Variety of music benchmark of Machesney Park Festival

  By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Variety is the key word when it comes to describing the upcoming Machesney Park Family Festival. Whether it’s music, activities or food, the third annual celebration has something for most everyone. All this will unfold from 1 to 10 p.m. July 23 at various locations […]


Front-runners survive challenges in HCC baseball, softball

  By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The fourth full week of play in this summer’s Harlem Community Center baseball and softball program saw first-place teams being challenged by competitors, who were nipping at their heels. In all instances the current front-runners managed to stay on top of their division’s standings. The […]


Machesney Park Family Festival returns July 23 for 3rd year

Machesney Park Family Festival returns July 23 for 3rd year

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER A day filled with music and family-oriented activities, the Machesney Park Family Festival will return July 23 for its third year. It will be held at various locations in front of the Machesney Towne Center, formerly the Machesney Park Mall, at North Second Street and Roosevelt  […]


Harlem athletics announces new head wrestling coach

  Harlem High School Athletic Director, Kurt Weigt, announces the hiring of Wayne Otto as the new Head Varsity Wrestling Coach at Harlem High School. Coach Wayne Otto was approved by the Harlem School Board at their meeting on June 29, 2016. “We are extremely excited to have Wayne leading […]


  Alderman to run for Loves Park mayor Second Ward Alderman John Pruitt has announced his candidacy for mayor. Current mayor, Darryl Lindberg’s term expires in May of next year. Pruitt has served as alderman for 26 years, and says, “For over 20 years I have served as a member […]


Fencing to be replaced at Loves Park Well No. 3

  By Margaret Downing REPORTER At the June 27 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen gave the go-ahead to replacement and installation of fencing at Well No. 3 at a cost not to exceed $5,435. An ordinance, first reading, was approved for a liquor license “reclassification upgrade” for Toast Café […]


Excitement rules at all levels of HCC baseball, softball

  Bob Balgemann REPORTER MACHESNEY PARK – It doesn’t matter what age group you’re watching. Excitement has been a key word so far this summer when it comes to baseball and softball games in the Harlem Community Center program. There are four teams at or near the top in Pee-Wee […]


Liquor license requested for proposed restaurant in MP

  By Bob Balgemann REPORTER The Machesney Park village’s liquor control commission has recommend issuing a Class R license to Happy Wok restaurant, which is being proposed for a building at 6901 N. Second St. Action came at the commission’s June 20 meeting. If approved by the village board in […]


Beef-A-Roo in process of renovating all 7 restaurant locations

Beef-A-Roo in process of renovating all 7 restaurant locations

Beef-A-Roo, a local restaurant favorite, has initiated renovating all seven of their locations throughout the Stateline area. So far, three locations: Lexus Drive, N. Second St., and Riverside have been completed with new amenities such as wi-fi lounge seating areas, new flat screen TVs, and updated furniture including booths, tabletops […]


State budget impasse puts Alpine Road path in jeopardy

  By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Continued legislative wrangling at the state level has put construction of the Alpine Road path in danger of not being done this year. That means another group of Harlem High School students will face walking home along the Alpine Road right of way for another […]

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