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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...

Social Worker Helps WPD in Pilot Program

Cases handled by Woodstock Police officers that may benefit from social services will receive a follow-up from a social worker.  The Woodstock Police Department, along with departments in Cary and Algonquin, is part of a pilot program that connects a social worker...

City Rezones Property on Judd Street

A building owner is one step closer to opening a banquet hall on Judd Street after the city of Woodstock rezoned his property, but some neighbors are worried about how the business could impact their neighborhood. Rodney Poore owns a warehouse at 333 E. Judd St. that...

Debs to Be Recognized With Marker at Sheriff’s House

Eugene V. Debs’ connection to Woodstock’s Sheriff’s House will be recognized by the Illinois State Historical Society despite concerns the influential labor leader’s politics could scare away donors. The Woodstock City Council approved the purchase and installation of...

Police: Man Stole $3,300 Worth of Cigarettes From Store

A man who police said stole vast quantities of cigarettes from a local grocery store on three separate occasions has been charged with felony theft. Sanaullah Mir, 38, whose last known address was in Addison, faces three counts of retail theft over $300, Class 3...

Council Talks Benton St. Dining Plan

Part of Benton Street could be reserved for al fresco dining if the City Council moves forward with a proposal to allow restaurants to set up outdoor tables, but not everyone thinks it’s a good plan. Councilman Mike Turner wants to reserve the west side of Benton...

City Kicks off Downtown Planning Efforts

The city of Woodstock wants input from residents when it comes to planning for the future of Woodstock’s greater downtown area. The city’s Economic Development Department is seeking opinions from residents about what kinds of businesses and other developments they...

Woodstock Police: Juveniles Caused $45,000 in Damage

Three juveniles were charged by Woodstock Police after allegedly vandalizing 11 vehicles, causing $45,000 in damage in the process. The vandalism occurred in February 2017 at Bott’s Welding, 315 N. Eastwood Dr. Officers responded to a report of criminal damage to...

Greenwood Ave., Tappan St. To Become Four-Way Stop

An intersection near a public park is set to become a four-way stop after the Woodstock City Council voted May 2 to install more stop signs on Greenwood Avenue, a few blocks west of Seminary Avenue. The council unanimously approved the change to the city’s code making...

New Woodstock City Council Members Sworn In

Two new members of the Woodstock City Council were sworn in and two incumbent city officials were re-installed during a brief ceremony May 2.  Jim Prindiville and Gordie Tebo took the oath of office before beginning their terms as members of the council. They joined...

100 Volunteers Work to “Keep Woodstock Beautiful”

About 100 people turned out on a sunny Saturday morning to spruce up the town at the second annual Keep Woodstock Beautiful community cleanup day. The event kicked off May 6 at Matrix 4 at the corner of Route 47 and Judd Street, where organizer Laura Witlox and her...

County Board Accepts Roundabout Bid

A Huntley company was awarded a $2.18 million contract to build a roundabout at the intersection of Charles and Raffel roads in unincorporated Woodstock. Landmark Contractors’ bid of $2,183,549.98 was accepted by the McHenry County Board, which voted to approve the...

City Removes Prindiville’s Property From TIF

The Woodstock City Council removed several properties from the city’s Tax Increment Financing District April 18 to avoid a conflict of interest for an incoming councilman. Councilman-elect Jim Prindiville, a landlord, has an ownership interest in buildings which he...

Woman Killed by Metra Train in Woodstock

A Metra train struck and killed a 35-year-old woman in Woodstock April 27. Personnel from the Woodstock Police Department were dispatched at 2:05 a.m. According to WPD, the responding officers found the victim deceased on the tracks near 508 Lake Ave. Woodstock...

City Cuts Gambling Fees for Clubs

Social clubs and fraternal organizations won’t have to pay as much to host video gambling after the city of Woodstock lowered its fees. Class “C” liquor license-holders, made up of clubs, will pay $100 a year to the city for each video gambling machine they run, down...

Emergency Dispatch Center to Close Soon

Ten emergency dispatchers with more than 125 years of combined experience were honored by the city of Woodstock April 18, several weeks before the Woodstock Police Department’s telecommunications division closes. The WPD’s emergency dispatch center will end operations...

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