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Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Final costs for project total $61,000 A city-funded outdoor dining project ended up costing Woodstock over 20 percent more than estimated. Final expenses for the Benton Street Boardwalk totaled $61,115.52, according to Paul Christensen, Woodstock’s finance director....

Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Following a public hearing on the matter, city officials differ on whether or not to implement a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock — and if so, how much the city should charge. The City Council is considering increasing  Woodstock’s sales tax on general merchandise....

Residents Weigh in on Sales Tax Increase

The condition of Woodstock’s infrastructure, taxes and business climate dominated discussion at a public hearing on a possible increase to the city’s sales tax. Opinion was divided during the Aug. 1 hearing before the City Council, which stretched for about an hour...

Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Woodstock could gain acreage and Bull Valley could gain access to city water and sewer services under the terms of a deal approved by both municipalities last month. A 20-year boundary agreement between the city of Woodstock and the village of Bull Valley would allow...

Council Meetings Could Be Viewed Online

Woodstock City Council meetings could soon be accessed online if officials move forward with a plan to record them. At a workshop July 18, council members discussed different ways to broadcast the body’s twice-monthly meetings. Proposals ranged from basic — uploading...

Storage, Gas Station Planned for 14 and 47

The southwest corner of Highway 14 and Route 47 could soon have a gas station, convenience store and storage facility after the Woodstock City Council approved a special-use permit for the development. Glenview-based Pearl Street Commercial LLC plans to build a...

Centegra to Suspend Most Inpatient Care

Centegra Health System plans to greatly reduce the number of services it offers at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, suspending most inpatient care and leaving the hospital with a “basic” emergency department. By Aug. 14, the 106-bed hospital at 3701 Doty Road will stop...

Council OKs Rules for Outdoor Dining Project

A fourth establishment will be added to the Benton Street Boardwalk after the Woodstock City Council finalized the rules for the controversial outdoor dining project. Benton Street Tap will join three other restaurants in using the “boardwalk,” a city-funded project...

Council OKs Purchase for Outdoor Dining Project

Part of Benton Street is set to be reserved for al fresco dining this summer after the Woodstock City Council approved plans for a project that some said shouldn’t receive public funding. Restaurants along Benton Street will be able to pay a fee to use one of several...

City Council Distributes Hotel/Motel Tax Revenues

Fifteen nonprofit organizations and a city institution received a combined total of $89,250 in taxes collected from hotels and motels in Woodstock. The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved the disbursement of the funds at its May 16 meeting. The city of...

Social Worker Helps WPD in Pilot Program

Cases handled by Woodstock Police officers that may benefit from social services will receive a follow-up from a social worker.  The Woodstock Police Department, along with departments in Cary and Algonquin, is part of a pilot program that connects a social...

City Rezones Property on Judd Street

A building owner is one step closer to opening a banquet hall on Judd Street after the city of Woodstock rezoned his property, but some neighbors are worried about how the business could impact their neighborhood. Rodney Poore owns a warehouse at 333 E. Judd St. that...

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. The Woodstock City Council approved the purchase and installation of...

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. Sanaullah Mir, 38, whose last known address was in Addison, faces three counts of retail theft over $300, Class 3...

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. Councilman Mike Turner wants to reserve the west side of...

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