Winnebago County Regional Tourism Facility Board (WCRTFB)

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Senate Bill 1859 was signed into law on August 12, 2013.  This legislation enabled Winnebago County, with the consent of municipalities representing at least 67% of the population, to collect a 2% hotel tax to solely support tourism projects for the purpose of promoting tourism competitiveness, job growth, and for the general health and well-being of its citizens. 

As directed by SB1859, with the unanimous support of municipalities representing 97.6% of county residents, the Winnebago County Tourism Facility Board (WCRTFB) was established to oversee the investment of the hotel tax proceeds. 

Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

November 4, 2014: Minutes >

February 3, 2015: Minutes >

May 5, 2015: Minutes >

September 1, 2015: Minutes >

November 3, 2015: Minutes>

February 2, 2016: Minutes>

May 17, 2016: Minutes>

August 2, 2016: Minutes>

November 1, 2016: Minutes >

May 16, 2017: Meeting Packet & Minutes Pending

October 3, 2017, 1:30 pm, at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL 61111

Member Entities - Designated Representative

City of Loves Park - Mayor Gary Jury

City of Rockford - Mayor Tom McNamara

City of South Beloit - Mayor Ted Rehl

County of Winnebago - Chairman Frank Haney

Village of Cherry Valley - Mayor Jim Claeyssen

Village of Machesney Park - Mayor Steve Johnson

Village of Rockton - Mayor Dale Adams

Village of Roscoe - Mayor David Krienke

Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau - Board President Bobbie Holzworth (Vice-Chair since 9/1/2015)

Rockford Park District - Commissioner Ian Linnabary (Chairman since 3/4/2014)

Administration

Executive Director Tim Dimke, Executive Director Rockford Park District  (815) 987-8880

Vice Director John Groh, President/CEO Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau  (815) 963-8111

Recording Secretary Jennifer Johnson, Executive Coordinator Rockford Park District  (815) 987-8855

Legal Counsel Paul Nicolosi, Hinshaw Consulting (815) 490-4900

Board Information

Bylaws >

Board Member Responsibilities >

Project Information

www.reclaimingfirst.org for more details

Vision

To be the best urban parks and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.

Mission

To help people enjoy life by providing an exceptional parks and recreation system.

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