The Board of Machesney Park Village has decided it's time to let the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office go. They have no interest in allowing them to police their neighborhoods any longer, but nothing could be done without a vote. The vote came down to cost and it was a vote the Sheriff's Office lost.

According to, "It's a hefty price tag for police services in Machesney Park. If needs aren't met, it could mean the Village may have to dip into it's reserve funds. "We're exercising the option to look at different possibilities," said Village President Steve Johnson. "The contract they gave us at the last minute is different from what we've done in the past." reports, "The total contract price tag with the county is $3.5 million. It includes an additional $308,000 for patrol services, plus another $162,000 for dispatch services, should it not be consolidated with the City of Rockford.  Which comes at a total cost $470,000 more than what they're currently paying.

"I am confident we will work it out," said Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney in a response to's request for comment.


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