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, 1:30 pm, at UW Health Sports Factory, 305 S. Madison St., Rockford, IL 61101: AGENDA HERE - minutes pending

May 2, 2017, 1:30 pm, at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two, 8800 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL 61111

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 Darryl Lindberg

City of Rockford - Mayor Larry Morrissey

City of South Beloit - Mayor Ted Rehl

County of Winnebago - Chairman Scott Christiansen

Village of Cherry Valley - Mayor Jim Claeyssen

Village of Machesney Park - Mayor Jerry Bolin

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)


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 Julia Halsted, Policy Governance Manager Rockford Park District  (815) 987-8855

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

Board Information

Bylaws >

Board Member Responsibilities >

Project Information for more details


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


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

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