City News and Updates


New Fiber Construction by Surf Broadband Solutions in Rock Falls, IL

Today Surf Broadband Solutions is expanding our fiber internet footprint in Rock Falls, IL.  This means more residents and businesses will have fast, reliable internet available to them for work, school and streaming.    Communication about the progress of this expansion of our service, will be updated on our website, flyers and postcards to the community.

Surf Broadband is excited to include Rock Falls, IL as one of our “ Gig City “ projects.   “Gig Cities” in our network can be found in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.  Follow the construction by going to:, to see when Surf Broadband will be ready to connect your neighborhood.

“Surf Broadband Solution’s new fiber construction started on Jan 18th and we’ve targeted completion of the entire city network within 1 year. We already employ 3 local staff, bringing extensive industry knowledge and direct experience serving our community. Our website will be updated with the schedule for your neighborhood soon. We look forward to serving you.” said, Wayne Shafer, Program Manager for Rock Falls, IL, Surf Broadband Solutions.

Residents and businesses interested in signing up for service can still go to:

Surf Broadband Solutions – Surf Broadband Solutions is the premier broadband provider in Northwest Indiana, Northeast Illinois and Southwest Michigan since 2010.  Our mission is to provide the greatest number of people with the best possible access to the internet. We serve these areas with offices in LaPorte, IN, Coal City, IL, Elkhart, IN, and Byron Center, MI and Rock Falls, IL.  The Surf Broadband Solutions network uses the latest technology available, so our customers experience fast, reliable internet to enhance their daily lives. Connect Further. Faster.



Recycling Center For Rock Falls Residents

Rock Falls Recycling Center
2400 1st Avenue in Rock Falls, Illinois

Contact Information: &

Hours: April – October the facility will be open on the first and third Saturday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm November – March the facility will be open the 1st Saturday of each month from 9:00 am – 12:00pm.

Items accepted:
Electronics-TVs, VCRs, DVD players, scrap metal,
Household Appliances – washers, dryers, refrigerators,
microwaves, car batteries, etc.

Items NOT accepted:
Petroleum/products containing petroleum, paint,
tires, bulk waste, furniture, pallets, etc.

*Bring a City of Rock Falls utility bill & photo ID for
verification of Rock Falls residence



Construction on US 30in Rock Falls begins May 3

DIXON–The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, pavement patching on US 30 from Prophetstown Road to First Avenue (Illinois40)in Rock Falls will begin on Monday, May 3, 2021.Lane closures will be utilized during the project.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc. of Rushville is the contractor for the $362,455 project, which is expected to be completed by Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. To avoid the work area, when feasible, use of alternate routes should be considered. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 3,300 miles of highway and 8.4million square feet of bridge deck as part of Rebuild Illinois, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Year One included approximately $2.7 billion of improvements statewide on 1,706 miles of highway, 128 bridges and 228 additional safety improvements.
For IDOT District2updates, follow us on Twitter at@IDOTDistrict2or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on




On the date of May 27, 2021 at approx. 10:00 a.m. the City of Rock Falls will be flushing a hydrant near the location of Walmart for flow testing information. this will take approx. 30 minutes to complete the test. Surrounding areas of Walmart from McDonalds 1st Ave South to the 1st Ave Canal Bridge and from Dillon School East to Walmart may experience discolored water. The City request laundry and bathing be done before this time or in the evening of the scheduled testing. If you have any questions contact the Water Department at 815-622-1120. Sorry for the inconvenience.



City of Rock Falls Emerald Ash Borer Program

AshBorerThe Emerald Ash Borer has caused major destruction in Illinois by invading millions of Ash trees. The Ash, a typically resilient tree to the stresses of residential locations, is no match for the Emerald Ash Borer. The insect burrows in the tree right under its bark, effectively destroying its water and nutrient transporting tissues. Eventually, the Ash succumbs to starvation with no way to absorb its food source. Severe environmental and economic consequences are occurring as a result of Ash trees dying off across the Midwest. However, a plan to deal with the stressors of Emerald Ash Borer can mitigate the negative effects felt by a community.

In October 2015, the state of Illinois announced it will no longer restrict the movement of any cut, non-coniferous firewood within the state. This move was implemented because the EAB has been found in more counties within the state, making the pest too widespread to continue to regulate. Illinois joins Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky in the deregulation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

For more information, see the State’s PDF press release.

Do you have Ash trees on your property?

Help us inventory the city’s population of ash trees by reporting trees on your property. Email the team