#145 and beyond.

Visit: illinois200.com/sponsors/
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The Freeport Salvation Army needs just 2 hours of your time! ... See MoreSee Less

The Freeport Salvation Army needs your help to man the Red Kettle, Please consider volunteering for just 2 hours. Call Ashley Rucker at 815-238-5243 on go online to www.registertoring.com Friends please like and share this post

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If you have not visited Deininger Floral Shop you are missing out! #FreeportAllIn ... See MoreSee Less

Born and raised in Freeport, Brooke and Craig of Deininger Floral have watched the community grow and have great pride in their hometown. “What we love most about Freeport and Stephenson County is the genuine character and values of the people that live here. This area is filled with hardworking authentic Midwestern people - the backbone of our great country. We have many innovative minds with raw talent and ideas to share. This is our life, these are our roots, Freeport is our home.” Thanks, Craig and Brooke, for being “All In!” #FreeportAllIn

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Kick off the holiday shopping season this Sunday, November 19th at the annual Mistletoe Walk downtown Freeport. ... See MoreSee Less

Mistletoe Walk in downtown Freeport

November 19, 2017, 12:00pm - November 19, 2017, 4:00pm

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, downtown Freeport will hold it's annual Mistletoe Walk, sponsored by Freeport Downtown Development Foundation. The storefronts will be decorated, there will be cookies, popcorn, coffee, hot cocoa, hot cider and many joyous sights, sounds, and flavors of the Christmas season. Santa will be at the Freeport Public Library for the kids. Carolers and musicians will stroll the streets and provide music. This is a free event to kick off the holiday shopping season. Come enjoy the holiday and downtown Freeport with us.

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Attending Cheri Bustos' Economic Development Roundtable and looking forward to some great ideas and opportunities for collaboration ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting tomorrow, November 17 to December 31, shop the Holiday Gift and Farmers Market Expo at the Freeport/Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau/Visitors Center for an array of unique local products. Many items are either produced in Stephenson County or highlight our history and culture. #FreeportAllIn ... See MoreSee Less

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Red Kettle Campaign begins in Freeport ... See MoreSee Less

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City of Freeport would like to recognize our Business of the Week!

Label Shopper
1844 S. West Ave, Freeport
815-232-2360

Hours:
Mon-Fri 10-9
Sat 10-6
Sun 12-5

Label Shopper has brand new mens, womens, juniors, & plus size clothing along with accessories & shoes from your favorite brand names at prices you will love.

Label Shopper was nominated for Business of the Week because of their welcoming stylist and great customer service.

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Downtown Freeport Holiday Hours Downtown Freeport, Illinois ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you ever seen underneath of a gas station?!

There is a lot more work that goes into building a gas station than one would of thought.
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It's cold out there, stop into the Freeport Public Library for some fun. ... See MoreSee Less

The weather is getting colder, but we're still cozy. This week @ the library: Monday: 10:30 a.m., Sing & Play. Tuesday: 4 - 5:30, Lego Club in the Youth Program Room for ages 3 - 12. Exercise your imagination and build something fun. Wednesday: 10:30 a.m., Story Time. 5 - 7:45 p.m., Study Room B, "Come Write In" - quiet writing drop-in. Friday: 4 - 5:30 p.m., Teen Anime & Manga Club in the Youth Program Room.

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Don't forget, Delayed opening TODAY for Water & Sewer Department's Billing & Collection Office.

The office will open at 12:30 PM, due to an internal meetings/training.
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The City of Freeport's Water & Sewer Department's Billing & Collections Office will have a delayed opening on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. The office will open at 12:30 pm, due to internal meetings/training. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this matter. Tom Kopanski Director of Utility Operations

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The AARP Safe Driving Course will provide a review of driving skills & techniques.

Reserve your spot today by calling the Senior Resource Center (815) 235-9777
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November's AARP Safe Driving Class is coming up this Friday! Call (815)235-9777 to reserve your spot. The cost is $15 for AARP Members or $20 for non-members.

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Congratulations Vogue Boutique on your Grand Re-Opening at your new location in Meadows Mall at 1866 South West Ave in Freeport. ... See MoreSee Less

The Chamber along with our Ambassadors and Vogue cut the ribbon to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the boutique in it's new location Meadows Mall 1866 South West Avenue in Freeport. If you find yourself with some time please do stop by and take a look at this beautiful new boutique! Thank you to Vogue for allowing us to be there to help celebrate. Congratulations! We hope Vogue will continue to have success for many more years to come.

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City Manager Lowell Crow believes Freeport already shows great progress and unity as businesses, organizations and citizens alike join forces to advance, grow and lead together. "We are working towards greater economic growth and better infrastructure, embracing new concepts, ideas and technology and driving to better integrate arts and culture. I see Freeport at the tipping point to becoming a more vibrant community, as a leader in greatness on both the state and national level. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of this positive change.” Thanks, Lowell, for being “All In!” #FreeportAllIn

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