The Life and Times of Walter S. Weimer

Meet Walter Weimer, an ordinary guy, who has had some extraordinary experiences. Born into a childhood of extreme poverty, where he and his siblings had to use their wits to survive.

Marengo Airman Returns Home Again after 44 years

VIETNAM-This story begins in Vietnam in 1966. First Lieutenant James H. Graff was a co-pilot on a U.S. Air Force C-130 with four other crew members when their plane crashed into a mountain side in Khanh Hoa Province, South Vietnam. The date was October 3, 1966. The crash was listed as, “caused by ground fire or sabotage.”

City Approves Rezoning of Library Building

The Marengo City Council approved the rezoning of the Marengo-Union Library District building to 19714 E. Grant Highway in Marengo, at the city council meeting on April 11 in city hall.

Inside the Marengo Police Department

As spring approaches, everyone appears to be ready to get outdoors and participate in those pursuits and activities which correspond with the season. Unfortunately, there are also those among us that take the opportunity or advantage of this weather for criminal pursuits.

From the Union Fire Department

Many of you have noticed that the Union Fire Department has been training at a house outside of town, on Route 20. We invited the staff from the Illinois State Fire Institute to come and spend a Saturday with us, training the members of your Union Fire Department, as well as members from surrounding communities.

Letter from the District #165 Superintendent

It seems that education is in the news everywhere, and much of what is reported is not always positive or presents the public education system in an affirmative light. This is unfair to many school districts which are doing a commendable job educating children and exercising good fiscal controls.

News from the Marengo Fire and Rescue District

This past month the Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts hosted a Hazmat Operations class. The class was taught by the Illinois Fire Service Institute. We had many neighboring departments from the area who participated in the class. The departments involved were: Algonquin, McHenry, Woodstock, Wonder Lake, Harvard, Crystal Lake, Huntley, and Marengo. With our district having two major highways, railroad, and agriculture within its boundaries, we have a higher-than-normal chance...

Letter from the Mayor: Update on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion Project

Over the last few years, you may have heard city officials and staff mention our wastewater treatment plant expansion project. I am happy to report that after waiting for four years, the state has finally decided to grant the city the necessary permits to expand the treatment plant.

From the Desk of Union Village Clerk

Union has become a part of my life, as it has for so many of its 600 residents. It doesn’t seem to be a small town for the many people that keep it functioning the way a town should be.

Pondering the Past: Tales Lost in Time -- May, 2011

This past April 12, 2011 marked the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of one of darkest chapters of our nation’s history, the start of the American Civil War. In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln described the United States as being, "conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."