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Freeport Water & Sewer Commission Flushing of Hydrants & Water Mains

The Freeport Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants and water lines from October 3 through October 7 and again from October 11 through October 14, 2016. This might possibly carry through an additional week from October 17 to October 21 . Flushing will occur during the hours of 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. During flushing, customers may experience rusty or cloudy colored water. While the water remains safe to drink, customers should run their water for 5 to 10 minutes prior to doing laundry during this time to avoid staining of clothing. If water discoloration persist at your location for more than 24 hours after running water for 5 to 10 minutes, our department will re-flush the water mains that serve your area. If this occurs please call the Freeport Water & Sewer Construction Dispatch number @ 815-233-1686 leaving your full street address and flushing request. Flushing requests can be received by our staff at the above number during the hours of 7:00 am to 3:00 pm or left by phone message after normal working hours. We appreciate your patience and support with our essential flushing program.


Notice of Election

The City of Freeport will hold an election to nominate candidates for the offices of Alderman Ward 2, Alderman Ward 4, Alderman Ward 6, Mayor, City Clerk, and City Treasurer on the following dates:

  • Consolidated Primary will be held on February 28, 2017
  • Consolidated Election will be held on April 4, 2017

The terms of office for these positions will be a four-year term.

For information to include with nomination petitions, please consult the State of Illinois Candidate's Guide 2017. A copy of the 2017 Candidate's Guide may be obtained through the website of the Illinois State Board of Elections or the office of the City Clerk. This document contains election information, signature requirements, and filing guidelines. IL State Board of Election website:

The Stephenson County website (County Clerk department page) provides electronic files (PDF version) of previous election results. The following link is provided to assist in obtaining this information: Stephenson County Clerk website:

Please visit the State Board of Elections' website periodically for any changes or amendments to the 2017 Candidate's Guide.

The Freeport City Clerk makes no representation regarding the accuracy or validity of the documents.

Respectfully submitted by;
Martha E. Zuravel, City Clerk


Mayor Jim Gitz and Police Chief Todd Barkalow have announced the hours for Halloween trick or treating this year. The suggested hours are 5:00 PM through
7:30 PM on Monday, October 31, 2016. These hours are advisory and children can legally trick or treat beyond these hours. Chief Barkalow cautioned Freeport motorists to use special care on Halloween night, and to be on the look-out for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, or darting out from between parked cars. Mayor Jim Gitz listed several safety tips for parents:

•  Help your child pick out a costume that is safe. It should be fire retardant, and masks should allow unobstructed and peripheral vision.

•  Instruct children to cross on corners or within crosswalks – and always, look both ways before crossing.

•  Props that are carried should be smooth and flexible, so that if the child falls, they are not injured.

•  Re-teach your child about stranger-danger. Children should not get into an unknown car, regardless of what the adult says to them.

•  Know what route your children are taking if you are not with them. Instruct them to check in every half hour by texting, calling, or stopping home.

•  Set a curfew time, and make sure they know to contact you immediately if they expect to be delayed.

•  Explain the difference between “tricks” and vandalism. Throwing eggs, etc. can ruin Halloween for everyone.



Leaf Pickup begins October 17, 2016

The Public Works Department will pick up leaves beginning October 17, 2016 and it continues through mid-November with weather permitting. We ask that leaves be raked to the curb no later than November 16th in order to allow the crews to complete leaf pick up prior to converting trucks for snow removal (more information).

Residents are advised to place leaves at the curb so vacuums can reach the pile. No sticks, grass clippings, yard waste, trash or any other debris may be mixed in the pile. Items other than leaves will damage the equipment and your pile will be avoided. Please see landscape waste information below for other service options.

Landscape Waste Program through Moring Disposal is available beginning in April and continues through the middle of November weather permitting. view link


Property Tax Bills

Property Tax Bills were mailed by the Stephenson County Treasurer in the spring of 2016 for the 2015 Stephenson County Real Estate Taxes for taxing bodies including Freeport School District 145, Stephenson County, Freeport Corporate, Freeport Park District, Highland Community College, Freeport Public Library, Freeport Township, and Freeport Mosquito Abatement. Installments are due on June 10th and September 9th.

Did you know that NINE PERCENT of your total property tax bill is forwarded to the City of Freeport? That amount pays for police and fire emergency services and personnel, street maintenance and crews, leaf pick-up, snow removal, demolitions, building permitting/ inspections, licensing, grant writing, nuisance inspection, animal control, accounting/payroll and city administration functions to help the City of Freeport run effectively.

How much of my tax bill is directed to the other taxing bodies? view link . Please note; these comparisons are the percentage share of the tax bill and not the taxable rates.

To view charts for comparison purposes, view links below:


Area Events

Area Events provided by: The Freeport/Stephenson County Convention
and Visitors Bureau
- view link




Household Waste Collection Guidelines

For further information visit the link above to "Living in Freeport" --- Garbage/Recycling website page. view link


We Need You On Our Boards and Commissions!

Becoming a member of a board or commission for the City of Freeport is fulfilling community service work and plays a vital role in moving Freeport forward. The City of Freeport has openings on various Boards and Commission. Please let Mayor James Gitz know of your interests through completion of the following form: view link.

Forms should be returned to Mayor James Gitz, 524 W. Stephenson Street, Suite 310, Freeport, Illinois 61032. Please call and speak to administrative assistant with any questions at phone number 815-235-8200.




For more information on the Freeport Mosquito Abatement District
please visit the Stephenson County Website using this link: Mosquito

Call the Mosquito Control Hotline @ 1-800-942-2555

  • To be notified prior to a Mosquito Control application.
  • To report possible mosquito breeding areas, such as standing water or stagnant water or unkempt swimming pools.
  • To report any mosquito annoyances in your area.
  • For further information regarding the Clarke Mosquito Control Program and what products are being utilized.


2015-2016 Phase B Water Main Project through IEPA

The 2015-2016 City of Freeport Water and Sewer Commission, Phase B-Water Main Replacement and Upgrade Project is made possible by the financial assistance and cooperation of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and its State Revolving Fund (SRF) providing low interest infrastructure loans to protect or improve Illinois’ quality of drinking water resources. The purpose of this Water and Sewer Commission Project is to make water system improvements, including an estimated 21,080 feet of water main upgrades to 12” and 16” diameter in key areas that would provide adequate water transmission lines from the new Well No.9 to the new Elevated Tank and improvements to pressure zones, including the replacement of 10,310 feet of 6-8 inch water main and the replacement of 75 valves. The project will be funded through a State Revolving Fund loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency with the project cost estimated to be $8,587,963.77 - view notice

ORDINANCE #2015-25, An Ordinance Amending Chapter 1052 (Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Fund) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Freeport, Illinois as passed by corporate authorities on May 4, 2015 to add $6.00 per month to the Capital Improvement Surcharge - view link

View Map of Proposed Project Area



Electric Aggregation Questions - view link



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Freeport City Hall
524 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203