Teachers Union to Cover City’s Cost for Debs Plaque

A local teachers union is covering the city of Woodstock’s expense for a marker recognizing a famous labor leader. McHenry County Federation of Teachers Local 1642 has donated $1,500 to help pay for a plaque from the Illinois State Historical Society commemorating...
Construction Underway on Benton Street Boardwalk

Construction Underway on Benton Street Boardwalk

Part of Benton Street will be closed daily through Friday, July 14, as builders install a series of outdoor dining spaces for the city-owned Benton Street Boardwalk. Woodstock’s Streets Division will close Benton Street north of East Judd Street, as well as the...

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...
Council OKs Rules for Outdoor Dining Project

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

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

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...
City Rezones Property on Judd Street

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...
Council Talks Benton St. Dining Plan

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

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...

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