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Table of Contents

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CHAMBER WELCOME

10 FACES OF BOONE COUNTY 14 A DAY OUT IN BOONE COUNTY 17

RECREATION

20 EDUCATION 23 THE WRITE STUFF 25 ALL IN THE FAMILY 30 MAKING CARS IN BELVIDERE 32 GROWTH DIMENSIONS 34 HEALTH CARE 38 MEMBERS – ALPHABETICAL 42 MEMBERS BY CATEGORY 50 ADVERTISER INDEX 6|

This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce 130 S. State St., Ste. 300 | Belvidere, IL 61008 Phone: (815) 544-4357 | Fax (815) 547-7654 Email: tlassandro@belviderechamber.com Website: www.belviderechamber.com Copyright© 2017 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone Vice President/Director Scott Ray Production Manager Joe Nugara Editor Gail Gaboda Content Coordinator/ Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators Tiffany Salerno and Neila Frontier Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Contributing Writer Paul Anthony Arco Acquisition & Sales Manager Michael Holmes

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Chamber Welcome Welcome! On behalf of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce, we want to welcome you to Boone County, whether this is your first time visiting or if you are relocating to our great community. One of the first things you will discover about Boone County is the friendliness of our people who come from all walks of life. Whether you are a teacher, farmer, fireman, police officer, lawyer, librarian or homemaker, we are all connected in some way. Our children go to the same schools, our families worship together, or perhaps we volunteer for some of the same worthwhile community organizations. There is a great work ethic among Boone County residents – a willingness to chip in and get to work on making the community a better place to live and work. That is just one of the many reasons that make Boone County unique. It is a place where people truly care about one another. The Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce shares in that belief. The Chamber is a group of businesses working together to promote the business environment in our community. By promoting business, there are more opportunities for job growth and more people who desire to live, work and play in our communities. There’s much to love about Boone County. Our spacious parks, conservations areas and golf courses are enjoyed throughout many months of the year. When spring arrives, our ball diamonds come alive with families watching their little ones play soccer and baseball. Summer is a time for heading to the local pool and gearing up for the muchanticipated Boone County Fair. There are many arts and craft fairs, weekly farmers market, summer concerts, Heritage Days and the 20th anniversary of our murals, as well as special events hosted by any one of our many civic organizations. In the fall, there are many events and festivities organized by the park district and Boone County Conservation District, as well as the thrills of Friday night high school football at our three local high schools. The winter months brings residents together at the new outdoor skating rink.

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As we celebrate our 102nd anniversary, our mission remains the same – to support the diverse business community in town. Our Chamber staff, board of directors and volunteers work tirelessly on a number of efforts – on the beautification of our commercial districts, the creation of fun events that bring residents together and promote local business, organizing informational and social events to bring residents together, sponsoring the annual Hometown Christmas celebration and much more. Inside this guide, you will find plenty of information about education, health care, business and living in Boone County. We hope you will enjoy special features on the Boone County Fair, a profile of the Faces of Boone County and an in-depth look at some of the area’s family-owned businesses. Whether you are spending a day, a weekend, or permanently relocating to Boone County, we encourage you to contact the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce for current information, helpful tips, a calendar of events or just general information about our community. Take some time to explore Belvidere and Boone County to see what everyone is talking about. Matt Branom Board President

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Faces of Boone County Putting out fires Al Hyser didn’t have to become a firefighter. He was making a comfortable living, working as a sales rep for Carlson Distributors, a Rockford-based building materials company. But the Belvidere native was looking for something more fulfilling. He found it when he came home to serve his hometown as a firefighter. “That was the key to my decision,” he said. “As a salesman, people are talking about what products you have or do not have; in fire service, you can see the end product. On a citizen’s worst day, we can be difference makers. I can’t think of a better way to serve the community. I would do this all over again.”

For the health of Boone County The health of Boone County is Amanda Mehl’s top priority. Mehl is the public health administrator for the Boone County Health Department, which works to keep the almost 54,000 residents in Boone County safe. Mehl joined the department five years ago as director of personal health services, responsible for clinical nursing and health outreach education. Last fall, she replaced retiring administrator Cynthia Frank. “We are fortunate to have a great health department with a tremendous staff,” Mehl said. “Our team is committed to the health and wellness of our community.”

Putting students first When Dr. Dan Woestman, was hired as Belvidere School District’s superintendent in 2016, he wasted little time getting to work. First, he started getting to know the personnel and schools. Then he spent a day in each school; rode the bus with the students; met with parents and toured each school. He was a substitute teacher in various classes, dined with students and teachers and held town hall meetings with community members. “The work we do happens in the classroom,” he said. “It doesn’t happen in my office.”

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Hyser joined the Belvidere Fire Department in 1995. In 2010, he became a lieutenant and four years later, he was promoted to captain. In 2015, he was named chief. “The most satisfying part of my job is watching the department grow in different ways,” he said. “Aside from emergency response, the most important aspect of our jobs is fire prevention. We have increased our presence in the schools. Training is also important. We are starting to see the fruits of our labor.” Hyser oversees a staff of 28, which includes firefighters, lieutenants, captains and one administrative assistant. The department responds to about 3,000 calls a year, mostly medically related, along with fire, rescue and public assistance calls. In addition to covering Belvidere, the fire department responds to Cherry Valley Fire As the administrator and a registered nurse, Mehl’s role is to oversee the clinic and 17-person staff, including nurses, nutritionists and licensed environmental health practitioners. Many of the staff speak Spanish, to accommodate a growing segment of Boone County’s population. “In public health you never know what is coming next,” she said. “If we experience a large-scale outbreak of salmonella or influenza, for example, my role is to lead the department in the prevention of a communicable disease threat to the community.” The local health department investigates more than 70 illnesses – from the Zika virus to foodborne illnesses. “We are the unsung heroes of population health,” Mehl said. “Any health Growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Woestman, the oldest of six children, developed a love for education at an early age. He attended public schools until seventh grade and then was home-schooled for a year, before attending St. Xavier, a private, all-boys high school. “I loved high school,” he said. “It gives you an opportunity to learn and feed your curiosity.” Others encouraged Woestman to study economics in college; Woestman, however, had other plans. He wanted to be an English teacher. After his freshman year at Brigham Young University, Woestman went on a twoyear Mormon mission trip to East Germany, where he taught English. “I enjoyed the social work and the interaction with the people,” he said. “I also realized that I wanted to be a

Department as a rapid intervention team. It is also a member of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, a regional mutual aid system, headquartered in Illinois, with 1,500 member fire departments across the Midwest. Hyser and his wife, Lisa, have been married 26 years and have two sons, Eric and Garrett, and a 1-year-old granddaughter, Madison. During his free time, Hyser enjoys working out and rooting for the Green Bay Packers and Chicago White Sox. He also serves as a volunteer coach for the Belvidere Bucs football team. Most importantly, he is happy to be serving his hometown. “I love Belvidere and hopefully I am making a difference,” he says. “There is a sense of community here. We keep pushing forward to make Belvidere a better place. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

department flies under the radar, keeping the community safe. We’re your tax dollars hard at work. We’re always investigating matters that can easily spread throughout the community. “I love Boone County,” she added. “It is a place with a great history and hardworking individuals. Sometimes it’s easier to work in preventative health care in smaller communities. It’s easier to bring partners together for projects. Boone County has a lot of potential.” Away from work, Mehl enjoys dancing, teaching Zumba and traveling with her husband, Carmelo, who works for the Winnebago County Health Department.

teacher.” Woestman returned to BYU where he finished his degree in education. He also met his future wife, Sarah, in college. The couple has three young children. In addition to his professional work, Woestman is a High Priest in the Northern Illinois leadership for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, assisting youth pastors and youth leaders. “My faith is very important to me,” he said. “Being in a leadership position for a congregation has helped me lead people professionally. It’s not just telling people what to do, but connecting their hopes and dreams.”

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Calling Boone County home Growing up, Karl Johnson had political aspirations. “I dreamed of becoming a U.S. senator,” he said. “But it wasn’t in the cards.” It may not have turned out the way he imagined, but Johnson is still making an impact on his community. Today, Johnson serves as the chairman of the Boone County board. He has served on the board for eight years. “It is something I thought about for a long time,” said Johnson, who has spent the past 20 years working as a sales rep for HD Supply Waterworks in Belvidere. “I have always been interested in politics and I am passionate about the process.”

Class act Dr. Michael Greenlee spent 10 years as a principal in the North Boone School District. So, it made sense when he was hired as the district’s superintendent two years ago. North Boone Community Unit District 200 serves about 1,600 students from preschool through high school in the villages of Caledonia, Capron and Poplar Grove. “I am very familiar with the area,” he said. “I like the size of the district, the rural community feel and I know most of the people. I love it here.” Greenlee grew up in Rockford, where he attended Guilford High School and excelled at basketball and baseball. Guilford is also where

Law and order For as long as she can remember, Tricia Smith dreamed of a career in law. She has been an attorney, a police officer and now, she serves as the Boone County State’s Attorney. “It is nice to be in smaller community where you can get to know other attorneys, and where you can really make a difference,” the Belvidere native said. “I love every minute of my work.” Smith graduated from Belvidere High School and attended college at Bradley University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. Three

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Johnson fell in love with Boone County when he and his wife, Jennifer, moved to the area in the early 1990s. For 10 years, they rented an old farmhouse on 80 acres, large enough for their goats and cattle to roam, before buying a place of their own in the county. “I really enjoy the rural setting, farm atmosphere,” Johnson said. “I love the small-town feel of Belvidere and Poplar Grove. These are communities who really care about their neighbors.” The couple has two teenage sons – Hayden, 17, and Jarrett, 14. They stay busy helping their children show beef cattle at the Boone County Fair. Johnson also coaches youth hockey and has coached youth baseball. It was Johnson’s passion for Boone County that helped him make the decision to run for a

seat on the county board, the legislative body responsible for policy decisions related to operating county government. “Our job is to bring municipalities together to promote economic growth throughout the county, and to be responsible in how we spend the citizens’ money,” Johnson said. “Our board has challenges. There are situations when we don’t always agree. But most importantly, we must always treat each other with respect.” As for his own political ambitions, Johnson might not become a U.S. senator, but he’s not ruling anything out. “With anything, the timing has to be right. It would be fun if the opportunity presented itself.”

he was introduced to his wife, Shelly. The couple has been married nearly 24 years and has three daughters: Megan, a student at Iowa State; Britlyn, a junior at Guilford; and Jaden, who attends Holy Family.

working on creating collaborative joint goals. Greenlee has several key priorities, including staff retention, academic achievement and aligning curriculum across all areas of the district.

Greenlee has made the most of his opportunities. He served 10 years as a physical education teacher at Harlem High School. In addition to being a North Boone principal, Greenlee also spent three years at a superintendent in Rockton and one year as assistant superintendent at Belvidere, before taking the North Boone job. “I have been very fortunate to learn under some great mentors, including Mike Houselog and Dennis Harezlak,” he said.

In his free time, Greenlee enjoys spending family time at their cottage in Green Lake, Wisconsin. He also plays golf and softball, although now it is more for the social aspect rather than the competition. “It is a good release and a chance to spend some quality time with good friends.”

Greenlee and the North Boone district are working on a six-year strategic plan. The board, along with teacher and staff representatives, is years later, she received her law degree from the University of Iowa. Smith’s first job as an attorney was at Tobin & Ramon law firm. After a few years of private practice, she decided to pursue her interest in law enforcement, becoming a Rockford police officer. For six years, she patrolled Rockford’s west side at night, where she encountered some intense situations. “It was a completely different world,” she said. “It taught me that not everyone is the same as you. I have been shot at. I have had some scary moments, but you have to trust your fellow officers. It was an invaluable experience.” Smith then took her experience as a police officer back into the courtroom as an attorney

Greenlee is grateful to be in an educational leadership position in Boone County. “When you work with young people every day,” he said, “you get the opportunity to see there are some really great kids during some pretty remarkable things.”

with the Boone County State’s Attorney’s office, where she worked with traffic, misdemeanor, juvenile and felony cases. In 2008, she went to work at the Law Offices of John Maville. Smith serves as secretary of the Winnebago County Police Museum board, and is a member of the Boone County Bar Association. She is a member of Zonta and past president of the Cosmopolitan Club. In her free time, Smith stays busy with her husband, a Rockford police officer, and their young son. “I wake up every morning excited about what I get to do,” she said. “Being state’s attorney keeps you on your toes. You never know what the next phone call or case is going to bring. There is never a dull moment.” w

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A Day Out in Boone County

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Museum in December. In August, the airport hosts a fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast sponsored by the Poplar Grove Lions Club, which is the Lions’ biggest fundraiser every year.

here’s always something to do in Boone County, whether it’s taking a long walk through the Conservation District or visiting one of our museums. Here’s just a small sample of fun things to see and do.

Boone County Historical Museum

Poplar Grove Airport and Wings & Wheels Museum Pilots from all over the world stop at a small airport in Boone County for the chance to step back in time and enjoy grassroots aviation. Visitors come from nearly every state in the country, as well as Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. In 2016 there were even visitors from China and Russia. The Poplar Grove Airport is a privately owned, public use airport that was started in 1972 by Dick Thomas, a retired dairy farmer. When Thomas died in 1994, his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Tina, bought the airport, which was home to 40 airplanes, a flight school and a maintenance shop. This led to the development of Bel-Air Estates Fly-in community in 1997. Four years later, the lots were sold out. There are 100 lots with airport taxiway access, 40 without access and 39 townhomes. There are 400 airplanes

The Boone County Historical Museum offers something for everyone.

based at the airport, which has a thriving flight school and a nationally recognized maintenance facility. In 2015, it was named the top Privately Owned Airport in Illinois. In 1997, an interest in vintage aviation led to the creation of the Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association and the Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum. The education association is a nonprofit organization developed to preserve early transportation artifacts and promote education in the transportation fields. It is funded through memberships, sponsorships and donations. 2017 marks the museum’s 20th year, and several events are planned to commemorate the anniversary. The pre-World War II museum focuses on the aviation and automobile industries as they grew together in the early 20th century. Exhibits feature vintage airplanes and automobiles. The floor layout changes up to three times a year to accommodate seasonal exhibits and to keep the layout fresh. Popular items in the museum collection include a 1931 American Eaglet airplane donated by Gene Morris of Texas and a 1930 Ford Model A Mail truck donated by Gordie and Nada Geddes of Poplar Grove. In 2013, Jack and Peggy Wolf of Belvidere donated the funds to acquire a bronze statue of early aviation pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen. New in 2017 is a 1934 Ford dump truck and a 1941 Doodlebug – a Model A Ford converted to a tractor. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday, April through September, as well as by appointment. Field trips for students, summer camps, lectures and tours are available throughout the season. A variety of fundraising events are held, including a murder mystery dinner in October, a holiday wine tasting in November and Santa at the

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The mission of the museum is to stimulate interest in Boone County history through education, research and preservation of artifacts and archival materials. Research material includes books, newspapers, videos, pictures and maps. Bound notebooks containing newspaper clippings as far back as 1860 give guests a glimpse into the past. In the transportation room, guests will see a 1966 Plymouth Fury, the first car rolled off the Belvidere Chrysler Plant assembly line. Check out the two-story, 1840 log cabin home in the Agriculture Room. And in the Grand Gallery you’ll find displays honoring some of Belvidere’s past heroes, including 1969 Miss America Judi Ford. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s also available for private events.

