Public Meetings

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 […]


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 […]