Rockton

Village of Rockton, Illinois

More than 100 Rockton-area residents packed into Rockford's Veterans Memorial Hall for a Winnebago County Zoning Board of Appeals meeting.  Over the course of five hours, they voiced their objections to the construction of an asphalt plant near the village.   

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Rockton officials unanimously approved a resolution opposing the construction of an asphalt plant.   

Northern Illinois Service Co. submitted a special use permit request in October to build the plant along Black's Quarry on Illinois Route 2.  This site is on unincorporated property just outside Rockton.

However, residents expressed their concerns about increased noise, odor, truck traffic, and a possible decline in property values.  City officials sided with more than 100 residents in approving the resolution at Tuesday's meeting.  

Village of Rockton, Illinois

Plans for Rockton Rock Quarry building an asphalt plant were withdrawn officially Monday.

The quarry pulled its request due to financial and residential concerns. That’s according to Rockton village officials, who also say there will be no further review of the plan.

“It doesn’t affect the village financially; there’s no loss of income for this,” Tricia Diduch, the Planning and Development Administrator for Rockton, said.

Diduch says there would’ve been tax increases for the project, but no figure was ever provided.

file photo / Winnebago County Sheriff's Department

A Winnebago County woman has pleaded guilty to leaving her newborn to freeze to death by the side of the road in 2004. 32-year-old Katie Stockton of Rockton reached a plea agreement with prosecutors this morning in the death of the infant dubbed “Baby Crystal.” 

Digging up history in Rockton

Jul 16, 2012
Jacquilyn Stephens / WNIJ

On a recent day, several adults are digging in the very dry ground, unearthing  a foundation at Macktown Living History in Rockton which overlooks the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers.