Downtown Mural Officially Unveiled at Ribbon-Cutting

Downtown Mural Officially Unveiled at Ribbon-Cutting

“Woodstock on Film and on the Stage” is complete After three months of painting, a mural highlighting Woodstock’s arts and entertainment heritage is complete. “Woodstock on Film and on the Stage,” a 118-foot mural running along a pedway on Main Street, was officially...
Debs Marker to Be Dedicated Oct. 21

Debs Marker to Be Dedicated Oct. 21

A plaque for Eugene V. Debs, the influential labor leader who was imprisoned in Woodstock in 1895, will be dedicated during a ceremony Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, 101 N. Johnson St. The marker from the Illinois State Historical...
City Nixes Landlord Registration Plan

City Nixes Landlord Registration Plan

A landlord registration program will not move forward as proposed after Mayor Brian Sager and members of the Woodstock City Council said they wouldn’t support it. More than 100 people gathered at a City Council meeting Oct. 3, many of them to voice opposition to a...
Board Approves $94.65 Million Budget

Board Approves $94.65 Million Budget

Woodstock School District 200’s new budget calls for small decreases over last year in revenues and expenditures, but state funding could go up slightly once a new formula kicks in. District 200 will spend $94.65 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year, a drop from the...
D-200 Drawing up Plans to Close Dean

D-200 Drawing up Plans to Close Dean

District officials say they won’t make mono- and dual-language schools Woodstock School District 200 will consider ways to close Dean Street Elementary School, but officials won’t move forward with a plan to separate schools by language program. School board members...
Board Holds Hearing on Centegra Applications

Board Holds Hearing on Centegra Applications

Centegra Health System’s plans for its Woodstock hospital were front and center at a hearing before a state regulatory board at the Woodstock Opera House Oct. 2. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board held the hearing to gather testimony about four...
Council Approves Sales Tax Hike

Council Approves Sales Tax Hike

The sales tax in Woodstock will increase next year after the City Council approved a 1-point hike. The council voted 6-1 Sept. 19 to approve a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock, which will bring the total rate on most purchases to 8 percent starting Jan. 1, 2018. The...
Mayor Cites ‘Opportunities’ at State of the City

Mayor Cites ‘Opportunities’ at State of the City

The city of Woodstock has plenty of opportunities for economic growth despite recent setbacks, Mayor Brian Sager told local business leaders. The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted its annual State of the City address Sept. 21, which included a...
Citing Financial Pressure, Centegra Cuts Staff

Citing Financial Pressure, Centegra Cuts Staff

Chaplains, pharmacists among those laid off Centegra Health System officials announced plans Sept. 19 to eliminate or outsource 361 jobs in the face of mounting financial pressure. The layoffs will affect 131 employees throughout the Crystal Lake-based health system,...

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