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The city of Woodstock is helping to promote The Independent's #Woodstock4all campaign to building community spirit and togetherness during the social restrictions of the statewide shelter-in-place order.


Police & Fire Rescue are fully staffed and working 24/7. Call 815-338-2131 or 911 for emergency services.
Public Works continues to be closed, but services may be requested by calling 815-338-4300.
City Hall is open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed daily noon to 1 p.m.
City Hall services: water bill payments, stickers, permits
Use the east side door and proceed to the lower level.
Public Library is offering curbside pick-up 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Woodstock Recreation Center is closed but outside and online programs are being offered.
All non-essential buildings are closed until further notice.
Go to the City of Woodstock’s website for updates:

The Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center and the McHenry County Administration Building are open to non-essential business, with restrictions.
Face coverings and practicing social distancing are required at county facilities.
County facilities are equipped with no-touch hand sanitizer dispensers, floor markings and reduced capacity in waiting rooms, no-touch bathroom faucets, and social distancing signage. Plastic shields are in place at customer service counters.

The following restrictions will be in place at specific county buildings:

The Michael J. Sullivan Judicial Center, 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock
• Please check your court date and time before coming to the center, as many have changed. This information IS on the circuit clerk’s public case access portal at
• Arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled court time, and promptly leave the building when finished.
• Leave your family and friends at home – only people necessary to the proceedings should come to court.
• Bring only your keys, photo ID, cash or credit card, and court papers into the building. No bags, purses or backpacks will be allowed. Only cell phones for court-related purposes are permitted in the Judicial Center.

McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock
A number of offices are seeing visitors by appointment only. The county strongly encourages people who can conduct their business remotely or online to do so.
Visitors will be required to have their temperature taken upon entry – anyone with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, and people exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms, will be asked to leave and conduct their business at a later date or online, if possible.
The following offices require appointments to conduct business:
• County Clerk: 815-334-4242
• Recorder: 815-334-4110
• Assessor: 815-334-4290
• Purchasing: 815-334-4818
• GIS: Please email at

Appointments are not required, but strongly encouraged, for the following offices:
• County Administration: 815-334-4000
• Department of Health Administration: 815-334-4510
• Environmental Health: 815-334-4585
• Planning and Development: 815-334-4560. Property owners and applicants are encouraged to submit permit applications online using the application checklists and forms available at Walk-ins will be accommodated if scheduling and staff availability allows it.

The Regional Office of Education is only seeing visitors who need to be fingerprinted. For now, fingerprinting will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only – you can call 815-334-4475 to make the appointment. Visitors requesting GED transcripts will be kept in the lobby, and the transcript will be delivered to them.

McHenry County Treasurer’s Office, 2100 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock
Service is limited to drive-thru only, from 7:15 am to 5:15 p.m. on weekdays. People who are paying their property-tax bills are strongly encouraged to pay by check, cashier’s check or money order rather than cash. Taxpayers also can pay online through the Treasurer’s website at
The Treasurer’s Office is not accepting passport applications until further notice. If you have an emergency situation, please contact the Federal Passport Office at 877-487-2778.
McHenry County Animal Control, 100 N. Virginia St., Crystal Lake
Animal Control is open for animal redemptions, animal registration and other administrative functions. The public should also anticipate having their temperature taken, and questions about their health related to COVID 19 symptoms. Anyone exhibiting said symptoms, or who have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees will be asked to handle necessary services from their vehicle or over the phone. Animal adoptions will resume at a later date.

Other County Buildings
Guidelines are still being developed for other county facilities, such as the Division of Transportation and the Workforce Network. Valley Hi Nursing Home is developing a plan to gradually reopen the building, in phases, to medical professions and adult visitors.


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