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'Taking steps toward normalcy': Crystal Lake businesses, community happy to reach Phase 3 of Restore Illinois
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'Taking steps toward normalcy': Crystal Lake businesses, community happy to reach Phase 3 of Restore Illinois

People were out and about – in social distance fashion, of course – in downtown Crystal Lake, visiting a variety of local stores and restaurants as...

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Woodstock businesses open doors for Phase 3 of Restore Illinois plan
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Woodstock businesses open doors for Phase 3 of Restore Illinois plan

When Ethereal Confections co-owner Sara Miller learned she'd have to close the doors to her business, she and her employees worked with what they...

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Chicago plans to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions Wednesday
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Chicago plans to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions Wednesday

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago next week will begin loosening restrictions on many businesses intended to prevent spread of the coronavirus, the mayor of...

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Butcher on the Block in Lake in the Hills experiences big boost in sales with curbside pickup
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Butcher on the Block in Lake in the Hills experiences big boost in sales with curbside pickup

It was a Memorial Day to remember for Butcher on the Block owner Tom Yucuis. The deli and butcher shop at 4660 W. Algonquin Road in Lake in the...

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Crystal Lake City Council approves expanded outdoor seating for five businesses
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Crystal Lake City Council approves expanded outdoor seating for five businesses

Five Crystal Lake businesses were given approval for expanded outdoor seating, just in time for the state to move into Phase 3 of the Restore...

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17 possible COVID-19 exposures at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center. No tests for 12 days. Why? Logistics, county says.
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17 possible COVID-19 exposures at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center. No tests for 12 days. Why? Logistics, county says.

Despite a letter saying residents would be tested five days after a May 15 case of the novel coronavirus at DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center,...

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Woodstock plans to reopen limited outdoor activities
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Woodstock plans to reopen limited outdoor activities

As part of the McHenry County Council of Governments joint approach to economic recovery by self-determined communities, Mayor Brian Sager and...

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Woodstock plans to re-open limited outdoor activities
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Woodstock plans to re-open limited outdoor activities

As part of the McHenry County Council of Governments joint approach to economic recovery by self-determined communities, Mayor Brian Sager and...

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McHenry County State's Attorney files brief in lawsuit challenging stay-at-home order
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McHenry County State's Attorney files brief in lawsuit challenging stay-at-home order

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally has filed a brief supporting his opinion on a federal lawsuit challenging Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay...

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Pier 1 to permanently close all stores
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Pier 1 to permanently close all stores

Pier 1 has announced that it will permanently close all of its 540 stores nationwide, including the McHenry store at 2328 N. Richmond Road, the...

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Woodstock OKs outdoor seating for local restaurants, sidewalk sales for local retailers
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Woodstock OKs outdoor seating for local restaurants, sidewalk sales for local retailers

To help businesses stay afloat after they've lost significant revenue during the stay-at-home order, the Woodstock City Council Tuesday evening...

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COVID-19 spread at Sheltered Village in Woodstock slows
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COVID-19 spread at Sheltered Village in Woodstock slows

Sheltered Village in Woodstock, a residential home for adults with developmental disabilities, has dealt with the COVID-19 virus affecting 89...

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The Sears headquarters deal cost taxpayers $500 million. 30 years later, there’s little to show for it.
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The Sears headquarters deal cost taxpayers $500 million. 30 years later, there’s little to show for it.

ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to get weekly updates about our work. This article was...

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The big empty: How corporate headquarters like Sears abandoned America’s suburbs
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The big empty: How corporate headquarters like Sears abandoned America’s suburbs

ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to getweekly updatesabout our work. ProPublica is a...

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Nearing bankruptcy, Sears claimed fast-food workers and baristas as employees to keep tax breaks

ProPublica Illinois is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to getweekly updatesabout our work. This article was...

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U.S. retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as coronavirus hit
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U.S. retail sales plunged a record 16% in April as coronavirus hit

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away...

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McHenry County treasurer says property tax bills can be paid online, by mail or by drive-thru
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McHenry County treasurer says property tax bills can be paid online, by mail or by drive-thru

Property tax bills for McHenry County residents will be mailed out on Friday and now can be paid online, by mail or through a drive-thru setup at...

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Neiman Marcus becomes 2nd major retailer to seek Chapter 11
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Neiman Marcus becomes 2nd major retailer to seek Chapter 11

NEW YORK (AP) — Neiman Marcus has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain to do so and the second major...

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Could COVID-19 affect property values? Regional assessors have their concerns regardless
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Could COVID-19 affect property values? Regional assessors have their concerns regardless

Hopeful home buyers and sellers may see some property value effects in the future due to COVID-19 – but maybe not for a while, according to local...

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People start moving into newly opened Residences of Crystal Lake
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People start moving into newly opened Residences of Crystal Lake

One person has officially moved into the Residences of Crystal Lake, a recently opened senior living community in the city, and the property...

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McHenry County Board passes ordinance waiving late fees, interest on first installment of property tax payments
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McHenry County Board passes ordinance waiving late fees, interest on first installment of property tax payments

In an emergency meeting on Tuesday evening, McHenry County Board Members voted unanimously to approve an ordinance waiving late fees and interest...

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Woodstock cancels several summer events; Gavers Barndance also canceled
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Woodstock cancels several summer events; Gavers Barndance also canceled

Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager and city administrators announced that they are canceling this year’s Summer in the Park festival. The five-day...

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Crystal Lake Chamber names new president and CEO
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Crystal Lake Chamber names new president and CEO

William Eich, president of the Crystal Lake Food Pantry, has been named the new president and CEO of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce, the...

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Neighbors connect through art project
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Neighbors connect through art project

An idea a local Husmann Elementary School student got from social media led to an sidewalk art project that’s bringing people in one Crystal Lake...

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Crystal Lake neighbors connect through 'socially distant' art project
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Crystal Lake neighbors connect through 'socially distant' art project

An idea a local Husmann Elementary School student got from social media led to an sidewalk art project that's bringing people in one Crystal Lake...

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Sheltered Village faces virus threat, four deaths reported
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Sheltered Village faces virus threat, four deaths reported

Four residents at Sheltered Village in Woodstock, a residential home for adults with developmental disabilities, have died because of COVID-19,...

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Woodstock's Sheltered Village faces virus threat, four deaths reported
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Woodstock's Sheltered Village faces virus threat, four deaths reported

Four residents at Sheltered Village in Woodstock, a residential home for adults with developmental disabilities, have died because of COVID-19,...

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Dust-covered Chicago neighborhood from demolition angers mayor
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Dust-covered Chicago neighborhood from demolition angers mayor

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor halted all non-emergency demolition Sunday after destruction of a defunct coal plant's smokestack a day earlier...

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Five residents, two associates test positive for COVID-19 at The Fountains at Crystal Lake
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Five residents, two associates test positive for COVID-19 at The Fountains at Crystal Lake

Five residents and two associates at The Fountains at Crystal Lake have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a letter from the retirement...

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Wiped out of toilet paper? Here's why
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Wiped out of toilet paper? Here's why

What does toilet paper have to do with a global pandemic? Nothing. Yet millions of people have been panicking about their household supply. Stores...

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