Rockford City Council meets for a weekend retreat. Mayor Larry Morrissey on hand.
Some familiar faces and some new faces. They are hoping to get on the same page.
Ninth Ward Alderman Teena Newburg says "we found out what other city council members were interested in, and what they feel, and of course we got right down to the home rule as the juicy thing to discuss."
And home rule was the hot topic for many of the Alderman.
Home rule would give
more power to
It was stripped by voters in 1983, due to citizens fearing a spike in their taxes.
But Alderman say that's not the motivation behind the move to bring it back.
Third Ward Alderman Tom McNamara says "I think
Rather, officials say home rule would give them the opportunity to get more revenue from non-residents. That includes hotel stays.
McNamara says "what we
could consider is taxing those residents that are not from
Many city council
members walked away feeling home rule is the direction
Newburg says "we as a council, we have to get a group together that convinces the people, one that we're trustworthy enough to give us the ability to govern our own city."