At the City Council meeting held December 4th, the alderman voted to put home rule on the ballot for 2018. What does this mean? Well home rule in the United States refers to the ability of the local government of a constituent part of a state, such as a city or county, to exercise political power and make decisions on local affairs on their own as long as they adhere to state and federal rules. Basically, Rockford would be able to make fiscal and social decisions on their own. Talks about Rockford becoming home ruled have been on the rise over the past few months as people have become increasingly unhappy with the fiscal policies currently in play, specifically with Rockford’s abnormally high property tax. It will be interesting to see how this plays out next year as becoming home ruled could alter the future of Rockford.