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."

Riley School District #18 Approves Tax Levy, Discusses State Funding

The Riley Community Consolidated School District #18 Board of Education discussed the 2010 tax levy, transportation, state funding, and school consolidation at the school board meeting on April 20 in the school library.

From the Desk of the Union Village Clerk

Last year at this time, I could hardly believe that a year had passed since I was appointed as village clerk. Now, it is hard to believe that two years have passed. Time marches on; and things around here that seemed so hard are much easier. However, new things pop up all the time. There are some things that are done weekly, others quarterly, and some yearly.

MCHS Board Discusses Dismissal of Two Coaches/Teachers

The Marengo Community High School District #154 board and members of the community discussed the possibility of dis-missing two school coaches and Physical Education teachers’ positions at a meeting on March 21 at the high school.

Marengo Union Junior Tackle Sees Great Success through Great Teamwork

Marengo Union Indians Junior Tackle Football Club has had great success. Last year, they were undefeated. It was also the first year since 1994 that the 12 year-old Marengo Middle Weights made it to the Super Bowl, said Steve Stavroplos, head coach for Marengo Union Junior Tackle.

Then and Now: A Short History... A Closer Look ... at the Importance of Keeping our Library Downtown

Historically, in small or large communities, the main public library building is located in the major downtown of the community. Since 1906, this fact has also been true for the Marengo community.