Belvidere

The Belvidere School District will open a health and wellness center for its employees July 10 in a district building at Sixth Street and East Avenue.  

It will be operated by Activate Healthcare and provide several services to employees who accept the district's insurance program, the Rockford Register Star reports.

Unlimited primary care services, annual health assessments, health coaching, and generic medications are included at no cost. 

Rockford-area teachers received several honors at this year’s Golden Apple awards. 

The Rockford Register Star reports two schools had teachers that won the award for the first time.  Jared Young of Belvidere North High School and Sarah Schaefer of Roosevelt Community Education Center were honored in such a way.  Linda Julian of Willowbrook Middle School also became the longest-tenured award winner, with 39 years of experience.  

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Boone County’s board approved a special use permit for a natural gas peaker plant in Garden Prairie near Belvidere.

Member Cathy Ward says they voted 8-4 in favor, and they believe the plant near Belvidere would bring up to $900,000 to the area. Most of this money would go to Belvidere schools, and about $100,000 would go to the county directly.

Supporters of the plant cited a need for more tax revenue and jobs, while opponents  were concerned about water usage, excessive noise, and devaluation of local property.  

Illinois Lottery

A Belvidere woman won a quarter of a million dollars in the Illinois Lottery Crossword game.

According to a news release from the Lottery, that is the top prize for the $10 scratch-off ticket.

Martha Barradas, a Belvidere resident of 15 years, says she was “so surprised” that she won. She said so while presenting her ticket at the lottery Prize Center in Rockford.

The  last Jeep Compass and Patriot made in the U.S. will roll off the line at Belvidere’s Fiat Chrysler plant today.

The Rockford Register-Star reports it will begin retooling the plant Monday to build the Jeep Cherokee. 

About 4,500 people will be laid off during the five-month retooling process, but they’ll be brought back in phases for training. 

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