Public Comment Rules and Guidelines

Public Comment is held at the beginning of City Council meetings after the Moment of Silence. The allotted time for Public Comment is thirty (30) minutes. If additional time is needed, Public Comment will be extended at the end of the meeting for additional speakers.

Each speaker will have five (5) minutes to address Council and only one opportunity to speak. Speakers must sign up on the sign-in sheet prior to the meeting (at the back of Council Chambers).

These Public Comment rules apply to all meetings of all subsidiary bodies of the City of Rock Island including boards, committees, and commissions (except for the Rock Island Public Library).


When your name is called, go to the podium at the front and state your name for the record. Address your comments to Council as a whole; not to individual members.

Be concise with your comments. You have a limit of five (5) minutes.

Be civil and courteous in your comments. Profanity will not be tolerated.

Speakers may not use Public Comment to harass Council or engage in disturbing behavior. Public Comment is not for asking questions of Council or engaging in a dialogue or debate.

(Conversations with Council members should be arranged for outside of Council meetings.) Disturbances will not be tolerated and may be cause for removal.

Adopted by the Rock Island City Council May 20, 2019