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McHenry County College announced that its Health Information Technology Program recently received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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MCC health info tech program nets national accreditation

McHenry County College announced that its Health Information Technology Program recently received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education, allowing graduates from MCC’s Health Information Management Program to be eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician certification exam. CAHIIM is an independent accrediting organization dedicated to serving the public interest by establishing and enforcing accreditation standards for Health Informatics and Health Information Management educational programs. CAHIIM program accreditation assures students and employers that graduates have completed a rigorous curriculum and have earned the expected knowledge and skills relevant to today’s electronic health record environment. For more information, call 815-455-3700 or visit


Police Dept. opens sign-up for Citizens’ Police Academy

The village announced that the Richmond Police Department is now accepting applications for the Richmond Citizens’ Police Academy.The 10-week program is free and open to ages 18 and up. Classes will meet at Village Hall, 5600 Hunter Drive, from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays, beginning Aug. 6 and concluding Oct. 15. A wide range of topics will give participants a behind-the-scenes look into the daily functions of law enforcement. Topics include Crime Prevention, Gang/Drug Awareness, Use of Force, Traffic Enforcement and more. A K-9 Unit presentation and demonstration is also scheduled. Space is limited. Applications are available online ( or at Village Hall. For more information, call 815-678-4040 or visit


Pearl Street and Lincoln Road project set to begin

The city announced that the Pearl Street and Lincoln Road construction project is scheduled to begin early this summer and be complete prior to winter. Construction will close the Pearl Street Bridge in July after the conclusion of Fiesta Days. Project limits begin on Pearl Street at Route 31 and continue east across the Fox River on Lincoln Road, ending near Chapel Hill Road. The project includes a new bike path connecting McHenry Middle School to the Fox River, bridge repairs to Pearl Street over the Fox River, installation of sanitary sewer service stubs, improvements/upgrades to sidewalk crossings and handicap ramps at the intersections, and resurfacing. Impacts to traffic will be minimal, but daily lane closures will be required to install storm and sanitary sewer stubs. During repairs to the Pearl Street Bridge, traffic will be detoured to River Road, Riverside Drive and Route 120. For more information, and construction updates, visit or call 815-363-2100.


Park Dist. nets IDOT grant to extend park trail

The Cary Park District recently was awarded a $1.104 million Illinois Transportation Enhancement Project (ITEP) Grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to construct a 1.4-mile trail at Hoffman Park. The trail extension will connect to the existing 2.1 miles of trail at Hoffman Park and provide for a continuous loop throughout the park, as well as connections to the Meyer-Lafarge gravel pit — now in its final stages of restoration — and the recently completed Route 31 trail. Once construction is complete, the Park District will manage a total of 6.5 miles of trail throughout the community, linking many residents to parks, neighborhoods, natural areas and several Cary community resources. The project is anticipated to be constructed in 2020. The Cary Park District is one of 53 municipalities in the state, and one of only three park districts, to receive an award during this year’s grant cycle. For more information, call 847-639-6100 or visit


Heineman Apprentice Project raises funds for charities

Huntley Community School District 158 reported that students at Heineman Middle School raised more than $5,600 for charities through projects completed this spring as part of the Heineman Apprentice Project. The project, held in literacy and social studies classes the last several years, teams students in small groups to discover, research and support charitable organizations through class presentations and fundraising. Students collaborate on the projects, building analytical, research and rhetorical skills while becoming more aware of organizations serving populations with experiences far different from their own. One group raised more than $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and another group raised more than $230 for Animal House Shelter, a no-kill animal shelter in Huntley. A third group focused its project on Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides a range of donated goods to disadvantaged children. For more information, call 847-659-6158 or visit


Older homes focus of local history walking tour

The Woodstock Public Library will host Historic Woodstock Houses, a local history walking tour, from 1-2 p.m. June 24. The tour will feature homes built in the 1800s and early 1900s. Tour guides will discuss the architecture of the houses and share stories about the lives of those who built and lived in those homes. Meet in the library parking lot, located at 414 W. Judd St. The library will be closed during the time of the tour. To register, and for more information, call 815-338-0542 or visit    

Fox Lake

Village to host annual Independence Day festival

The village announced that its annual Independence Day festival, Celebrate Fox Lake, will be held from 4-10 p.m. June 30. The event begins with the annual Independence Day Parade, which runs along Grand Avenue in downtown Fox Lake, and continues with the festival at Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd., beginning at 5 p.m. The fest includes food, drinks, kids activities and more, and features a live performance by Modern Day Romeos from 7-9 p.m. A fireworks display, beginning at 9:30 p.m., will close the festivities. Admission is free. For more information, call 847-587-7474 or visit


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