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PA-97-0609 Compliance.


Effective April 7, 2020, the City Hall will be closed in Rock Falls until further notice.   These measures are being taken to make safe the general public, as well as, our employees as we move closer to the time that the COVID 19 virus will start to peak in our area. This action is to join the many precautions already established, to prevent the spread of the virus.

Since we do not know who is and is not positive unless they have already been tested, everyone is at a high risk of contracting this virus.  Even if you are asymptomatic, you may already be infected and could spread the virus unknowing to others. It is imperative that we follow all of the direction being given to safe guard ourselves from the CDC, Illinois State Department of Public Health, Whiteside County Health Department and local medical providers.

During this closure of City Hall, our employees will still be working within their respective departments from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The Drive-up window will remain open during regular business hours.  If you need assistance from one of the offices, call 815-622-1100 during normal business hours and you can connect with the department you need to speak with.

We are all in this together, we all need to do our parts, to be able to lessen the spread of this virus. Even doing everything we are being asked to do, the virus will find a way to move across the nation. However, doing our part will reduce that spread and that is the challenge we now face as a nation.

Mayor Bill Wescott



Mayor’s Message: Welcome to Rock Falls

William B. WescottRock Falls prides itself on our hard-working, friendly people and businesses that are both capable and willing to serve and help you in any way. Founded on the south bank of the Rock River in eastern Whiteside County in 1867 by A.P. Smith, we are on your way no matter where your destination.

Centrally located between the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities to our southwest and Rockford on our northeast, Rock Falls is located at the intersection of Illinois Routes 30 and 40 and is adjacent to Interstate 88 with two interchanges. Downtown Chicago is only two hours away and the western suburbs are only an hour’s drive.

Enjoy a variety of comfortable motel accommodations with access to a relaxing peaceful stroll down the historical Hennepin Canal. We also offer camping facilities, whether it is on a lake or swimming pool. For your dining pleasure, we offer fast food, as well as, the well-known Candlelight Inn and the brand new All American Grill, along with a number of authentic ethnic and family restaurants. The Rock River remains our community’s most valuable recreational asset. Home to some of the world’s best cat fishing, which has been featured on television outdoor shows, the Rock River is also a quiet Mecca for recreational boating. The historical Hennepin Canal runs through the city’s east side with strolling and bike paths. The Coloma Park District offers peaceful, scenic park views with tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields, picnic shelters, canoes and paddle boats and plenty of parking.

Our clubs and organizations are second to none. Without their helping hands and monetary support, Rock Falls would not be as successful as it has been. Pulling together, we recently completed the construction of a new, state-of-the-art library, a centerpiece of our municipal complex. Rock Falls has a wide variety of churches and denominations to choose from.

Our public and privately funded Rock Falls Chamber of Commerce and the Rock Falls Community Development Corporation have been essential to helping our community’s businesses and industries grow. We are especially proud of our city-owned utilities – water, wastewater and electric – and soon-to-be broadband services, all offered at a reasonable cost. We are proud of the quality of education offered by the Rock Falls Elementary and Middle School system, with over 1,000 students, are feeder schools for Rock Falls High School. In 2004, over 83 percent of high school seniors went on to colleges and universities. Rock Falls excels not only academically, but also in basketball, baseball and softball. During the summer of 2005, the Rock Falls Little League Girls (9- 10-yr., 12- 13- yr. and 16- 18-yr.) were Illinois State Champions. We are large enough to offer a wide variety of educational opportunities to our students, but small enough to provide a small school nurturing environment. Rock Falls is very proud of its workforce, the schools, healthcare facilities, recreation, clubs and organizations and most importantly, its people. By pulling together, we are making things happen in Rock Falls.

I invite and encourage YOU to stop and enjoy our town. We’re on the WAY! Find out why we are ‘Proud of our Past’ and confident of our Future!!

Tax Increment Financing Information

Information about the Rock Falls Downtown Redevelopment TIF District can be found here.