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We need some help here, Mother

C’mon, Mother Nature! As we’re trying to come out of this year-long pandemic, we’re looking to find a degree of normalcy in our public gatherings by scheduling more outside activities […]

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Here we grow again – maybe

Woodstock seems destined to have another community discussion soon on growth, not unlike we had 30 years ago during a period of unprecedented expansion of the far northwest suburbs. To […]

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Pandemic has changed what we talk about

Newspaper content is sometimes determined by looking at three behaviors of readers to determine what is important in their lives. How they spend their money. How they spend their time. […]

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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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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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