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  • Black Friday shoppers flood McHenry County retailers (with video)

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Allison Baker stood back and looked at her SUV on Friday morning wondering where she would cram $1,600 worth of Black Friday deals.
    Nov. 28, 2015 - 12:33 am
  • McHenry County unemployment rate declines from last October

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Businesses in McHenry County and the greater Chicago area added 49,600 jobs in October – one of six areas in Illinois to do so even as ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 11:57 pm
  • Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall to 260,000

    WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped sharply last week, the Labor Department said Wednesday, the latest sign that b ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 8:32 am
  • Illinois offers tax credits to encourage Fabrik Plastics' McHenry expansion

    McHENRY – State officials delivered unlikely news Tuesday to a major area manufacturer that has entertained out-of-state offers to relocate, announcin ...
    Nov. 25, 2015 - 12:25 am
  • U.S. consumer confidence falls hard in November

    WASHINGTON – Confidence in the economy eroded this month as Americans became more worried about the job market.
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • Make your overnight guests welcome this holiday season

    The holidays are nearly here, ready or not, and for many of us, that means overnight friends and relatives.
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 9:44 am
  • When are stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday?

    NEW YORK – After the turkey and stuffing comes the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. And even though most retailers are offering the same deals ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 9:10 am
  • Maule: Take the power of thanks to a new level this holiday season

    We are entering the season of gratitude. The holiday season is a great opportunity to express gratitude to the people who help your business succeed a ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Rial Bates: Don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone

    The most difficult part of networking is piloting an event, especially when it involves meeting new people. Yet, piloting an event for the purpose of ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Home sales in McHenry County increase for October

    CRYSTAL LAKE – The number of homes sold in McHenry County last month increased 11.6 percent from the same time a year ago, even as the local retail es ...
    Nov. 24, 2015 - 12:38 am
  • A Dozen Holiday Gift Ideas for Older Adults From Those Who Know at The Garlands of Barrington

    There is something for everyone. Really! Finding the perfect gifts for the older adults in your life—who already have everything—may seem tricky, if n ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 11:11 am
  • McHenry County retailers prepare for holiday season as more shoppers look online

    Even as big-box stores jumpstart the Black Friday frenzy with early openings and deals on Thanksgiving Day, more shoppers this holiday season are turn ...
    Nov. 23, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • Agnes Oh! opens in downtown Crystal Lake

    Offering clothes and accessories, Agnes Oh!, 79 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, marked its business opening during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the C ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Hundreds attend McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce networking event

    Individuals from 140 businesses throughout McHenry County attended the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Scramble event earlier this month. The ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Dave says: Leave emergency funds for emergencies

    Dear Dave,My wife and I are on Baby Step 3 of your plan. When we have standard car repairs, I want t ...
    Nov. 22, 2015 - 5:30 am
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