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Welcome to our rebrand!

May 16, 2023

Welcome to the new McH Thrive!


Last week we teased a big change, and here it is!

Going forward, Resume McHenry County is now McH Thrive!

With last week’s official end to the state and federal COVID-19 states of emergency after more than three years, it’s time to stop talking about resuming life as normal. It’s time to rebrand this e-newsletter and dedicate it to moving ahead, together, and better than before.

We deserve this opportunity that now lies before us – our manufacturers and small businesses, our workforce, our tourism industry, our agriculture and agritourism sectors, and our economic development agencies and chambers of commerce. All of us deserve this opportunity to thrive.

We’re proud of how we’ve grown and how far we’ve come. Thank you for reading and for subscribing! You can help us continue to grow by forwarding McH Thrive to people who you think would enjoy it, and letting them know they can subscribe by visiting And be sure to smash those buttons on the bottom of every edition of McH Thrive to share it on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!


Treasurer’s Office waives fee to pay property taxes by electronic check


The McHenry County Treasurer’s Office is waiving fees this year for people who want to pay their property taxes online by electronic check (E-Check).

Property owners who pay by E-Check, either through the portal on the Treasurer’s Office website or by phone, will not incur fees for their 2022 property taxes due this year. The Treasurer’s Office charges a 2.4% fee for property-tax payments by credit card, so paying electronically by E-Check can save taxpayers hundreds of dollars.

Click on the quick video above to learn more, and click here to learn how to pay by E-Check or phone, step-by-step. The first installment is due Monday, June 12, and the second is due Tuesday, Sept. 12.


Workplace skills training is available for your manufacturing business

Is your company planning professional development for the next quarter of 2023?

Funding is available through the Manufacturing Workplace Skills Initiative Grant to assist McHenry County manufacturers (with fewer than 500 employees) to continue to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, increase competitiveness, strengthen talent, and build resiliency against future disruptions.

The McHenry County College Workforce Training program is working with a number of companies to identify skill gaps and develop fully-funded training solutions and professional development for employees.

Click here, call 815-455-8593, or email or to learn more about employer participation.


Next Talk and Tour event will highlight clean energy incentives

The next presentation in the McHenry County Talk and Tour series will teach people how to utilize the many federal and state programs available to fund energy-efficient and clean-energy improvements for homes, businesses, and government facilities.

The presentation, “State and Federal Incentives for Clean Energy,” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, at Stage Left Café, 125 W. Van Buren St., Woodstock. It is the second presentation of 2023 for the Talk and Tour series, co-hosted by the McHenry County Planning and Development Department and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.

The event is free, but attendees must register in advance by visiting The event will be videotaped and posted online at a later date – click here for a YouTube playlist of past Talk and Tour events.


Police, Dunkin’ partner up to help Special Olympics Illinois

This Friday, from 5 a.m. to noon, law enforcement agencies from across McHenry County and Illinois will be partnering with Dunkin’ locations to raise money for Special Olympics Illinois with Cop on a Rooftop.

Each guest who makes a donation to the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will receive a coupon for a free donut; guests who make a $10 or greater donation will receive a branded travel mug (while supplies last) and a coupon for a free medium hot coffee.

Local police departments will be partnering this year with Dunkin’ locations in Crystal Lake, McHenry, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Huntley, Island Lake, Cary and Fox River Grove.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cop on a Rooftop partnership between Dunkin’ and law enforcement to help Special Olympics Illinois.


Concerts in the Park return to Main Beach for the summer

Grab your blanket and your cooler for the return of the Crystal Lake Park District’s Concerts in the Park series!

Between the end of May and the beginning of August, the park district will host a regional band to perform a free concert at Main Beach every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

If country music’s your thing, make sure to catch the Mackenzie O’Brien Band kick off the series on May 30. If you don’t want to bring your own food and drink, (small charcoal grills are allowed, no glassware please), food trucks will be present.

Click here to learn more and to see this summer’s complete schedule.


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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.