September 23, 2020
Dear Village Resident,
Vehicle Stickers expire in one week! There is still time to use the envelope that was enclosed when you received your application to mail the form with your payment. You can also drop the envelope in the Municipal Centre drop-box, purchase in person, or make a payment at the PD website here (choose one-time payment/police payment/vehicle stickers). Stickers must be purchased and displayed by October 1! This year's image was located at 7711 Blivin Street.
Adopt A Highway Opening
The Village is looking for a group, business or family to adopt English Prairie Road from Winn Road to Richardson Road starting January 1, 2021. Your group name will be displayed on the Adopt-A-Highway sign. The agreement runs for two years and litter must be collected a minimum of four times a year. Bags and vests are supplied by the village. Please call 815-675-2121 for more information.
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Document Destruction Day Next Weekend!
Get ready for Document Destruction Day to be held Saturday, October 3, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Municipal Centre parking lot located at 7401 Meyer Road. Read more information here!
Consolidated Election Notice
The Village President and three (3) Village Trustee seats will be up for election for the Village of Spring Grove on April 6, 2021. Nomination papers are available in the Clerk’s Office for circulation for the April 6, 2021 Consolidated Election. Sample form nomination papers may be picked up during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) at the Village of Spring Grove Municipal Centre in the Office of the Village Clerk, 7401 Meyer Road, Spring Grove, Illinois 60081 or you can request it be emailed to you by contacting the Village Clerk here.
Salon Jevee Celebrating 10-Year Anniversary!
Salon Jevee is excited to be celebrating their 10-year anniversary! They appreciate all their loyal customers, especially during these trying times. Autumn is here, so book an appointment to bring a little "fall spice" to your life! View the flyer with more information. Located at 2207 Route 12.
Neighborhood Garage Sale This Weekend!
The Preserve Subdivision is having a multi-family garage sale this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 24, 25 and 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Participants will have balloons attached to their mailboxes. Located off Route 173 & Red Hawk Lane.
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Photo of the Week
Three Sandhill cranes stopped by Nikki Hartnett's sunflower garden before their migration soon to warmer climes down south. If you have a photo of Spring Grove you would like to share, email it here.
Beautiful Fall Planters & Mums
Beautiful Fall planters & mums are available for pick up or delivery at Birds of Paradise Gifts & Flowers. Please call 815-363-8568. Located at 2404 Spring Ridge Drive.

Trick or Treating Hours & Recommendations
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Trick or Tricking will be held on Saturday, October 31 with recommended hours from 3 - 7:00 p.m. These hours are consistent each year. More information on COVID-19 Trick or Treating guidelines will be shared soon.
Help Support Cub Scouts!
Community support helps Cub Scout Pack 340 provide fun and engaging programming to 50 local boys and girls. This year they will be selling Trail's End Popcorn! Orders can be taken by your local scout, or you can order and pay online and have it shipped directly to you. Orders over $30 ship free for a limited time! Please consider supporting our local Cub Scout Pack 340 and impacting the lives of our local girls and boys! View Trails End products!
Treasurer Position Available
The village is seeking a qualified individual to take over the role of Village Treasurer due to the impending retirement of our current Treasurer. View position details here.
COVID-19 Update
As of September 21, 2020, the Spring Grove area has 83 confirmed cases and McHenry county has 4,430 confirmed cases with 118 confirmed deaths. View a map of the United States and other countries to view potential risks associated with traveling during the pandemic. Areas with increased risk of COVID-19 are based on case rates.

Please continue to take precautions to keep COVID-19 from spreading by staying home if you don't feel well and remember the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a Mask or Face Covering whenever you're in a public setting
  • Watch your Distance - Stay at least 6 feet from people who are not from your household, in both indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Wash your Hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

View current stats on McHenry County COVID-19 cases. If you have health questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 800-889-3931 or email questions here.
Blast from the Past - 2010 Main Street
2010 Main Street has had many incarnations over the years. Built circa 1900, it started life as a hotel as seen in the first photo, looking like a scene from the old west with a field stone foundation, clapboard siding, front wood deck, wooden sidewalk and hitching post.

Joe Brown was the proprietor of the hotel and saloon next door when a 1919 wartime prohibition act went into effect. He moved his stock of beverages from the saloon into the hotel basement, hoping to be able to re-engage in the saloon business when the war was over. But instead, he became the first person in McHenry County to be prosecuted for the prohibition act.

According to court records, he testified that a roomer in his hotel was in the company of a woman of ill repute and when Joe forced her to leave, the roomer got angry. He concocted a scheme to trick Brown into supplying him with whiskey on the pretense of illness. Then he reported him to the authorities.

The basement was searched and agents confiscated 96 quarts of beer, 44 bottles of mixed liquors, bottles of Riesling wine, apricot brandy, rock & rye and more. Brown was ordered to pay a fine of $50 plus court costs.

By the 1930s, the building was painted white and held a diner as seen by the partially obscured sign in the second photo, which says "DINNERS, LUNCHES and (... baking?)". By that time, the front stoop, steps and sidewalk are concrete, and the hitching post is gone with nary a horse or buggy in site. Later it became a shoe repair shop.

By the 1960s, it was covered in brick-patterned asphalt siding that was popular in the 1930s - 1950s. Looking pretty ragged by then, the building was turned into apartments.

By the 1980s, it was given another facelift. The four front windows were removed and replaced with large picture windows on both floors, the front door was moved to the side and a small side porch roof added.

Looking nothing like it did in it's early days, one must wonder if in some dark dusty crevice of the basement, a nice little bottle of creme de menthe can still be uncovered.
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