12:50 PM EDT, Mon July 24, 2017
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Charlie Gard: UK parents halt court battle over their sick baby Charlie

Charlie Gard: UK parents halt court battle over their sick baby Charlie

LONDON – The parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard wept as they dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental medical treatment, acknowledging that the window of opportunity to help him had closed. Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, hugged her husband Chris Gard as they described their decision to "let our son go." Recent medical tests on 11-month-old Charlie showed that the baby has irreversible muscular damage, and the new treatment wouldn't help. "Mummy and Daddy love you so much, Charlie. We...
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McHenry City Council sends its affordable housing proposal for veterans, people with disabilities to Planning and Zoning Commission

McHenry City Council sends its affordable housing proposal for veterans, people with disabilities to Planning and Zoning Commission

MCHENRY – A developer is looking to build a three-story affordable apartment complex for veterans and tenants with physical impairments. On July 17, the McHenry City Council examined a preliminary concept from Full Circle Communities for a 25-unit project at the northeast corner of Richmond Road and Pearl Street, and advanced the nearly $7 million project to the Planning and Zoning Commission in August.
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Here's why Fed cares about opioid epidemic

Here's why Fed cares about opioid epidemic

Bill Polacek’s industry is dealing with a labor market problem so big, even Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is talking about it. A few years ago, Polacek interviewed 350 people to fill openings for 50 welders and machinists at his Johnstown, Pennsylvania-based manufacturing company. After narrowing the pool down to 100, he found that half of those candidates either had a criminal record or failed the drug test. “We weren’t attracting the right people,” Polacek says of the episode, which prompted him to invest in extensive...
10 hours ago
GOP in control of gov't – but losing control of their party

GOP in control of gov't – but losing control of their party

Six months after seizing complete control of the federal government, the Republican Party stands divided as ever – plunged into a messy war among its factions that has escalated in recent weeks to crisis levels. Frustrated lawmakers increasingly are sounding off at a White House awash in turmoil and struggling to accomplish its legislative agenda. President Donald Trump is scolding Republican senators over health care and even threatening electoral retribution. Congressional leaders are losing the confidence of their rank-and-file. And some major GOP donors are...
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'On cloud nine': O.J. Simpson awaits parole in protective custody in Nevada

'On cloud nine': O.J. Simpson awaits parole in protective custody in Nevada

O.J. Simpson will not be leaving prison until this fall after being granted parole Thursday, but his lawyer said he is “on cloud nine” over the prospect of being granted his freedom. “Mr. Simpson is on cloud nine,” Malcolm LaVergne, his lawyer, said on Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” show Saturday night. “He obviously likes the outcome ... Everything is hung from the moon at this point.” Simpson, who turned 70 earlier this month, is in protective custody after a four-person parole board’s unanimous decision that he...
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At least 9 dead in suspected smuggling case in Texas

At least 9 dead in suspected smuggling case in Texas

SAN ANTONIO – Police discovered a sweltering tractor-trailer packed with dozens of people outside a Walmart early Sunday morning – eight were dead already; one more person would die soon; and many more are expected to have brain damage from severe heat. “They discovered an alien smuggling venture gone horribly wrong,” Richard L. Durbin, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, wrote in a statement released by federal immigration authorities Sunday morning. “All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to...
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Puzzle rooms challenge, teach students

Puzzle rooms challenge, teach students

DECATUR – Kids love “Star Wars,” so there was a lot of enthusiasm when a group of SMASH Jr. campers were shown into a Star Wars-themed puzzle room and told they had to save the universe. Iverson Woods found a paper covered with code and studied it carefully, while Sydney Walker and other campers looked for hidden keys. SMASH Sr. campers recently visited Brainstorm Escapes in Champaign and were inspired to create similar puzzle rooms for their younger counterparts, counselor Tisha Neeley said. “It instills...
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McHenry County law enforcement agencies to host National Night Out events

