Standing Committees


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Administration Committee

Committee Members

  • Larry Jogerst - Chairman
  • Brooke Deininger-Wagner - Vice Chairman
  • Steve Fricke
  • Lou Ann Hayes
  • Adam Moderow

Meeting Times

Meets the Wednesday prior to Finance Meeting at 3:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport, or as noted below.
2022
  • January 12, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • May 11, 2022
  • June 8, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • August 10, 2022
  • September14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 2,  2022
  • December 7, 2022
 2023
  • January 11, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • March 8, 2023
  • April 12, 2023
  • May 10, 2023
  • June 7, 2023
  • July 12, 2023
  • August 9, 2023
  • September 13, 2023
  • October 11, 2023
  • November 8, 2023
  • December 13, 2023

Responsibilities

  • Supervises all matters of the following offices, including annual budgets:
    • county administrator
    • county clerk
    • county treasurer
    • recorder of deeds
    • supervisor of assessments
  • Approves the budgets and regular finances of the zoning board of appeals and the Stephenson County Educational Service Region
  • Analyzes effects of local, state, and national legislation
  • Determines voting facility locations
  • Implements the administrative policy of the board

Court Services

Committee Members

  • William Hadley - Chairman
  • Ronnie Bush  - Vice Chairman
  • Casey Anthony
  • Jackie DeMeester
  • Jim Hart

Meeting Times

Meets the Wednesday prior to Finance Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport, or as noted below.
2022
  • January 12, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • May 11, 2022
  • June 8, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • August 10, 2022
  • September14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 2,  2022
  • December 7, 2022
 2023
  • January 11, 2023
  • February 8, 2023
  • March 8, 2023
  • April 12, 2023
  • May 10, 2023
  • June 7, 2023
  • July 12, 2023
  • August 9, 2023
  • September 13, 2023
  • October 11, 2023
  • November 8, 2023
  • December 13, 2023
Responsibilities

  • Supervises all matters of the following offices, including claims and annual budgets:
    • circuit clerk’s office
    • judicial department
    • jury commission
    • probation and court services department
    • public defender’s office
    • state’s attorney’s office
  • Chairperson acts as a member of the Stephenson County Board of Health

ETSB/911

Committee Members

  • Denise Book—Chairman
  • Curt Coplien—Vice Chairman
  • Robert Smith
  • Ray Busker
  • Jerry Whitmore
  • Steven Stovall
  • Kevin Countryman
  • Matt Summers
  • Riley Austin
  • June Dillman - Coordinator

Meeting Times


Meets the Wednesday prior to Finance Meeting at 3:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport, or as noted below.

  • January 12, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • March 9, 2022
  • April 13, 2022
  • May 11, 2022
  • June 8, 2022
  • July 13, 2022
  • August 10, 2022
  • September14, 2022
  • October 12, 2022
  • November 2,  2022
  • December 7, 2022

Finance and Procurement Committee

Committee Members

  • Tim Whalen  - Chairman
  •  Larry Jogerst- Vice Chairman
  • Nicole Baker
  • Curt Coplien
  • Steve Fricke
  • William Hadley
  • Mark Diddens

Meeting Times

Meets the Monday Prior to County Board at 5:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport, or as noted below.
 2022
  • January 14, 2022at 8:30 a.m.
  • February 14, 2022
  • March 14, 2022
  • April 18, 2022
  • May 16, 2022
  • June 13, 2022
  • July 18, 2022
  • August 15, 2022
  • September 19, 2022
  • October 17, 2022at 8:30 a.m.
  • November 4, 2022at 8:30 a.m.
  • December 12, 2022at 8:30 a.m.
2023
  • January 13, 2023
  • February 13, 2023
  • March 13, 2023
  • April 17, 2023
  • May 15, 2023
  • June 12, 2023
  • July 17, 2023
  • August 14, 2023
  • September 18, 2023
  • October 16, 2023
  • November 13, 2023
  • December 18, 2023
Responsibilities

  • A “committee of committees”
  • Composed of the chairpersons of the other standing committees
  • Meets with the board chairperson to fill committee vacancies
  • Acts as liaison between the County Board and the Board of Health/Community Mental Health Board
  • Acts as liaison between the County Board and all recipients of revenue sharing funds
  • Supervises the county accountant and all finances, including the annual budget
  • Approves insurance contracts for all county departments

Nursing Center

Committee Members

  • Nicole Baker - Chairman
  • Tim Whalen - Vice Chairman
  • Ronnie Bush
  • Jackie DeMeester
  • William Hadley

