Boone County

Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc.

Great Lakes Basin Transportation Inc. unveiled a proposal for an alternative rail route that wouldn't run through Boone County.  

The company originally proposed a 281-mile railway that would bypass Chicago's congested freight lines.  However, this plan faced opposition from Boone County residents.  A letter opposing the project cited loss of livability, land, and water quality, as well as an increase in noise and insurance costs. 

  Boone County’s Health and Human Services Committee tabled a resolution to change the food service code.  

Under the current code, nonprofit organizations don’t have to pay fees for food service permits.  The Register-Star reports the change would have removed this exemption, and given the health department about $22,000 per year. 

The Boone County Board will discuss whether local nonprofits should be charged for food service permits. 

Fees are expected to bring in $25,000 for the Health Department, but the idea was criticized by some, including local VFW Commander Greg Kelm and County Board member Cathy Ward. 

In a Facebook post, Ward challenged the Health Department’s insistence that it needed the fees, saying the department’s budget is 88% salary and benefits.  

The Board meeting begins tomorrow at 6:00.    

Rockford-Area Schools Grateful For Stopgap K-12 Funding

Jul 1, 2016

The Illinois General Assembly passed -- and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed -- a stopgap budget Thursday which included larger-than-usual funding for public schools.  

Specifically, it provides a full year of funding for kindergarten through high school, as compared to just half a year for colleges and universities.

What Consolidation Means for Sub/Urban School Districts

Jun 13, 2016

Illinois has more than 8500 individual government entities – including a large number of community school districts, ranging from stand-alone elementary schools that feed into stand-alone high schools, or a completely centralized urban network of institutions.  This week, Chase Cavanaugh explores how the processes that play out in rural communities doesn’t necessarily apply in the cities.

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