South Beloit council member likely will step down, relocate

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SOUTH BELOIT - South Beloit City Council member Lori Duffy may be stepping down from the council in the spring since she is planning to move to Florida.

Duffy, who currently serves as commissioner of streets and public improvement, said she wants to move to be near her son, Cyle Coolidge, who recently gained employment in Hillsborough County, Florida.

However, she said she doesn't plan to put her house in South Beloit on the market until April or May.

"I have to find a house (in Florida) and I have to sell my house," Duffy said.

She added her situation is pretty uncertain at this point.

Regarding her service on the city council, she said she will continue to serve as long as she can and it will be hard to leave.

"This will be the hardest part," she said about leaving the council. "With my friends, I can invite them to visit me, but I can't take the council and staff with me."

Mayor Ted Rehl said he is going to "play it by ear" for now regarding finding someone to fill Duffy's position on the council. He said since she likely will still be on the council for several months to come, he hasn't really given a replacement much thought.

"I will think about it immediately after the new year," Rehl said.

Duffy was first elected to the city council in 2015 and she was elected to her second term on the council in April of this year. Her current term expires in 2023. Her late husband, Michael Duffy, was elected mayor of South Beloit in 2011 and served until he unexpectedly passed away in June of 2014. Prior to that he served as South Beloit School District superintendent for 15 years, retiring in 2010.

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