The Journal

Loves Park City Council denies video gaming license

By Margaret Downing Reporter LOVES PARK – At the Feb. 23 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen, after some discussion denied approval of an ordinance, second reading, for a Class F (video gaming) license was denied. Alderman Mark Peterson noted that there was too much signage and windows were dirty […]

 
 

Harlem School Board approves four program changes, tables one

By Bob Trott Reporter MACHESNEY PARK – Program changes designed to bring the Harlem School District back to pre-2007 levels were approved at a regular school board meeting Monday, Feb. 23, with the exception of a restructuring of the human resources department, which was tabled. Prior to the vote on […]

 
 

Man to serve time for sexual abuse charge

LOVES PARK – Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced that on Feb. 19, 2015, Charles Weaver, 35, pled guilty to Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in front of the Honorable Judge John Truitt. As part of his plea, Weaver was sentenced to 180 days in the Winnebago County Jail and 30 […]

 
 

Loves Park Police Department highlighted at council meeting

Loves Park Police Department highlighted at council meeting

By Margaret Downing Reporter LOVES PARK – At the Feb. 2 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen heard a presentation from Police Deputy Chief Mike McCammond and Chuck Lynde, along with Chief Rodney Scott on the department’s “2014 Annual Report.” For starters, the police department’s mission statement is as follows: […]

 
 

Fleeing DUI driver crashes car into guard rail

Fleeing DUI driver crashes car into guard rail

LOVES PARK – On Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, Loves Park police officers were monitoring the Rock Cut Elementary School zone on Forest Hills Road. Just before 8 a.m., one of the two officers assigned to the detail went to stop a vehicle near Harlem Road and Forest Hills Road The […]

 
 

YAH Pageant seeking contestants for 2015 event

YAH Pageant seeking contestants for 2015 event

LOVES PARK – Young at Heart Pageant organizers are taking applications for the 2015 Young at Heart Pageant. The Pageant will be held May 9 at 4 p.m. at Loves Park City Hall Gym. This is the 43rd year for the Pageant. All entries must be received by April 10. […]

 
 

Trauma kits now in all classrooms at Harlem schools

Trauma kits now in all classrooms at Harlem schools

By Bob Balgemann Reporter MACHESNEY PARK – Trauma kits are heading for a classroom near you. Actually, the goal is to have them in every classroom in Winnebago County. So far 621 such kits have been placed in all classrooms in Harlem School District 122, as well as in Hononegah […]

 
 

By Margaret Downing Reporter LOVES PARK – At the Jan. 19 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Darryl Lindberg to enter into a 60-month contract on a new phone service usage and telephone system per a contract at a cost not to exceed $591.99 a month – and not to exceed $44,693 over the 5-year life of the contract. IP Communications, Inc. of Loves Park will install and provide the service and equipment to all city locations, excluding phone equipment at Fire Stations No. 1 and 2, as those two locations recently had a new phone system installed. The city will pay 50 percent down with the remaining 50 percent due at installation. An ordinance allowing for a Class E (packaged beer and wine sales at a fueling/gas station/convenience store) for Alpine Mart in the 7600 block of N. Alpine Road was passed. An ordinance providing for a Class F (video gaming) liquor license for Mabel’s Jackpot in the 5700 block of N. Second St. was also approved. Alderman Julie Hobel voted against the motion to approve it. Alderman Clint Little gave the weekly police activity report for the week of Jan. 11-17. A total of 439 calls for service, 256 arrests, and 10 accidents were logged. On the weekly fire department report dated Jan. 18, seven false fire alarm calls, one public service, and one assist police call were reported for the week. The previous week’s calls included one fire call, four false fire alarm calls, one natural gas leak call, three carbon monoxide calls, and two assist police calls. The council approved payment of $18,782.81 in water fund bills, and $65,007.81 in general fund and all other bills, as presented on Jan. 12. Alderman Julie Hobel voted no on the motion to approve the general fund bills. City Clerk Bob Burden reported that the city had received $60,427.49 in Motor Fuel Tax funds from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation for the month of December. Mayor Darryl Lindberg made note of an article that appeared in the Jan. 19 daily newspaper that included an interview with Alderman A. Marie Holmes, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s, including the Selma, Alabama “Bloody Sunday” march (March 7, 1965), noting that Holmes had quite an amazing story to tell. At the time, Holmes was a student at the University of Illinois.

By Margaret Downing  Reporter     LOVES PARK – At the Jan. 19 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Darryl Lindberg to enter into a 60-month contract on a new phone service usage and telephone system per a contract at a cost not to exceed $591.99 a month – and not to exceed $44,693 over the 5-year life of the contract.  IP Communications, Inc. of Loves Park will install and provide the service and equipment to all city locations, excluding phone equipment at Fire Stations No. 1 and 2, as those two locations recently had a new phone system installed. The city will pay 50 percent down with the remaining 50 percent due at installation.   An ordinance allowing for a Class E (packaged beer and wine sales at a fueling/gas station/convenience store) for Alpine Mart in the 7600 block of N. Alpine Road was passed.  An ordinance providing for a Class F (video gaming) liquor license for Mabel’s Jackpot in the 5700 block of N. Second St. was also approved. Alderman Julie Hobel voted against the motion to approve it.  Alderman Clint Little gave the weekly police activity report for the week of Jan. 11-17.  A total of 439 calls for service, 256 arrests, and 10 accidents were logged.  On the weekly fire department report dated Jan. 18, seven false fire alarm calls, one public service, and one assist police call were reported for the week. The previous week’s calls included one fire call, four false fire alarm calls, one natural gas leak call, three carbon monoxide calls, and two assist police calls.  The council approved payment of $18,782.81 in water fund bills, and $65,007.81 in general fund and all other bills, as presented on Jan. 12. Alderman Julie Hobel voted no on the motion to approve the general fund bills.  City Clerk Bob Burden reported that the city had received $60,427.49 in Motor Fuel Tax funds from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation for the month of December.  Mayor Darryl Lindberg made note of an article that appeared in the Jan. 19 daily newspaper that included an interview with Alderman A. Marie Holmes, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the 1960s, including the Selma, Alabama “Bloody Sunday” march (March 7, 1965), noting that Holmes had quite an amazing story to tell. At the time, Holmes was a student at the University of Illinois.

By Bob Balgemann Reporter ROCKFORD – There was more than a rematch of the Green Bay-Seattle professional football game happening at 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Many were glued to their television sets to watch the Packers and Seahawks vie for the NFC championship and berth in the Super Bowl on […]

 
 

City to have new communication system, services

By Margaret Downing Reporter LOVES PARK – At the Jan. 19 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Darryl Lindberg to enter into a 60-month contract on a new phone service usage and telephone system per a contract at a cost not to exceed $591.99 a […]

 
 

Free pine mulch available at 13 tree recycling sites

Free pine mulch available at 13 tree recycling sites

WINNEBAGO COUNTY — Free pine mulch is available, while supplies last, at 13 sites in Winnebago County. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful annually arranges for real Christmas trees to be chipped at sites in Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, Rockford and Pecatonica. Mulch availability is not guaranteed, and […]