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The Woodstock Independent City Fireworks

Midweek blast planned July 4

Woodstock’s traditional fireworks display – reliably set on the Fourth of July – will come on a Wednesday this year. Fireworks provider this year is the Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions, […]

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Six-year road plan promises millions

More than a dozen Woodstock area projects are part of an $11 billion state plan for road and bridge improvements for fiscal years 2019-2024. Nearly $69.5 million worth of work […]

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Street Resurfacing Work

Will your street be resurfaced?

Help is on the way for Woodstock streets in need of repair – $1.9 million worth of help. That was the 2018 street resurfacing program approved last week by the […]

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City marketing effort lauded; questions linger

City officials are happy with the Promote Woodstock marketing effort as its local government-funded budget approaches a quarter of a million dollars a year. But it faces two big challenges: […]

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The Woodstock Independent: Woodstock's Homeless

Council hears homeless complaints

Woodstock has a target date for opening a countywide facility for the homeless west of the city – October 2019. For everybody concerned, it can’t come soon enough. Mayor Brian […]

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Rt. 47 Improvements

Woodstock officials push Route 47 improvements

They received no promises, but Woodstock officials came away from meetings in Springfield last week encouraged that state funding for improvements to Route 47 south of the city would be […]

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Woodstock vision: ‘Walkable city’

Spurring economic development in Woodstock will need a new vision for the downtown that counts on more people – lots more people – who live within walking distance of the […]

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Homeless in Woodstock IL

Help offered; long-term strategy sought

ABOUT THIS SERIES Woodstock attracts people who are homeless because, as the county seat, many agencies are here to serve them. In this three-part series, The Independent will examine the problem, […]

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WPD Makes Longtime Cop Second Deputy Chief

A 15-year veteran of the Woodstock Police Department was promoted to deputy chief of police this fall, making him the second person currently holding that rank in the department. Deputy […]

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When the Snow Falls, Where Can You Park?

Winter is here and the first snowfall of the season has already hit. ’Tis the season  for Woodstock residents to review the city’s snow removal guidelines to avoid getting caught […]

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Larry Lough

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Larry Lough is editor of The Independent and reports local news.

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