McEachran Homestead Winery As the only winery in Boone County, McEachran Homestead offers a unique wine tasting experience for visitors and local residents alike. The McEachran Homestead was settled in 1857 by John McEachran, the great-greatgrandfather of Herb Greenlee, the current owner. McEachran immigrated to northern Illinois from Scotland and settled in what was known then as the Argyle Scottish Settlement. The McEachran Homestead is officially recognized by the State of Illinois as a Sesquicentennial Farm.

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Since the winery opened, the vineyard has doubled to 1,000 vines, which includes 19 different varieties of grapes, over two acres of property. The original farm of 160 acres has been expanded to 285 acres with corn and soybeans as the main crops. Eleven acres are dedicated to 19 varieties of grapes, raspberries and fruit trees, all of which are meticulously tended, then handcrafted into cold-climate grape and fruit wines. The winery is open year-round.

Tours are available for guests to learn about the different types of wine varieties and how viticulture and production aspects influence the flavor of McEachran Homestead’s wines. Tours also offer insight into the pruning, tending and nurturing of the vineyards and surrounding gardens. Groups can sample a variety of cold-climate grape and seasonal fruit wines made on-site.

The Keen Age Center The Boone County Council on Aging provides a variety of programs to older adults and their caregivers that help enrich and improve their quality of life. Programs include public transportation, medical car escort, nutrition programs, outreach, in-home care, computer lab, information and assistance, education, recreation and volunteer opportunities. The council’s headquarters is the Keen Age Center, 2141 Henry Luckow Ln., which serves as headquarters for the professional staff and volunteers for all services provided by the organization, as well as a recreational and meeting site for older adults and caregivers.

Edward’s Apple Orchard For the past 50 years, thousands of guests from across northern Illinois flock to Edward’s Apple Orchard to enjoy a taste of autumn. Visitors can pick apples, pumpkins and raspberries; visit the Apple Barn to shop for a number of fall treats; or enjoy lunch at the Cider Mill. And don’t forget to take home a dozen of tasty cider donuts. The Apple Orchard is open from late August through Thanksgiving.

Lindberg Pumpkin Patch Under new ownership in 2015, this pumpkin patch has a little bit of everything. Families can enjoy old fashioned wagon rides, a petting zoo, face painting and hands-on classes like taffy making and pumpkin carving. The patch also hosts one of the largest pumpkins in the world standing at over 10 feet tall. The cafe and bakery serve classic autumn treats like caramel apples and pumpkin pies. There are also plenty of special events throughout the fall season. w

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Recreation When it comes to recreation, there’s plenty to do right here in Boone County.

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et’s start with golf. Swan Hills Golf Course, 2600 Gustafson Rd., Belvidere, opened in 1995 and offers one of the Midwest’s most desirable courses to play, with 168 acres of meticulously maintained fairways and greens and a completely tree-lined property. A creek runs through Swanhills and comes into play on several holes along with three ponds that challenge the accuracy of any golfer. The course has 16 sand bunkers that demand a little skill or luck. Number 8 is the course’s signature hole, nestled in a stand of trees, a creek just in front of the tees and all along the right. Beaver Creek Golf Course, 19619 Le Roy Center Rd., Capron, is a good challenge for golfers of all abilities. The course opened in 1997 on 60 acres in rural Boone County. The nine-hole course has a total yardage of 3,033 yards with a creek winding throughout the course that comes into play on five of the nine holes. There are four sand traps and large greens. Beaver Creek has four holes over 350 yards. Timber Pointe Golf Club, 5750 Woodstock Rd., Poplar Grove, is one of the most popular golf courses in northern Illinois. Situated on 160 acres, the course has five sets of tees on each hole, bent grass tees and greens, bluegrass fairways, 40 acres of established timber, 50 bunkers, four areas of water including a wildlife pond with cattails and plenty of prairie grasses, native grasses and wildflowers. There’s also a golf shop, practice facilities and The Grille restaurant.

In addition to great golf, Boone County offers many types of parks and recreation from a simple stroll or bike ride down the Long Prairie Trail, a border-to-border, 12-mile trail, to a cool and inviting swim at Belvidere Park’s William Grady Pool, which even has a separate, gated toddler pool. Enjoy the Rivers Edge Recreation Center, which offers four recreation rooms, a fullsize gym and a 35-foot-high climbing wall. Belvidere Park offers 105 acres containing six shelters, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts as well as ball diamonds, playgrounds and a fishing pier.

The Belvidere Park District has a Special Recreation Center dedicated to its Northlands Association for Special Recreation program, which helps residents with special needs to be able to have recreation in their lives. The Riverside Ice Arena is located within Doty Park in downtown Belvidere. The ice arena includes one NHL regulation ice rink and a warming house where skates can be rented and concessions can be purchased. The rink is typically available from November to early March, depending on weather. The rink is also home to the Belvidere Fury, a competitive hockey team made up of area high school athletes.

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The Boone County Conservation District owns and manages a total of 3,500 acres. The district has dedicated the Nature Center located at 603 Appleton Rd. as the Roger D. Gustafson Nature Center. The district continues to provide a wide range of educational, recreational and cultural programs on a year-round basis. Conservation areas offer a range of opportunity for recreational activities such as bicycling, hiking, wildlife observation, canoeing/ kayaking, picnicking, hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. Other area parks include the Capron Lions Park and the Poplar Grove Lions Park, both located in the northern part of the county. Nearby Rock Cut State Park offers more than 3,000 acres of land available for fishing, hiking, swimming, camping, snowmobiling and horseback riding. Residents can take advantage of area golf courses, a driving range and numerous campgrounds.

Prairie Fields Sports Park is located on Business Route 20 between Fairgrounds Road and McKinley Avenue. It has six soccer/ football fields, baseball diamonds, a walk/ run/bike path, a playground, restrooms and a parking area. More development phases are planned for the future.

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The beautiful Kishwaukee Riverfront Path extends from Belvidere Park through the downtown district. Residents can access boat and canoe launches through the park district. The park district also offers residents recreational programs and events, including preschool and after-school activities for children and adults.

Looking for a workout or just to have some fun? There are a number of fitness clubs and recreation centers in Boone County. The Belvidere Family YMCA has been serving the community for 110 years. The Y offers a heated, indoor pool, sauna, wellness center, gymnasium and various classes and recreational leagues for adults and youth. Scholarship programs are available for those in need. And if bowling is more your thing, check out Concordia and Dodge lanes located in Belvidere. w

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Through a partnership with Rock Valley College, high school students can get a jump on their college education through participation in the Running Start program. Qualified students attend classes at Rock Valley College during their junior and senior years and receive dual credits that meet the requirements of a high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously. Students do not pay for tuition at Rock Valley College and can return to their high school at the end of the day to participate in after-school athletics and extracurricular activities. Dual credit courses are offered on-site at both high schools as well. North Boone Community Unit School District 200 serves approximately 1,750 students in preschool through high school in the villages of Caledonia, Capron and Poplar Grove, as well as the northern tier of unincorporated Boone County. North Boone schools are recognized as accredited schools by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Boone County also has four parochial schools that address the educational and religious needs of students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The mission of the North Boone educational community is to provide students with exceptional experiences that continuously develop their minds and character, fostering lifelong learning and responsible citizenship. Due to its forward-thinking leadership and teaching staff, North Boone was recognized as one of the top schools in the nation in preparing students for their digital future by the US Department of Education in a ceremony at the White House in 2014. North Boone was one of six such districts recognized in Illinois and one of only 120 from across the nation.

The Ida Public Library in Belvidere houses more than 82,000 items including books, audiobooks and DVDs. In addition, the library offers over 30,000 eBooks and eAudiobooks available for cardholders. The library also provides programs for all ages, public meeting rooms, inter-library loan services and a summer reading program. Boone County is conveniently located near several accredited colleges and universities that offer undergraduate, graduate and post graduate degrees. Northern Illinois University is the secondlargest university in Illinois and is located south of Belvidere in DeKalb. NIU also has a branch in Rockford. Rockford University is a four-year, coeducational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees

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in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. It offers approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through its Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Teaching. Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” Rockford University currently serve approximately 1,250 full- and part-time students. Its mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience. Rock Valley College is a comprehensive two-year community college in Rockford,

offering more than 100 courses for transfer, career programs and certificates. Founded in 1964, the college is part of the 48-institution Illinois Community College System. The college serves all of Winnebago County, most of Boone County and portions of Ogle, Stephenson, McHenry and DeKalb counties. The total population served is more than 340,000. The college boasts more than 30 student clubs and organizations, and 10 men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford provides the finest communitybased medical training, and offers educational development of health professionals through health services to the Northern Illinois region. The college is internationally recognized as a leader in medical education. As a collaborating center to the World Health Organization each year, its competitive academic curriculum and acclaimed research opportunities attract top students and faculty worldwide to its scenic 20-acre campus in Rockford. The college offers quality medical education, provide exceptional health care

to the community and impacts the future of medicine through advanced research. Upper Iowa University, which was established in 1857, offers 12 majors in Rockford. Rasmussen College offers a variety of programs. Rockford Career College is a nationally accredited two-year college serving the Rockford area for the past 140 years. Judson College offers working adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in as few as 16 months. Saint Anthony College of Nursing is a private, Catholic, upper-division college offering opportunities for degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate levels of nursing. For 100 years, Saint Anthony graduates have been sought out by local and regional employers because of the excellent reputation the college has for preparing knowledgeable, highly skilled and value driven professional nurses. The college offers two Rockford locations, one that will be located on the campus of Rock Valley College, and the other is located at Guilford Square on Featherstone Road. w

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No event in the history of Belvidere and Boone County has had as much impact as the killer tornado that ripped through the city on April 21, 1967. The timing couldn’t have been worse. Schools had just been dismissed. In the aftermath, 24 people died, including 17 children, and more than 500 were injured. More than 100 homes and 12 businesses were destroyed.

ver the years, there have been some historic occurrences that have taken place in Belvidere and Boone County. Meet two local authors who have detailed some of those happenings in recently published books.

The 1967 Belvidere Tornado – Mike Doyle Mike Doyle has called Belvidere home for most of his life. As a former newspaper reporter, he’s seen it all, including the devastation one tornado left on this town of 25,000.

“I did this because these tornadoes are important and have impacted the history of Boone County and the surrounding area,” Doyle said. “I talked to many people who witnessed those tragic events, but it was obvious there were more people out there with intriguing tales to share.”

That’s why Doyle wrote “The 1967 Belvidere Tornado,” a revision of a book self-published by the museum in 2007. It is written using existing documentation and first-person accounts with additional information on this tornado and three more tornadoes that have struck the area since the last book was published: Jan. 7, 2008, in Poplar Grove; Nov. 22, 2010, in Caledonia; and, most recently, April 9, 2015, in Rochelle, Fairdale and southern Boone County.

This is the fifth book Doyle has written and second for The History Press. His first book was “April 21, 1967: The Belvidere Tornado.” Doyle, a retired high school journalism teacher, is a member of the Boone County Historical Society.

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In March, Doyle held a book signing before a packed crowd at the museum. The book was also celebrated as part of several special activities that were held during the 50th anniversary of the tornado, April 21, 2017. “I could not have accomplished this without the selfless cooperation of survivors and others in the community affected by the tornado, in 1967 and 50 years later,” Doyle said. “I am humbled and privileged to be able to tell their stories.”

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The Walldogs – Jay Allen For anyone who’s been around Belvidere for any length of time, they’ve probably seen the artistic work of the Walldogs, a group of public art muralists who spend summers beautifying communities across the country. One of those Walldogs is local sign maker Jay Robert Allen, who has written a book, “The Walldogs,” detailing the journeys these talented artists have traveled since they painted their first project in 1993 – when 100 muralists gathered in Allerton, Iowa, the group’s first project. “Everyone involved with the Walldogs would look at me and say, ‘Someone needs to write a book about us,’” said Allen, who owns ShawCraft Sign Co. in Machesney Park. “I finally gave in.” Allen was the co-chair behind the “Walldog Rendezvous” held in Belvidere in 1997. It was the third Walldog meet ever held. The event attracted 350 artists from all over the world who painted 6,000 square feet of murals on 10 walls in Belvidere’s downtown business district in just 72 hours. The festival won many awards, including the 1997 Governor’s Art Award for Community from the Illinois Arts Council.

“We sat in a curious state on the scaffolding right from the very first meet trying to understand why total strangers treated us like rock stars. We weren’t used to such generosity. It was a study in human dynamics that needed to be promoted at a time when separation was more common than collaboration.” In addition to Belvidere, the Walldogs have also created murals in Canada and across Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin, California, Minnesota, Indiana and Pennsylvania. “Nothing gets done without partnership,” Allen said. “Belvidere was the first partnership with the Walldog movement. We took our light out from under in a bucket and we could shine. We were a marketable asset within a community. It was a collaboration of artists and a collaboration of community. It felt like a story that finally needed to be told. “Public art is designed to create a space for people to gather, where bonds form,” he added. “That’s not the secret of art; that’s the secret of life.” w

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body shop became for sale, the couple jumped at the chance. Boone County Auto Body Shop has been in business for 40 years.

or years, many local businesses have been successful thanks to the hard work and commitment shown by generations of loved ones who make up the family business. Here are just a few examples right here in our own backyard.

“This was something Ed wanted to do,” said Kathy, who became the bookkeeper. “We took a chance and so far it has worked out.” While the couple is semiretired, their nephew, Shane, runs the day-to-day operations. He started working as a painter during high school, and has been there ever since.

Alpine Bank The original founders planted the seeds of Alpine Bank at the corner of State and Logan in Belvidere in 1908. Originally established as Farmers State Bank, the Funderburg family began its involvement with the bank in 1923 when Hugh K. Funderburg was elected to its board. While banks were failing across the country, Hugh met with the bank examiners and pledged all of his and his family’s personal assets in an attempt to keep Farmers State Bank from closing. His efforts were successful and in 1931, Hugh was elected bank president. After Hugh’s death in 1961, his son, R. Robert Funderburg (Bob) was elected chairman. In 1990, Bob became ill and, in 1992, passed leadership on to his son, R. Robert Funderburg Jr. (Rob). During his tenure as chairman, Rob has greatly expanded Alpine Bank’s branch network with building an additional nine branches, plus two in-school branches at Belvidere and Belvidere North High Schools. Alpine Bank has grown into the largest local bank serving Winnebago, Boone and DeKalb counties in Northern Illinois. “My family founded this bank on the premise of helping people, businesses and communities succeed,” said Rob Funderburg. “It’s an honor to continue to serve generation after generation with these ideals.”

