Boone County

  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.

Susan Stephens

  The Boone County Board voted 10 to 1 in favor of a letter opposing the Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project. 

The Rockford Register-Star reports that the document details various objections to "livability, including land loss, water quality, noise, and insurance costs.  It stands in contrast to another letter board members were considering.  That document was not as detailed about what the board feared were threats to “livability.” 

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