Approval of Lakewood SportsPlex Planned for Tuesday Night at 6

The unveiling of the the McHenry County SportsPlex details will start at Lakewood’s Red Tail Golf Course Club House at six Tuesday night. Before the night is over, I’d give odds the deal, complete with so far unrevealed “development incentives,” … Continue reading

Judge Michael Caldwell Gives Lakewood Green Light to Grow to Route 176

The Village of Lakewood asked permission to annex 540 acres running up to Dean Street Road and Route 176, where mail boxes have a Woodstock address. They got permission to proceed from McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Michael Caldwell. The … Continue reading

Route 47 Closed by Major Two-Car Accident

As I was heading to the McHenry County Courthouse complex for the Republican Party-sponsored Chicago Food Pantry food giveaway, a Woodstock Police car came screaming down Business 14 and turned onto Route 47. It was easy to tell that this … Continue reading

Lakewood Gains New Economic Development Tool

Pete Gonigam’s First Electric Newspaper reported it first, but he didn’t have the map you see below. What you see in orange is the new area within McHenry County designated by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development as … Continue reading

Crystal Lake and Lakewood Bargaining Fire Protection

The end of January Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCaleb got Lakewood Village President Erin Smith to say that “in the future” Lakewood might be willing to discuss returning its fire protection to the Crystal Lake Fire Department. (The link provided … Continue reading

Law Enforcement Campaign Signs

It was probably Don Manzullo’s 1992 campaign that started the tradition of politicians’ using the public right-of-way for political signs. That was when he was running against former State Senator Jack Schaffer, McHenry County’s favorite. Schaffer had plenty of sign … Continue reading