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Rockford alderman arrested on charges including DUI, having gun while intoxicated

Rockford Register Star logo Rockford Register Star 7/30/2021 Jeff Kolkey, Rockford Register Star
a man looking at the camera: Rockford Alderman Bill Rose was arrested last week on charges that include DUI and carrying a firearm while intoxicated. © PHOTO PROVIDED Rockford Alderman Bill Rose was arrested last week on charges that include DUI and carrying a firearm while intoxicated.

ROCKFORD — Ald. Bill Rose, D-9, was arrested last week and faces charges of driving under the influence in addition to multiple misdemeanor charges.

Among the charges are carrying a concealed firearm while under the influence, criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct, according to Winnebago County court records.

Rose was arrested July 22. He is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment Aug. 19.

Rose could not be reached immediately for comment. A message seeking comment was also left with his attorney, Albert Altamore.

Although no damage was found, neighbors of Rose, who lives on Bently Drive, called police thinking Rose may have crashed his truck into a parked vehicle outside their house, according to court documents.

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They told an Illinois State Police trooper who was called to assist Rockford police that Rose had knocked on their door, urinated on their garage and broken the cover off their garage door opener.

Shoeless, Rose refused to leave despite their requests, they told police.

Rose went and sat in his truck which was parked in the yard. He got out of his truck when police arrived but declined a field sobriety test, refused to answer questions and was placed under arrest. 

A loaded handgun was found inside a lockbox in the center counsel of the truck, the documents state.

Mayor Tom McNamara issued a written statement.

“I am aware of the situation," McNamara said. "At this point, it is a legal matter to be addressed by the courts and Alderman Rose. City Council and I will not allow this incident to distract us from serving our residents and making a positive impact on our community.”

Rose, who works for Rockford Public Schools, defeated incumbent independent candidate Teena Newburg to win his 9th Ward seat in 2017. He was re-elected in April without a challenge.

Jeff Kolkey: jkolkey@rrstar.com; @jeffkolkey

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