Public Meetings

County explores ad-hoc hiring committee for some appointed jobs

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Creation of an ad-hoc committee to deal with filling specialized, appointed positions within Boone County government was brought up at the January County Board meeting. After discussion failed to reach a consensus, the matter was referred to the board’s annual planning retreat, held Feb. 3, for […]

 
 

2017 a year of accomplishment, heroism, change for city police

  By Bob Balgemann Reporter A lot happened around the Belvidere Police Department in the just concluded 2017 calendar year. There were retirements, promotions, and new hires that brought the department back to its authorized personnel strength, and some accomplishments, to name a few. Details of all that activity was […]

 
 

Rates set for students in District 100

By Chris Johnson reporter The USDA requires certain foods be provided to the students within the State-controlled education system. Those items have to be in balance, with calories and other criteria considered. A lot of restrictions are involved in the actual design of the final tray. Some say, at times, […]

 
 

Belvidere moving ahead with street resurfacing program for 2018

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Twelve streets around the city have made the list of those that will be resurfaced later this year. Aldermen saw the candidates during their Committee of the Whole meeting Jan. 8. Public Works Director Brent Anderson said the current budget has $500,000 in it for this […]

 
 

Poplar Grove official seeks countywide support to address hunger

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The new president of the Belvidere-Boone County Food Pantry board is going to municipalities around the county this month, asking for support of a united effort to reduce hunger, especially among children. His first stop was at the Jan. 2 Belvidere City Council meeting. Locally, one […]

 
 

Roscoe Township gets mixed results from well water testing

By Jean Seegers REPORTER Ty Miller, Project Manager at MCM Environmental Services in Rockton has been testing the wells at Robert Cross Park on Hononegah Road at the request of the Roscoe Township Board. Currently the water at the park is used to irrigate the grass and ball fields. However, […]

 
 

Rockton hires Teska& Associates to partner with on downtown streetscape

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Back on June 12 the Rockton Village Board listened as three Streetscape consultants presented ideas. Ayres Associates, Fehr Graham and Teska&Associates each gave a brief background of the company, former or current projects, experience and the scope of work. Representatives were introduced. Based on a scoring […]

 
 

Sue Elliott, Civil Service Commission member, to be honored

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Loves Park aldermen made quick work of the July 24 city council meeting. City Clerk Bob Burden announced that long time Civil Service Commission member Sue Elliott has resigned that position. The council will present her with an appreciation plaque for her service at an upcoming […]

 
 

Rockford Park District, Loves Park collaborate on employment opportunity

The Rockford Park District and City of Loves Park have worked together for years and that relationship is only going to get stronger as a critical role in the Rockford Park District is filled by a long-time City of Loves Park employee. The Rockford Park District hired Dan Jacobson, Director […]

 
 

Sign variance moves Pita Pit along at new location in MP

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER It’s been eight years since there was a restaurant in the former Taco Bell building at 8638 N. Second St., near the Machesney Towne Center. Now a Pita Pit is going in there and the owners want a new sign to accompany the change in occupancy. […]