Barr’s Flowers Flowers are forever. At least they are in Belvidere. One floral shop has been around for 130 years. In 1988, the Barr family bought Winkelman’s Flowers, a longtime staple in Belvidere. Now known as Barr’s Flowers, the business is located on State Street. Mother Pat Barr bought the business, and her son Tracy also came to work for the store. These days, daughter Debbie, who joined the family business after college, runs the family company, which sells flowers and gift items.

“This business has a hometown feel,” Debbie said. “We know at least 80 percent of people who walk in. We see them through births, weddings and other special occasions. It’s a nice feeling.”

“We’re very thankful that our business has done well through the years due to the support of our community,” Kathy said. “We’ve survived the ups and downs of owning your own business and look forward to many more years under Shane’s management.”

Belvidere Funeral Home, Inc. At a young age, Brandon and Colin Jensen started working for their father, Lance, around the family business, Belvidere Funeral Home. The younger Jensens helped wherever they could – mowing, painting or cleaning up around the longtime funeral home. In 2013, Colin Jensen earned his license to become a funeral director. Three months later, tragedy struck, when Lance suddenly passed away. “It was difficult,” Colin said. “But working in the funeral business helped my family deal with our loss.” Today, the business that Lance ran for 30 years is in good hands. His widow, Susan, is the owner. Colin is the funeral director and Brandon is working on obtaining his license as well. “We enjoy helping people in their time of need,” Colin said. “This business isn’t for everyone. But when we work with a family, we understand what they’re going through. We’ve been there ourselves.”

Boone County Shopper The Boone County Shopper is a weekly publication that has been in business since 1947. Bill Branom bought into the business in 1965 and it’s been part of the Branom family ever since. Son Ed came on board in 1997 and his brother, Matt, joined along 10 years later. Bill passed away five years ago, but his wife, Yvonne, remains the majority owner. Ed was selling insurance at the time. “I was trying to build my own business when my dad said, ‘I’ve already done that for you. Advertising is easier to sell than insurance.’ He was right,” says Ed. The Shopper, which has circulation of 20,500 and is available to 99 percent of Boone County, has always been an all-advertising publication. “The best part of our business is getting to know other businesses,” says Ed. “We enjoy helping them promote their products and services.”

Boone County Auto Body Ed and Kathy Fitch never planned on running a successful auto body shop. Ed was a service manager at a local dealership and Kathy worked as a hairdresser. But when a local

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Brereton, Inc. In 1950, Brereton Inc. started out as a general insurance and real estate agency in Belvidere. Now, 67 years later, the company specializes in health insurance for individuals. Jack Brereton, who was joined by his son, Fred, in 1974, founded the business. Jack has since passed away; these days Fred is active in the business along with his son, Ric. “To join your dad in business is a real pleasure,” Fred says. “You get to know him personally and professionally. It is extremely satisfying and very rewarding to know my son has adopted the same philosophy. I have been truly blessed.”

CCSI’s latest project is a restaurant named Iron and Coal, that is scheduled to open in downtown Belvidere in 2018. The restaurant will feature a coffee shop, bakery, and banquet hall and will feature lunch, dinner, and craft beers. “It’s going to have a relaxing feel where people can come for a beer or ice cream,” says Keith. “It will be family friendly.” The Caldwells feel good about the impact their family business is making on their hometown. “It’s very rewarding to see how receptive the community has been,” Keith says. “Belvidere gave us a chance to grow our business. We’re always adding jobs. It feels good to give back.”

Concordia Lanes Concordia Lanes and Lounge is a 12-lane bowling center and full bar and grill that’s been around since 1958. Concordia offers leagues, open bowling, birthday parties, and fundraisers, while serving up drinks and some of the best food in town. Bud Gallano and his father, Fred, were partowners of the business in 1972. Twenty years later, Bud’s children assumed control of the family business. These days, daughter Mary runs the day to day operations, overseeing a staff of 15. “The best part of owning a bowling alley is getting to know the people,” says Mary. “We’ve had grandparents and parents spend their free time here. Some of their children were practically raised here. Many of our employees are high school students. There’s a real sense of family here at Concordia. It’s a staple of our community.”

CCSI International Inc. CCSI International Inc. is a conglomeration of many businesses. The Garden Prairie-based company has been a leader in pool enclosure and roof systems for 50 years. In addition, it’s the parent company for New Horizons Carwash Structures, a distillery, a print shop and All Paws Pet Wash, a business that started here and now has 350 locations in 46 states and five countries. The company was started by Charles Caldwell in 1964. Today, the business is operated by his son, Russell. The family-owned company also includes Russell’s children, Keith and Heather, and his brother Thomas.

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Central Grain When you think about Boone County, you think about farming. Central Grain does too. The Belvidere-based company is a grain elevator that markets to area farmers within a 15-mile radius, offering services for buying and storing corn, soybeans and wheat. Central Grain can ship products across the country by rail or truck, whether it’s to an ethanol plant in Illinois or Wisconsin or a chicken processing company in the southeast. Central Grain was started from scratch by Bob Mickey in 1957. Eventually his sons Bob and Dan joined the company. Bob Sr. died in 2013, but his sons have carried on the family business. Central Grain now has 12 fulltime employees. “I’ve lived here most my life,” says Dan. “Farmers are great people to work with at Central Grain. They are competitive and independent. The resourcefulness of the American farmer staggers my imagination. This is a great place to be.”

Edwards Apple Orchard Since 1990, Ken and Barb Hall have operated the farm that was owned by her parents and

grandparents. In 1963, Robert Jr. and Betty Edwards bought the farm from his parents and began transforming it from dairy and row crops to apples and a retail market. The property offers something for everyone, including the Apple Barn, which has a gift shop, bakery, fudge kitchen, coffee shop, cider mill, packing facility and cold storage. Other buildings include a farm museum and a farm animal barn. The Apple Orchard is open from late August to Thanksgiving.

Franklin Display Group For close to 40 years, Franklin Display Group (FDG) has served the point of purchase display industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures, and distributes retail point of purchase displays and fixtures. Their work can be found in a number of industries including, newspaper, beverages, sports, food, tools and hardware and many others. Founded in 1978 by Don Mutert Sr., this family-owned company began operations in Franklin Park, Illinois with 13 pieces of used equipment and 5 employees. In 1985, their operations were moved to a larger facility, strategically placed in the heart of the Midwest. Today the company has over 200,000 square feet of space in our two, modern facilities and over 100 employees. Children Don Jr., George, Terri and Rob all work for the family business. George’s daughter, Katie Kerr, is the only third generation family member to work there. “We fell in love with Boone County as soon as we got here,” says George. “We could live in Chicago but at a much higher cost. We have found a good, solid workforce here in Boone County. It’s a great area to raise a family.”

Jack Wolf Auto Mall Amy Wilcox is a third generation auto dealer, preceded by grandfather CJ ‘Doc’ Wolf and father Jack Wolf, in Belvidere. She owns and operates both Jack Wolf Cadillac-GMC and Jack Wolf Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-RAM-Fiat on North State Street in Belvidere. She employs on a part time office staff basis both of her fourth generation daughters who are both currently attending college. A CPA, Wilcox also serves on several local boards of directors including Swedish American Health System, Children’s Home and Aid, Alpine Bank and the Boone County Community Foundation.

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J & D Oil, Inc./J &D Countryside Marathon When she was young, Lisa Vance would spend time riding with her father, RJ Daniels in a fuel truck. At the time she was just enjoying the ride, not realizing it was the start of becoming part of a family business. From her father’s initial business, with the addition of her brother Judd Daniels, a tank wagon business grew into a fuel delivery company, J & D Oil, Inc. and the addition of a convenience store in 2002, J & D Countryside Marathon which is located in Poplar Grove. Lisa joined the company in 1983. “I was looking for a job and the family business needed a bookkeeper.” With the passing of Judd in 2010, it was a natural progression for Lisa to join her father in the running of the business. “The best part of owning a family business is working with my dad, having the ability to be hands on in decision making. Making our choices based on the customers we serve and the community that we have grown with over the years,“ said Vance. “I was hired to handle the bookkeeping and I’ve been here ever since.”

LaMarca’s North State Motors Henry LaMarca sold life insurance for seven years. But when he bought a car, fixed it up and sold it LaMarca found a passion he turned into a career. He went on to sell new cars, before opening his own used car dealership in Rockford. LaMarca’s moved to Belvidere in 1987 and has enjoyed a good ride ever since. These days, Henry owns LaMarca’s North State Motors and works with his son, Joe, who caught the car bug at a young age. “Joe’s a natural,” says his dad. “It’s a great opportunity to work together. A great deal of our time is devoted to seeking out the best pre-owned vehicles we can find. There’s a lot of competition in this business, but we believe our product is better and is priced competitively.”

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Pacemaker Pacemaker Countryside Markets has been in business for 65 years. The business was started by two sons of Italian immigrants. Anthony J. Dal Pra started the Dal Pra family grocery store in 1945 and was joined by his brother Ampellio Dal Pra, after World War II. They ran the businesses together until Anthony’s death in 1989 and Ampellio’s retirement in 1991. Since then, the businesses have been managed by other members of the Dal Pra family.

place to raise a family,” says Kent. “We’ve seen many changes over the years. The biggest change has been in technology with internet banking, debit cards and ATMs. Another change has been with banking regulations. For instance in 1980 we would finance a home with the borrower signing a note and mortgage. Today, with regulations, that same financing would result in 13 or more forms totaling over 60 pages.”

RJ Daniels Fuel and Tire RJ Daniels Fuel and Tire is a business that offers tires from as small as lawn mower tires to as large as farm tractor tires and everything in between. The business also offers automotive repair and lawn equipment sales and service. The business was started in 1969 by RJ Daniels, who now spends the majority of his time farming. The business is now managed by his daughter, Ang.

The store in Belvidere was opened in 1965 and has gone through several expansions. Following the Belvidere tornado in 1967, the store was rebuilt and reopened for business later that year. In 2008, Pacemaker Countryside Market opened in Poplar Grove, as the family began to advertise under “Countryside Markets” to reflect the simple family tradition of country hospitality and service. There is also a location in Durand, Ill. All three stores are full-service grocery stores with deli, bakery, meat, produce and grocery departments. “Boone County has been good to us,” says co-owner Sheri Casey, who runs the business with brother Tony. “The people here are an extension of our family. We’ve tried to help the nonprofit organizations in our community and still conduct business. “We hope we’ve done some good for our community and that people will continue to shop with us.”

Poplar Grove State Bank Poplar Grove State Bank was organized and chartered in Poplar Grove in 1946. In 1962, the Kniep family purchased controlling interest in the bank. Thomas Kniep, at age 86, is still the chairman of the bank. His son, Kent, joined the bank in 1980 and has been president since 1991. Three of the bank’s 14 employees are family and 4 of the 5 board of directors are family. “Boone County has not only been a great place to operate a business but also a great

Ang started helping her dad while still in high school in 1978 and has at one time or another worked in each area of the business. “One of the best parts of the business is our employees. They are like family,” she says. “We also have great customers that are a joy to do business with. I’m one of the lucky few that can say I enjoy going to work.”

Stylehouse Furniture Stylehouse Furniture was founded after the owner, Richard, worked as a manager of another furniture store for 11 years. In 1977, he and his wife, Gail, purchased its current building and changed the name of the store to Style House. After Richard died in 2009, their son Larry became more involved with the business. Stylehouse has more than 45 different styles of products. “We enjoy working with the public,” says Gail. “It’s a nice feeling helping people furnish their home. We’ve been around so long, we’re now working with third generation family members. This is a pleasant business to be in.” w

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Making Cars in Belvidere

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CA US LLC is a North American automaker with a new name and a long history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies. FCA US designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, as well as the SRT performance vehicle designation. The company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. The company is building upon the historic foundations of Chrysler, the innovative American automaker first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899 by pioneering entrepreneurs, including Giovanni Agnelli. Its presence in Boone County dates back to the mid-1960s. Construction of the Belvidere Assembly Plant began in 1964 and the first car was produced on July 7, 1965. Currently, there are more than 4,500 employees at the Belvidere plant. “Boone County is important to FCA US because it is committed to delivering services that will help attract investment, allowing businesses to flourish,” said Mike Bennett, manager, federal and state government affairs for FCA US. “It is what has allowed us to

invest more than $1 billion into the Belvidere Assembly Plant since 2009.” Over the years, some of the company’s most successful products have been produced at the Belvidere Assembly Plant, including the Chrysler New Yorker and Dodge Neon. That legacy will continue in 2017 with the launch of the Jeep Cherokee.

In 2016, FCA US announced plans to invest $350 million in Belvidere Assembly to retool it to produce the Jeep Cherokee. The move to Belvidere will help the company expand the Jeep brand and respond to a market shift toward SUVs. The Jeep Cherokee is an awardwinning product that offers best-in-class capability and up to 31 miles-per-gallon on the highway. Belvidere was awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM) in 2016. WCM is a methodology that focuses on eliminating waste, increasing productivity and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. The year before, the new Belvidere body shop was awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Green Building System certification for meeting the highest environmental standards. “Equally important to our operations and the 4,500 people that work there is that Boone County is a welcoming place to raise a family,” Bennett said. “World-class amenities combined with rural charm make Boone County a place FCA US is proud to have called home for more than 50 years.” w

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Belvidere Funeral Home Inc.

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Growth Dimensions

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• Enhancing Belvidere and Boone County Economic Development opportunities by strengthening its infrastructure for future growth.

stablished in 1979, Growth Dimensions provides a progressive and cooperative environment that improves the quality of life by fostering economic opportunity and personal growth. With economic development partners throughout Belvidere-Boone County, Growth Dimensions is advancing a coordinated economic development strategy to create jobs, promote community assets and stimulate capital investment through business retention and attraction efforts.

• Targeting and focusing efforts to attract investments from emerging industries that help diversify our economic base. • Reducing the tax burden on citizens and business by expanding its tax base. • Maintaining a competitive climate for primary employers in Boone County. • Improving regional recognition and support of Boone County’s strategic initiatives.

Growth Dimensions is also the lead liaison for primary employers in Boone County, regarding public sector issues and the delivery of economic development services. They manage the process that is involved in making attraction and retention projects a success. The organization has proven to be a regional partner and is the only entity representing Belvidere and Boone County when it comes to showcasing Belvidere’s economic assets in the region.

Pam Fettes, Executive Director

Some examples of economic development efforts and the impact Growth Dimensions brings to a community include:

• Marketing the area effectively to potential investors, and advocating cooperative efforts to address common concerns of the communities within the region.

