Public Meetings

Incumbent, challenger compete for seat on MP village board

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Incumbent James Kidd is being opposed by Heather Kelley in his bid for re-election to the District 3 seat on the Machesney Park Village Board. The election is April 4. Trustee Kidd is no stranger when it comes to serving both the local and global communities. […]


Loves Park gives recognition to Harlem bowling champs

By Margaret Downing REPORTER At the March 6 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen saw Mayor Darryl Lindberg recognize the Har-lem High School Girls’ Bowling Team as the recently named “IHSA 2017 State Bowling Champions” under the leadership of bowling coach Jim Heathscott. They’ve been setting records and “rolling along” […]


Belvidere, Boone County Police Briefings

Belvidere Friday, Feb. 17 Around 1:08 p.m., BPD Officer conducted tobacco compliance checks of local retailers, in partnership with the Boone County Health Department. Nine retail establishments were checked and all nine were in compliance. Thursday, Feb. 23 Around 4:11 p.m., BPD Officer conducted tobacco compliance checks of local retailers, […]


Health department plans second summer as feeding site

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Not many are thinking about summer, other than hoping it will come back sooner than later. That doesn’t include the Boone County Health Department, which just held an informational meeting about its plans to be a summer feeding site for the second year. The program is […]


Procedures explained on District 100 Board of Education meetings

By Chris Johnson REPORTER The Belvidere Board of Education regularly meets as a full body of trustees the second week of each month. Once in their seats, trustees move forward with the approval of the previous meeting’s minutes. After that, any adjustments can be noted and approved prior to additional […]


Poplar Grove approves special use to allow mobile home park

Poplar Grove approves special use to allow mobile home park

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER It’s been almost three years since the village board, in a 6-0 vote, denied a requested special use permit for Flora Meadows LLC, which would have allowed development of a 304-unit mobile home park on two parcels along Poplar Grove Road. In view of the board’s […]


Belvidere works with other cities to save money on projects

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER There are times and places during the winter when motorists sometimes don’t know what part of the road they’re on. Harsh weather conditions have caused white directional lines, showing the way to turn lanes and other important changes of direction, to become difficult to see. Repainting […]


Belvidere business registration discussion planned March 27

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER City officials and representatives of the business community were supposed to gather Monday night, March 13 at city hall, to discuss a proposed business registration program, as a means to “eliminate prostitution through the guise of massage parlors.” However, the inability of a key alderman to […]


MP gets early report on revenue, expenditures for new budget

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Village officials have taken the first step in preparing another new budget. This one will be for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which begins May 1. Village Administrator Tim Savage and Human Resources, Accounting Manager Michelle Johannsen presented preliminary revenue and expenditure information to the village board […]


Fire Chief responds to county complaint on Loves Park business

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Per the Loves Park Fire Department report presented Feb. 27 at the city council meeting, Fire Chief Phil Foley was “contacted by the Winnebago County Health Department about a fire in a deep fat fryer and that the cook had dumped a bucket of water on […]