Meeting Times

Meets the Thursday prior to Finance Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport, or as noted below.
 2022
  • January 13, 2022
  • February 10, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • April 14, 2022
  • May 12, 2022
  • June 9, 2022
  • July 14, 2022
  • August 11, 2022
  • September 15, 2022
  • October 13, 2022
  • November 3, 2022
  • December 8, 2022
2023
  • January 12, 2023
  • February 9, 2023
  • March 9, 2023
  • April 13, 2023
  • May 11, 2023
  • June 8, 2023
  • July 13, 2023
  • August 10, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • November 9, 2023
  • December 14, 2023

Responsibilities

  • Audits nursing center accounts and receipts
  • Considers the administrator’s recommendations on the center’s operation
  • Is responsible for care and maintenance of the county cemetery

Planning and Development

Committee Members

  • Steve Fricke - Chairman
  • Jim Hart - Vice Chairman
  • Nicole Baker
  • Mark Diddens
  • Tim Whalen

Meeting Times

Meets the Monday prior to the Finance Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport or as noted below.
 2022
  • January 10, 2022
  • February 7, 2022
  • March 7, 2022
  • April 11, 2022
  • May 9, 2022
  • June 6, 2022
  • July 11, 2022
  • August 8, 2022
  • September 12, 2022
  • October 11, 2022
  • October 31, 2022
  • December 6, 2022
2023
  • January 9, 2023
  • February 6, 2023
  • March 6, 2023
  • April 10, 2023
  • May 8, 2023
  • June 5, 2023
  • July 10, 2023
  • August 7, 2023
  • September 11, 2023
  • October 9, 2023
  • November 6, 2023
  • December 11, 2023

Responsibilities

  • Oversees all matters pertaining to
    • Zoning
    • Solid waste disposal
    • Waste management
  • Oversees the recreational areas of the county:
    • Blackhawk Monument
    • Ridott Fishing Park
    • Winslow Boat Dock
  • Promotes and facilitates economic planning and development
  • Supports tourism and increases recreational and historical sites

Public Property and Safety

Committee Members

  • Curt Coplien - Chairman
  • Lou Ann Hayes - Vice Chairman
  • Casey Anthony
  • Brooke Deininger-Wagner
  • Sam Newton

Meeting Times

Meets the Tuesday prior to Finance Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the 7th Floor of the Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St, Freeport, or as noted below.
 2022
  • January 11, 2022
  • February 8, 2022
  • March 8, 2022
  • April 12, 2022
  • May 10, 2022
  • June 7, 2022
  • July 12, 2022
  • August 9, 2022
  • September 13, 2022
  • October 11, 2022
  • November 1, 2022
  • December 6, 2022
2023
  • January 10, 2023
  • February 7, 2023
  • March 7, 2023
  • April 11, 2023
  • May 9, 2023
  • June 6, 2023
  • July 11, 2023
  • August 8, 2023
  • September 12, 2023
  • October 10, 2023
  • November 7, 2023
  • December 12, 2023

Responsibilities

  • Oversees the following buildings and real estate, including changes, repairs, bills, and claims:
    • County courthouse
    • County jail
    • County Coroner
  • All real estate owned by the county except the Stephenson Nursing Center and County Highway Building (which are under the jurisdiction of other committees)
  • Approves claims and bills from the emergency service and disaster agency
  • Compares sheriff’s department appropriations with the budget


Public Works:

Committee Members

  • Mark Diddens - Chairman
  • Sam Newton - Vice Chairman
  • Curt Coplien
  • Larry Jogerst
  • Adam Moderow
Meeting Times

Meets the Thursday prior to Finance Meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Stephenson County Highway Department Building, 295 W. Lamm Rd., Freeport, IL or as noted below.
2022
  • January 13, 2022
  • February 10, 2022
  • March 10, 2022
  • April 14, 2022
  • May 12, 2022
  • June 9, 2022
  • July 14, 2022
  • August 11, 2022
  • September 15, 2022
  • October 13, 2022
  • November 3, 2022
  • December 8, 2022
2023
  • January 12, 2023
  • February 9, 2023
  • March 9, 2023
  • April 13, 2023
  • May 11, 2023
  • June 8, 2023
  • July 13, 2023
  • August 10, 2023
  • September 14, 2023
  • October 12, 2023
  • November 9, 2023
  • December 14, 2023


Responsibilities

  • Cooperates with the Stephenson County Extension Service
  • Oversees county animal control
  • Secures rights-of-way for public highways
  • Oversees soil conservation and recreation matters
  • Oversees all matters pertaining to highways, roads, and bridges
  • Administers the expenditures of the county highway tax
  • Supervises the purchase and operation of tractors and machinery owned by the county
  • Supervises and maintains the county highway building
  • Awards contracts from the motor fuel tax

The Standing committees may also meet at recess, prior to, or following each County Board Meeting in the County Board Room or adjacent thereto.

Union Negotiator:

  • Casey Anthony - Nursing Center
  • Garrett Miller - Highway Department
  • Curt Coplien- Sheriff's Department
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