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Problematic preservation: Commission questions process that bypassed historical review of depot work

Three months after the more than $200,000 restoration of the Metra station in Woodstock was dedicated during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted 5-0 to deny the […]
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Limestone cladding covers bricks that had deteriorated around the base of the century-old Metra depot in Woodstock. The city's Historic Preservation Commission determined – after the work was completed – that the project did not meet local standards for preservation in the city's National Historic District. (Independent staff photo)

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Nothing ‘better’ came along: Frank Harrison marks 50 years as local real estate appraiser

When Woodstock resident Frank Harrison finished his undergraduate training at the University of Illinois and Milton College in 1971, he emerged with a bachelor’s degree in English and education. “About […]
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A mural of Rosita Tom, mother of Richard Tom and Esther Theofanous, graces the area behind the counter at Chop Suey Hut on Throop Street. Rosita, who passed away in 2004, and her husband, James, started Chop Suey Hut on Calhoun Street in 1971. (Independent photo by Ken Farver)

50-year family connection: Refurbished Chop Suey Hut celebrates anniversary in Woodstock

When Chop Suey Hut’s dining room reopened in mid-June, co-owner Esther Theofanous said her biggest satisfaction was “being able to see everyone’s smiling faces.” After the stay-at-home order took effect […]
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Grace Beattie finds confidence with her running success at Illinois State

Grace Beattie started her cross- country career at Illinois State University as a walk-on. But the Woodstock graduate finished her career with her name etched with the best of the […]
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Grace Beattie in action running cross-country for Illinois State University. (Courtesy photo)

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