The organization works to market the area effectively to potential investors, and advocates cooperative efforts to address common concerns of the communities within the region. The organization also maintains close contact with state, city, village and county officials and development staff regarding development codes, standards and incentives.

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Health Care

OSF HealthCare Plenty has changed since Saint Anthony Hospital was founded by the Sisters of the Third Order of Saint Francis at the corner of East State and Summit streets in Rockford in 1899. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the system’s commitment to providing quality care to patients throughout the northern Illinois area. OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a 254-bed tertiary care facility located in Rockford, is a member of OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. OSF Medical Group primary care physicians can be found at several locations, including Belvidere, 1954 Gateway Center Dr. The clinic offers PromptCare, 3-D mammography, bone density testing, CT scan, labs, MRI, physical therapy ultrasound and X-ray, along with three family practice physicians. In addition, OSF is a regional medical center with Level I Trauma Center with a privately owned helicopter. OSF provides cardiovascular services, including Rockford

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Cardiovascular Associates and is the only Rockford hospital providing Transaortic Valve Replacement. “OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center has been committed to the Rockford region for more than 117 years,” said OSF President Paula Carynski. “As the needs of the community grow and change, so, too, have the services OSF provides to the region. We are proud that our patients can receive world-class care right here at home.” Many projects are starting to take shape that will further enhance OSF’s quality of care. The largest is the construction of a 144,247-square-foot, four-story North Tower, which is attached to the existing hospital building. It will house 78 private rooms for medical and surgical beds. In the existing hospital, semi-private rooms will be converted to private rooms, allowing for a total of 190 private rooms when the project is completed in 2018. In addition, some ambulatory services will be offered on the first floor of the new North Tower, including PromptCare and the relocation of Women’s Services: mammography, ultrasound and bone densitometry. The project has created 650 to 700 construction jobs.

“Enhancing the experience for our patients, families, employees and medical staff is always at the forefront of our planning,” Carynski said. “Private rooms and a more modern setting will truly help with that endeavor. We are also very pleased to be able to make such a tremendous investment in our community through this expansion.” In 2015, OSF Surgical Group-Rockford was established, creating the largest multispecialty surgical group in the region. In addition, the Patricia D. Pepe Center for Cancer Care, located on the medical center campus, was expanded last year to meet increased patient needs and their comfort. Last fall, the OSF Medical Group opened the OSF Center for Health-Parkview. The twostory clinic, located at 1502 Parkview Ave., is home to primary care and physical therapy services, as well as a health fitness center. “We’re excited about all of the projects going on at OSF,” Carynski said. “It’s a busy time around here, but, ultimately, it’s going to provide a better experience for the patients and the communities we serve.”

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Boone County is fortunate to have quality health care facilities like SwedishAmerican a Division of UW Health Medical Center/ Belvidere for patients and medical professionals alike. Just ask SwedishAmerican podiatrist Dr. Mike Corcoran. The Rockford native received his residency training in Milwaukee, before returning to Northern Illinois to work. He has been with SwedishAmerican since 2012. Corcoran specializes in everything from surgery and sports injuries to flat foot reconstruction. His services are in great demand – he sees patients in Belvidere four days a week.

“Belvidere is a great small town,” Corcoran said. “It is an excellent place to practice medicine and I have really gotten to know my patients well. SwedishAmerican has brought so many services here. Prior to opening, patients would have gone to Rockford, Madison or Chicago for this type of care. Relative to the size of town, care in Belvidere is far above the average of other similar-sized towns.” As a Division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere has served the community for eight years. Since bringing hospital-based care back to Boone County in 2009, the center has

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continued to introduce new services. In addition to 24-hour emergency care, surgery and an inpatient unit, Medical Center/ Belvidere offers a full range of outpatient services, including physical therapy, infusion services, echocardiograms, an anticoagulation clinic, sleep medicine, and laboratory and pulmonary function testing. The Medical Center/Belvidere’s infusion room offers a quiet, private area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with many amenities to help meet the needs of our patients and families. The Medical Center/Belvidere infusion services is also certified to offer a unique drug called Tysabri, used to help MS patients with their symptoms.

Medical imaging services have been especially popular with area residents and the region. In addition to offering digital X-ray, DEXA scans (osteoporosis), ultrasound and digital mammography, the facility introduced mobile MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in 2013 and replaced its CT scanner with a cutting-edge, 128-slice unit in early 2014, giving patients access to the same advanced technologies in Belvidere that are offered at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. The Medical Center/Belvidere offers outpatient Contrast CTs and non-contrast CTs Monday through Friday, 24 hours a day, and outpatient CTs on weekends. X-ray,

laboratory and echocardiogram services are offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The staff provided access to services when it is convenient for customers and their families. However, Medical Center/Belvidere offers area families more than technology. The facility’s Outpatient Specialty Clinic is utilized by specialty physicians from Rockford and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The clinic provides patients with local access to orthopedic surgeons, pulmonologists and a liver transplant physician from UW-Madison. In addition to Medical Center/Belvidere, SwedishAmerican serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home health care agency.

Mercyhealth (formerly MercyRockford Health System) was formed in January 2015 through the merger of Mercy Health System and Rockford Health System. Today, Mercyhealth is a vertically integrated, nonprofit, multi-regional health system comprising five hospitals, a wholly-owned insurance company, more than 8,000 partner employees, 600 W2 partner physicians and over 85 primary and specialty care medical centers and clinics across more than 50 communities in 15 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin counties. Mercyhealth provides over 75 physician specialties, including neonatal and pediatric intensive care, perinatal care, neurosurgery (brain and spine), heart and vascular care, cancer care, plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma and orthopedics. A team of physicians and staff at Mercyhealth Belvidere, located at 1747 Henry Luckow Ln., serves the community with a passion for making lives better. The medical center offers family practice, urgent care, lab and X-ray services. The family medicine physicians include: Dr. Meredith Ulmer, who lives in Boone County with her husband and son; Dr. James Phoenix, a long-standing Boone County resident; and Dr. William Sandoval, who is bilingual in both Spanish and English.

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In January 2019, residents will soon have access to a new 188-bed hospital specially designed to serve women and children across the northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin region. The new, $505 million state-of-the-art facility will feature a statedesignated regional perinatal center, a Level 3 (the highest level) neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric and pediatric intensive care units, high-risk maternity care and pediatric emergency services. It will also include a Level 1 (highest level) trauma center and an adult sub-specialty hospital, with plastic and reconstructive surgery, brain and spine care, endocrinology, orthopedics, pulmonology and heart services and more. Its technologically advanced operating suites and surgical services will support a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgery, including minimally invasive surgery, imageguided surgery and robotic surgery. The facility will also include a comprehensive diagnostic center with lab and imaging; multi-disciplinary physician care clinics, serving adult and pediatric patients; and a comprehensive cardiac, peripheral and neurovascular interventional laboratory. This new facility will help ensure patients in Belvidere, and the surrounding Boone County, have access to the care they need, close to home. The Crusader Community Health Belvidere, located at 1050 Logan Ave., Belvidere, was established in 2004 as one of five Crusader Community Health locations in Northwest Illinois. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, the clinic provides access to primary health care to low-income and at-risk populations. An affordable sliding discount based on family size and income is available for the uninsured. Medicaid, Medicare and many private insurance plans are accepted. The clinic is staffed by eight medical providers with specialties in family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health and dental care for pediatric patients. Due to the large percentage of Hispanic patients, three medical providers speak Spanish. The Crusader Belvidere is open Monday through Friday with evening hours on Mondays and Thursdays. New patients are being accepted. Call (815) 4901600 for more information. The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is internationally recognized as a leader in medical education. As a collaborating center to the World Health

Organization each year, its competitive academic curriculum and acclaimed research opportunities attract top students and faculty worldwide to its scenic 20-acre campus. The college offers quality medical education, provides exceptional health care to the community and impacts the future of medicine through advanced research. Since 1955, the Rock River Valley Blood Center has been providing blood products and services to Boone County. Highland and Saint Joseph hospitals were among the first in the area to seek out a partnership with the blood center, which subscribes to a community-based blood banking philosophy. That means community donors know the blood they give stays in the community first to help patients that are family members, friends and neighbors. Working together with the blood center allowed for better patient care and access in Boone County. Despite the eventual closing of both hospitals, the blood center remained ingrained in the community supporting numerous organizations through financial, human and community resources and support. In 2008, the blood center opened the Belvidere Donor Center, further substantiating its mission to remain a fully committed partner to the people of Boone County. The blood center continues to be the only supplier of blood products and services to all of the medical facilities in Boone and Winnebago counties. DaVita Kidney Care, a leading provider of dialysis services in the country, opened a new facility in Belvidere in 2015. The new center is available six days a week and provides multiple shifts per day. The center has 12 stations and the capacity to treat approximately 72 patients. Patients have the opportunity to continue to work and go in to dialysis either before or after treatment three times a week, for three to four hours a shift. Having that flexibility in treatment for patients helps them to live an active life and continue to work. DaVita Kidney Care has more than 2,100 centers nationwide and has 15 centers in the neighboring counties with 29 centers in the state of Illinois. Boone County offers multiple locations for walk-in care, including the Boone County Health Department, Crusader Community

Health and Physicians Immediate Care. No appointments are required at Physicians Immediate Care and most clinics are open seven days a week, up to 12 hours a day, to treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Heritage Woods of Belvidere is the only affordable assisted living community in Boone County. The community, which is designed to serve adults 65 and older of all incomes who need some help to maintain their independence, is located on the north side of Squaw Prairie Road, east of Illinois Hwy. 76. Heritage Woods is an alternative to a nursing home or to struggling alone at home and will especially benefit seniors who cannot afford private pay assisted living. The community opened in April 2011. Northwoods and Maple Crest Care Centres are members of the Symphony Post Acute Network, one of the county’s most innovative leaders in the delivery of post acute care and management services. As a family-oriented operation, Northwoods and Maple Crest take a uniquely personal approach to delivering the highest quality outcomes possible for their guests. Northwoods is among the first in the region to attain Joint Commission Certification for the new Post Acute Care Programming, which is a validation of their commitment to improving patient care. Northwoods, Maple Crest and the other facilities that make up the Symphony Post Acute Network, collaborate with physicians, nurses and discharge specialists to provide the best possible outcomes for their guests. The staff of nearly 200 are dedicated to the goal of consistently improving their level of care. Both short stays and long-term care are available. Through innovative solutions like the Stabilize, Treat, Assess and Transition (STAT) program, Maple Crest and Northwoods have made great strides in improving patient care, reducing length of stays and preventing 30-day rehospitalization. Maple Crest and Northwoods provide a complete range of rehabilitation treatment combining the disciplines of physical, speech, respiratory and occupational therapy. Maple Crest Care Centre is a preferred provider for OrthoIllinois. w

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Members – Alphabetical #

Belvidere Funeral Home, Inc.

13 WREX

Broadcast Stations

23 WIFR

Broadcast Stations

A A-Fire Extinguisher

Fire & Safety Protection

AAIM — Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists AAIM Employers Association Aaron’s Sales & Lease

Nonprofits — Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists

Nonprofits — Association for All Employers Furniture, Appliance & Electronics Rent to Own

AARP Illinois

Machining

ABC Catering, Ltd.

Catering Service

Access Services of Northern IL Acument Global Technologies ADT Security Services

Heating & Air Conditioning Nonprofits — Cooperative for Healthcare

Alpine Bank

Banks & Banking Associations

American Family Insurance — Doug Proudfoot Agency

Anderson Japanese Gardens Animal Friends Society of Boone County Associated Bank

Insurance Nonprofits — Red Cross

Food Products, Services, Supplies & Brokers Financial Planning Funeral Homes/Memorial Parks/Services Nonprofits — Japanese Gardens Nonprofits — Animal Shelter Society & Fundraising Banks & Banking Associations

Athletico Physical Therapy

Medical — Physical Therapy

Attorney Charles T. Sewell

Attorneys

Aurora University Woodstock Center

Parks & Recreations — City

Belvidere Physical Therapy, Inc.

Medical — Physical Therapy

Belvidere Rotary Club

Clubs/Organizations

Belvidere Township

Government — Township

Belvidere Youth Baseball, Inc.

Clubs/Organizations — Youth

Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry

Education — Universities

B Bel Rock Asphalt Paving, Inc. Belvidere Ace Hardware Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Belvidere Board of Realtors Belvidere Cemetery Belvidere CUSD #100 Belvidere Daily Republican

Electrical Contractors Attorneys Seal Coating, Paving, Concrete & Maintenance Hardware Chambers of Commerce Real Estate — Appraisal/Broker/Developer Cemetery & Association Education — School Districts Printers, Publishers & Newspapers

Retail — Farm Supplies, Home & Garden Nonprofits — Athletic Booster Club

BMO Harris Bank

Banks & Banking Associations

Boeke & Associates

Accountants — Certified Public

Boone County Arts Council

Arts

Boone County Assessment Office

Auto Paint/Parts/Repairs Service Organizations — Court Appointed Special Advocate

Boone County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office

Nonprofits — Foundation

Boone County Conservation District Boone County Council on Aging

Parks & Recreations — County Social Service Organizations — Senior Services

Boone County Crime Stoppers, Inc. Boone County Fair Association Boone County Gardeners of America Boone County Health Department Boone County Historical Society & Museum Boone County Housing Authority

Boone County Transmissions, Inc. Boone County Treasurer Bravo Pizza & Italian Restaurant Brereton, Inc. Bridgeway Bug Lady Pest Control Butitta Brothers Automotive Services, Inc. Byron Bank

Dentists/Dental Labs/Dental Care

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Dentists/Dental Labs/Dental Care

C & H Builders, Inc.

Belvidere Education Association

Unions — Education

C.E.S., Inc.

Belvidere Family YMCA

Clubs/Organizations

Camelot of Belvidere

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Government — County

Boone County Community Foundation

Belvidere Dental Designs

Insurance

Government — County Assessor

Boone County Auto Body, Inc. Boone County C.A.S.A.

Youth Educational/Clubs Banks & Banking Associations

Blue Thunder Boosters, Inc.

Belvidere Dental

Belvidere Farmers Mutual Insurance Co.

Mediation

Blackhawk Area Council Boys Scouts of America

Boone County State’s Attorney’s Office

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera

Real Estate — Appraisal/Broker/Developer

Better Business Bureau Chicago & No. IL, Inc.

Boone County Shopper, Inc.

Ballard Companies, Inc.

Food Pantry

Berkshire Hathaway/Crosby Starck Realtors

Blain’s Farm & Fleet

Insurance & Financial Services

Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services

Clubs/Organizations

Belvidere Park District

Manufacturing

Allstate

Ameriprise Financial, Inc.

Clubs/Organizations

Belvidere Moose #295 Family Center

Blackhawk Bank

Appliances

Allen Heating & Cooling, Inc.

