Public Meetings

Boone County agrees to sell old animal services building

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Now that the new animal services building on the north side of Squaw Prairie Road is finished, Boone County officials are ready to sell the old one at 1230 S. Appleton Road. After quite a bit of discussion, the county board voted 12-0 to open the […]

 
 

Belvidere council approves plan for Casey’s General Store

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The question of chain stores and their effect on “ma and pa” operations took center stage Monday night, Feb. 6, during a Belvidere City Council meeting. Casey’s General Store is a chain of convenience stores in the Midwest, including Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and others. It […]

 
 

Commonwealth Edison bringing Smart Meters to the Parks

Commonwealth Edison bringing Smart Meters to the Parks

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Smart Meters are on their way to Machesney Park and Loves Park. An official of Commonwealth Edison said told the Machesney Park Village Board Feb. 21 that installa-tion of meters, west of Illinois 251 (North Second Street), should happen this year. The balance will be put […]

 
 

Chen’s Restaurant honored in Loves Park

By Margaret Downing REPORTER At the Feb. 20 Loves Park City Council meeting, Mayor Darryl Lindberg presented a plaque to Loves Park businessman Norman Chen (Chen’s Restaurant), which is closing after 40 years business on N. Second St. Lindberg gave the plaque in recognition of Chen’s business and contributions to […]

 
 

Rockton residents are one step closer to final vote being taken on proposed asphalt plant

By Marianne Mueller REPORTER Rockton residents packed the Winnebago County courthouse on Feb.22 and 23. Residents are now one step closer to a final vote being taken on a proposed asphalt plant. During a lengthy process numerous hours of testimony have been given in a series of meetings. The first […]

 
 

Roscoe Zoning Director presents pros, cons of fixing vs. replacing police station

By Jean Seegers REPORTER At the Feb 22, Roscoe Village Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 22, Chairman Kevin Muradian cautioned trustees not to get bogged down again in dis-cussions about fixing vs. replacing the police depart-ment building. “I am asking for an up-date tonight. Let’s not rehash information […]

 
 

Hendricks Development back in the picture for South Beloit

By Margaret Downing REPORTER At the Feb. 20 South Be-loit City Council meeting, commissioners gave approval for a “tentative plat at Willowbrook Subdivision” (near I-90 and Willowbrook and Manchester Roads) to be referred to the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals at its March ZBA meeting. Three years ago, Hen-dricks […]

 
 

Balanced budget approached at Hononegah

By Chris Johnson REPORTER There are many responsibilities Trustees with Hononegah School District 207 have to work through as they prepare to close one season and ready themselves for the next. The correct amount of development has to be sup-ported by the means to finance it. If anything extra is […]

 
 

County board approves special use permit for power plant

County board approves special use permit for power plant

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER After a lengthy discussion, the Boone County Board has approved issuing a special use permit to allow construction of a natural gas-fired power plant at the Interstate 90-Garden Prairie Road interchange in Spring Township. The 8-4 vote occurred at the board’s Wednesday, Feb. 15 meeting, with […]

 
 

Peaking power plant proposal returns to Boone County Board

Peaking power plant proposal returns to Boone County Board

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER After a one-month delay, the plan to build a natural gas-fired power plant at the Interstate 90 – Garden Prairie Road interchange has returned to the Boone County Board for action. It was on the Wednesday, Jan. 18 board agenda, but a misstep caused it to […]