- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
To the Editor: Keep eyes on the new county board
To the Voters of County Board District Five:
I lost my re-election bid, but it has been my honor to serve you the past four years as one of your county board members. During that time, I met many wonderful residents and learned much from you. As your board member, it was also my goal to serve and educate. In that regard, please keep a careful watch on the new board. A majority of the current board members voted to raise the county property tax rate, and will likely do so next year. Also, while the board passed a 2030 Land Use Plan over a year ago, we have not updated our zoning laws to match the plan. So here we sit, with a new plan, old laws, and a new board laden with developers and real estate agents. That doesn’t make them bad people, but I would have preferred a more balanced board reviewing the new zoning laws. Most importantly, continue to make your voices heard: write this paper, attend board meetings, and contact your elected officials regularly.
Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve you.
From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue