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In the heart of the Midwest, Freeport has a history of innovation, a highly-skilled workforce, award-winning healthcare and a focus on continuous learning. This forward-looking community embraces qualities that make the city unique and champions ideas toward progress. 

Population: 25,638 (2010 Census)

President: Jodi Miller, 815-232-8200

School: Freeport School District #145

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Water: City of Freeport

Sewer: City of Freeport

Electric: ComEd

Gas: Nicor

Telecommunications: Mediacom, Frontier, T6, AT&T, MCI, Sprint

Sanitation/Recycling: Gills Freeport Disposal, Moring Disposal



Freeport is a city with a rich and vibrant history that welcomes new concepts and innovation. Embracing collaboration, new ideas and diversity, the city celebrates what is being created today for future generations. Freeport is home to Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial expertise and manufacturing infrastructure to employ and provide for the community.





  • The Freeport Park District maintains more than 800 acres of park land including Krape Park, Read Park, Oakdale Nature Preserve and Taylor Park.
  • The Freeport Art Museum holds the collection of famed businessman, W.T. Rawleigh, along with other resident and traveling exhibits.
  • The Freeport Art Plaza is being completed as a cultural hub for Downtown Freeport activity and leisure.
  • The 17-mile Jane Addams Trail winds along the northern edge of Freeport with a beautiful trail head at Tutty’s Crossing in Downtown Freeport.
  • The Pecatonica River flows adjacent to the Jane Addams Trail making it a leisure destination for paddling enthusiasts.
  • Freeport Public Library is a beacon to the value of continuous learning located in downtown.
  • Winneshiek Theater is the country’s oldest continuously running amateur theater.
  • The Children’s Hands-On Museum has a mission to inspire all children and families to learn, explore, and create through interactive experiences.



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2023 Partnership Award Nominations Now Open! December 6, 2023 Please take a moment to nominate the businesses or people who are doing great things in Freeport and Stephenson County. Award winners will be announced at the Greater Freeport Partnership Annual Dinner on February 22, 2024 at the Masonic Event Center. Please click each link to be directed to the nomination form. The criteria for each award are listed in […]
Partnership & City Committed to Serve in 2024 December 5, 2023 Economic Development, Freeport, greater freeport partnership, Stephenson County Three weeks ago, the Partnership contacted our membership and asked for your support as we advocated for full funding from the City of Freeport for 2024. You diligently responded to our request with calls, letters, emails, and messages to City Council members. We thank you for your support as it proved instrumental in increasing the City’s funding to within five […]
Applications open for NewBiz grants for new start-ups in 2020 & 2021 November 30, 2023 Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced $25 million in available grant funding through the Back to Business (B2B) NewBiz program. Businesses that launched in 2020 or 2021 and remain in operation have faced significant impacts during the pandemic, but they have not been eligible for other federal or state relief programming since they were […]
Guest Columnist Michelle DeHaven Quast: Philanthropy is for Everyone November 29, 2023 givingtuesday November 28 is worldwide GivingTuesday, a day that, according to the organization’s website, is: “a global generosity movement unleashing the power of radical generosity.” My question is, shouldn’t that be every day? And, yes, I realize that sounds very self-serving coming from the CEO of one of the largest philanthropic bodies in our region, not to mention the only local […]