Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Northwest Herald | D-300 hears wind farm proposal


District 300 [Carpentersville –Hampshire]  is currently a member of an informal School Wind Consortium that also includes Keeneyville District 20 and Prospect Heights District 23. In that group, the districts work together to investigate opportunities and legislation to make a wind farm “legally and financially feasible” for them.

Under the proposal before the board, the trio would formalize their efforts by agreeing to an intergovernmental agreement. The districts would then work together to explore building a 10-turbine wind farm downstate. Any spending from the district would have to come back to the board for another vote.

The money – an estimated $2 million a year after six years – made from the wind farm would be used to offset the district’s energy costs. A private investor would have control of the farm for the first six years and benefit from certain tax incentives, a move that would remove any out-of-pocket costs for the district.


Northwest Herald | D-300 hears wind farm proposal

Boone County Taxpayers Association Addressees Unemployment in our Community

The Boone County Taxpayers Association (BCTA) is hosting an informational meeting for all of the unemployed and dislocated workers in Boone County. There is no cost for this program, and everyone is welcome to attend.
The BCTA meeting will be held on July 30, 2009 at Belvidere Township Hall, Fairgrounds Road, at 7 PM. The doors will open at 6:30 PM. Our speakers for the evening will be Sue Carmichael and members of her staff from the Rock Valley College Dislocated workers program. They will provide us with information on all of the existing workers assistance program that are available to our community and advise us on how to take advantage of them. We will also discuss stimulus programs and how they may help us. Local officials and other authorities regarding this subject are also invited to attend this meeting in order to generate ideas and positive discussion to give our unemployed the help they need. Please invite your friends and neighbors who may currently be unemployed and in need of this type of information.
We hope to see numerous members of the public join us on July 30, 2009, to learn about and to take advantage of these unemployed worker programs.
Please click on the link below to review the Rockford college dislocated workers program brochure for more information.
Click here: Rock Valley College Brochure
Sincerely, Diann Helnore,
Director, Boone County Taxpayer Association


Economists: Winnebago County wage hikes deceiving - - BusinessRockford.com

(photo) Joel Cowen

Winnebago County’s 3.1 percent wage increase topped the national average, which was 2.2 percent

That likely means the average wage got a bump because of cuts in the work force, not pay increases.

Joel Cowen, dean of health systems research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, said he’d expect the average wage to decrease as the bureau releases new data.

“The fourth quarter is usually somewhat favorable,” he said. “When they get into 2009, I’d expect to see that get a bit lower.”

Click on the following for the rest of he story:  Economists: Winnebago County wage hikes deceiving - - BusinessRockford.com