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Hannah Burns, a barista at Ethereal Confections, makes a drink for a customer. To attract workers, the café increased its minimum wage by $2 an hour, offered benefits, and trimmed business hours. At the lowest point of the pandemic, business was down 60 percent, said Sara Miller, one of the co-owners. (Independent photo by Ken Farver)

Restaurants were “the first casualties of the pandemic” said Krista Coltrin, Woodstock’s Economic Development coordinator. Beginning March 21, 2020, Illinois restaurants were closed to indoor dining by state order. When […]

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