Belvidere was at 20,820 in 2000. Loves Park had a special census in 2005 that put the city at 22,476, and a year later a special census in Machesney Park found 22,704 living within its borders.
Belvidere Mayor Fred Brereton said there’s a good chance Belvidere has passed the 25,000 mark.
“There was a lot of growth from 2000 to 2008. We would be surprised if we didn’t reach it,” he said. “It won’t make a huge transition as far as how business is conducted. ... It just happens.”