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The ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) employer mandate / employer penalty

Written on October 28, 2014 at 4:02 am, by


The ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) employer mandate / employer penalty, originally set to begin in 2014, has been delayed until 2015 / 2016. The ObamaCare “employer mandate” is a requirement that all businesses with over 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees provide health insurance coverage for their full-time employees, or pay a per month “Employer SharedContinue Reading

State rep fights school-funding revamp

Written on October 14, 2014 at 3:08 am, by


An online petition drive has been launched by a local state leader in an effort to keep area school districts from losing funds. State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) is seeking signatures on an online petition fighting Senate Bill 16 that would revamp the state school-funding formula. Wheeler is urging residents to go to Reading

Judges sack Crystal Lake South bleachers

Written on September 20, 2014 at 12:03 am, by


District 155 overstepped its bounds in creating home football bleachers at Crystal Lake South High School that are too big, too high and too close to the property line, an Illinois appeals court has ruled. Members of the Illinois Appellate Court’s Second Division have upheld a McHenry County Circuit Court ruling that said the districtContinue Reading

Restaurant shuttered over tax issues

Written on September 3, 2014 at 2:08 am, by


A troubled Cincinnati restaurant has closed its doors because of continued tax problems with the state of Ohio. Representatives of the eatery say that the closing was due to a misunderstanding and that the restaurant should open again soon. The owner of Mahogany’s, Liz Rogers, said talks were already in the works with Cincinnati officialsContinue Reading

Residents’ input sought on transportation

Written on August 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm, by


Crystal Lake residents are being asked for their input on the city’s Transportation Master Plan. An online survey offers residents the chance to give their views on municipal transportation policies and strategies. Whether traveling to work in the city via the Union Pacific Northwest Metra line or spending all your time driving on city streets,Continue Reading

Push made to keep corporate headquarters in U.S.

Written on August 4, 2014 at 11:52 pm, by


News that Deerfield, IL-based Walgreens is considering moving its corporate headquarters overseas has drawn ire from many Americans and brought the issue of corporate inversions – “officially” moving headquarters to another country to avoid taxes – to the forefront. President Barack Obama, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and others are turning up the heat on corporationsContinue Reading

Patriot brings World Trade Center beam here

Written on July 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm, by


Joe Alger continues to remember those individuals who have given their life for this country. The chief operating officer for JA Frate in Crystal Lake, Alger has just returned from New York City, where he went to get a 13,000-pound beam from one of the World Trade Center towers attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. TheContinue Reading

Youths piece together international honors

Written on June 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm, by


  Six Crystal Lake girls have returned from an international competition where they earned honors for their robot programming. Going by the name Fruit Salad, the girls captured third place in the FIRST LEGO League Open European Championship’s Robot Programming competition held recently in Spain. The six eighth-graders from Lundahl Middle School were part ofContinue Reading

Junior Hockey League team moving to Crystal Lake

Written on May 22, 2014 at 4:27 pm, by


Crystal Lake will have a Junior Hockey League team to call its own by this fall. Both the Minnesota Junior Hockey League and the USA Hockey Junior Council have given their approval to relocating the Wisconsin Rampage to Crystal Lake for the 2014-15 season. The Rampage were based in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. and were partContinue Reading

Bike paths moving forward

Written on April 24, 2014 at 2:21 am, by


Bicyclists will be getting more room on McHenry County roads, as five projects have been awarded for bike paths and multi-use paths along state routes in the county. The five local projects, totaling $2.7 million, are part $52.7 million being spent by the state for transportation projects throughout Illinois. The biggest local project is creationContinue Reading

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