Americold

Belvidere Lions Club

Social Services Fire & Security Systems

Al Grace Appliance

American Red Cross

Nonprofits — Football (Youth)

Nonprofits — Seniors

Abbott Plastics

The Alliance

Funeral Homes/Memorial Parks/Services

Belvidere Junior Tackle

Candlewick Lake Association, Inc.

Associations — Law/Criminal Assistance Agriculture — Grange, Fair, Tourism Clubs/Organizations — Gardening Government — County Health Department Museums — Historical/Society & Tourism Government — County Housing Printers, Publishers & Newspapers Government — County State’s Attorney Transmission Auto Repair Government — County Treasurer Restaurant — Dine-In, Carryout & Catering Insurance — Health Nonprofits — Social Services Pest Control Automotive Repairs — Full-Service Banks & Banking Associations

Cabinetry — Counter Tops & Remodeling Engineering — Surveyor Education — Therapeutic Day School Associations — Community/Home Owners

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Candlewood Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hospitality — Hotels, Motels & Lodging

The First Step Day Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Child Development & Daycare

Cardinal Staffing Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Employment Services

Flanders Insurance Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Insurance

CCSI International, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Glazed Structure Specialists

Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .Heating & Air Conditioning

CEANCI — Career Education Associates of No Central IL . . . . . . . . . . Education — Regional Education System

Flora Grange #1762 . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Family/Community Service Organization

Center for Sight & Hearing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nonprofits — Sight & Hearing

Forest Hills Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golfing

Central Grain Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Agriculture — Grain Elevator Century 21 Affiliated Real Estate Rescue Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Real Estate Changes Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hair & Nail Salons Dr. James R. Chapko, DDS, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dentists/Dental Labs/Dental Care Cherryvale Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Assisted Living City of Belvidere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Government — City

Flora Township . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Government — Township The Four Seasons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Manufactured Home Communities Franklin Display Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing Fresh Start Animal Rescue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Animal Rescue Furst Staffing & Furst Professionals . . . . . . . . . . Employment — Staffing Services

City of Rockford Human Services Dept. . . . . . . . . . . . . Community Action Agencies

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ComEd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utilities — Electric

Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Employee Benefits

Community Building Complex of Boone County . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banquet Halls

Gallano Trucking, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transportation & Trucking

Compass Wealth Services, LLC . . . . . . . . Financial Services, Insurance & Investments

Garry’s Flooring & Hometown Furnishings . . . . . . . . . . . Flooring & Appliances — Sales, Installations & Service

The Complete Sheep Shoppe . . . . . . . . . . Wool & Fiber Store — Retail & Fiber Mill Cord Construction Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Construction Companies — Commercial Corrugated Metals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing Country Financial — B. Nelson/G. Kenney . . . . . . . . Insurance & Financial Services Cricket (Freedom Wireless dba) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wireless Retail Store Cruise Planners — Ed Jensen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Travel Agency Crusader Community Health Belvidere . . . . . . . . . Medical — Group/Hospital/Office Culligan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Water Conditioning/Drinking Water Culvers of Belvidere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Restaurant — Dine-In & Carryout

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General Mills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Food Products, Services, Supplies & Brokers General Mitchell International Airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Airports — Travel Generations Chiropractic Wellness, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . Chiropractic Health Care Giovanni’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Banquets, Catering, Lounges & Restaurants Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Youth Organization Golden Apple Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teacher Recognition Greater Rockford Airport Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Airports — Travel Greenview Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Manufactured Home Communities Growth Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Business Development — Consultants Grupo Antolin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing Gwen Brooks Insurance Agency, Inc. — State Farm . . . Insurance & Financial Services

Darecloud Development, Inc. . . . . . . . . . Real Estate — Appraisal/Broker/Developer Dari Ripple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ice Cream Shop Dean Foods Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Food Products, Services, Supplies & Brokers Dickerson & Nieman Realtors . . . . . . . . . Real Estate — Appraisal/Broker/Developer DLT Refinish Counter-Tops . . . . . .Granite Counter Tops — New & Repair/Maintenance Doc Popcorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Popcorn Doctors of Hearing Healthcare . . . . Audiology Practice, Hearing Aid Fitting & Diagnostics Drs. Drake, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dentists/Dental Labs/Dental Care Duraclean Specialists, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleaning & Disaster Services

E EcoHome Expert, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Roofing, Siding, Solar, Gutters & Windows Edward Jones Investments — Eric Dahl . . . Financial Services, Insurance & Investments Edwards Apple Orchard . . . . . . . . . . . . Orchards — Apples & Pumpkins (Seasonal) Enbridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utilities Entre’ Computer Solutions . . . . . . . Computers, Internet Consultants, Sales & Services

F Family Counseling Services of No. IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Therapy Family Optical Centre, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Optometrist — Exam & Eyewear

H Habitat for Humanity of Boone County . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Home Builder The Harvard State Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banks & Banking Associations Heartland Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hospice Heritage Woods of Belvidere . . . . . . . . . Assisted Living Facility — Long-Term Care HHH Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Catering Service Hicksgas Belvidere, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . Propane Supplier, Gas Grills & Water Systems Holiday Inn Express — Loves Park . . . . . . . . Hospitality — Hotels, Motels & Lodging

I Ida Public Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Libraries — Public Illinois Bank & Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banks & Banking Associations Image Signs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Signs Immanuel Lutheran Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Churches Infrastructure Defense Technologies, LLC . . . . . . . . Security Metal Barrier Products Interserve, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing — Custom Pop Displays

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Fast Lane Threads . . . . Embroidery — Custom, Screen Printing, Schools & Businesses

J & D Oil, Inc. dba J & D Countryside Marathon . . Fuel Supplier, Gas Station, Truck Stop & Convenience Store

FCA US, LLC — Belvidere Assembly Plant . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing — Vehicles

Jack Wolf Auto Group . . . . . . . . . . . . Auto Dealers — Retail, New & Used, Services

Fiesta Market — Belvidere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grocery Stores

Javurek Chiropractic of Belvidere, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chiropractic Health Care

Firing Line, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Promotional Products Distributor

Jeffrey Flemming Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Architecture

First National Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banks & Banking Associations

Jerry Butitta Automotive Services, Inc. . . . . . . . . Automotive Repairs — Full-Service

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John Morrissey Accountants, Inc.

Accountants — Accounting & Tax Services

Judson University — Helix Education

Education — Universities

New Millennium Medical, Ltd.

Chiropractic Health Care

Nicor Gas

Natural Gas Suppliers

NLT Title, L.L.C.

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Title Companies

Nathan J. Noble, P.C.

K-B Farms

Agriculture — Farm/Farming

Keating of Chicago, Inc. Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

Manufacturing Nonprofits — Beautification of Stateline Community Environment

Keystone Insurance Agency, Inc.

Insurance

Attorneys

North Boone CUSD #200

Education — School Districts

Northen Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Nonprofits — Health Care

Northern Illinois Tourism

Tourism

Northwest Bank

Banks & Banking Associations

Northwest Graphics

Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

Northwest Pallet Supply Co.

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Pallets

Northwoods Care Centre

Larson & Darby, Inc.

Architects & Engineering

Law Office of John H. Maville

Attorneys

Lee Auction Service Lifescape Community Services, Inc.

Nystrom’s Nursery

Attorneys

Law Offices of Henry Repay

Auction Service Social Service Organizations — Senior Services Seasonal Fall Attraction — Pumpkin Patch

Lindstrom, Sorenson & Associates, LLP

Accountants — Accounting & Tax Services

OSF Healthcare System

Nonprofits — Education

Lonnie’s Carpet Max

Flooring

Deborah S. Loos, P.C.

Attorneys

Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall

Auto Dealers — Retail, New & Used, Services

Lutheran Social Services

Nonprofits — Volunteer Programs

Landscape Maintenance & Installation & Garden Center

Ollmann Ernest Martin Architects

The Lindberg Pumpkin Patch The Literacy Council

Nursing Homes — ST/LT & Rehabilitation Center

O OrthoIllinois Rehabilitation

Cabinetry — Residential & Commercial

Main Street Players of Boone Co.

Nonprofits — Theatre Group

Malcolm Pediatric Dentistry Manley’s Belvidere Ford Lincoln

Dentists — Pediatric Auto Dealers — Retail, New & Used, Services

Manley’s Collision Center

Collision Repair Center

Manpower Maple Crest Care Centre

Employment — Staffing Services Nursing Homes — ST/LT & Rehabilitation Center

March of Dimes

Clubs/Organizations

Market Dimensions, Inc.

Payroll Services

The Mauh-Nau-Tee-See Club

Golfing

McClure Engineering Associates

Engineering — Land Surveyors

McDonald’s

Restaurant — Dine-In & Fast Food

McDonald’s

Restaurant — Dine-In & Fast Food

MDC Environmental Svs.

Disposal Services

Members Alliance Credit Union

Credit Unions

Mental Health Resource League for McHenry Co. Mercyhealth — Belvidere Mid-City Office Products

Nonprofits — Mental Health Medical — Group/Hospital/Office Office Supplies, Equipment & Furniture

Midwest Dental

Dentists/Dental Labs/Dental Care

MJ Dakota, LLC

Apartment Rental

Morgan Building Maintenance Morning Star Village Mr. Goodwater, Inc.

Janitorial Services/Supplies Assisted Living Water Treatment/Bottled Water Service

Neighborhood Cleaners

Manufacturing — Synthetic Quartz Crystal Dry Cleaners — Green Eco-Friendly

Pallets & Crating

Paper Recovery Service Corporation

Document Destruction & Recycling Nursing Homes — ST/LT & Rehabilitation Center Foundation — Supporting Parks, Conservation & Recreation

Parks Chamber of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce

Paul Davis Restoration of Rockford

Restoration/Construction

Peddlerz Surplus Store

Retail — Surplus Store

Petry Design, Inc. Physicians Immediate Care

Internet Solutions Medical — Group/Hospital/Office

Pierce Box & Paper Corporation PNC Bank Poplar Grove Aviation Education Assoc.

Packaging Banks & Banking Associations Museum & Education Outreach

Poplar Grove Physical Therapy Poplar Grove State Bank

Medical — Physical Therapy Banks & Banking Associations

R R & D Thiel, A Div. of Carpenter Contractors of America, Inc. Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Rockford RAMP

Residential Labor & Material Carpenter Supplier

Hospitality — Hotels, Motels & Lodging Counseling — Disabilities Services

Rasmussen College

Education — Colleges

Redemption Church

Churches

Remedies Renewing Lives Reno & Zahm, LLP Richard L. Johnson Associates, Inc. Robertson Lock Service Rock River Training Corporation Rockford Area Realtors

NDK America, Inc.

Grocery Stores

Paltech Enterprises, Inc.

Rock River Valley Blood Center

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Medical — Group/Hospital/Office

Pacemaker Countryside Markets

Parks & Conservation Foundation

M & R Custom Millwork, Inc.

Architects Medical — Orthopedic/Rehabilitation Specialists

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Park Place of Belvidere

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Northern Illinois Hospice

Rockford Bank & Trust Rockford Christian

Nonprofits — Social Services Agency Attorneys Architects — Planning Locksmith Education — Employment Training Nonprofits — Blood Bank Real Estate — Appraisal/Broker/Developer Banks & Banking Associations Nonprofits — Education/Private Schools

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Rockford IceHogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hockey — Professional AHL Hockey

Tropical Oasis Restaurant & Catering . . . Restaurant — Dine-In, Carryout, Bar & Catering

Rockford IT, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Computers, Internet Consultants, Sales & Services

Lisa Turbyville — State Farm Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Insurance

Rockford Local Development Corp. . . . .Commercial Financing & Economic Development

Twin Towers . . . . . . . . Embroidery — Custom, Screen Printing, Schools & Businesses

Rockford Mass Transit District . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Public Transportation

Two Men And A Truck . . . . . . . . . . . . Moving Companies — Household & Business

Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) . . . . . . Government — Planning Rockford Register Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Printers, Publishers & Newspapers Rockford Rivets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Professional Baseball Rockford University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Higher Education Rosati’s Pizza . . . . . . . . . . . . .Restaurant — Dine-In, Carryout, Catering & Delivery Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Counseling RSM US, LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accountants — Certified Public Russell Smith Insurance & Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insurance & Law Office

S Salsa Business Network . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Business-to-Business Networking Satori Pathway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Dementia Resources Savant Capital, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Wealth Management Financial Advisor Security Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Loans & Tax Service Senator Dave Syverson, 35th District . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Government — State Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Veterans Shadley Apartments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Retirement Communities

U U.S. Bank, N.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banks & Banking Associations Ultrasound of Belvidere, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical — Ultrasound UNION Savings BANK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banks & Banking Associations United Way of Boone County, IL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fundraising & Organizations University of IL Extension, Boone County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Education Upper Iowa University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Education — Universities

V Valley Custom Woodwork, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing Valley Expo and Displays . . . . . . . . . . . Display Production & Tradeshow Contractor Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County . . .Nonprofits — Veterans Assistance VFW Post 1461 Boone County Veterans Club . . . . . . Clubs/Organizations — Veterans Village of Timberlane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Government — Village

ShawCraft Sign Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Signs

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The Sherwin-Williams Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Retail Paint Store

Wal-Mart #3597 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Department Stores — Super Center

Sister Cities Association of Belvidere . . . . . . . . . . . Fundraising & Organizations — Exchange Students

Wanless-Brothers Moving & Storage Co., LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . Moving Companies

Sjostrom & Sons, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Construction Companies — Commercial

Williams Manny, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Insurance

Skinner Amusements, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amusements & Carnivals Snazzy Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pet Grooming Snyder Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pharmacies St. James School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Education — Catholic State Representative Bob Pritchard, 70th District . . . . . . . . . Government — State State Representative Joe Sosnowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Government — State Staybridge Suites Rockford . . . . . . . . . . . . Hospitality — Hotels, Motels & Lodging

William Charles Construction . . . . . . . . . . Construction Companies — Commercial Windstar Lines, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . .Transportation — Motor Coach Charters & Tours Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Agriculture — Farm Bureau Wipfli, LLP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Accountants — Certified Public The Workforce Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Employment — Social Services WTVO/WQRF TV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Media

Steam Plant Family Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . Restaurant — Dine-In & Carryout

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Stillman Bank Corp, N.A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Banks & Banking Associations

Yanfeng Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufacturing — Automotive Parts for FCA

Styling For Pink Foundation . . . . . . . . .Nonprofits — Local Cancer Patient Assistance

Your Family Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical — Group/Hospital/Office

Sunshine Stitches, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Retail — Quilt Shop

Your Learning Basket . . . . . . Education — New & Continuing Food Service Certification

Swanhills Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golfing

Youth Services Network, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clubs/Organizations — Youth

SwedishAmerican Medical Center — Belvidere . . . . Medical — Group/Hospital/Office

YWCA Northwestern Illinois . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nonprofits — Women’s Organization

