The Rockford City Council acts in conjunction with the Mayor as the legislative and policy making body of the municipality. There are presently fourteen council members (aldermen), elected by ward, with four year terms all ending in the same year.
Council members legislate once a week as a whole and also meet in bi-weekly committee meetings; Finance and Personnel, Planning and Development, and Code and Regulation. Aldermen make decisions, pass ordinances, appropriate funds and present initiatives so as to best represent the needs of both their respective constituents and the City of Rockford as a whole.
The Mayor and Council members meet in open session every Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 425 East State Street. When a holiday falls on a Monday, the Mayor and Council meet on Tuesday. City Council meetings are aired live, and rerun on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 12:00 p.m. on cable channel 17. Previous meetings may also be viewed here.