Several McHenry County law enforcement agencies are hosting National Night Out events in August to provide a family-friendly opportunity to interact with community members. One event, taking place at the Harrison Benwell Conservation Area, 7055 McCullom Lake Road, Wonder Lake, is hosted by the McHenry County Conservation District, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Wonder Lake Fire Protection District, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. McHenry County residents can stop by from 5 to 7:30 p.m., participate...
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Home State Bank acquires Harvard State Bank's trust accounts

CRYSTAL LAKE – Home State Bank recently acquired all of the trust accounts from Harvard State Bank, making the Crystal Lake-based banking corporation the only actively managed trust department headquartered in McHenry County. Home State Bank Executive Vice President Robert Cormier said that although Harvard State Bank’s trust department employed a single trust officer and managed between $20 million and $25 million in assets, Home State Bank has three officers managing about $175 million in assets – with the intent of adding a fourth officer to the...
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Illinois Lift Equipment Inc. moves into Cary building left vacant after Fox Valley Systems explosion

Illinois Lift Equipment Inc. moves into Cary building left vacant after Fox Valley Systems explosion

CARY – Illinois Lift Equipment Inc. has filled the space left vacant by Fox Valley Systems after a 2013 explosion. Although the equipment sales and repair business has moved into the 80,000-square-foot space, 640 Industrial Drive, Cary, construction on the inside of the building is ongoing. The building faced considerable damages after the explosion, which injured three workers and resulted in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration citing Fox Valley Systems – a marking and striping company – for 26 safety violations. ...
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McHenry City Council sends affordable housing proposal for veterans, people with disabilities to Planning and Zoning Commission

McHenry City Council sends affordable housing proposal for veterans, people with disabilities to Planning and Zoning Commission

McHENRY – A developer is looking to build a three-story affordable apartment complex for veterans and tenants with physical impairments. On July 17, the McHenry City Council examined a preliminary concept from Full Circle Communities for a 25-unit project at the northeast corner of Richmond Road and Pearl Street, and advanced the nearly $7 million project to the Planning and Zoning Commission in August. Full Circle Communities, a Chicago-based nonprofit housing developer, plans for the proposed apartment complex to address the affordable...
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Algonquin Founders' Days canceled after record Fox River flooding

Algonquin Founders' Days canceled after record Fox River flooding

ALGONQUIN - Organizers canceled Algonquin Founders' Day Festival for the first time in 57 years because of record flooding of the Fox River, which has affected Algonquin and other local towns. The initial plan had been to move the four-day festival to Algonquin Lakes. However, on Saturday, the event was canceled. "As our community is aware, the Fox River just has not cooperated," organizers said in a statement. "The village entities and their resources have been over extended - even with support from surrounding municipalities helping in...
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Marengo residents celebrate community with "Marengo Strong" event

Marengo residents came together Saturday for the first "Marengo Strong" community day event, designed to support families affected by the June 11 home explosion that decimated a neighborhood.
Jul 23, 2017
Cary Ale House plans to add brewery, seeks $60,000 village loan

Cary Ale House plans to add brewery, seeks $60,000 village loan

CARY – People may soon be able to sip locally brewed beer in Cary. Cary Ale House and Brewing Company wants to start brewing its own beer and plans to expand to a vacant storefront adjacent to the restaurant. The restaurant occupies half the retail space in the building located at 200 to 208 W. Main St. More than $215,000 worth of renovations are planned, which includes construction and equipment costs, according to village documents. Restaurant owners Chris Panagakis and Dustin Davies are seeking a $60,000 loan from the village’s...
Jul 23, 2017
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County organize Styrofoam collection program

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County organize Styrofoam collection program

WOODSTOCK – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation, protection and improvement of the environment, has announced it is reopening its Styrofoam collection program. The defenders will be collecting clean Styrofoam – containing no food or residue – at its monthly recycling drives and beginning Aug. 1 at the Algonquin Township Highway Department, 3702 Route 14, Crystal Lake, according to a news release. Styrofoam, expanded polystyrene and packing peanuts can be dropped off between 6:30...