Saturday, July 26, 2014

Boone County Job Opportunities


Animal Control Warden

Date: July 24, 2014

Department: Animal Control

Location: Belvidere, Illinois

Pay: $12.50, DOQ

Pay Type: Hourly

Employment Type: Full Time; Part-time arrangement negotiable


This position enforces all County ordinances and applicable State of Illinois laws pertaining to animal control as designated by Boone County. The position also works with the public to identify, resolve, and improve upon animal control issues that arise. The County is seeking an individual who has impeccable communication and customer service skills. Additionally, the candidate must have a proven successful record of independent judgment and be flexible with working in a variety of environments.


This candidate will be responsible for variety of tasks including patrolling assigned areas to capture stray animals, receiving and responding to public complaints, issuance of citations, cleaning and maintaining kennel areas, feeding animals and operating animal control equipment. Other duties may be assigned. This is an on-call position. Candidates must be willing to work rotating weekends and some holidays. This position reports to the Operations Supervisor.


This position requires knowledge of animal behavior, animal control laws and animal handling skills. Requires skill driving animal control vehicle and handling of animal control equipment. Valid driver’s license is required. This person must have some animal handling experience and good public communication skills, work independently and also as a team player. This position requires extensive knowledge of animals, especially dogs. Experience working in a related position is a plus.


This position requires extensive physical demands. Job duties could require frequent standing, walking, and use of hands. Must have the ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. Occasionally, candidate may be required to lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.


A combination of office and field work. Exposure to disagreeable elements such as heat and cold.


Candidates must possess a high school diploma or general education degree (GED) and six months experience working with animals. Bilingual skills a plus.

This position is 40 hours per week with a starting wage of $12.50 per hour DOQ. This is a union position. Boone County offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental, retirement, and vacation.

Please submit completed application, resume and cover letter to:

Boone County Administration Office

1212 Logan Avenue, Suite 102

Belvidere, IL 61008

Applications are available online at:

Applications must be received by August 15, 2014.

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Bill’s initiatives over the last two years have improved your county government. These are a few of Bill’s accomplishments.

     · Suggested and succeeded in having all appointed posts and jobs openings posted on county website

     · Insured that the required disclosures of employee salaries are available to the public; by name not merely job description.

     · Demanded the County Board Chairman posts all proposed appointments in advance. Based upon the requirement of the board’s advice and consent, Bill votes on no appointment unless they are posted in advanced on the website and the application letters of all applicants are made public. Unfortunately the chairman only sometimes complies with this request.

     · Questioned why the county has not completed a physical inventory of property in over seven years. In 2014 such an inventory was finally completed and a perpetual inventory system is being devised.  County ordinances required such inventories yet the county failed to comply with the requirement for years.

     · Written evaluation of employees supervised by the County Administrator will now occur once per year. Previously formal evaluations were not required and did not occur.

It is the duty of the county board to provide general supervision of the animal services, planning enforcement and building department and the County Administrator’s office.  Bill criticized the county for not having written procedures for these activities.   Bill suggested written logs of zoning complaints, car usage, office calls and office contacts; unfortunately these suggestions have not been accepted.  Hopefully the accountability benefits of such rudimentary recordkeeping will eventually be accepted.

Bill’s two District One opponents are opposed to Wind Farms. Bill voted against the ordinance change because the proposed 2000 feet set back would effectively prohibited commercial wind turbines in the county. Wind turbines can be effectively regulated by the special use provision of the county zoning code. That position was recommended by the profession staff of the County Zoning Department.


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Income Growth for College Grads:
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

About 1,300 workers are scheduled to attend sessions Friday and Saturday at an expo center in Villa Park, Illinois, where they'll be asked to do "whatever it takes" to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the national effort and a representative of the Service Employees International Union.

The union has been providing financial and organizational support to the fast-food protests that began in late 2012 in New York City and have included daylong strikes and a protest outside this year's McDonald's Corp. shareholder meeting that resulted in more than 130 arrests

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rob Funderburg Jr.: Philanthropist committed to improving the community

By Jeff Kolkey
Register Star Media
Posted Jul. 20, 2014 @ 5:00 am

Alpine Bank Chairman Rob Funderburg Jr. was introduced to the family business at a young age.

The third-generation banker, land developer and philanthropist grew up in Rockford and fondly recalls frequent visits to what was then Belvidere Bank.
“I would drive around with my dad on Saturday mornings to check on projects he was working on,” the 52-year-old said. “I was 17 when I started working at Alpine Bank as a teller and in operations.”
He’s been married to Cathy since 1993 and is the father of two. The family is known for its banking interests, land ownership and donations to worthy causes.
Funderburg’s father and aunt contributed money for Funderburg Stadium, which was built in 1967 and named in memory of his grandfather, Hugh K. Funderburg. Last year, Alpine Bank “contributed more than $700,000 to 350 community organizations,” Funderburg said. And the Funderburg Foundation donates thousands of dollars to area cultural, community and recreational organizations in Winnebago and Boone counties every year.
“The family is so unique in how they care for the community and the people in the community,” said Bill Roop, president and CEO of Alpine Bank. “I never cease to be amazed at how generous they are and how honorable they are.”
Funderburg succeeded his father, as his father had succeeded his grandfather, as leader of the family businesses. He was elected chairman of Alpine Bank & Trust Co. in 1992 after his father became ill and died.

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Faces of Summer: Garden Prairie grower a lifelong farmers marketer

BELVIDERE — Mary Brubach’s Saturday mornings in the summer have been the same since as long as she can remember.
Mary’s mother, Susie, ran Susie’s Garden Patch in Garden Prairie, and 31-year-old Mary said “for the past 27 or 28 years” they’ve been bringing fresh produce to the Belvidere Farmers Market, which runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Saturday from early June to late October.
“This is all I’ve known,” Brubach said. “I don’t want to do anything else though. I love to interact with my customers. They know me, and I know them. They’ll tell me stories about how my parents sat me down ‘over there’ while they ran the produce stand.”
Mary’s father died about 18 months ago, and Mary and her husband essentially have taken over the garden patch and now they, along with Susie’s help as well as a part-time college student, sell produce ranging from asparagus to rhubarb at farmers markets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“It’s tiring, but it’s fun,” said Brubach, who also likes to shop at other farmers markets, such as Woodstock and Beloit, Wisconsin. “I get to educate people about things they wouldn’t think about because they are used to buying food in stores.”

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