Law enforcement services getting a Machesney Park ‘brand’

By Bob Balgemann Reporter The village has its first ever deputy chief, someone who supervises the Winnebago County deputies and detectives while providing a distinctive, local “brand” to the law enforcement services they bring to local residents and businesses. Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana was at the May 3 Machesney […]


Loves Park Police ‘Officers of the Year’ honored

Loves Park Police ‘Officers of the Year’ honored

By Margaret Downing Reporter Three of the city’s police officers were honored at the city council meeting May 3. Police Chief Lynde recognized the “2020 Officers of the Year,” who were previously honored by the Clifford E. Johnson Loves Park VFW Post 9759. As noted, “Officers Kaitlin Werle, Brady Bailey, […]


United Way Strong Neighborhood House opens with ribbon cutting

United Way Strong Neighborhood House opens with ribbon cutting

United Way of Rock River Valley’s (UWRRV) third Strong Neighborhood House officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, April 29 at 1 p.m. Sixty-four partners representing construction companies, financial institutions, government, law enforcement, nonprofits, private citizens, and trade unions donated the funds, materials and labor necessary to build […]


Machesney Park Village Board members to take office Monday

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Successful candidates for a variety of village offices in the April 6 consolidated election will take office at Monday night’s village board meeting. There only was one contest, that for village clerk, which was won by former Trustee Robbin Snodgrass. She defeated the other candidate, Kristine […]


Generous donation

Generous donation

The Blazer Foundation granted $50,000 to support Therapeutic Recreation programs in the Rockford Park District. As a way to honor former board member, alderman, and district employee, the fund will be called, “The John Beck Fund of The Blazer Foundation.” John Beck did so much to improve the lives of […]


City continues its opposition to House Bill on police accountability

By Margaret Downing Reporter The Loves Park City Council took care of a number of items at the April 12 council meeting: *A resolution opposing House Bill 1727 regarding “the elimination of qualified immunity for police officers” was passed. Under Officer Accountability, this Bill “creates” the “Bad Apples in Law […]


Harlem still unbeaten in football, sweeps Auburn in volleyball

By Bob Balgemann Reporter Harlem’s varsity football and girls volleyball teams were on the same path last week as the abbreviated 2021 season neared an end.  In football, the Huskies came from serious deficits for the third consecutive week to improve their record to 5-0 with one game left to […]


Coach says Harlem had ‘monumental season’ in girls basketball

By Bob Balgemann REPORTER It was one of those girls basketball seasons in the NIC-10 that saw a logjam of teams competing for a place in the Top 5. Harlem was bound for one of those spots until an unexpected end to the abbreviated season thwarted that anticipated finish. Head […]


Gov. Pritzker joins Blackhawks and Rockford officials to announce $23 million BMO Harris Bank Center capital renovation

Blackhawks announce purchase of Rockford IceHogs; Team to remain in Rockford through 2036 Governor JB Pritzker last Wednesday joined the Chicago Blackhawks, the City of Rockford, and the Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) in announcing a $23 million […]


Harlem, Hononegah to renew football rivalry Saturday afternoon

By Bob Balgemann Reporter For lots of years, Harlem has made a presence on the football and soccer fields, and in the gymnasium with its girls volleyball team. The COVID-19 pandemic may have created an unprecedented time in the lives of student-athletes everywhere, one of the ongoing certainties around here […]

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