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Past articles by Daniel:

Mr. Beefy's in Fox River Grove was closed this week, fate unclear

Dan Skoubis, owner of Mr. Beefy’s, 512 Northwest Highway, and nearby Villa Bleu Tavern & Restaurant – which was open Wednesday – declined to comment on the matter. Village Administrator Derek Soderholm said Mr. Beefy’s appears closed. “There is no requirement that a business notify us that they’re closed,” he said. Land that serves as home to the two neighborhood eateries has not yet been… → Read More

New gas station headed to Cary

The gas station would be located on 3 acres of land south of Route 14 and Jandus Cut Off Road. BSTP Midwest is requesting approval of variances to install an additional wall sign and illuminated canopy signs for the station. The subject property already is zoned as a shopping center business district, according to village documents. The establishment is permitted one wall sign facing Northwest… → Read More

Bubble tea shop opens in Crystal Lake

“A lot of people love it,” manager William Tran said. He said bubble tea contains soft tapioca balls or crystals at the bottom of each ice-cold cup. The boba are slurped up through a wide straw and should be chewed, Tran said. “A lot of people have never tried it before. ... We want people to try something new,” Tran said. “Around here, people [didn’t] have bubble tea.” Employee Ally Keeler said… → Read More

Queen of Hearts returns this month

Tickets for popular raffle drawing available next week → Read More

Lake in the Hills man dies from injuries sustained in Algonquin excavator incident

A construction worker who was hit by an excavator last week in Algonquin has died, according to the Lake County Coroner’s Office. → Read More

Faith Lutheran school in Crystal Lake closes after 15 years

Private school offered faith-based education for 15 years → Read More

District 47 approves new principal for Bernotas Middle School

The district announced to parents in an April email that current Bernotas Principal Steve Scarfe would not be returning as principal for the 2019-20 school year and instead would be assisting with grants at the district’s CORE Center. Marks has served as an assistant principal at Bernotas since 2016, according to a news release from the district. Before joining District 47, Marks was a sixth… → Read More

District 26 School Board appoints attorney, parent to board

“All six candidates were highly qualified for the position which made it a very difficult decision for the Board,” Superintendent Brian Coleman said in a statement. “We look forward to Mrs. Hartman’s contribution to the Board and her service to District 26.” According to a media release from the district, Hartman and her husband have two young children, one of which will be attending… → Read More

D-155 school board approves staff contracts during Tuesday meeting

“district approved an administrative compensation structure for the upcoming three-year period of 2019-20 through 2021-22. District administration will receive average annual increases of 2.4 percent in salaries and benefits,” according to a news release provided Tuesday after the contracts were approved. District officials would not provide the full contracts Tuesday night. The board also… → Read More

Coroner identifies Harvard teen as Spring Grove-area shooting victim

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a shooting last week near Spring Grove as an 18-year-old Harvard man. Dylan E. Sanchez died from an apparent gunshot wound to the face, according to a news release from the McHenry County Coroner’s office. He was found dead May 15 and his autopsy was performed on Friday, according to the release. About 7:15 p.m. May 15, sheriff’s… → Read More

Crystal Lake City Council approves permit for ax throwing lounge

Earlier this month, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the City Council provide the establishment an alternative use permit so it can operate in the area currently zoned for manufacturing. The alternative use approval is valid for three years, unless an extension is granted, senior city planner Elizabeth Maxwell said. The three-year time frame allows the business to… → Read More

Crystal Lake Park District mulls new rules for the lake

Park District considers increasing regulations for Crystal Lake → Read More

24 Hour Fitness could be headed to Algonquin

If approved, health club would include sauna, indoor lap pool, basketball courts, personal training → Read More

Breaking: 47-year-old Spring Grove man charged with murder

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 47-year-old man on first-degree murder charges, stemming from a Wednesday night incident north of Spring Grove. → Read More

D-155 committee considers changes to science labs

Dozens of parents, teachers, students turned out to voice concerns Tuesday → Read More

Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake to honor AJ Freund with tree, bench

Staff, members raised funds to honor the 5-year-old → Read More

Lake in the Hills to hold public hearing for creation of special service area

The village of Lake in the Hills will hold a public hearing next month regarding the formation of a special service area to help improve water distribution facilities for some residents, according to a public notice. → Read More

Algonquin to consider agreement with Verizon

The Algonquin Committee of the Whole will decide Tuesday whether to recommend approval of a five-year site lease agreement with Verizon Wireless at the Jacobs water tower. → Read More

Changes to Crystal Lake Pace route tabled, organization says

Residents concerned with traffic, stops near homes → Read More

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood honors Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund in House speech

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood delivered a speech Friday morning on the floor of the House of Representatives in memory of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund. → Read More