It’s a land-use squeeze play:
Rockford is expanding eastward, while Chicagoland is creeping westward from McHenry County. Boone County is sandwiched in between.
“We’re getting hit from both sides,” says Mark Williams, executive director of Growth Dimensions, a nonprofit organization promoting economic development in that county.
Development spilling out of Chicago, for example, is just miles from consuming Belvidere, the Boone County seat that is more than 70 miles from the Loop.