SwedishAmerican Medical Group . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical — Group/Hospital/Office

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Z Zonta International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fundraising & Organizations

Tavern on Clark . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Restaurant — Dine-In, Bar & Banquet Tebala Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Event Center Thayer Lighting, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Contractors — Commercial & Industrial Lighting, Energy Efficient Specialist Thousand Trails Pine Country . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RV & Camping Resort Timber Pointe Golf Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golfing Title Underwriters Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Title Companies Tobin & Ramon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attorneys Town Square Publications, LLC . . . . . . . . Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics Tractor Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor Power Equipment Sales & Services Transform Rockford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nonprofits — Community Action Agency

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Members by Category Accountants — Accounting & Tax Services John Morrissey Accountants, Inc. Judy Greiter (815) 547-6234 www.johnmorrissey.com Lindstrom, Sorenson & Associates, LLP Steve Lindstrom (815) 282-1288 www.lsallp.com

Accountants — Certified Public Boeke & Associates Roger Boeke (815) 229-8820 RSM US, LLP Maribeth Speckman (815) 231-7400 www.rsmus.com Wipfli, LLP Shereen McMahon, Office Manager (815) 399-7700 www.wipfli.com

Agriculture — Farm Bureau Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Ann Marie Cain (815) 962-0653 www.winnebagoboonefarmbureau.org

Agriculture — Farm/Farming K-B Farms Craig Johnson (815) 544-2728

Arts

General Mitchell International Airport Marina M. Borges (414) 747-5300 www.flymke.com

Boone County Arts Council Karen Shifo (815) 544-6242 www.boonecountyarts.com

Greater Rockford Airport Authority (815) 969-4000 www.flyrfd.com

Assisted Living

Reno & Zahm, LLP Mike Schultz (815) 987-4050 www.renozahm.com

Cherryvale Place Denise Frank, Executive Director (815) 332-8484 www.enlivant.com

Tobin & Ramon Natalie Hyser Barber (815) 544-0316 www.tobinramon.com

Amusements & Carnivals Skinner Amusements, Inc. Pat Skinner (877) 501-0828

Animal Rescue Fresh Start Animal Rescue Kathleen Bauch (815) 572-2481 www.freshstartanimalrescue.org

Apartment Rental MJ Dakota, LLC Jim Twyning (815) 547-8378

Appliances Al Grace Appliance Erica Butz (815) 637-8676 www.algrace.com

Architects

Agriculture — Grain Elevator

CENTRAL GRAIN CO. Complete facilities for your grain storage and merchandising needs. Licensed Federal Warehouse

1140 West Locust Street Belvidere, Illinois 61008

815-544-3455 800-247-6041

Central Grain Co. Dan Mickey (815) 544-3455

Agriculture — Grange, Fair,Tourism Boone County Fair Association Lyle Lee (815) 544-2900 www.boonecountyfair.com

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Airports — Travel

Ollmann Ernest Martin Architects Lori Ollmann (815) 544-7790 www.oaarch.com

Architects — Planning Richard L. Johnson Associates, Inc. Richard Johnson (815) 398-1231 www.rljarch.com

Architects & Engineering Larson & Darby, Inc. Joseph A. Winkelmann (815) 484-0739 www.larsondarby.com

Architecture Jeffrey Flemming Architect Jeff Flemming (815) 397-0779

Morning Star Village Megan Benzel (815) 484-9500 www.livewithmorningstar.com

Assisted Living Facility — Long-Term Care Heritage Woods of Belvidere Jessica James (815) 544-9495 www.hw-belvidere-slf.com

Associations — Community/Home Owners Candlewick Lake Association, Inc. Theresa Balk (815) 339-0500 www.candlewicklake.org

Associations — Law/Criminal Assistance Boone County Crime Stoppers, Inc. (815) 547-7867 www.boonecountyil.org/content/crimestoppers

Attorneys Attorney Charles T. Sewell Charles T. Sewell (815) 544-3117 www.belviderebankruptcy.com Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera Richard K. Van Evera (815) 962-6611 www.bslbv.com Law Office of John H. Maville John H. Maville (815) 544-3165 Law Offices of Henry Repay Attorney Henry Repay (815) 547-3369 www.facebook.com/attorneyhenryrepay Deborah S. Loos, P.C. Deborah S. Loos (815) 544-5418

Nathan J. Noble, P.C. Pat Noble (815) 547-7700 www.attorneynoble.com

Auction Service Lee Auction Service Lyle Lee (815) 988-0249 www.leeauctionservice.com

Audiology Practice, Hearing Aid Fitting & Diagnostics Doctors of Hearing Healthcare Leigh Ann Tackaberry (815) 399-5279 www.hearinghealthcare-il.com

Auto Dealers — Retail, New & Used, Services Jack Wolf Auto Group John Wolf (815) 544-3406 www.jack-wolf.com Lou Bachrodt Auto Mall Pat Bachrodt (815) 332-6600 www.bachrodt.com Manley’s Belvidere Ford Lincoln Joe Hamblock (815) 544-2138 www.manleyflm.com

Auto Paint/Parts/Repairs Boone County Auto Body, Inc. Kathy/Shane Fitch (815) 547-7575

Automotive Repairs — Full-Service Butitta Brothers Automotive Services, Inc. Tom Kahler (815) 544-4444 www.butitta.com Jerry Butitta Automotive Services, Inc. Jerry Butitta (815) 544-7794

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Banks & Banking Associations Alpine Bank Kelly Rink (815) 398-6500 www.bankalpine.com Associated Bank Jorge Herrera (815) 987-3561 www.associatedbank.com Blackhawk Bank Donna Schultz (815) 544-0777 www.blackhawkbank.com BMO Harris Bank Kathleen Becklinger (815) 323-1526 www.harrisbank.com Byron Bank Leah Kays (815) 323-1452 www.byronbank.com First National Bank Luis Gonzalez (815) 975-9700 www.fnbil.com The Harvard State Bank Cliff Kieser (815) 943-4400 www.webhsb.com Illinois Bank & Trust Jeff Hultman (815) 637-7000 www.illinoisbank.com Northwest Bank Kent Kohlbacher (815) 229-4212 www.northwestbankrockford.com PNC Bank Michelle Jaraczewski (815) 547-3618 www.pnc.com Poplar Grove State Bank Scott Greenlee (815) 765-3333 www.poplargrovestatebank.com Rockford Bank & Trust Diane Goellner (815) 489-2126 www.rkfdbank.com Stillman Bank Corp, N.A. Edward Munguia (815) 332-8100 www.stillmanbank.com U.S. Bank, N.A. Michael Abate (815) 987-2200 www.usbank.com UNION Savings BANK Faith Dabbs (815) 547-6363 www.unionsavingsbank.com

Banquet Halls Community Building Complex of Boone County Julie Sullinger (815) 547-3928 www.communitybuildingcomplex.org

Banquets, Catering, Lounges & Restaurants Giovanni’s Jaymie Nelson (815) 398-6411 www.giodine.com

Broadcast Stations 13 WREX John Chadwick (815) 335-2213 www.wrex.com 23 WIFR Tim Myers (815) 987-5300 www.wifr.com

Business Development — Consultants Growth Dimensions Pam Fettes (815) 547-4252 www.growthdimensions.org

Cabinetry — Counter Tops & Remodeling C & H Builders, Inc. Tod Chapman (815) 547-8453 www.chbuildersinc.com

Cabinetry — Residential & Commercial M & R Custom Millwork, Inc. Mark Roden (815) 547-8549 www.mrcustommillwork.com

Catering Service ABC Catering, Ltd. Larry Metzger (815) 316-3016 www.abccatering.net HHH Catering Robert Prosser (815) 623-5221

Cemetery & Association Belvidere Cemetery Sam Larson (815) 547-7642

Chambers of Commerce Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Tom Lassandro (815) 544-4357 www.belviderechamber.com Parks Chamber of Commerce Diane Johnson (815) 633-3999 www.parkschamber.com

Child Development & Daycare

Clubs/Organizations — Veterans

The First Step Day Care Sue Wilson (815) 544-6560

VFW Post 1461 Boone County Veterans Club Greg Kelm (815) 544-2014 www.vfw1461.com

Chiropractic Health Care Generations Chiropractic Wellness, LLC Dr. Samantha Raczkowski (815) 547-6333 www.gcwbelvidere.com

Clubs/Organizations — Youth

Javurek Chiropractic of Belvidere, P.C. Gabe Javurek (815) 544-9298 www.javurekchiro.com

Youth Services Network, Inc. Mary Ellen Commare (815) 986-1947 www.ysn.kids.com

New Millennium Medical, Ltd. Dr. Chris Parrett (779) 552-8358 www.newmillenniummedical.com

Churches Immanuel Lutheran Church Mike Buhl (815) 544-8058 www.immanuelbelvidere.org Redemption Church Pastor Adam Reardon (815) 621-4916 www.redemption.cc

Cleaning & Disaster Services Duraclean Specialists, Inc. Joe Bartz (815) 544-9244 www.duraclean.us

Clubs/Organizations Belvidere Family YMCA Jennifer Jacky (815) 547-5307 www.belviderefamilyymca.org Belvidere Lions Club Bill Villont, Secretary (815) 222-5455 www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/belvidereil Belvidere Moose #295 Family Center Anthony Dini (815) 544-9279 www.belvideremoose.org Belvidere Rotary Club Debra Cole (815) 997-3117 March of Dimes Michelle DeHaven (815) 397-0097 www.marchofdimes.com

Clubs/Organizations — Gardening Boone County Gardeners of America Dick Masanz (815) 544-2261

Belvidere Youth Baseball, Inc. Chad Schwebke

Collision Repair Center Manley’s Collision Center Jeff Lenard (815) 975-9101 www.gatescollision.com

Commercial Financing & Economic Development Rockford Local Development Corp. John Phelps (815) 987-8675 www.rldc.us

Community Action Agencies City of Rockford Human Services Dept. George Davis (815) 987-5782 www.rockfordil.gov

Computers, Internet Consultants, Sales & Services Entre’ Computer Solutions Mike Broski (815) 399-5664 www.entrerock.com Rockford IT, Inc. Dean Wan (815) 316-7575 www.rockfordit.com

Construction Companies — Commercial Cord Construction Co. Mark Jones (815) 965-6630 www.cordconstruction.com Sjostrom & Sons, Inc. Joel G. Sjostrom (815) 226-0330 www.sjostromconstruction.com William Charles Construction Ben Holmstrom (815) 654-4700 www.williamcharlesconstruction.com

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Contractors — Commercial & Industrial Lighting, Energy Efficient Specialist Thayer Lighting, Inc. Patti Thayer (815) 282-1112 www.thayerlightinginc.com

Counseling

Display Production & Tradeshow Contractor Valley Expo and Displays Lisa Stahl (815) 873-1500 www.valleyexpodisplays.com

Disposal Services

Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic Melanie Lindblade (815) 391-1000 www.rosecrance.org

Counseling — Disabilities Services RAMP Dana Miller (815) 544-8404 www.rampcil.org

Credit Unions Members Alliance Credit Union Lorna Cote (815) 226-2260 www.membersalliance.org

Dentists — Pediatric Malcolm Pediatric Dentistry Karibeth Stott, Office Manager (815) 544-0909 www.mpd4kids.com

Dentists/Dental Labs/Dental Care Belvidere Dental Alan Kossman, DDS, P.C. (815) 544-3111 www.drkossman.com Belvidere Dental Designs Brooke Lachman (815) 544-2626 www.belvideredentaldesigns.com Dr. James R. Chapko, DDS, P.C. James Chapko (815) 544-5144 Drs. Drake, Ltd. Drs Dale & Elaine Drake, DDS (815) 547-8112 Midwest Dental Nina Clark, Office Manager (815) 547-5151 www.midwest-dental.com

Department Stores — Super Center Wal-Mart #3597 Jonathan Bradley (815) 547-5447

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MDC Environmental Svs. Rick Bryant (815) 568-7274 www.mdces.com

Document Destruction & Recycling Paper Recovery Service Corporation Frank A. Graceffa (815) 636-2329 www.paperrecovery.com

Dry Cleaners — Green Eco-Friendly Neighborhood Cleaners Alicia Perez (815) 547-7770 www.neighborhoodcleaners.net

Education University of IL Extension, Boone County Judy Hodge (815) 544-3710 www.extension.illinois.edu/bdo

Education — Catholic St. James School Dr. Kathleen Miller (815) 547-7633 www.stjamesbelvidere.org

Education — Colleges Rasmussen College Craig Steege (815) 316-4808 www.rasmussen.edu/locations/illinois/ rockford

Education — Employment Training Rock River Training Corporation Mary Chairez (815) 547-9616 www.rockrivertraining.org

Education — New & Continuing Food Service Certification

Embroidery — Custom, Screen Printing, Schools & Businesses

Your Learning Basket Jean Ramsay (815) 323-1244 www.yourlearningbasket.com

Fast Lane Threads Deb Kemp (815) 544-9898

Education — Regional Education System CEANCI — Career Education Associates of No Central IL Beth Mead (815) 921-1650 www.ceanci.org

Twin Towers Janet Paulsen (815) 544-5554

Employee Benefits Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. Mike Parrott (815) 986-0059 www.gallagherbenefits.com

Education — School Districts

Employment — Social Services

Belvidere CUSD #100 Dr. Daniel Woestman (815) 544-0301 www.district100.com

The Workforce Connection Darcy Bucholz (815) 395-6638 www.theworkforceconnection.org

North Boone CUSD #200 Dr. Michael Greenlee (815) 765-3322 www.nbcusd.org

Employment — Staffing Services

Education — Therapeutic Day School Camelot of Belvidere Craig Reveter, Principal (815) 597-8760 www.cameloteducation.org

Education — Universities Aurora University Woodstock Center Marcia Koenen (815) 337-6051 www.aurora.edu/woodstock Judson University — Helix Education Carole Peters (815) 399-3500 www.judsonu.edu Upper Iowa University Pamela Timmons (815) 332-1414 www.uiu.edu

Educational Northen Illinois Center for Nonprofit Excellence Pam Clark Reidenbach (815) 226-2833 www.rockford.edu/?nicne

Electrical Contractors Ballard Companies, Inc. Dave Boettcher (815) 229-1800 www.ballardcos.com

Furst Staffing & Furst Professionals Jennifer Furst (815) 229-7810 www.furststaff.com Manpower Jessica Hayes (815) 316-0600 www.manpower.com

Employment Services Cardinal Staffing Services Jade Harlett (419) 893-5400 www.cardinalstaffing.com

Engineering — Land Surveyors McClure Engineering Associates Mark Rice (815) 398-2332 www.mcclureengineering.com

Engineering — Surveyor C.E.S., Inc. Kevin Bunge (815) 547-8435 www.civilideas.com

Event Center Tebala Event Center Lisa Torrance (815) 669-0101 www.tebala.org

Financial Planning Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Sherry D. Sandwick, CFP (815) 547-0011

