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Council hears homeless complaints

Woodstock has a target date for opening a countywide facility for the homeless west of the city – October 2019. For everybody concerned, it can’t come soon enough. Mayor Brian […]

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Rt. 47 Improvements

Woodstock officials push Route 47 improvements

They received no promises, but Woodstock officials came away from meetings in Springfield last week encouraged that state funding for improvements to Route 47 south of the city would be […]

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State Board Approves Hospital Changes

Centegra Health System can move forward with plans to permanently discontinue some services at its Woodstock hospital after receiving approval from a state board. At a meeting Nov. 14 in […]

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City Council Will Stream Its Meetings

Woodstock City Council meetings soon will be available to watch online. Beginning this winter, each of the council’s twice-monthly meetings will be livestreamed and archived to the city’s website. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Council Approves Sales Tax Hike

The sales tax in Woodstock will increase next year after the City Council approved a 1-point hike. The council voted 6-1 Sept. 19 to approve a home-rule sales tax in […]

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Mayor Cites ‘Opportunities’ at State of the City

The city of Woodstock has plenty of opportunities for economic growth despite recent setbacks, Mayor Brian Sager told local business leaders. The Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted its […]

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Larry Lough

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Larry Lough is editor of The Independent and reports local news.

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