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Crystal Lake's sister-city partnership with Holzgerlingen, Germany, reaches 20-year mark

Crystal Lake’s sister city of Holzgerlingen, Germany, is an older sister – much older.Crystal Lake’s first white settlers came in 1836, and ...
Dec. 2, 2016 - 11:46 pm

Crystal Lake HVAC company asking for donations for Home of the Sparrow

CRYSTAL LAKE – Official Heating & Cooling is acting as a drop-off location for nonprofit organization Home of the Sparrow starting Saturday.
Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:23 am

Crystal Lake teen identified as pedestrian killed by train in Cary

CARY – The McHenry County Coroner’s Office has identified the person killed by a train Tuesday evening as a 17-year-old boy from Crystal Lak ...
Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:21 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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2 charged in Algonquin motorcycle crash that killed Crystal Lake man

ALGONQUIN – Two have been charged with a variety of driving under the influence of alcohol charges after October’s fatal Route 31 crash, Alg ...
Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:20 am

Crystal Lake man gets probation on child pornography charge

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge sentenced a Crystal Lake man to probation after he admitted to possessing child pornography.Douglas W. Pr ...
Dec. 2, 2016 - 1:05 am

Prairie Ridge's Ugly Sweater 5K set for early December

CRYSTAL LAKE – Prairie Ridge High School will host its third annual Ugly Sweater 5K on Dec. 10, with all proceeds benefiting the Crystal Lak ...
Dec. 1, 2016 - 1:00 am

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

 

Crystal Lake Central High School choir director accused of sex with former students

CRYSTAL LAKE – A former Crystal Lake high school choir director is under investigation for allegedly having sex with former students, police ...
Dec. 1, 2016 - 12:52 am

MCC updates Green Guide with new electronics recycling locations

CRYSTAL LAKE – Having trouble finding places that will accept that old TV or computer monitor for recycling? The McHenry County Green Guide ...
Nov. 30, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Centegra offering breast cancer survivor support group

CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System is offering a breast cancer survivor support group for women.The HOPE (High On Positive Energy) Breast ...
Nov. 30, 2016 - 5:02 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&

 

McHenry County offers low-cost rabies vaccinations, microchip clinics

CRYSTAL LAKE – Pets with a microchip and a current rabies vaccination and registration have a better chance of being reunited with their fam ...
Nov. 29, 2016 - 1:32 am

Crystal Lake school bus plays Dory in Festival of Lights Parade

CRYSTAL LAKE – For the past 11 years, the Transportation Joint Agreement has entered a decorated school bus into Crystal Lake’s Festival of ...
Nov. 29, 2016 - 1:12 am

Kiwanis Santa Run in Crystal Lake to take place Sunday

CRYSTAL LAKE – People dressed in Santa Claus suits will be running around Crystal Lake on Sunday to raise money for local agencies.The fourt ...
Nov. 29, 2016 - 12:57 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

 

Woodstock-based Culture, Arts and Music brings steel drum culture to McHenry County

WOODSTOCK – During Culture, Arts and Music’s adult steel drum class, students bounced to the beat as they played “Jingle Bells.”The song had ...
Nov. 29, 2016 - 12:40 am

Lowe's grant helps fund community garden at South Elementary in Crystal Lake

CRYSTAL LAKE – South Elementary now has its own community garden with help from parents, PTO members and a $3,000 grant from Lowe’s.Last fal ...
Nov. 28, 2016 - 12:42 am

Crystal Lake Library Board considering options after failed referendum

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Public Library Board is discussing what to do next after voters rejected an advisory referendum to build a n ...
Nov. 28, 2016 - 12:18 am

Household Value

Median (dollars) $223,600

 

Income & Benefits (in 2012 Inflation-Adjusted Dollars)

Median Household Income (dollars) $78,311

 

2016 has become a bloody year for American police officers

Forty-one police officers were killed in the line of duty last year as the result of an intentional act.Although that number sounds high – o ...
Nov. 26, 2016 - 11:55 pm

Pet grooming facility, other businesses eyeing Lake in the Hills

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A pet grooming facility is looking to fill a vacant building in Lake in the Hills that used to be a day care center.The ...
Nov. 26, 2016 - 11:54 pm

Grafton Food Pantry seeking donations for holiday meals

HUNTLEY – The Grafton Food Pantry is seeking donations so McHenry County families can celebrate a holiday without hunger.Donating $30 will p ...
Nov. 26, 2016 - 1:49 am

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

 

Crystal Lake real estate attorney suspended 30 days for mismanaging funds

CRYSTAL LAKE – A Crystal Lake real estate attorney is suspended for 30 days after he mismanaged funds, according to the Illinois Supreme Cou ...
Nov. 26, 2016 - 1:14 am

McHenry County businesses hope Small Business Saturday attracts holiday shoppers

For local business owner Mary Batson, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is her favorite day of the year."It's hugely important to remind peopl ...
Nov. 25, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Hundreds volunteer on Thanksgiving in Crystal Lake for Community Harvest

CRYSTAL LAKE – Before Brett Siegmeier was going to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with his family, he, along with his wife and two sons, wanted t ...
Nov. 25, 2016 - 2:32 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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MCC cafeteria receives Green Restaurant Certification for its sustainable efforts

CRYSTAL LAKE – When McHenry County College’s cafeteria is in need of lettuce and other vegetables, the cafe’s employees get the necessary gr ...
Nov. 25, 2016 - 2:20 am

Crystal Lake house fire causes about $50,000 in damages

CRYSTAL LAKE – The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department responded to a house fire Thursday that left the home uninhabitable, according to a n ...
Nov. 24, 2016 - 9:17 pm

Fox River, Geneva Lake eagle watching event planned Dec. 10

McHenry County Conservation District officials announced an event next month that will appeal to eagle enthusiasts.Representatives from the ...
Nov. 23, 2016 - 11:49 pm

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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Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner gives community chance to feel at home

Laurie Stewart said she didn’t want to eat a turkey dinner alone this Thanksgiving.“All of my family lives in California, so I was bored and ...
Nov. 23, 2016 - 11:37 pm

Salvation Army hosting free Thanksgiving dinner in Crystal Lake on Wednesday

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County residents are invited to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal served by The Salvation Army staff and volunteers Wedn ...
Nov. 23, 2016 - 12:46 am

Police ask Illinois drivers to travel safe during Thanksgiving holiday

Roads and airports across the country are expected to be busy with holiday travelers through the rest of the week.From Wednesday through Sun ...
Nov. 23, 2016 - 12:41 am

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