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In 1984, the state of Illinois passed the County Historic Preservation Act, giving counties the authority to establish historic preservation commissions. This became part of the Counties Code and therein is known as the Illinois County Historic Preservation Law.

The Act called upon counties to:

  • Identify, protect, preserve, and restore features of historic significance
  • Foster educational interest and pride in the past
  • Promote economic development through historic tourism
  • Insure harmonious development

View a brief article on the history of preservation.


The McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission meets every first Wednesday of each month, except July and December, at 6:30 p.m. at the Office of Planning and Development, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, Illinois 60098 and the public is encouraged to attend. 

 » View 2020 Meeting Dates (pre-scheduled regular meetings — additional meetings will be added as needed)

 » View Agendas / Minutes of Meetings 



Steve Greeley, Chairman
Susan Zeller
Derek Gablenz, Vice-Chairman
Alfonso Casal, Secretary
Melody Jacobson
Sarah Metivier Schadt
Renee Hanlon, Staff Liaison (ex-officio)

 » Information on County Board / HPC Appointments  

For more information on the Commission, call 815-334-4560 Extension 2, or e-mail us at [email protected] .

All correspondence should be mailed to:

McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission
Department of Planning and Development
2200 North Seminary Ave.
Woodstock, IL 60098


Adobe-icon-15x15PRESERVATION PLAN  (0.7 Mb)


 * The Historic Preservation Ordinance (HPO) is also available online under Chapter 15.40 of the McHenry County Code of Ordinances.


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