The former principal of a northern Illinois middle school has been charged with forgery and theft. 

Authorities say Jerome Wakitsch of Woodstock unlawfully withdrew thousands of dollars from various non-district bank accounts associated with the Parent Teacher Organization and the Fox Valley Junior High School Conference. 

Authorities say Wakitsch, who was an authorized user for both accounts, forged the signature of another authorized user on checks for the PTO account. Police said the stolen funds were allegedly used for personal gain. 


The city of Woodstock is celebrating the life and achievements of the late movie industry giant Orson Welles. 

The community is holding a festival celebrating Welles’ work in film. Film screenings and panel discussions are on the schedule of the Orson Welles Centennial Festival.

Welles was born 100 years ago in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He moved to Woodstock when he was 11 years old.

Welles said he didn’t like to talk about his movies.

500 Jobs Being Cut In McHenry County

Jun 19, 2014

About 500 workers in northern Illinois will lose their jobs later this year. That's when printing company Quad-Graphics will close its operations in Woodstock.

Preservation Grants Help Local Projects

Jan 25, 2013
McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Thirteen Illinois communities will share federal historic preservation grants. The money will fund historical surveys in Belvidere and Ottawa, and a video project in Woodstock.  It will also be used in Morrison.