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Financial Services, Insurance & Investments

Fuel Supplier, Gas Station, Truck Stop & Convenience Store

Compass Wealth Services, LLC Sue Appleby (815) 544-9564 www.compasswealthservices.com

J & D Oil, Inc. dba J & D Countryside Marathon Lisa Vance (815) 544-6792 www.jdcountryside.com

Edward Jones Investments — Eric Dahl Eric Dahl (815) 544-5984 www.edwardjones.com

Fire & Safety Protection A-Fire Extinguisher Keven Porter (815) 961-8100 www.fireandpropertyprotection.com

Fire & Security Systems ADT Security Services Laurie Evens (815) 654-5752 www.adt.com

Flooring Lonnie’s Carpet Max Lonnie Presson (815) 282-5454 www.lonniescarpet.com

Flooring & Appliances — Sales, Installations & Service Garry’s Flooring & Hometown Furnishings Garry Combs (815) 544-4200 www.belvidereflooring.com

Food Pantry Belvidere/Boone County Food Pantry Linda Clark (815) 569-1571 www.bbcfoodpantry.com

Food Products, Services, Supplies & Brokers Americold Jamie Proctor (815) 544-5200 www.americold.com Dean Foods Co. Nate Kiefer, Plant Manager (815) 544-2105 www.deanfoods.com General Mills Kristi Schott (815) 547-5311 www.belviderelive.com

Foundation — Supporting Parks, Conservation & Recreation Parks & Conservation Foundation David Sliktas (815) 547-5711 www.parksandconservation.org

Fundraising & Organizations United Way of Boone County, IL Teri Carter (815) 544-3144 www.uwboonecounty.org Zonta International Jen Jacky www.zonta.org

Fundraising & Organizations — Exchange Students Sister Cities Association of Belvidere Brad Peters, President www.belvideresistercities.org

Funeral Homes/Memorial Parks/ Services Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services Steve Anderson (815) 544-2616 www.andersonfcs.com Belvidere Funeral Home, Inc. Colin Jensen (815) 544-2121 www.belviderefh.com

Furniture, Appliance & Electronics Rent to Own Aaron’s Sales & Lease Jessica Lodge (815) 544-6444 www.aarons.com

Glazed Structure Specialists CCSI International, Inc. Russell Caldwell (815) 544-8385 www.ccsiusa.com

Golfing Forest Hills Country Club Don Altman (815) 877-5733 www.foresthillscountryclub.com The Mauh-Nau-Tee-See Club Dana Bauerlein (815) 399-0711 www.mntscc.org Swanhills Golf Course Kevin Durack (815) 547-3232 Timber Pointe Golf Club J.J. Maville (815) 544-1935 www.golfthepointe.com

Government — City City of Belvidere Shauna Arco, City Clerk (815) 544-2612 www.ci.belvidere.il.us

Government — County Boone County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Linda Anderson (815) 547-6892 www.boonecountyil.org

Government — County Assessor Boone County Assessment Office Debbie Wells (815) 544-2958 www.boonecountyil.org

Government — County Health Department Boone County Health Department Amanda Mehl, Admin. (815) 544-2951 www.boonehealth.org

Government — County Housing Boone County Housing Authority Kristin Andrews (815) 544-0084 www.bchauthority.com

Government — County State’s Attorney Boone County State’s Attorney’s Office Tricia Smith (815) 544-0868 www.boonecountyil.org/department/ statesattorney

Government — County Treasurer Boone County Treasurer Curt Newport (815) 544-2666 www.boonecountyil.us

State Representative Joe Sosnowski Neeley Erickson (815) 547-3436 www.joesosnowski.org

Government — Township Belvidere Township Bill Robertson (815) 544-2027 www.belvideretownship.org Flora Township Gail Bennett (815) 985-8963

Government — Village Village of Timberlane Steve M. Rapp (815) 765-0600 www.villageoftimberlane.org

Granite Counter Tops — New & Repair/Maintenance DLT Refinish Counter-Tops Francisco DeLa Torre (224) 465-5675

Grocery Stores Fiesta Market — Belvidere Mike Bolis (815) 544-2220 Pacemaker Countryside Markets Sheri Casey (815) 544-3443 www.countrysidemarkets.com

Hair & Nail Salons Changes Salon Kathie Wesemann (815) 544-5000

Hardware Belvidere Ace Hardware Dave Rickabaugh (815) 544-9888

Government — Planning

Heating & Air Conditioning

Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning (RMAP) Christina Washington (815) 967-7627 www.rmapil.org

Allen Heating & Cooling, Inc. Thomas Howe (815) 298-8020 www.allenheatcool.com

Government — State Senator Dave Syverson, 35th District Mary Watson (815) 381-0006 www.senatordavesyverson.com State Representative Bob Pritchard, 70th District Jesse Sheehan (815) 748-3494 www.pritchardstaterep.com

Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Tony Izzo (815) 544-4247 www.flemingheating.com

Hockey — Professional AHL Hockey Rockford IceHogs Curtis Tousant (815) 847-6387 www.icehogs.com

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Hospice

Insurance & Financial Services

Manufactured Home Communities

Media

Heartland Hospice Pam Weiss (815) 397-3691 www.heartlandhospice.com

Allstate David Mace (815) 547-6008 www.allstateagencies.com/davidmace

The Four Seasons Becky Avery, Manager (815) 547-5343 www.fourseasonsdreamhomes.com

WTVO/WQRF TV Kelly D. Lattimer (815) 963-5413 www.mystateline.com

Hospitality — Hotels, Motels & Lodging

Country Financial — B. Nelson/G. Kenney Bruce Nelson (815) 547-3912

Greenview Estates Kelly Goodmonson (815) 547-6221 www.greenviewestates.com

Candlewood Suites Susan Gamlin (815) 229-9300 www.suitesrockford.com Holiday Inn Express — Loves Park Lawrence Taber, G.M. (815) 654-4100 www.rockhospitality.com Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Rockford Marcus Bacon (815) 226-2100 www.radisson.com/rockfordil Staybridge Suites Rockford Michael Daugherty (815) 397-0200 www.rockhospitality.com

Ice Cream Shop Dari Ripple Heather Prather (815) 544-0005

Insurance American Family Insurance — Doug Proudfoot Agency Doug Proudfoot (815) 547-4747 www.dougproudfootcom Belvidere Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. Nicolette Lalor (815) 544-3861 www.belvideremutualinsurance.com Flanders Insurance Agency Owen Costanza (815) 226-1444 www.flandersinsurance.com Keystone Insurance Agency, Inc. Tom Etier (815) 962-6641 Lisa Turbyville — State Farm Insurance Lisa Turbyville (815) 544-2103 www.lisaturbyville.com Williams Manny, Inc. Dan Ross (815) 398-6800 www.williamsmanny.com

Insurance — Health Brereton, Inc. Fred Brereton (815) 544-3180 www.breretons.com

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Gwen Brooks Insurance Ageny, Inc. — State Farm Gwen Brooks (815) 544-6633 www.gwenbrooksinsurance.com

Insurance & Law Office Russell Smith Insurance & Law Cheryl Russell Smith (815) 544-3461

Internet Solutions Petry Design, Inc. Aaron Petry (815) 394-2500 www.petrydesign.com

Janitorial Services/Supplies Morgan Building Maintenance Paul Gaziano (815) 547-5858 www.mbm-inc.net

Landscape Maintenance & Installation & Garden Center Nystrom’s Nursery Scott Nystrom (815) 547-1000 www.nystromsnursery.com

Libraries — Public Ida Public Library Debbie Bloom (815) 544-3838 www.idapubliclibrary.org

Manufacturing Acument Global Technologies Kurt Hoadley (815) 544-0331 www.acument.com Corrugated Metals Manuela Martinez (815) 323-1310 www.corrugated-metals.com Franklin Display Group Bob Berleth (815) 544-6676 www.franklindisplay.com Grupo Antolin Shawnika Tell (815) 544-8020 Keating of Chicago, Inc. Eliza Ann Moravec (708) 246-3000 www.keatingofchicago.com Valley Custom Woodwork, Inc. Chuck Siracusa (815) 544-3939 www.vcwi.com

Manufacturing — Automotive Parts for FCA Yanfeng Interiors Laura Fritts www.yfai.com

Manufacturing — Custom Pop Displays

Mediation Better Business Bureau Chicago & No. IL, Inc. Dennis Horton (815) 490-9283 www.rockford.bbb.org

Medical — Group/Hospital/Office Crusader Community Health Belvidere Peggy Anne Davenport (815) 490-1600 www.crusaderhealth.org Mercyhealth — Belvidere Cathy Molander (815) 971-3030 www.mercyhealthsystem.org OSF Healthcare System Lisa Marie Johnson (815) 226-2000 www.osfsaintanthony.org Physicians Immediate Care Joanne Beyer (815) 544-0040 www.physiciansimmediatecare.com SwedishAmerican Medical Center — Belvidere Dawna Menke (815) 547-5441 www.swedishamerican.org SwedishAmerican Medical Group Linda Greenwood (779) 696-8650 Your Family Doctor Kim Coniglio (815) 544-0087 www.your-family-doctor.com

Loans & Tax Service

Interserve, Inc. Susan Laten (815) 544-3570 www.interserveinc.com

Medical — Orthopedic/Rehabilitation Specialists

Security Finance Priscilla Gutierrez (815) 547-1616

Manufacturing — Synthetic Quartz Crystal

OrthoIllinois Rehabilitation Don Schreiner (815) 398-9491 www.orthoillinois.com

NDK America, Inc. Ken Hennessy (815) 979-7214 www.ndk.com

Medical — Physical Therapy

Locksmith Robertson Lock Service Bill Robertson (815) 544-9664

Manufacturing — Vehicles Machining Abbott Plastics Roger Becknell (815) 874-8500 www.abbottplastics.com

FCA US, LLC — Belvidere Assembly Plant Rick McPherson (815) 547-2200

Athletico Physical Therapy Amber Koteles (815) 544-6967 www.athletico.com Belvidere Physical Therapy, Inc. Josh Meyers (815) 547-4777 www.ostipt.com Poplar Grove Physical Therapy Meghan Wilinski (815) 765-1155 www.ostipt.com

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Medical — Ultrasound

Nonprofits — Animal Shelter Society & Fundraising Animal Friends Society of Boone County Lisa Fowler-Kobylewski (815) 315-2682 www.animalfriendsbc.org

Nonprofits — Association for All Employers Ultrasound of Belvidere, LLC Tina Sabitoska (815) 544-4775 www.ultrasound-belvidere.com

AAIM Employers Association Brandi Temples (314) 968-3600 www.aaimea.org

Moving Companies

Nonprofits — Athletic Booster Club

Wanless-Brothers Moving & Storage Co., LLC Bobby Wanless (815) 963-8000

Blue Thunder Boosters, Inc. Matt Krause www.bluethunderboosters.com

Moving Companies — Household & Business Two Men And A Truck Bob Christensen (815) 633-3600 www.twomen.com

Museum & Education Outreach Poplar Grove Aviation Education Assoc. Judi Zangs (815) 547-3115 www.poplargrovewingsandwheels.com

Museums — Historical/Society & Tourism Boone County Historical Society & Museum Anna Gill-Pivoras, Manager (815) 544-8391 www.bchmuseum.org

Natural Gas Suppliers Nicor Gas David Pietryla (815) 261-9423 www.nicorgas.com

Nonprofits — Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists AAIM — Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists Rita Kreslin (847) 240-0027 www.aaim1.org

Nonprofits — Beautification of Stateline Community Environment Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Tabatha Endres-Cruz (815) 637-1343 www.knib.org

Nonprofits — Blood Bank Rock River Valley Blood Center Sara Ellwanger, Supr. (815) 965-8751 www.rrvbc.org

Nonprofits — Business-to-Business Networking Salsa Business Network Gloria Cardenas Cudia (815) 289-5970 www.salsabusinessnetwork.com

Nonprofits — Community Action Agency Transform Rockford Matt Broughton (815) 977-5840 www.transformrockford.org

Nonprofits — Cooperative for Healthcare The Alliance Kelly Davit (800) 223-4139 www.the-alliance.org

Nonprofits — Education

Nonprofits — Mental Health

The Literacy Council Sheryl Thogerson (815) 963-7323 www.theliteracycouncil.org

Mental Health Resource League for McHenry Co. (815) 385-5745 www.mhrl.org

Nonprofits — Education/Private Schools

Nonprofits — Public Transportation

Rockford Christian Joe Sosnowski (815) 398-2796 www.rockfordchristian.org

Rockford Mass Transit District Lisa Brown (815) 961-9000 www.rmtd.org

Nonprofits — Family/Community Service Organization

Nonprofits — Red Cross

Flora Grange #1762 Tom Ratcliffe (815) 262-7793 www.grange.org/florail

Nonprofits — Football (Youth) Belvidere Junior Tackle Todd Humphry (815) 544-2254 www.bjtonline.org

Nonprofits — Foundation Boone County Community Foundation Paul Fischer (815) 985-6903

Nonprofits — Seniors AARP Illinois Terri Worman (312) 458-3610 www.aarp.org/il

Nonprofits — Sight & Hearing Center for Sight & Hearing Maureen Mall (815) 332-6800 www.centerforsighthearing.org

Nonprofits — Social Services Nonprofits — Health Care Northern Illinois Hospice Jolene Smith (815) 398-0500 www.northernillinoishospice.org

Bridgeway Lori Mills (815) 962-8333 www.bway.org

Nonprofits — Higher Education

Nonprofits — Social Services Agency

Rockford University Bernard Sundstedt (815) 226-3371 www.rockford.edu

Remedies Renewing Lives Cheryl Hollembeak (815) 547-4502 www.remediesrenewinglives.org

Nonprofits — Home Builder

Nonprofits — Theatre Group

Habitat for Humanity of Boone County Henry Repay, Board Member (815) 980-6247 www.boonecoilhfh.com

Main Street Players of Boone Co. Lon Hoegberg (800) 741-2963 www.mainstreetplayersofboonecounty.com

Nonprofits — Japanese Gardens

Nonprofits — Therapy

Anderson Japanese Gardens Katie Weston (815) 229-9390 www.andersongardens.org

Family Counseling Services of No. IL Jenifer Ritenour (815) 962-5585 www.familycounselingrockford.org

Nonprofits — Local Cancer Patient Assistance

Nonprofits — Veterans

Nonprofits — Dementia Resources Satori Pathway Bernie Marinelli (779) 537-5249 www.satoripathway.org

American Red Cross Lisa LaSala (815) 963-8471 www.redcross.org/rockriver

Styling For Pink Foundation Cindy Genrich (815) 222-5187 www.stylingforpinkfoundation.org

Sgt. P’s Lapghans for Veterans Charlotte Kennedy (815) 765-1172 www.sgtpslapghans.org

