Winnebago County

Federal prosecutors are seeking jail time for a former Winnebago County purchasing director accused of embezzlement. 

Sally Claassen allegedly siphoned $451,353 from the county between 2014 and 2015. 

She’s accused of using the money to remodel her kitchen and pay for vacations to Marco Island and Amelia Island in Florida. 

Winnebago County’s Finance Committee failed to agree on a balanced budget Tuesday.  

The county has a deficit of more than $7 million. Officials say this is due to increased employee salaries, as well as funds paid out by arbitration.  They say one example is that since police aren't allowed to strike, an arbitration court decides the amount awarded in the case of an impasse.  

  South Beloit is debating whether to contract police services with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department. 

The option is being considered due to a continuing drop in city revenue. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports South Beloit collected about $700,000 less in sales taxes this year compared with 2008. 

Coroner's Office Still Stumped By Body Found In Trash Can

Aug 25, 2016

The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office still doesn’t know the gender or cause of death for a body found in a garbage can on Market Street last month.

Bill Hintz is the office’s Deputy Coroner. He says several efforts are working to get more information on the decomposed body.  

“It’s going to be definitely challenging with the condition of the person. But we are hoping – with the technology the way it is these does -- we’re hoping that toxicology might help a little bit," Hintz said.

A northern Illinois coroner says she believes bones and other material found in a garbage can outside an apartment is a partially decomposed body.


Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia tells the Rockford Register Star the contents of the garbage can discovered in Rockford on Wednesday have been taken to the morgue. 

Police say the garbage can was found outside an apartment that belongs to someone who appears to be a “hoarder.”

Fiduccia says items are stacked high throughout the apartment, making finding and determining what is evidence more difficult.