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Stay tuned for where Resume McHenry County goes next!

Stay tuned for where Resume McHenry County goes next!

Starting weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic all but shut down our state, the Resume McHenry County e-newsletter was created to give our small businesses and workers a lifeline.

During the worst of the lockdowns, the newsletter directed business owners, employees, people falling behind on their rent and utilities, and many others, to the federal, state and local resources available to them. As recovery began, and restrictions lifted, Resume McHenry County continued to be an invaluable asset to assist our businesses, our manufacturing and tourism industries, our economic and workforce development initiatives, and more.

This Thursday, after more than three years, the state and federal states of emergency will finally expire. And with that, Resume McHenry County is going to get a rebrand. McHenry County has officially resumed. Now we have the opportunity we’ve all been waiting for – we have the chance to thrive.

We’re going to unveil the rebrand in next week’s edition. Stay tuned!


B2B grant application deadline is tomorrow

The deadline is tomorrow for hotels, restaurants and creative arts businesses to apply for $175 million in grant funding.

The funding is part of the state Back to Business grant program, with this particular allocation targeted for businesses that are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here to access the grant application portal, and click here to learn more about the grant and to find a list of trained community navigators who can help you through the process.

Grant awards are expected to be made in the weeks after the deadline passes. All eligible applicants will receive a grant as long as the business meets eligibility requirements and submits the proper documentation.

Treasurer video explains new property tax bills

The property tax bills that were mailed out last Friday are going to look a little different than you may be used to.

Bills are now printed in a larger font so they are easier to read, are color-coded by topic (such as the coupons that must be mailed in with both installments), and include new information, such as whether back taxes are owed on the property.

Treasurer Donna Kurtz has released a brief video explaining some of the changes, which you can watch by clicking above. Also, you can click here to view an interactive sample bill with all the sections explained.

If you have questions about how to understand your property tax bill, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 815-334-4260, or email The Treasurer’s Office is only responsible for the collecting of taxes, not your property’s assessment or the levies raised by the taxing bodies on your bill.

CMAP seeking high-school students for summer FLIP program

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is seeking McHenry County high school students to participate in its 2023 Future Leaders in Planning Program.

FLIP is a free summer program for high school students to explore the field of urban planning and learn about the issues that shape our region and communities. Students will learn about planning topics through engaging sessions, activities, and site visits.

The program is open to high school students in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. Participation is free, and includes snacks, meals, public transportation to and from sessions, and swag.

This year’s FLIP program will occur in person at CMAP’s offices for five consecutive weekdays in July, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 10, through Friday, July 14. Students must apply by May 30 – you can apply by clicking here, and learn more by clicking here.

Download the Naturally McHenry County app today

McHenry County’s outstanding summer festival season is coming, and we don’t want you to miss a thing!

Our friends at Naturally McHenry County have an app to inform you of everything McHenry County has to offer throughout the year – and put it all at your fingertips! You can download it from Google Play here, and from the Apple App store here.

While you’re at it, be sure to follow Naturally McHenry County on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, and subscribe to their e-newsletter, the Insider, so you don’t miss out on awesome summer events.

McHenry County Food Truck Event set for May 20

Do you like food trucks – getting to sample all sorts of different cuisines, comfort food, and drinks made fresh? If so, the McHenry County Fairgrounds are going to be the place for you to be later this month!

At least 16 food, drink and refreshment trucks are confirmed for the event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the fairgrounds, at 11900 Country Club Road, in Woodstock. There also will be kids’ activities, live music, and more!

The event is limited for the first two hours to VIP ticket holders, but general admission opens at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for VIP admission, and $10 for ages 13 and up – kids 12 and younger get in free, but still require a ticket.

You can purchase tickets online by clicking here.

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What is Resume McHenry County?

Resume McHenry County is a collaborative initiative being implemented by McHenry County and the McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) in partnership with the McHenry County community, including cities and villages, businesses and residents. The goal is to ensure a successful reopening of our economy so that we can return to our lifestyles safely and responsibly.