Public Meetings

Mayor’s veto sends alley issue back to Belvidere City Council

By Bob Balgemann Reporter In all, the April 2 meeting of the Belvidere City Council lasted 18 minutes. A few of those minutes were taken by Mayor Mike Chamberlain as he vetoed an ordinance, approved by council at its March 19 meeting, to improve the entire length of an alley […]


Solar farm developments draw plenty of interest in Boone County

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Interest around Boone County in solar farms has increased on a number of fronts. First, the County Board has approved a lease-option agreement with TerraNavigator for a 20-acre solar development at Landfill No. 2, off Illinois 76, north of Belvidere. See a related story in today’s […]


Discussion of solar farm ordinance begins in Boone County

By Bob Balgemann Reporter A proposed ordinance regulating solar farms in Boone County is being considered by the zoning board of appeals (ZBA). Once that’s done it will be heard by the planning, zoning and building committee (PZB) and then move on to the county board for final action. That […]


Three sharing cost of Poplar Grove – Lawrenceville Road improvements

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The City of Belvidere, Boone County government, and Belvidere Township are all involved in the upcoming improvement at the intersection of Poplar Grove and Lawrenceville Road. This is a two-year project that is being done in conjunction with replacement of the nearby Pleasant Street Bridge, which […]


Health care integral part of county comprehensive plan update

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Planning department staff are continuing to prepare an update to the 1999 Boone County Comprehensive Plan, with it’s unveiling slated for this summer. It’s a multi-faceted document that includes education, the environment, housing, recreation, land use, transportation, safety, and health and wellness. An action plan has […]


Lineup almost set for Nov. 6 general election in Boone County

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Voters are close to knowing who they will have to choose from in the Nov. 6 Boone County general election. The only unknown at this point is whether any Independent candidates will declare their candidacies in June. They were able to begin circulating their nominating petitions […]


Boone County Board honors more Sheriff’s Deputies for heroism

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Not long ago Boone County Board Chairman Karl Johnson commented about the number of times county Sheriff Dave Ernest had appeared before the board to offer something positive about his deputies. Many of those times it was to commend one or more of his deputies for […]


Belvidere Mayor details productive three-day trip to Washington, D.C.

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Forty-five mayors from Illinois municipalities have joined representatives of the Illinois Municipal League (IML) in a fact-finding trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the Mayors of Illinois White House Conference. Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain was part of a core group of 20 IML board members […]


Motor Fuel Tax overlay projects bring discussion in Belvidere

By Bob Balgemann Reporter City council has approved some overlay projects for various streets around town, using motor fuel tax (MFT) funds. But the 8-0 vote, with two absent, drew comments at both the Feb. 12 committee of the whole meeting and, subsequently, at the Feb. 19 city council meeting. […]


Public works budget has money for plan to alleviate flooding in city

By Bob Balgemann Reporter It took the city’s Public Works Director, Brent Anderson, about one hour to go through his department’s proposed 2018-19 budget. That’s because the new spending plan is multifaceted and in the new year will have some projects that need to be accomplished in an effort to […]