Public Meetings

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 […]


Legislators address shrinking population, need to grow economy

By Bob Balgemann Reporter With the 2018 state legislative session having begun Jan. 31, Boone County’s two members of the General Assembly have offered their hopes for a positive, productive four months. State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, said a new approach is needed in a new year to address new […]


Serious crime sees decrease in Belvidere over the past year

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The federal Uniform Crime Reports are divided into two parts. The most serious offenses are Part I crimes, the less serious are listed under Part II. When it came to the city of Belvidere in 2017, most of the Part I offenses decreased in number. Deputy […]


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 […]

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