Winnebago County

Winnebago County Owes $283,000 To Microsoft

May 11, 2016

  A software slip-up means that Winnebago County owes Microsoft $283,000.  

The Rockford Register-Star reports that the issue comes down to the county installing versions of Office that it didn’t pay for.  Microsoft conducted a routine compliance check, and found that Winnebago County had Office Professional installed on its computers.  This program costs $100 more than Office Standard, which is the program covered by the county’s license.  

Winnebago County Must Pay $626K From Tax Overpayment

Apr 26, 2016
Winnebago County

Winnebago County is still working on a way to repay the $626,000 it owes the state after a tax error. 

The mistake occurred when the Department of Revenue overpaid thousands of state districts for their 2014 Personal Property Replacement Taxes.  The funds would normally go to Winnebago County’s general fund and retirement system, but this year’s will need to be partially repaid.  County Administrator Stephen Chapman is frustrated at the state’s lack of a repayment plan.      

Rockford Schools Receive $400,000 Grant

Mar 31, 2016

Rockford Public Schools received a $400,000 grant from the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. 

The funds are part of a greater effort by the organization to improve student educational opportunities, particularly as they relate to college and the job market.  In choosing Rockford, the foundation zeroed in on the district's Academy program, which, in addition to standard instruction, provides career-based learning through company visits, job shadowing programs, and more elaborate capstone projects. 

Rockford Shigella Outbreak Reports 4 New Cases

Mar 24, 2016

The shigellosis outbreak in the Rockford area has risen to 152 cases. 

  The Winnebago County Health Department reported four new cases in the outbreak this month, and that the bacterium has spread beyond individual schools and daycare centers to the entire community.  Todd Kisner with the Department’s Center for Health Protection says the best way to prevent the disease, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting, is to enforce routine handwashing, particularly among children. 

Winnebago County

Federal authorities have seized nearly $300,000 from bank accounts belonging to a former Winnebago County purchasing director and her husband in a continuing investigation.  

The Rockford Register Star reported Saturday that the seizures were from Sally Claassen and her husband's accounts.  They occurred in mid-December but agents posted online notices about the action this month.  The notices refer to U.S. forfeiture laws but offer no other details.  

Claassen hasn't been charged with any crime.  She resigned her post in September amid an internal investigation.  

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