Public Meetings

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 […]

 
 

Narrow Riverside Blvd. bridge to be reconstructed

By Margaret Downing REPORTER At the Feb. 13 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen gave the go ahead to authorizing “professional engineering services for the Riverside Blvd. Bridge Replacement Project” by Wantz Park in the 500 or 600 block of E. Riverside, okaying McClure Engineering of Rockford to do the […]

 
 

County board member harpoons state over IMRF proposal

County board member harpoons state over IMRF proposal

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Usually, when there’s a big turnout at a Boone County Board meeting, it’s because a group of residents is concerned about something. Such was the case on Wednesday, Jan. 18, with the subject being issuance of a special use permit for a proposed peaking power plant […]

 
 

Adoption of House rules dismays Boone lawmakers

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The Illinois House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 46, a set of rules that will govern procedures of that state legislative chamber for the next two years. It was a 63-53 vote in favor of the measure, introduced and sponsored by Majority Leader Barbara Flynn […]

 
 

Village commits revenue for housing blight abatement program

Village commits revenue for housing blight abatement program

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The village of Machesney Park has taken a step toward implementing the housing blight abatement initiative announced Nov. 7, 2016, by Mayor Jerry Bolin. In a 4-2 vote with one absent Feb. 6, the village board committed up to $300,000 in video gaming revenue, over the […]