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Referendums and a constitutional amendment await McHenry County voters

McHenry County voters will have three or more ballot propositions to decide on top of selecting the next president and their representation ...
Aug. 28, 2016 - 5:30 am

United Way to kick off 2016 fundraising campaign

CRYSTAL LAKE – United Way of Greater McHenry County will kick off its 2016 fundraising campaign with a breakfast Sept. 21 at the Holiday Inn ...
Aug. 28, 2016 - 5:30 am

Democratic chairman candidate Franks to host five town hall meetings this week

Democratic McHenry County Board candidate Jack Franks will hold five town hall meetings throughout the county in the coming days to highligh ...
Aug. 28, 2016 - 5:30 am

Age

Under 5 Years 2936
5 to 9 Years 3041
10 to 14 Years 3384
15 to 19 Years 3635
20 to 24 Years 1960
25 to 34 Years 5304
35 to 44 Years 5943
45 to 54 Years 6425
55 to 59 Years 2394
60 to 64 Years 1653
65 to 74 Years 2255
75 to 84 Years 1299
85 Years and Over 638
Median Age (in years) 35.2

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Ancestry

American 1,749 3.9%
Arab 75 0.2%
Czech 538 1.2%
Danish 354 0.8%
Dutch 611 1.3%
English 3,078 6.8%
French (except Basque) 1,057 2.3%
French Canadian 112 0.2%
German 12,235 27.0%
Greek 285 0.6%
Hungarian 230 0.5%
Irish 7,766 17.1%
Italian 4,837 10.7%
Lithuanian 464 1.0%
Norwegian 1,363 3.0%
Polish 5,874 13.0%
Portuguese 120 0.3%
Russian 720 1.6%
Scotch-Irish 533 1.2%
Scottish 646 1.4%
Slovak 88 0.2%
Subsaharan Africa 265 0.6%
Swedish 1,740 3.8%
Swiss 117 0.3%
Ukrainian 198 0.4%
Welsh 235 0.5%
West Indian (excluding Hispanic Origin Groups) 44 0.1%

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Letter: An accomplished prosecutor

Patrick Kenneally is an excellent candidate for McHenry County state’s attorney. His overarching focus is to do the right thing by seeking j ...
Aug. 27, 2016 - 5:30 am

McHenry County fans turn out for first high school football games of the season

CARY – The bleachers were packed Friday at Cary-Grove High School with fans who came to watch the first football game of the season against ...
Aug. 27, 2016 - 12:48 am

Woodstock, CL men arrested following tavern burglary

UNION – Two men have been charged in connection with a burglary at Clasen’s Tavern in Union, police said.Earlier this month, the Woodstock P ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:28 pm

Education

Less than 9th Grade 890 3.4%
9th to 12th grade, No Diploma 1,022 3.9%
High School Graduate (includes equivalency) 5,396 20.8%
Some College, No Degree 6,379 24.6%
Associates Degree 1,872 7.2%
Bachelor's Degree 6,928 26.7%
Graduate or Professional Degree 3,424 13.2%
Population 25 years and Over 25,911
High School Graduate or Higher 92.62%
Bachelor's Degree or Higher 39.95%

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Gender

Male 20,249 49.55%
Female 20,618 50.45%
Total Population 40,867

 

CL man sentenced to 4 years for sexually assaulting family member

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge sentenced a Crystal Lake man to four years in prison after he admitted to sexually assaulting a young fam ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:26 pm

Gov. Rauner signs law inspired by CL South bleacher debacle

CRYSTAL LAKE – State law now explicitly states that school districts are subject to local zoning, courtesy of a bill inspired by the Crystal ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:25 pm

McHenry County superintendents visit Finland, study school system

CRYSTAL LAKE – EF Educational Tours offered the opportunity and paid for a group of about 30 educators from the U.S. to go on a trip to Finl ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:17 pm

Household Type

Total Households 14,178
Family Households 10,276 72.47&
with own children under 18 years 5,847 41.23&

 

Household Occupation

Occupied Housing Units 14,178
Owner-Occupied 10,936 77.13%
Renter Occupied 3,242 22.86&

 

Crystal Lake police reports for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Information in police reports is obtained from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and municipal police departments. Individuals listed in p ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 7:40 am

Crystal Lake woman pleads guilty to stealing $197K in income tax fraud

CRYSTAL LAKE – A 34-year-old Crystal Lake woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $197,000 from the U.S., according to the U.S. ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 12:36 am

Harvard Diggins library to request voter approval for building maintenance

HARVARD – Harvard Diggins Library plans to ask for voter approval of a referendum to shuffle tax money to pay for building maintenance and o ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 12:30 am

Household Gross Rent

Median (dollars) $1128

 

Household Selected Monthly Owner Costs

Housing Units with a Mortgage 8,566
Median (dollars) $1996
Housing Units Without a Mortgage 2,370
Median (dollars) $686

 

Ex-Crystal Lake man gets 6 years in prison for drug-induced homicide charge

WOODSTOCK – A former Crystal Lake man was sentenced to six years in prison after he admitted to delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a McHen ...
Aug. 25, 2016 - 12:28 am

Crystal Lake Police Department to crackdown on drunken driving, seat belt violations

