Harlem returns home Friday night for battle with Rockford East

By Bob Balgemann  Reporter Harlem’s elusive stable of running backs and wide receivers were in the spotlight Sept. 17, as the Huskies traveled to Freeport and scored an impressive 48-0 win over the host Pretzels.  They displayed their speed while leaving Pretzel defenders in their wake, and their strength by […]


Machesney Park getting $3 million for pandemic-related expenses

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The village is receiving additional federal funding to help defray the negative, financial impacts brought about by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that struck the world in March 2020.  Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Machesney Park has been allocated $3,082,806.84 to be used on […]


Machesney Park Trustee James Kidd does not plan to resign 

By Bob Balgemann Reporter There’s a shortage of sports referees here and elsewhere around the state and one of the sitting village board members, Trustee James Kidd, has for a time been trying to help filling the void.  But his periodic absence from board meetings prompted resident Nancy Edmonson to […]


Harlem home again Friday, against Guilford, after evening record

Harlem home again Friday, against Guilford, after evening record

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Harlem will be at home at 7:15 Friday night for its second consecutive NIC-10 football game, after evening its 2021 record at 1-1 with a 56-22 win over Jefferson on Sept. 3. It was an unusual game for the J-Hawks when it came to the first […]


Huskies will meet Jefferson Friday night in home football opener

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Harlem will have its 2021 home football opener at 7:15 p.m. Friday when NIC-10 opponent, Jefferson, comes to town.  The Huskies have enjoyed most of their games against the J-Hawks, especially over the past 15 years when they won 14 of their 15 meetings. Friday, they […]


Village approves special use permits with numerous conditions 

By Bob Balgemann Reporter  The Village of Machesney Park requires that special use permits be issued to allow certain kinds of uses in various zoning districts around town.  Trustees recently considered two such cases with numerous conditions being added to the permits.  One of them resulted in filling space on […]


Harlem, Hononegah tangle in NIC-10 football opener Friday night 

By Bob Balgemann Reporter It isn’t often that Harlem and Hononegah take their sports rivalry to the football field twice in the same year.  That special occasion will unfold Friday night when the Huskies travel to the Indians’ home field in Rockton. Sophomores are scheduled to kick off at 5 […]


City council meets at the last minute to approve a special event 

By Margaret Downing Reporter Loves Park aldermen, at the Aug. 2 city council meeting agreed to hold a special meeting on August 6. The “special city council meeting” was set for that date at 9:30 a.m. in order to determine whether or not a special event permit could proceed for […]


Personal best efforts a benchmark for Harlem girls track in 2021

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The coronavirus pandemic cancelled outdoor track at Harlem in 2020. There was no indoor track early in 2021. But, finally, in the spring of 2021, enough of the COVID-related restrictions had been lifted to allow an outdoor season. And during that time, long-suffering Lady Huskies made […]


New software for Loves Park FD

By Margaret Downing Reporter Aldermen at the July 26 Loves Park City Council meeting had a busy time of it and approved four resolutions, along with two ordinances. *A resolution authorizing the Fire Chief to purchase a complete turnkey reporting software package from ESO Solutions “for NFIRS, EMS, inspection/preplans, scheduling […]

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