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Greenwood Ave., Tappan St. To Become Four-Way Stop

Greenwood Ave., Tappan St. To Become Four-Way Stop

An intersection near a public park is set to become a four-way stop after the Woodstock City Council voted May 2 to install more stop signs on Greenwood Avenue, a few blocks west of Seminary Avenue.

New Woodstock City Council Members Sworn In

New Woodstock City Council Members Sworn In

Two new members of the Woodstock City Council were sworn in and two incumbent city officials were re-installed during a brief ceremony May 2.

Should the Sales Tax Be Raised?

Should the Sales Tax Be Raised?

As Woodstock officials weigh whether to increase the city’s sales tax rate, local entrepreneurs are divided over how a hike would impact their businesses.

City Settles Lawsuit Filed Over Arrest for $80,000

A man arrested by Woodstock Police whose drug charges were later tossed received an $80,000 settlement from the city of Woodstock.

Route 47 Project Moving Forward

Route 47 Project Moving Forward

The Illinois Department of Transportation will seek approval for four roundabout intersections in Woodstock when its plans for redeveloping Route 47 are presented at a public hearing next year.

Council Postpones Vote on Downtown Parking Times

Council Postpones Vote on Downtown Parking Times

The Woodstock City Council postponed its vote on relaxing parking restrictions on Calhoun and Jefferson streets in downtown Woodstock in order to get more feedback on the proposal.

Woodstock Mulling Downtown Mural

Woodstock Mulling Downtown Mural

A proposal for a downtown mural highlighting Woodstock’s entertainment bona fides received a warm reception from city officials.

As Cop Pension Costs Rise, Officials Raise Alarm

As Cop Pension Costs Rise, Officials Raise Alarm

The city of Woodstock’s payments to its police pension fund have increased more than 60 percent since 2007, prompting some city officials to question the state’s formula for funding police pensions.

Woodstock's First Police Dog Dies

Woodstock's First Police Dog Dies

The Woodstock Police Department’s first police dog, Brinx, will be added to the roster at the Northern Illinois Police K-9 Memorial, the WPD has announced.

Enrollment Open in Police Explorer Program

Enrollment Open in Police Explorer Program

The Woodstock Police Department is offering youth the opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a career in law enforcement.

Woodstock's Population: 25,000-plus

Woodstock's Population: 25,000-plus

Woodstock’s population is 25,357, according to the preliminary results of a special census, a figure that will give the city home-rule status.

Woodstock Police to Begin Carrying Opioid Antidote

Woodstock police officers will begin carrying an emergency antidote for opioid overdoses before the end of the year, Police Chief John Lieb said.

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Archive » Woodstock City Council News

Debs to Be Recognized With Marker at Sheriff’s House

Eugene V. Debs’ connection to Woodstock’s Sheriff’s House will be recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society despite concerns the influential labor leader’s politics could scare away donors.

Council Talks Benton St. Dining Plan

Part of Benton Street could be reserved for al fresco dining if the City Council moves forward with a proposal to allow restaurants to set up outdoor tables, but not everyone thinks it’s a good plan.

Council OKs Gambling at Square Restaurant

A restaurant on the Woodstock Square will offer video gambling after a divided City Council voted to allow it.

New Woodstock City Council Members Sworn In

Two new members of the Woodstock City Council were sworn in and two incumbent city officials were re-installed during a brief ceremony May 2.

Downtown Salon to Expand After Receiving Loan From City

A local salon will unveil a new look after receiving a $60,000 loan from the city of Woodstock.

City Removes Prindiville’s Property From TIF

The Woodstock City Council removed several properties from the city’s Tax Increment Financing District April 18 to avoid a conflict of interest for an incoming councilman.

Crystal Lake Marine to Expand, City OKs Loan

Crystal Lake Marine Services is expanding and rebranding with the help of an $85,000 loan from the city of Woodstock.

City Council Approves New Budget

Woodstock residents will pay more for water after the City Council approved a new budget that includes a 3 percent hike in water and sewer rates.

Should the Sales Tax Be Raised?

As Woodstock officials weigh whether to increase the city’s sales tax rate, local entrepreneurs are divided over how a hike would impact their businesses.

Woodstock Increases Fees for Gambling Machine Operators

Businesses with gambling machines will pay a lot more to the city of Woodstock for their licenses and permits.

City Renews Agreement With Writing Workshop

The city of Woodstock will continue its partnership with a local writing workshop after the City Council unanimously approved an extension to its agreement with EMH Consulting Group Feb. 7.

City Council Extends Contract for Lobbyist

The city of Woodstock will have a lobbyist for another year after the City Council voted 6-1 to approve a contract extension for its Springfield-based legislative advocate.

Mayoral Candidate Drops Out of Race

Allen Stebbins has withdrawn from the race for Woodstock mayor, cutting the field of candidates in that election to three.

Council OKs More Stringent Voting Rule

The seven-member Woodstock City Council will need at least four yes votes to pass most measures regardless of how many members are present to vote.

City Council Formalizes Home Rule in Code

The Woodstock City Council re-adopted and amended the city code Jan. 17 to include Woodstock’s new status as a home-rule municipality.

Woodstock’s Population Higher than Estimated

It turns out Woodstock is a little larger than the U.S. Census Bureau initially thought.

City Sets Property Tax Levy

The Woodstock City Council approved an ordinance Dec. 6 setting its 2016 property tax levy at $9.26 million that forgoes an inflationary increase.

Council Passes Resolution on Courthouse Ownership, Use

The Woodstock City Council formalized its support for retaining long-term city ownership of the Old Courthouse property by approving a resolution Dec. 6.

