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McHenry County school districts tweak teacher training

CRYSTAL LAKE – School started a little early across McHenry County for many new teachers, both just out of school and new hires from other d ...
Aug. 30, 2015 - 12:29 am

Cary-Grove, Prairie Ridge make Newsweek ranking of public high schools

CRYSTAL LAKE – Two Community High School District 155 high schools have made Newsweek's annual list of "America's Top High Schools." Cary - ...
Aug. 20, 2015 - 10:17 am

Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 nixes class rank

CRYSTAL LAKE – Community High School District 155’s Class of 2018 will be the last with valedictorians and salutatorians. The School Distric ...
Aug. 19, 2015 - 10:31 am

Age

Under 5 Years 36
5 to 9 Years 54
10 to 14 Years 52
15 to 19 Years 33
20 to 24 Years 34
25 to 34 Years 63
35 to 44 Years 116
45 to 54 Years 186
55 to 59 Years 98
60 to 64 Years 148
65 to 74 Years 125
75 to 84 Years 52
85 Years and Over 6
Median Age (in years) 52.2

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Ancestry

American 99 7.8%
Arab 0 0.0%
Czech 18 1.4%
Danish 25 2.0%
Dutch 11 0.9%
English 113 8.9%
French (except Basque) 29 2.3%
French Canadian 3 0.2%
German 378 29.6%
Greek 7 0.5%
Hungarian 6 0.5%
Irish 149 11.7%
Italian 131 10.3%
Lithuanian 7 0.5%
Norwegian 23 1.8%
Polish 149 11.7%
Portuguese 0 0.0%
Russian 22 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 20 1.6%
Scottish 23 1.8%
Slovak 0 0.0%
Subsaharan Africa 0 0.0%
Swedish 45 3.5%
Swiss 5 0.4%
Ukrainian 2 0.2%
Welsh 11 0.9%
West Indian (excluding Hispanic Origin Groups) 0 0.0%

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Bleacher lawsuit costs Crystal Lake more than School District 155; documents show

CRYSTAL LAKE – The lawsuit over the controversial bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School has cost the city of Crystal Lake more than $2 ...
Aug. 15, 2015 - 11:33 pm

Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 highlights rankings

CRYSTAL LAKE – Three of Community High School District 155's high schools made the top 100 of Illinois public schools as ranked by a start-u ...
Aug. 4, 2015 - 11:26 pm

Illinois law protects police, jails when denying medical marijuana to inmates, arrestees

WOODSTOCK – A bill introduced by a McHenry County state representative that closed a medical marijuana loophole received the governor’s sign ...
July 26, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Education

Less than 9th Grade 4 0.5%
9th to 12th grade, No Diploma 11 1.4%
High School Graduate (includes equivalency) 119 15.0%
Some College, No Degree 167 21.0%
Associates Degree 32 4.0%
Bachelor's Degree 253 31.9%
Graduate or Professional Degree 208 26.2%
Population 25 years and Over 794
High School Graduate or Higher 98.11%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 58.06%

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Gender

Male 533 53.14%
Female 470 46.86%
Total Population 1,003

 

Crystal Lake-based School District 155 rethinks grading, considers test retakes

CRYSTAL LAKE – A failure to complete homework was digging a hole students couldn’t climb out of.The conclusion came as Crystal Lake-based Co ...
July 26, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Crystal Lake-based School District 155 approves balanced budget despite initial deficit worries

CRYSTAL LAKE – An influx of state dollars could push Community High School District 155 into the black this budget year, a school official s ...
July 23, 2015 - 9:23 am

Crystal Lake-based School District 155 reaches new agreement for swim teams

CRYSTAL LAKE – Community High School District 155 swimmers will have a pool this coming school year. The district’s school board unanimously ...
July 22, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Household Type

Total Households 407
Family Households 329 80.83&
with own children under 18 years 75 18.42&

 

Household Occupation

Occupied Housing Units 407
Owner-Occupied 376 92.38%
Renter Occupied 31 7.61&

 

Former Cary-Grove High School teacher awarded presidential award in teaching

CARY – A former Cary-Grove High School teacher has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Tea ...
July 6, 2015 - 11:11 pm

Crystal Lake Central High School ranks 4th in Illinois in Vocabulary Bowl

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Central High School students have mastered 13,253 words, putting them in fourth place in the state and 95th in t ...
July 6, 2015 - 10:52 pm

Crystal Lake-based School District 155's pool agreement falls through

CRYSTAL LAKE – The LifeTime Fitness corporate office won’t be signing off on an agreement that would have given Community High School Distri ...
July 5, 2015 - 11:51 pm

Household Gross Rent

Median (dollars) $2000+

 