CRYSTAL LAKE – This week, the Crystal Lake police department and departments throughout Illinois will implement roadside safety checks and p ...
Aug. 24, 2016 - 12:01 am

Crystal Lake Housewalk benefiting families in need set for Sept. 16

CRYSTAL LAKE – Take a historical journey through Crystal Lake by attending the 42nd annual Service League Housewalk on Sept. 16.The event, w ...
Aug. 23, 2016 - 11:54 pm

Household Value

Median (dollars) $223,600

 

Income & Benefits (in 2012 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)

Median Household Income (dollars) $78,311

 

Crystal Lake business owner custom builds tiny home for his family

CRYSTAL LAKE – While downsizing is not unheard of, for Brent Hollenberg and his family, their next home is a significant size reduction.The ...
Aug. 23, 2016 - 11:30 pm

Woman flown to hospital after Route 176 crash in Crystal Lake

CRYSTAL LAKE – A woman in her 50s was flown from the scene of a car crash on Route 176 and Briarwood Road on Monday afternoon.A semi-truck w ...
Aug. 22, 2016 - 11:47 pm

Live stream of Johnsburg foster home for cats goes viral (with video)

JOHNSBURG – When Johnsburg resident Chris Jansen started the Kitten Academy Live Stream on YouTube, he had no idea more than 2,000 people wo ...
Aug. 22, 2016 - 11:51 pm

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Hunting, and Mining 0 0.00%
Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation and Food Services 2,514 16.22%
Construction 904 5.83%
Educational Services, Health Care, and Social Assistance 4,307 27.79%
Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 1,549 9.99%
Information 547 3.53%
Manufacturing 2,983 19.24%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 803 5.18%
Professional, Scientific, and Management, and Administrative and Waste Management Services 2,290 14.77%
Public Administration 432 2.79%
Retail Trade 2,406 15.52%
Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities 1,071 6.91%
Wholesale Trade 1,082 6.98%
Civilian Employed Population 16 Years and over 20,888

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Land

Area (in square miles) 18.35
Density (in square feet) 2,227.08

 

Narcan training to be held for International Overdose Awareness Day

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County will be one of many places worldwide partaking in International Overdose Awareness Day events later this month ...
Aug. 22, 2016 - 12:03 am

MCC to offer course on social media marketing

CRYSTAL LAKE – As social media has become an important part of today’s marketing, McHenry County College will be offering an online Social M ...
Aug. 22, 2016 - 12:13 am

Restoration project in Crystal Lake to repair Teckler Building’s terra cotta

CRYSTAL LAKE – People walking around downtown Crystal Lake may notice scaffolds in front of Heisler’s Bootery near the corner of Brink and W ...
Aug. 21, 2016 - 5:30 am

Political Leaders

President Barack Obama
U.S. Senate Richard Durbin
U.S. Senate Mark Kirk
U.S. House of Representatives Peter Roskam
Illinois Senate Karen McConnaughay
Illinois Senate Dan Duffy
Illinois Senate Pamela Althoff
Illinois House of Representatives Michael Tryon
Illinois House of Representatives David McSweeny
Illinois House of Representatives Barbara Wheeler

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Race

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 4,901
Cuban 77
Mexican 3,715
Other Hispanic or Latino 582
Puerto Rican 527
Total Population 4,901
Not Hispanic or Latino 35,966
American Indian and Alaska Native Alone 6
Asian Alone 877
Black or African American Alone 785
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Alone 0
Some Other Race Alone 48
Two or More Races 500
Two or More Races including Some Other Race 28
Two Races Excluding Some Other Race, and Three or More Races 472
White Alone 33,750
Total Population 40,867

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Woods Creek stabilization work to start in late September

ALGONQUIN – A $759,522 streambank stabilization and restoration project is aimed at making Woods Creek in Algonquin a feature that is more o ...
Aug. 21, 2016 - 5:30 am

Crystal Lake-area Special Olympics youth basketball team needs coaches

CRYSTAL LAKE – The local Special Olympics youth basketball team, the Junior Lakers, is in need of volunteer coaches for the upcoming season.
Aug. 19, 2016 - 12:57 am

Cary, Fox River Grove voters also will get advisory anti-tax referendums

Voters in Cary and Fox River Grove will get the same opportunity as Lakewood voters to tell their elected officials via the ballot box that ...
Aug. 19, 2016 - 12:52 am

Schools

Elementary Schools Crystal Lake Community Consoldiated School Dist. 47
Elementary Schools Prairie Grove Community School Dist. 46
Secondary Schools Community High School Dist. 155

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Letter: Common-sense, bipartisan solution

Many people have been deeply troubled by the past revelations regarding IRS harassment of conservative religious and political groups, and t ...
Aug. 18, 2016 - 5:30 am

Crystal Lake grants 4 more video gambling licenses

CRYSTAL LAKE – The City Council granted four more video gambling licenses to local businesses Tuesday evening, on the conditions that three ...
Aug. 18, 2016 - 12:00 am

Crystal Lake to spray for mosquitoes Thursday evening

CRYSTAL LAKE – The city will be spraying for mosquitoes Thursday night into early Friday morning, weather permitting.The spraying is part of ...
Aug. 17, 2016 - 4:56 pm

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