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As per Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan, as the Central Illinois region enters Phase 3, the Rochester Public Library District will open its building Monday, June 1.

Rochester Chief of Police Kaleb Johnson reported the RPD has made progress on the rash of vehicle burglaries that occured throughout the village April 10-11.

The Rochester village board voted 6-0 on two separate motions to seek bids on a pair of major infrastructure projects at its 50 minute regular meeting held Monday evening. All trustees were present, with Joe Hill, Matt Butcher, Doug Zobrist and Stacia Munroe participating via Zoom.

Five students from Rochester Intermediate School were among the winners in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s 33rd annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. 

Madeline Schurman of Springfield was recently inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Schurman is a student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Rochester High School Rocket Yearbook is seeking the community’s help! We would like to know what our 800 high school students have been doing since Illinois declared citizens “Shelter in Place”.

The Rochester village board held a special meeting Monday, most of which was taken up by discussion of the village’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget. Trustees Matt Butcher and Stacia Munroe participated by phone, as did village clerk Lynn Langdon.

Rochester Schools will be closed March 16-30 following a mandate by Governor JB Pritzker last week over concerns with the Coronavirus pandemic. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume Tuesday, March 31.

Rochester High School will present the musical “Beauty & The Beast” March 13-15 at the Fine Arts Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are still available online at rochester3a.net.

The Rochester High School Science Olympiad team has qualified for the State Competition with a second place finish in the Regional held at Western Illinois University February 22.

Robot Rebellion, Rochester’s competitive robotics team, finished with a 3-2 record and a top-20 finish at the Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge State Championships Saturday at Elgin Community College.

At its February 10 regular meeting, the Rochester village board received a report on the upcoming 2020 census from Gordon Wayman, a census partnership specialist from the Chicago area.

The Rochester Public Library District sought to expand its facilities in the November 2018 election with a $3.2 million bond referendum on the ballot that failed by a narrow margin, with 1,884 in favor and 2,057 against.

The Rochester Education Foundation will host a Trivia Night and Silent Auction Friday, February 28 at Erin’s Pavilion in Springfield starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $300 per table of 10 and include appetizers and beverages.

The Rochester village board took care a full agenda at Monday’s 65 minute regular meeting that included major personnel actions in both the public works and police departments. The board also announced a surplus of over $130,000 in the local TIF District’s special tax allocation fund that wi…

For the first time in program history, Robot Rebellion (Rochester’s Robotics team) has qualified for the Illinois FTC state competition. The Rockets won the Illinois FTC South and Central East league championship Saturday at Troy.

The Rochester Sparks in the Park Committee will hold a chicken dinner fundraiser Tuesday, March 4. Pickup will be available at the Rochester Village Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. 

The month-long investigation into the robbery of the Head West Sub Shop has culminated in an arrest. Officers from the Rochester Police Department, with assistance from the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department, arrested the suspect Friday, January 10. 

The Rochester Rockets Robotics FIRST LEGO League team #12893, The Squad Crafters Rising, will be advancing to the Tesla State Championship competition held in Champaign Saturday, January 25. The Squad Crafters Rising qualified from the Regional competition held December 8.

Representatives from the James Orlandini Foundation were at the Bruce Hays Administrative Center last Thursday to present a donation of $20,500 to the Rochester Education Foundation to benefit the students of Rochester CUSD 3A.

Darrell Maxheimer, Highway Commissioner for Rochester Township, was unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Township Officials of Illinois during the Association’s 112th annual Educational Conference held November 10-12 in Springfield. 

Officers from the Rochester Police Department responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Head West Sub Shop in Rochester at approximately 5:25 p.m. Friday.

Santa Claus will be arriving on a fire truck for a visit at the Rochester Public Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14. Games, snacks and crafts will be available while children wait for a chance to visit with Santa.

The Rochester school board held a special meeting Monday afternoon to approve the hiring of Dan Cox as the new Superintendent of Schools beginning with the 2020-21 school year. Cox was unanimously approved by the board and received a three-year contract starting July 1, 2020.

Rochester Schools hosted the annual Veterans Day Assembly Thursday, November 7. Over 50 local veterans were honored for their service, including (left to right): Lt. Col. Scott Swinford of the Army National Guard, World War II veteran Harold Wilson and Major Mark Wheeler of the Army National Guard.