By Kevin Haas
Rock River Current
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ROCKFORD — Alderwoman Linda McNeely, who represented the city’s 13th Ward on the west side for 26 years, has died.
The city announced her death Tuesday morning and said her family is asking for privacy. The cause of her death was not released.
“Alderman McNeely was a dedicated and passionate public servant,” Mayor Tom McNamara said in a statement. “She fought hard on behalf of her ward and always asked hard, thought-provoking questions. She will be missed dearly by her family, friends and colleagues.”
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McNeely was a Rockford native and 1973 graduate of Auburn High School. She went on to the University of Denver and Roosevelt University and was working as an accountant and tax preparer.
McNeely joined the City Council in 1997. She often challenged the administration — through several different mayors — and many times cast the lone ‘no’ vote on proposals before City Council. She also was a strong advocate for residents on the west side, and she previously hosted community events for the people of her ward.
Her death comes two months after the passing of Alderman Tuffy Quinonez, who suffered a stroke in February. He was 76. Alderman Isidro Barrios, Quinonez’s friend, was appointed last month to fill Quinonez’s seat on the council.
Any 13th Ward residents with a concern or issue are asked to call the Mayor’s Office at 779-348-7150.