Health Facilities Board Hearing Set for Nov. 14

Health Facilities Board Hearing Set for Nov. 14

IHFSRB will vote on Centegra application A state regulatory board’s vote on cuts to inpatient services at Centegra Hospital-Woodstock will take place this month. At a meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board will consider...
City Council Expands Park Ordinance

City Council Expands Park Ordinance

City officials say amendment is tied to homelessness issue A new amendment to Woodstock’s City Code could be used to regulate the activities of people who are homeless and others who use public amenities such as benches or picnic tables for extended periods of time....
City OKs Work at Homeless Assistance Center

City OKs Work at Homeless Assistance Center

The city of Woodstock will use grant money to pay for a new bathroom in the Old Firehouse Assistance Center despite worries from officials over bad behavior near the property. The center at 120 W. South St. provides services and assistance to people who are homeless....
City Council to Vote on 1-Point Home-Rule Sales Tax

City Council to Vote on 1-Point Home-Rule Sales Tax

Woodstock’s sales tax rate could rise in 2018 if the City Council approves an increase at a meeting later this month. The council will consider an ordinance Sept. 19 imposing a one-point home-rule sales tax that would raise the rate in Woodstock from 7 to 8 percent,...
Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Benton Street Boardwalk Goes Over Estimate

Final costs for project total $61,000 A city-funded outdoor dining project ended up costing Woodstock over 20 percent more than estimated. Final expenses for the Benton Street Boardwalk totaled $61,115.52, according to Paul Christensen, Woodstock’s finance director....

City to Hold Hearing on Sales Tax Increase

The City Council will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to increase the sales tax in Woodstock. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, in the council chambers at Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun St. When the proposal first was floated this...
New Animal Shelter Breaks Ground

New Animal Shelter Breaks Ground

A campaign to fundraise for senior pet adoptions reached the $1 million mark, and organizers celebrated by breaking ground on a new animal shelter. Dawn Kemper first saw her dream come to life in 2005 when she founded Young at Heart, a rescue dedicated to senior pets,...
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...

City Council Closes Gas Station Gambling Loophole

The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses. The city amended its Unified Development Ordinance April 4 to create a new definition for truck stops in order to differentiate them from gas...

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