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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...

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 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...

Abandoned 19th Century House on Judd Renovated

An abandoned 19th century house on Judd Street which was briefly owned by the city of Woodstock has been renovated by a local contractor. Lafontaine Enterprises purchased the single-family home at 315 W. Judd St. from the city in July 2016. The company’s $3,000 bid...

Smoke, Haze in Woodstock is From Canada’s Wildfires

A smoky haze blanketing much of McHenry County today is the result of wildfires raging in Canada, authorities said. Woodstock City Manager Roscoe Stelford said city employees have been in contact with the Woodstock Fire/Rescue District about the haze, which is...

Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Final costs for project total $61,000 A city-funded outdoor dining project ended up costing Woodstock over 20 percent more than estimated. Final expenses for the Benton Street Boardwalk totaled $61,115.52, according to Paul Christensen, Woodstock’s finance director....

Council Members Differ on Tax Increase

Following a public hearing on the matter, city officials differ on whether or not to implement a home-rule sales tax in Woodstock — and if so, how much the city should charge. The City Council is considering increasing  Woodstock’s sales tax on general merchandise....

Residents Weigh in on Sales Tax Increase

The condition of Woodstock’s infrastructure, taxes and business climate dominated discussion at a public hearing on a possible increase to the city’s sales tax. Opinion was divided during the Aug. 1 hearing before the City Council, which stretched for about an hour...

Annexation Boundary Shifts for Woodstock, Bull Valley

Woodstock could gain acreage and Bull Valley could gain access to city water and sewer services under the terms of a deal approved by both municipalities last month. A 20-year boundary agreement between the city of Woodstock and the village of Bull Valley would allow...

Council Meetings Could Be Viewed Online

Woodstock City Council meetings could soon be accessed online if officials move forward with a plan to record them. At a workshop July 18, council members discussed different ways to broadcast the body’s twice-monthly meetings. Proposals ranged from basic — uploading...

Storage, Gas Station Planned for 14 and 47

The southwest corner of Highway 14 and Route 47 could soon have a gas station, convenience store and storage facility after the Woodstock City Council approved a special-use permit for the development. Glenview-based Pearl Street Commercial LLC plans to build a...

Centegra to Suspend Most Inpatient Care

Centegra Health System plans to greatly reduce the number of services it offers at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, suspending most inpatient care and leaving the hospital with a “basic” emergency department. By Aug. 14, the 106-bed hospital at 3701 Doty Road will stop...

Council OKs Rules for Outdoor Dining Project

A fourth establishment will be added to the Benton Street Boardwalk after the Woodstock City Council finalized the rules for the controversial outdoor dining project. Benton Street Tap will join three other restaurants in using the “boardwalk,” a city-funded project...

Council OKs Purchase for Outdoor Dining Project

Part of Benton Street is set to be reserved for al fresco dining this summer after the Woodstock City Council approved plans for a project that some said shouldn’t receive public funding. Restaurants along Benton Street will be able to pay a fee to use one of several...

City Council Distributes Hotel/Motel Tax Revenues

Fifteen nonprofit organizations and a city institution received a combined total of $89,250 in taxes collected from hotels and motels in Woodstock. The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved the disbursement of the funds at its May 16 meeting. The city of...

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