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COVID-19 at the Tokyo 2020/1 Olympics

“Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.” – Scott Hamilton, U.S. Olympic gold medalist in figure skating “The best kids are […]

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Visit ground floor of Woodstock city governance

Commission-level work is an important if largely ignored (by the public) function of city government in Woodstock. Volunteer members of more than a dozen advisory commissions do the dirty work […]

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Judging Woodstock’s Old Courthouse project

 As the project to breathe new life into the city-owned Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House inches toward a final plan, taxpayers might feel a bit anxious about what’s next. Taxpayers […]

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McHenry County welcomes POTUS

Why would President Biden come to McHenry County – a red county in a blue state – to sell his political agenda? In 2020, Biden predictably won Illinois and lost […]

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2021 looking like a winner already

Six months in, what do you think of 2021? Considering where we were 12 months ago, the new year has to receive high marks, if only by contrast. Social and […]

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When is the best time to vaccinate? Now!

Public thanks is due to the wise folks of Woodstock and elsewhere in Illinois who have chosen to be vaccinated against COVID-19. With age, apparently, comes wisdom, as the vaccination […]

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Everyone should join the war on plastic bags

Let’s think of Woodstock’s three-month-long experience last year with a single-use bag fee as a rehearsal. Now that we have experimented with encouraging shoppers to carry reusable bags, let’s do […]

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About assigning worth to every human being; At scene of distress, nurse was willing to get involved; Will Congress force people to boil in this climate?

About assigning worth to every human being Because of my former employment with the Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association, much of what Julie Peters writes in her columns resonates with […]

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Larry Lough

Larry Lough

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

Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio

Janet Dovidio has been a freelance correspondent for The Independent for eight years.

Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray

Susan W. Murray wrote for The Independent, covering various beats, from 2005 to 2008.

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Tricia Carzoli is a freelance writer and photographer that on community news.

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