Village News Feed

News, project updates, and alerts from the Village of Cary.

Sep 24

Village of Cary Accepts $500,000. Donation from The Community Foundation

Posted on September 24, 2021 at 3:03 PM by Susan Greene

The Village of Cary approved the acceptance of a $500,000 donation from The Community Foundation for McHenry County at the September 21, 2021 Village Board meeting. The donation was made possible through the generosity of Greg and Dana Gliniecki, residents of the Village of Cary, who strongly support the future vision of the Village. The donation will be utilized for multiple projects in the Village's 5-year Capital Improvement Program, including:  

  1. Cary Community Plaza (Former Metra Depot Site) & Downtown Streetscape Project
  2. Construction of a Pavilion at Cary Lake at Rotary Park
  3. New Village Entryway Signs
  4. Police Department Drone

 "The Village is grateful for the tremendous generosity of the Glinieckis and The Community Foundation for McHenry County. It is truly humbling to receive such an incredible gift and to know that the Glinieckis believe in the Village's vision." Mayor Kownick stated.  Mayor Kownick emphasized the importance of The Foundation in helping to secure the donation. "This donation would not have happened without assistance from The Community Foundation for McHenry County. We greatly appreciate our partnership with The Foundation and look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with them for the betterment of the Village of Cary and McHenry County." Mayor Kownick added.

 "The generosity of the Glinieckis will improve the lives of the current residents of Cary, and their children and grandchildren. We are honored to work alongside the Village and are eager to watch their 5-year plan unfold before our eyes," Executive Director Deborah Thielen added.

 The Village Plans to purchase the Police Department drone this current fiscal year. Construction for other projects will begin next fiscal year.  "We are excited to begin these projects, which will only enhance our already great community," continued Mayor Kownick.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help make a difference in the Village of Cary, we encourage you to visit The Foundation at or by phone at 815.338.4483. The Community Foundation for McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity created by and for the people of McHenry County.

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Sep 23

Village-Wide Curbside Brush Pick-Up

Posted on September 23, 2021 at 2:53 PM by Susan Greene

Brush Pick-Up dates are:

October 4 - North of the Railroad Tracks

October 11 - South of the Railroad Tracks

Please note the boundary has changed slightly indicating which areas are considered "north" and "south". Previously the boundary was Rt. 14. The Current Boundary is the UP Northwest Line/Metra railroad tracks.

2021 Curbside Brush Flyer

For complete guidelines regarding the Village-Wide Brush Pick-Up Program, information is available on the Village Website

Sep 10

Metra Schedule Changes Begin Monday, September 13th

Posted on September 10, 2021 at 11:28 AM by Susan Greene

Metra will be adjusting schedules on the three Union Pacific lines beginning Monday, Sept. 13. This is the second round of schedule adjustments to take effect as many riders begin to return to the office on a regular basis following the Labor Day holiday.  

“We’ve been monitoring on-time performance as well as customer response since our mid-summer schedule changes,” said Metra Executive Director/CEO Jim Derwinski. “My Metra strives to be a service that responds to its customers’ need for reliability. This current round of changes is focused on on-time performance. We will continue to monitor performance across the Metra system and make further adjustments to schedules when necessary.”

Metra introduced a new pilot schedule on the UP North Line on July 12 that offers more off-peak options to meet the post-COVID needs of riders. That schedule was introduced with the expectation that rider feedback and performance analysis would help refine it and make it better.

UP Northwest Line

  • Inbound Train 6100 will now depart Barrington at 6:38 a.m. and arrive at Ogilvie Transportation Center (OTC) at 7:44 a.m. This train previously originated in Des Plaines. The change will provide commuters better inner zone transfer opportunities with Train 610.
  • Inbound Train 6188 will depart Des Plaines 10 minutes later to improve operational performance.
  • Inbound Train 626 will depart Crystal Lake 5 minutes later to improve operational performance.
  • Outbound Train 6133 will depart OTC 10 minutes earlier to improve on-time reliability en route.
  • Outbound Train 6211 will depart OTC 6 minutes later to improve on-time performance and reliability.
  • Outbound Train 625 will adjust departure times at intermediate stations to reflect actual operation conditions.

The new schedules can be viewed here. Customers are advised to review these new schedules for timetable and stopping pattern changes. All the changes are highlighted.

METRA Alternate Schedules - Information and Schedules for All Lines