In the past if residents in Boone County, Ill., wanted to get updates about local events or find the latest news, the county website would've been a bad place to look.

During the past 10 years, the county website had become incompatible with modern browsers and could only be updated by users who knew HTML code. That technology job was left in the hands of only two people, and it was a pain.

"The old website was definitely showing its age," said Mike Wrenn, GIS coordinator for Boone County. "We had an out-of-date browser and Java scripts that didn't work anymore. Rarely did any news or upcoming events make it to the website."

In August, Boone County officially launched an improved website built in-house at no additional cost to the county. The long-overdue makeover enables departments to upload board agendas, news, announcements and vital emergency information to the public.

Now that county workers can do updates without IT help, county officials expect to reflect a user-friendly government with a site that's easy to navigate, up to date and free from clutter. Employees now have log-ins and passwords, and for the first time, Wrenn said, the county can actually keep track of site visitors. Since launching Aug. 27, he said, nearly 4,000 users have checked out the website.


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Russell Nichols  |  Staff Writer