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Voters don’t vote; counters can’t count

Would it be a McHenry County election with some unnecessary drama? But how could it happen in a consolidated local election, when almost nobody votes (less than 10 percent turnout)? […]

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Vaccination sites expand, waiting for you

For the past year, The Independent has been tracking new cases of and deaths from COVID-19 in McHenry County. You can find the latest numbers on Page 3 of this edition. Those […]

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What does a pandemic recovery cost?

”A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” That D.C. budgetary witticism is frequently attributed to former Illinois U.S. Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen, a Republican […]

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Groundhog Day too consistent with pandemic

Groundhog Days 2021 brought us a special coincidence – maybe even irony – amid the coronavirus pandemic. The sameness of the day-to-day routine that trapped Phil Connors on Groundhog Day […]

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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

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

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