Belvidere Republican

BFD wants to know if you have renters insurance

BFD wants to know if you have renters insurance

By Anne Eickstadt Editor “It breaks our hearts,” said Chief Al Hyser, “when we have put out a fire in an apartment and the residents look at us and say, ‘What do we do now? Where do we go?’ They have just lost everything and had no insurance to protect […]

 
 

Updates on police, fire departments provided as 2020 concludes

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Updates on recent activity at the city’s police and fire departments, as well as a follow-up on dispersing $350,000 to small businesses suffering from the impact of COVID-19, were provided Dec. 28 at a Committee of the Whole meeting. The city received its full $350,000 request […]

 
 

BPD’s final food bank of 2020 braves chilly weather

BPD’s final food bank of 2020 braves chilly weather

By Anne Eickstadt Editor Monday, Dec. 28, began with the promise of a beautiful sunny day – in late December in Northern Illinois – which meant temperatures below freezing. Nevertheless, the Belvidere Police Department, in partnership with Immanuel Lutheran Church, Empower Boone, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Volunteers […]

 
 

Feed the Need deliveries made to locations in Boone County

Feed the Need deliveries made to locations in Boone County

By Anne Eickstadt EDITOR The Feed the Need donations made to the Belvidere Police Department by generous members of the community were delivered to locations that, despite the pandemic, still remain open to provide food for members of the community. The VAC of Boone County was happy to accept the […]

 
 

Library gets small tax increase; city levy is status quo for 2020-21

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Two weeks before the Dec. 21 city council meeting Ida Public Library wasn’t going to get the 2.52-percent increase, or $18,301, it had requested in its 2020-21 tax levy. That happened because council on Dec. 7 voted 7-2, with one absent, to keep the city levy […]

 
 

Generous Feed the Need donations will help many hungry families

Generous Feed the Need donations will help many hungry families

By Anne Eickstadt EDITOR “Due to COVID-19 concerns, we had a difficult time this year with finding locations for our officers and volunteers to collect food for our annual Christmas-time food drive,” said Belvidere Police Deputy Chief Matt Wallace. “We were unable to collect at certain sites and did not […]

 
 

Updates on variety of projects presented to Belvidere committee

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER As 2020 draws to a close, city staff is providing updates on happenings within their departments at Committee of the Whole meetings. Aldermen learned Dec. 14 that not everything in the city has been shut down, reopened, then shut down again as a result of state-mandated […]

 
 

Hometown Christmas activities COVID style

Hometown Christmas activities COVID style

By Anne Eickstadt EDITOR The traditional Hometown Christmas parade could not be held this year on Friday, Dec. 4 with its usual State St. businesses remaining open late to hold special sales for shoppers or for the usual Christmas movie to be shown at the corner of S. State Street […]

 
 

City council hears Ida Public Library pitch for small tax levy increase

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER Two weeks before the final vote on the new tax levy for the city of Belvidere, officials of the Ida Public Library came to city hall to once again ask for a small increase in revenue. This time their appearance was under financial difficulties caused by […]

 
 

Rad women of Belvidere: Mary Detrick Balliet – A great woman

Rad women of Belvidere: Mary Detrick Balliet – A great woman

By Mindy Long Local History Librarian, Ida Public Library There is an adage that’s been around since at least the 1940’s which says, “Behind every great man is a great woman.” It basically means that someway, sometime, and somehow, a woman had a hand in a man’s great success. We […]

 
 
 
 
 
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