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Women's March-McHenry County hosting event on Woodstock Square

In the wake of the 2018 midterm elections that propelled an unprecedented wave of women to Congress, Women's March-McHenry County has planned a Women’s March on the Woodstock Square in coordination with sister marches in cities and communities across the globe.


Woodstock farm kid gets alumni honor

A University of Wisconsin professor who grew up on a vegetable farm in rural Woodstock has received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from McHenry County College. James Nienhuis, known worldwide for contributions in plant breeding and genetics, won the honor from MCC and the Friends of McHenry Cou


Another winter weather advisory takes effect in Central Illinois Wednesday night

BLOOMINGTON — Another quick overnight weather system is expected to bring a wintry mix to Central Illinois. The National Weather Service in Lincoln has issued a winter weather advisory, running from 9 p.m. Wednesday through 9 a.m. Thursday. NWS forecasters say a brief period of freezing rain will le


Woodstock City Council unanimously approves controversial TIF district

The Woodstock City Council voted Tuesday to establish a controversial tax increment financing district in the city. The downtown TIF No. 2 will cover parts of the downtown and Route 47 areas. Woodstock has an existing TIF district that is set to expire next year. TIF districts are economic developme


Driver crashes into pole, flees on foot in unincorporated Woodstock, police say

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office is looking for a driver who crashed a car into a roadside pole Friday night and fled the scene on foot, authorities said. The crash happened about 10 p.m. Friday in the 4800 block of Dean Street near Woodstock, sheriff's office spokeswoman Sandra Rogers said.


Report: Woodstock TIF fund reaches $319K deficit

The city of Woodstock’s tax increment financing district fund ended the fiscal year with a deficit of more than $300,000, according to an annual report filed with the Illinois Comptroller’s Office.


The Woodstock Independent’s Pet of the Week, “Reeces”

Big, orange, 8-year-old Reeces would like to audition for the job of holding down your sofa or recliner. He’d also be excellent at anchoring your Ottoman. Given the opportunity, Reeces does a spot-on impression of a throw rug. Yes, if you need a daily reminder to chillax, then Reeces is the cat for


Illinois Lottery Ticket Mess-Up on Tuesday

Lottery officials admitted that there was a major was a goof up today for some people who tried to purchase lottery tickets on Tuesday. If you play the Illinois Lottery Pick 3 or Pick 4 games, you may have missed out on your chance to win, if you tried to purchase tickets for Tuesday's midday drawin


Police issue citation after 3-vehicle crash Tuesday in Huntley

The Huntley Police Department and the Huntley Fire Protection District responded to a three-vehicle crash about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Algonquin and Haligus roads. The investigation revealed a 2010 Jeep Patriot was westbound on Algonquin Road, attempting to make a left turn, when it struck an eastboun


Year-old sales tax ‘definite benefit’

A year after increasing Woodstock’s local sales tax, city officials are pleased with the results. Property taxes have been lowered to offset the sales tax impact on city residents, lots more money is being used to repair streets, and out-of-towners who spend money in Woodstock are helping to pay for


Illinois: Food Stamp Benefits Early, Not Extra

(Springfield, IL) — The people who manage food stamps in Illinois are warning folks across the state not to spend too much this weekend. The Illinois Department of Human Services says the nearly two-million people who are on food stamps in the state should get their benefits for February by Sunday.


SportsCity survives ‘challenging’ start

SportsCity Academy, an indoor training facility in Woodstock, last month celebrated 10 years in business. SportsCity opened in December 2008 to serve athletes and sports organization in Woodstock and the greater McHenry County area.


Volunteers Needed for CL Park District Ice Fishing Derby

This post was contributed by a community member. The Crystal Lake Park District is looking for volunteers to assist with the Ice Fishing Derby at West Beach on Crystal Lake on Sunday, February 10. Volunteers are needed for various duties including concessions, registration, raffles and runners. Anyo


Crystal Lake Barnes & Noble set to close in August

Barnes & Noble, 5380 Route 14, will close in August, according to a statement from a company spokesperson. “The lease at our Crystal Lake location expires this August, and the store will close then," Jim Lampassi, the company's vice president of real estate development, said in a statement Wednesday


New scholarship honors MCC alumna

Sally Reuter Radka was a single mother of four children when she entered McHenry County College in the early 1970s, when classes were held at the former Pure Oil Building in Crystal Lake.


Women’s March hits the Square Saturday

Woodstock this weekend will be the site of a Women’s March in coordination with “sister marches” in cities and communities around the globe. According to a news release, the march in Woodstock will be one of hundreds taking place nationwide on Saturday to commemorate the 2017 Women’s March on Washin


Code Red: Wintry mix coming to Central Illinois

ILLINOIS (WICS/WRSP) — A CODE RED WEATHER ALERT is in effect for overnight tonight as well as for Saturday as central Illinois remains under a very active and unsettled weather pattern.


The Land Conservancy Hosts Annual Celebration Brunch

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County (TLC), a nonprofit land trust, will host a celebration of the people who work to preserve and restore land in McHenry County on Sunday, Jan. 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at D'Andrea Banquet Hall, 4419 US-14 in Crystal Lake.


Police reports for Lake in the Hills

Information in police reports is obtained from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and municipal police departments. Individuals listed in police reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.


Police arrest 2nd person in connection with Johnsburg gun theft

A Johnsburg woman remained at the McHenry County Jail Wednesday evening on charges claiming she helped steal 18 firearms and several hundreds of dollars in cash. Police on Tuesday arrested 33-year-old Vanessa McGehee-Stapleton on a warrant that was issued in July. It wasn't immediately clear why pol