MacGregor speaks at Rotary about his politics, government

State Representative Pete MacGregor was a speaker at Rockford Rotary.

By BETH ALTENA   State Representative Peter MacGregor was a guest at Rockford Rotary Tuesday, October 30. Among announcements prior to MacGregor’s talk, Rotarians noted that Rotary’s Sweetheart Splash, which is always the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, will also be the day of Rockford’s Ice Festival, now organized by the Rockford Chamber—extra reasons to brave […]

Candidate for 74th describes newly organized district

An introduction, Rob Verheulen, candidate for State Representative for the 74th District, which will include the City of Rockford, is given a hand-made pen as a gift for visiting Rockford Rotary. He is pictured with Rockford Rotary President Brian Macnamara.

Rob Verheulen, Mayor of Walker, guest at Rotary   By BETH ALTENA   “This is a total shuffle that happens every ten years,” said Rob Verheulen, current Mayor of Walker and candidate for the newly-organized 74th District, which will include the City of Rockford. Rockford City residents will no longer be in the district represented […]

Bilardello running as write-in candidate for County Commissioner


I am running as a write-in candidate for County Commissioner, 4th District (Cannon, Vergennes, Oakfield, and Grattan Townships, and the city of Lowell). You are probably wondering why am I declaring my write-in candidacy so close to the election. Last week, I read an article that disturbed me. Then later, as my daughter was filling out […]

The end of an era – Mary Eadie retires from City Council

Rockford’s Mary Eadie and her right-hand 
guy, husband Jim, with but a few of the many awards, tributes, and mementoes of her decades long tenure on Rockford City Council. Photo by Cliff Hill

A life of public service full of firsts by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL To everything there is a season, there’s a right time for everything. For Rockford’s Mary Eadie that time was in making the decision not to run for re-election this year for her incumbent seat on the Rockford City Council. Motivated, in part, […]

Three candidates seek to fill two spots on Rockford Board of Education

Three candidates for two positions on the Rockford Board of Education all had a chance to describe themselves, their talents and their reasons for seeking election. Pictured on stage are Jeffrey Steendam, Randall Sellhorn and Lisa M. Kreager.

By BETH ALTENA   Two incumbents and one newcomer all would like a place on the Rockford Board of Education, four year terms which will begin January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2016. The three were introduced and able to talk about their talents and perspectives during a Meet the Candidate night Monday, October 15 […]