Household Selected Monthly Owner Costs

Housing Units with a Mortgage 244
Median (dollars) $3306
Housing Units Without a Mortgage 132
Median (dollars) $1000+

 

Crystal Lake School District 155 changes official public-comment policy

CRYSTAL LAKE – A written policy had required those wanting to speak during Community High School District 155’s school board meetings to giv ...
June 22, 2015 - 10:31 am

Crystal Lake School District 155 superintendent awarded maximum bonus

CRYSTAL LAKE – Community High School District 155’s superintendent will receive the maximum bonus allowed under his contract, the school boa ...
July 21, 2015 - 9:20 pm

District 155 moves swimming program from Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake after cost hike

CRYSTAL LAKE – The price tag to swim at the renovated Sage YMCA of Metro Chicago is just too high for Community High School District 155. Th ...
June 18, 2015 - 11:59 pm

Household Value

Median (dollars) $470,700

 

Income & Benefits (in 2012 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)

Median Household Income (dollars) $119,861

 

McHenry County court costs balloon fines with variety of fees

Tom Venezio tends to drive a little too fast. His lead foot caught up with him in January 2014, when Bull Valley police issued him a speedin ...
June 18, 2015 - 12:45 am

Crystal Lake-based District 155 weighs eliminating class rank

CRYSTAL LAKE – School board members were hesitant during a discussion on eliminating class rank at Community High School District 155, as th ...
June 18, 2015 - 8:17 am

Crystal Lake High School District 155 projects deficit for 2015-16 budget

CRYSTAL LAKE – Community High School District 155 could be in the red more than half a million dollars by the end of the 2015-16 budget year ...
June 13, 2015 - 11:44 pm

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, and Mining 6 0.04%
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation and Food Services 24 0.15%
Construction 34 0.22%
Educational Services, Health Care, and Social Assistance 101 0.65%
Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 38 0.25%
Information 4 0.03%
Manufacturing 86 0.55%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 13 0.08%
Professional, Scientific, and Management, and Administrative and Waste Management Services 98 0.63%
Public Administration 3 0.02%
Retail Trade 54 0.35%
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 7 0.05%
Wholesale Trade 27 0.17%
Civilian Employed Population 16 Years and over 495

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Land

Area (in square miles) 8.75
Density (in square feet) 114.63

 

School District 155 board member: Streaming meetings not cost-effective

CRYSTAL LAKE – Streaming school board meetings online would cost Community High School District 155 about $14,000, its director of technolog ...
June 10, 2015 - 12:58 am

Political Leaders

President Barack Obama
U.S. Senate Richard Durbin
U.S. Senate Mark Kirk
U.S. House of Representatives Randy Hultgren
Illinois Senate Pamela Althoff
Illinois House of Representatives Jack Franks
Illinois House of Representatives Barbara Wheeler

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Race

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 40
Cuban 0
Mexican 29
Other Hispanic or Latino 3
Puerto Rican 8
Total Population 40
Not Hispanic or Latino 963
American Indian and Alaska Native Alone 0
Asian Alone 3
Black or African American Alone 0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone 0
Some Other Race Alone 0
Two or More Races 16
Two or More Races including Some Other Race 0
Two Races Excluding Some Other Race, and Three or More Races 16
White Alone 944
Total Population 1,003

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Schools

Elementary Schools Crystal Lake Community Consoldiated School Dist. 47
Elementary Schools McHenry Community Consolidated School Dist. 15
Secondary Schools McHenry Community High School Dist. 156
Secondary Schools Community High School Dist. 155
Unified School Districts Woodstock Community Unit School Dist. 200

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Weather

January
Avg. High 28
Avg. Low 13
Mean 21
Avg. Precipitation 1.9
February
Avg. High 33
Avg. Low 17
Mean 25
Avg. Precipitation 1.97
March
Avg. High 44
Avg. Low 26
Mean 35
Avg. Precipitation 2.29
April
Avg. High 57
Avg. Low 38
Mean 48
Avg. Precipitation 3.56
May
Avg. High 68
Avg. Low 48
Mean 58
Avg. Precipitation 4.24
June
Avg. High 78
Avg. Low 58
Mean 68
Avg. Precipitation 3.85
July
Avg. High 82
Avg. Low 63
Mean 73
Avg. Precipitation 3.78
August
Avg. High 79
Avg. Low 61
Mean 70
Avg. Precipitation 4.86
September
Avg. High 72
Avg. Low 52
Mean 62
Avg. Precipitation 3.4
October
Avg. High 60
Avg. Low 41
Mean 51
Avg. Precipitation 3.1
November
Avg. High 47
Avg. Low 30
Mean 39
Avg. Precipitation 3.04
December
Avg. High 33
Avg. Low 18
Mean 26
Avg. Precipitation 2.26

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