Sue Elliott, Civil Service Commission member, to be honored

By Margaret Downing REPORTER Loves Park aldermen made quick work of the July 24 city council meeting. City Clerk Bob Burden announced that long time Civil Service Commission member Sue Elliott has resigned that position. The council will present her with an appreciation plaque for her service at an upcoming […]


Rockford Park District, Loves Park collaborate on employment opportunity

The Rockford Park District and City of Loves Park have worked together for years and that relationship is only going to get stronger as a critical role in the Rockford Park District is filled by a long-time City of Loves Park employee. The Rockford Park District hired Dan Jacobson, Director […]


Early baseball, softball showdowns take place in Summerball

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER June 13 was the day for early showdowns among some of the front-runners in baseball and softball divisions, during Harlem Community Center’s Summerball 2017. One of them came in the Coach Pitch Girls division where, in a battle for first place among undefeated teams, head coach […]


Harlem celebrates triumphs of spring sports teams, players

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER State qualifiers in track, a conference champion in softball and standout individual performances, such as a second straight NIC-10 MVP in softball and the conference MVP selection in field events for girls track, recently were celebrated during Harlem High School’s annual awards night for spring sports […]


Sign variance moves Pita Pit along at new location in MP

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER It’s been eight years since there was a restaurant in the former Taco Bell building at 8638 N. Second St., near the Machesney Towne Center. Now a Pita Pit is going in there and the owners want a new sign to accompany the change in occupancy. […]


Harlem athletics announces new head boys basketball coach

Harlem athletics announces new head boys basketball coach Harlem High School Athletic Director Kurt Weight announces the hiring of Mike Winters as the new Head Boys Basketball Coach at Harlem HS. Coach Mike Winters was approved by the Harlem School Board at their monthly meeting on June 12. “We are […]


YAH Parade award winners announced

By Margaret Downing REPORTER The recent Young at Heart Parade award winners were announced and presented with their plaques at the June 12 city council meeting in Loves Park. “Best Commercial” entry went to Applebee’s on E. Riverside Blvd. “Best Community Service” entry was Vets Roll and also the Gentleman’s […]


Bank officers, customer charged with wire fraud, false loan application

Two local bank officers and a bank customer were charged by a federal grand jury in Rockford with fraud and falsifying statements to the Small Business Administration, an agency of the United States. Ryan Cole, 45, of Garland, Tex., James Graber, 57, of Rockton, Ill., and Kristin King, 44, of […]


Machesney Park mayor fills board vacancy, appoints committees

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Newly elected Mayor Steve Johnson has filled the vacancy on the village board that was created when he decided to leave in mid-term and run for the position also known as village president. His recommendation of Jake Schmidt was approved, 6-0, without comment, at the board’s […]


Boat launch usage prompts Machesney Park to expand parking area

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Heavy usage of the new boat ramp along the Rock River is prompting the village to buy additional land to keep up with the demand for parking. Village board members voted 6-0 May 15 to approve the purchase of a lot adjacent to two parcels the […]