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Nonprofits — Veterans Assistance Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County Robert Ryder (815) 544-6464 www.vacbc.org

Outdoor Power Equipment Sales & Services

Popcorn

Tractor Town Collin Crull (815) 547-4100 www.tractortown.com

Doc Popcorn Barry McLean (773) 491-7935 https://www.docpopcorn.com/doc-popcorn/ location-finder/belvidere-tollway-oasis

Nonprofits — Volunteer Programs

Packaging

Printers, Publishers & Newspapers

Lutheran Social Services Pamela Thompson (815) 397-7103 www.lssi.org

Pierce Box & Paper Corporation Denise Blanken, COO (815) 547-1505 www.piercebox.com

Belvidere Daily Republican Kathryn Menue, Editor (815) 547-0084 www.rvpnews.com

Pallets

Boone County Shopper, Inc. Ed Branom (815) 544-2166 www.boonecountyshopper.com

Nonprofits — Women’s Organization YWCA Northwestern Illinois Kris Kieper (815) 968-9681 www.ywcanwil.org

Nonprofits — Youth Organization Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Kathleen Adler (815) 962-5591 www.girlscoutsni.org

Nursing Homes — ST/LT & Rehabilitation Center Maple Crest Care Centre Marc Bright (815) 547-6377 www.maplecrestcare.com Northwoods Care Centre Carrie Jessen (815) 544-0358 www.northwoodscare.com Park Place of Belvidere Margaret Ryan (815) 547-5451

Office Supplies, Equipment & Furniture Mid-City Office Products Larry Bridgeland (815) 633-6789 www.midcitysupplies.com

Optometrist — Exam & Eyewear Family Optical Centre, Inc. Carina Ferrara (815) 544-3431 www.familyopticalcentre.com

Orchards — Apples & Pumpkins (Seasonal) Edwards Apple Orchard Barb Hall (815) 765-2234

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Northwest Pallet Supply Co. Joseph D. Keenan (815) 544-6001 www.northwestpallet.com

Pallets & Crating Paltech Enterprises, Inc. Alex Rengers (815) 547-9300 www.palletsales.net

Rockford Register Star Bea Ricotta (815) 987-1200 www.rrstar.com

Printers, Publishers,Typesetters & Graphics

Parks & Recreations — City

Northwest Graphics Steve Bartscher (815) 544-3676 www.nwgrafix.com

Belvidere Park District Dan Roddewig (815) 547-5711 www.belviderepark.org

Town Square Publications, LLC Michael Holmes (847) 427-4905 www.townsquarepublications.com

Parks & Recreations — County

Professional Baseball

Boone County Conservation District Cathie Johnson (815) 547-7935 www.boonecountyconservationdistrict. org

Rockford Rivets Chad Bauer (815) 240-4159 www.rockfordrivets.vom

Payroll Services Market Dimensions, Inc. John J. Morrissey (815) 963-2435 www.marketd.com

Promotional Products Distributor Firing Line, LLC Marci Hartle (815) 871-4044 www.firinglinepromos.com

Berkshire Hathaway/Crosby Starck Realtors Debbie Carlson (815) 544-1005 www.starckrealtors.com Darecloud Development, Inc. Julie Butler (815) 547-9797 Dickerson & Nieman Realtors Jane Eurek (815) 544-3530 www.dickersonneiman.com Rockford Area Realtors Steve Bois (815) 395-6776 www.rockfordrealtors.org

Residential Labor & Material Carpenter Supplier R & D Thiel, A Div. of Carpenter Contractors of America, Inc. Terrance Smith (815) 544-1699 www.carpentercontractors.com

Restaurant — Dine-In & Carryout Culvers of Belvidere Jim Hutchens (815) 547-0181 www.culvers.com Steam Plant Family Restaurant Sali Limani (815) 547-4155

Restaurant — Dine-In & Fast Food McDonald’s Mike Koteles (815) 544-0141 McDonald’s Mike Koteles (815) 547-5254

Pest Control

Propane Supplier, Gas Grills & Water Systems

Bug Lady Pest Control Chris Mei (815) 289-7947 www.bugladypestcontrol.com

Restaurant — Dine-In, Bar & Banquet

Hicksgas Belvidere, Inc. Mark Weiland (815) 547-6309

Tavern on Clark Sam Sabani (815) 708-7088 www.tavernonclarkrockford.com

Pet Grooming Snazzy Pets Rhonda Surratt (815) 544-7666 www.snazzypets.wordpress.com

Pharmacies Snyder Pharmacy Willa Moen (815) 765-1300 www.snyder-pharmacy.com

Real Estate Century 21 Affiliated Real Estate Rescue Team Gerard DuMelle (815) 218-4014 www.ilrealestateinc.net

Real Estate — Appraisal/Broker/Developer

Restaurant — Dine-In, Carry-Out & Catering Bravo Pizza & Italian Restaurant Joe Ocello (815) 765-9300 www.bravopizzarestaurant.com

Belvidere Board of Realtors Karen Thomas (815) 544-2719 www.belvidereboardofrealtors.com

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Restaurant — Dine-In, Carry-Out, Bar & Catering Tropical Oasis Restaurant & Catering Anthony Dini (815) 328-8644 www.tropicaloasis.biz

Restaurant — Dine-In, Carry-Out, Catering & Delivery Rosati’s Pizza Sam Rosati (815) 544-3121 www.rosatispizza.com

Restoration/Construction Paul Davis Restoration of Rockford Tracy Koch (815) 547-9600 www.pauldavisrockford.com

Retail — Farm Supplies, Home & Garden Blain’s Farm & Fleet Steven Scalish (815) 544-3282 www.farmandfleet.com

Retail — Quilt Shop Sunshine Stitches, Inc. Shelley Johnson (815) 323-5022 www.sunshinestitchesinc.com

Retail — Surplus Store Peddlerz Surplus Store Jeffrey Zei (815) 375-0156

Retail Paint Store The Sherwin-Williams Company Courtney O’Brien-Manders (815) 544-8484 www.sherwin-williams.com

Retirement Communities Shadley Apartments Kelly Sumwalt (815) 547-5255 www.ludwigco.com

RV & Camping Resort

Teacher Recognition

Thousand Trails Pine Country Lori Sheahan (815) 547-5517 www.thousandtrails.com

Golden Apple Foundation Jennifer Stark (815) 226-4180 www.goldenappleofrockford.com

Seal Coating, Paving, Concrete & Maintenance

Title Companies

Bel Rock Asphalt Paving, Inc. Jan Humphry (815) 547-5061 www.belrockinc.com

Seasonal Fall Attraction — Pumpkin Patch The Lindberg Pumpkin Patch Cheryl Lindberg (815) 871-2591 www.thegreatpumpkinpatch.com

Security Metal Barrier Products Infrastructure Defense Technologies, LLC Manuela Martinez (800) 379-1822 www.infrastructure-defense.com

Service Organizations — Court Appointed Special Advocate Boone County C.A.S.A. Charlotte Meier (815) 547-6599 www.boonecountycasa.org

Signs Image Signs Bob Baker (815) 282-4141 www.imagesigns.com ShawCraft Sign Co. Jay Allen (815) 282-4105 www.shawcraft.com

Social Service Organizations — Senior Services Boone County Council on Aging Joe Fortmann (815) 544-9893 www.keenage.org Lifescape Community Services, Inc. Mike Hughes (815) 963-1609 www.lifescapeservices.org

Roofing, Siding, Solar, Gutters & Windows

Social Services

EcoHome Expert, Inc. Paula Adair (815) 544-1100 www.ecohomeexpert.com

Access Services of Northern IL Mathew Toohey (815) 282-8824 www.accessni.com

NLT Title, L.L.C. Tiffany Babb (815) 547-9900 www.nlt-title.com Title Underwriters Agency Carla Mizner (815) 544-2222 www.titleunderwriters.com

Tourism Northern Illinois Tourism Bonnie Heimbach (815) 547-3740 www.visitnorthernillinois.com

Transmission Auto Repair Boone County Transmissions, Inc. Todd Page (815) 547-7100 www.boonecountytransmissions.com

Transportation — Motor Coach Charters & Tours Windstar Lines, Inc. Derrick Janssen (888) 494-6378 www.gowindstar.com

Transportation & Trucking Gallano Trucking, Inc. Dave Gallano (815) 544-1169 www.gallanotruckinginc.com

Water Conditioning/ Drinking Water Culligan Ken Thomas (815) 547-5388 www.uswatercompany.com

Water Treatment/ Bottled Water Service Mr. Goodwater, Inc. Butch Rosecke (815) 544-0800 www.mrgoodwater.com

Wealth Management Financial Advisor Savant Capital, LLC Scott Kaiser (815) 227-0300 www.savantcapital.com

Wireless Retail Store Cricket (Freedom Wireless dba) Vick Mehta (815) 323-6488

Wool & Fiber Store — Retail & Fiber Mill The Complete Sheep Shoppe Jane Zeien (815) 721-4799 www.completesheepshoppe.com

Youth Educational/Clubs Blackhawk Area Council Boys Scouts of America Jared Carlin (815) 397-0210

Travel Agency Cruise Planners — Ed Jensen Edward D. Jensen (815) 580-4441 www.jensencruisetravel.com

Unions — Education Belvidere Education Association Kendra Asbury, President 2015

Utilities Enbridge Taylor Smith (219) 864-5469 www.enbridge.com

Utilities — Electric ComEd Dean Breuer (815) 490-2786 www.exelon.com

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Advertiser Index Abbott Plastics ........................................................................................... 19

Heritage Woods of Belvidere ................................................................... 35

Acument Global Technologies................................................................. 29

Ida Public Library ...................................................................................... 22

Allstate — David Mace ............................................................................. 13

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School ................................................... 21

Alpine Bank ................................................................................................ 15

Jack Wolf Auto Group ............................................................................... 23

American Family Insurance ..................................................................... 11

Jerry Butitta Automotive Services ........................................................... 24

Ballard Companies, Inc. ........................................................................... 33

John Morrissey Accountants, Inc. ........................................................... 31

Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP ....................................7

John’s Pitstop .............................................................................................. 23

Bel Rock Asphalt Paving, Inc. .................................................................. 31

The Lindberg Pumpkin Patch .................................................................. 16

Beloit Snappers .............................................................................................5

Manley’s Collision Center ........................................................................ 24

Belvidere Assembly Plant and U.A.W. .......................................................3

Maple Crest Care Centre / Northwoods Care Centre .......................... 35

Belvidere Board of Realtors...................................................................... 13

McDonald’s................................................................................................. 29

Belvidere Family YMCA........................................................................... 35

McEachran Homestead Winery .............................................................. 31

Belvidere Farmers Mutual Insurance Company ................................... 11

Members Alliance Credit Union ............................................................. 13

Belvidere Funeral Home, Inc. .................................................................. 31

Mercyhealth ..................................................................................................4

Belvidere Mobil.......................................................................................... 29

Mid-City Office Products ......................................................................... 27

Belvidere Moose #295 Family Center ..................................................... 19

Mr. Goodwater........................................................................................... 11

Belvidere Park District .............................................................................. 17

Mr. Quicks .................................................................................................. 29

Belvidere School District #100 ................................................................ 20

Neighborhood Cleaners ........................................................................... 29

Biglinny Firearms ...................................................................................... 19

North Boone Community Unit School District 200............................. 21

Blackhawk Bank ........................................................................................ 31

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center........................................................ 52

Boone County Conservation District ..................................................... 19

Pacemaker Countryside Markets ............................................................ 29

Boone County Council on Aging ............................................................ 33

Park Place of Belvidere ............................................................................. 51

The Boone County Housing Authority .................................................. 11

Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling ................................................... 11

Boone County Transmissions .................................................................. 24

Poplar Grove State Bank ........................................................................... 27

Bravo Pizza & Italian Restaurant ............................................................. 29

Poplar Grove United Methodist Church ................................................ 31

Byron Bank ....................................................................................................9

Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum ................................. 19

Candlewick Lake ....................................................................................... 13

Rock River Valley Blood Center .............................................................. 35

Carpenter Contractors of America, Inc.................................................. 27

Rock Valley College................................................................................... 22

Cherryvale Place ........................................................................................ 15

Rosa Martinez & Associates ..................................................................... 35

City of Belvidere ...........................................................................................3

Rosati’s Pizza .............................................................................................. 27

Compass Wealth Services, LLC ............................................................... 27

Saint Anthony College of Nursing .......................................................... 22

Corrugated Metals, Inc. ............................................................................ 32

Saint James School..................................................................................... 35

Culver’s........................................................................................................ 29

Shadley Apartments .................................................................................. 11

Dari-Ripple................................................................................................. 29

Sherwin-Williams...................................................................................... 29

Dixon Auto Sales, Inc................................................................................ 24

State Farm ......................................................................................................7

Edwards Orchard....................................................................................... 31

Steam Plant Family Restaurant ................................................................ 27

Fiesta Market.............................................................................................. 27

SwedishAmerican Medical Center .............................................................2

First National Bank ................................................................................... 19

Thousand Trails Pine Country RV & Camping Resort ........................ 19

Flanders Insurance .................................................................................... 15

Tilfords Auto & Truck Service Center .................................................... 23

Furst Staffing .............................................................................................. 13

Two Men and a Truck ............................................................................... 11

General Mills Belvidere Plant .....................................................................7

US Bank .........................................................................................................7

Greenview Estates...................................................................................... 13

Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County, Illinois ............... 33

Growth Dimensions .....................................................................................9

Walmart ...................................................................................................... 27

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Enhanced Care Superior Rehabilitation

embers. m y l i m to help. heir fa t e r e d h n t a who are- Jan Barn esidents r ff o a t t s n y e l nd s op ith frie w is alway l r e o e o f d e ’s homelik istrator n y i r e m v d a a The now has e c a l P Park

The management at Park Place is dedicated to creating a better healing environment. Our facilities are completely remodeled and we offer a host of amenities. Our improved staff features caring and compassionate nurses and therapists. We look forward to servicing the skilled nursing and rehabilitation needs of our community. Physician led Wound Care program

Flat screen TV’s in every room

7 day a week therapy available

Nurse Practitioners onsite

Newly renovated rooms

Private suites available

1701 West 5th Ave • Belvidere, IL 61008 • P: 815 547 5451 • F: 815 544 4059 • www.parkplacebelvidere.com ILBELCW17 design.indd 51

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Access to the right care at the right time – as convenient as it is essential. When it comes to keeping you and your family healthy, you want access to world-class technology, innovative treatments and a wide range of services. You want the best possible care right here at home. That’s why OSF HealthCare is your choice for health care. OSF Medical Group Primary Care • Same day appointments available Outpatient and Diagnostic Services OSF PromptCare (815) 547-3780 Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

OSF Center for Health 1954 Gateway Center Drive Belvidere, Illinois (815) 544-7400

Learn more at osfhealthcare.org

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