Loves Park approves a number of items Oct. 5     

  By Margaret Downing REPORTER The Loves Park City Council was busy during the council meeting on Oct. 5. A number of ordinances, first reading, were approved: *A special use permit for a drive-thru window in a commercial retail zoning area in the I-90 East Riverside Blvd. Overlay District in […]


Hospitals announce enhanced hospital visitor guidelines

Mercyhealth, OSF HealthCare, and SwedishAmerican Health System in Winnebago County are announcing enhanced visitor restrictions in response to increases in hospitalizations, acuity level, and lengths of stay. These restrictions became effective Monday, Oct. 12. The updated hospital visitor guide-lines are as follows: Mercyhealth Rockton and Riverside Hospitals Outpatient procedures and […]


Rockford Visitors Bureau reviews partnership with Machesney Park

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Regional partnerships have evolved as an important ingredient in growing the economy in this part of northern Illinois. One of the many regional organizations emerging over the years within the municipalities of Machesney Park, Loves, Roscoe, Rockton and South Beloit is the Rockford Area Convention and […]


North Suburban Library District is very much in business

North Suburban Library District is very much in business

By Margaret Downing REPORTER The North Suburban Library District is in business, just in case you haven’t heard! Executive Director Mary Petro explained last week, “We are open and operational for the public under COVID regulations. “The library is now offering more virtual programs, such as traditional story hours (“Wiggle […]


Liquor license, height variance approved by Machesney Park

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The village board has approved two items that came from separate advisory sources – its liquor commission and the planning and economic development committee (PED). Trustees on Sept. 21 gave first reading approval to the requested variance from accessory building height regulations, to allow construction of […]


Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful opens new facility in Machesney Park

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful opens new facility in Machesney Park

By Anne Eickstadt EDITOR “We are opening a second location in the north end of our area because there is a definite need to service the people who want to recycle items,” said Jean Lopez, Events & Communications Coordinator for KNIB (Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful). “KNIB is all donation based, […]


Rockford Symphony Orchestra launches $500,000 ‘Larsen Legacy Campaign’ with announcement of $100,000 matching grant from The RSO Foundation

  Rockford Symphony Orchestra Board officially launched “The Larsen Legacy Campaign,” a $500,000 fundraising effort named in honor of the RSO’s outgoing, 30-year Music Director, Steven Larsen. To help kickstart the campaign, Keith Syfert, Rockford Symphony Orchestra Foundation President, pledged that the Foundation would match dollar-for-dollar the first $100,000 of […]


Harlem swimmers stun Boylan, take victories in 3 NIC-10 meets

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Harlem’s girls swim team has continued moving forward early in the 2020 season, improving to 3-1 in the NIC-10 by taking a 110-92 victory over defending conference champion Boylan. The Lady Titans won the gold metal competition on Sept. 15 , taking eight to five for […]


Loves Park man wins $1 million Powerball; $10,000 instant ticket prize in the same week

It’s been a winning summer for one lucky Illinois Lottery player from Loves Park, who won a $1 million Powerball prize the same week he claimed a $10,000 prize from the “$5 Million Jackpot” instant ticket. The winning journey for the player, who chose to remain anonymous, started on July […]


Development surges in Machesney Park amidst pandemic

Development surges in Machesney Park amidst pandemic

Retail, industrial and hospitality segments all seeing growth in 2020 Excavators working in front of Meijer along Route 173 prompted inquiries at Village Hall earlier this week. “We’ve received a number of calls asking what is being built,” said Mayor Steve Johnson, who is proud to see new businesses development […]

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