Officials Consider TIF Extension to Pay for Courthouse

Woodstock city officials said they will consider petitioning Springfield to extend the length of a tax increment financing district in order to help pay for the restoration of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on the Square.

Council Discusses Keeping Courthouse

City officials support retaining long-term public ownership of the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House.

Council Postpones Vote on Downtown Parking Times

The Woodstock City Council postponed its vote on relaxing parking restrictions on Calhoun and Jefferson streets in downtown Woodstock in order to get more feedback on the proposal.

Woodstock Mulling Downtown Mural

A proposal for a downtown mural highlighting Woodstock’s entertainment bona fides received a warm reception from city officials.

As Cop Pension Costs Rise, Officials Raise Alarm

The city of Woodstock’s payments to its police pension fund have increased more than 60 percent since 2007, prompting some city officials to question the state’s formula for funding police pensions.

Woodstock's Population: 25,000-plus

Woodstock’s population is 25,357, according to the preliminary results of a special census, a figure that will give the city home-rule status.

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Archive » Other City News

Police: Man Stole $3,300 Worth of Cigarettes From Store

A man who police said stole vast quantities of cigarettes from a local grocery store on three separate occasions has been charged with felony theft.

City Kicks off Downtown Planning Efforts

The city of Woodstock wants input from residents when it comes to planning for the future of Woodstock’s greater downtown area.

WHS Students to Present — ‘Shark Tank’ Style

Students from Woodstock High School’s business incubator program will present their proposals to the public Thursday, May 18.

Greenwood Ave., Tappan St. To Become Four-Way Stop

An intersection near a public park is set to become a four-way stop after the Woodstock City Council voted May 2 to install more stop signs on Greenwood Avenue, a few blocks west of Seminary Avenue.

100 Volunteers Work to ‘Keep Woodstock Beautiful’

About 100 people turned out on a sunny Saturday morning to spruce up the town at the second annual Keep Woodstock Beautiful community cleanup day.

City Settles Lawsuit Filed Over Arrest for $80,000

A man arrested by Woodstock Police whose drug charges were later tossed received an $80,000 settlement from the city of Woodstock.

Fuller Wins Dorr Highway Race, Murray Wins in Hartland

Challenger John Fuller will be Dorr Township’s new highway commissioner after winning one of only a handful of contested township races in the Woodstock area.

Woodstock PD’s K9 to Receive Protective Gear

Thanks to a nonprofit organization and local fundraising efforts, the Woodstock Police Department’s working canine will receive an extra line of protection.

Local Business Pledges $10,000 for Mural

A local business has pledged big money to help bring a mural to downtown Woodstock.

Single-Family Home Sales Increased From 2015

Home sales in the Woodstock area rose in 2016 over the previous year, according to Multiple Listing Service data.

No Charges Against Former Woodstock Cop

Prosecutors will not bring perjury charges against a former Woodstock Police officer who is being sued for allegedly lying to a grand jury and performing an illegal traffic stop.

First Snow of Season Snags Drivers

Three car crashes, all believed to be weather-related, took place Dec. 4 with the first major snowfall of the season.

Counterfeit Bills Being Passed Around, Woodstock Police Say

Officials from the Woodstock Police Department said they have noted an increase in counterfeit currency in the Woodstock area in recent months.

Route 47 Project Moving Forward

The Illinois Department of Transportation will seek approval for four roundabout intersections in Woodstock when its plans for redeveloping Route 47 are presented at a public hearing next year.

WPD Releases Traffic Enforcement Results

The Woodstock Police Department joined other state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce two initiatives during Thanksgiving week.

Parade Participants Spread Holiday Joy

Smiles and Santa hats abounded as a ribbon of holiday enthusiasts made its way from Woodstock High School to the Square Nov. 27 in the annual Woodstock Christmas Parade.

Lighting of the Square Returns Nov. 25

The holidays will officially begin for Woodstock residents this weekend with the flip of a switch. Thousands will gather for the Lighting of the Square at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.

Woodstock Woman Charged in Stabbing

A Woodstock woman was charged with multiple counts of battery on Halloween night following a stabbing that sent a man to the hospital via helicopter.

Police Arrest Woman for Prostitution

A Chicago woman who worked at an unlicensed massage parlor in Woodstock was arrested Nov. 4 for allegedly engaging in prostitution, police said.

Police: Man Stole Cigs, Cash from Elderly Victim

A Woodstock man was charged with robbery Oct. 24 after police said he stole cigarettes and money from an elderly man and fled the scene.

Sex Offender Charged with Living too Close to School

A Woodstock woman who is a registered sex offender was charged Oct. 24 with unlawfully residing too close to a school.

Woodstock Police to Wear Body Cameras

Woodstock police officers will be outfitted with body cameras in a move city officials said is aimed at ensuring accountability from police and members of the public alike.

Librarian Closes Chapter on 32 Years of Work

After 32 years serving as a reference librarian, Julie Fee has retired and is headed home – to read a book.

Woodstock's First Police Dog Dies

The Woodstock Police Department’s first police dog, Brinx, will be added to the roster at the Northern Illinois Police K-9 Memorial, the WPD has announced.

Enrollment Open in Police Explorer Program

The Woodstock Police Department is offering youth the opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a career in law enforcement.

Woodstock Clown Count: One, But Not the Creepy Kind

A clown spotted near the Woodstock train station may have been showing a little school spirit, the police chief says.

Woodstock Police to Begin Carrying Opioid Antidote

Woodstock police officers will begin carrying an emergency antidote for opioid overdoses before the end of the year, Police Chief John Lieb said.

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