McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

McHenry High School's student-written and -edited newspaper

The McHenry Messenger

The Hall Pass: Federal budget, Johnsburg shooting, and parent teacher conferences

The Hall Pass: Federal budget, Johnsburg shooting, and parent teacher conferences

Eli Frommes, Host and Podcast Producer November 17, 2023

The Hall Pass is a podcast that gives you the local, national and global headlines you need to hear in span of a single passing period. To listen to the podcast, press the play button above, or head...

The Hall Pass: Pops concert, Montanas TikTok ban, and the debt ceiling

The Hall Pass: Pops concert, Montana’s TikTok ban, and the debt ceiling

Eli Frommes, Staff Writer May 22, 2023

 The McHenry Messenger · The Hall Pass: Pops concert, Montana's TikTok ban, and the debt ceiling   The Hall Pass is a podcast that gives you the local, national and global headlines...

Former U.S. president Donald Trump appears in court at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony charges

Vanessa Moreno, News Editor April 14, 2023

Former President Donald Trump pleaded not guilty on April 4 to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records with intent to commit or conceal other crimes.  Charges connect to alleged hush-money...

A sign at a bus shelter shows the national debt in Washington, DC on Jan. 20, 2023.

U.S. reaches debt ceiling again after raising it in 2021

Alayna Majkrzak, Features Editor March 1, 2023

The United States has reached its debt limit again after it was raised in Dec. 2021 from 2.5 trillion dollars to 31.4 trillion. Right now, in the U.S. the debt limit has been reached and Congress is in...

State Rep. Justin Slaughter celebrates after the chamber passed changes to the controversial criminal justice law known as the SAFE-T Act at the Illinois Capitol building on Dec. 1.

Controversial SAFE-T Act now in effect, portion ruled unconstitutional

Lydia Lawrence, Business Director January 19, 2023

On Feb. 22, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the SAFE-T Act into law at Chicago State University. Parts went into effect on Jan. 1, and many have questioned the clarity and adequacy of this law. This...

President Joe Biden checks his watch while answering questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

President Biden’s first year in office fraught with struggles and successes

Bri Quast, Staff Writer February 7, 2022

On Jan. 19, President Joe Biden held a press conference at the White House to acknowledge the successes and struggles of his first year.  Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States...

Senate impeachment managers make the case against former President Donald Trump during his second impeachment trial in February. Though acquitted for inciting a riot, Trump is the only U.S. president to be impeached twice.

Trump acquitted during second impeachment

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Writer March 8, 2021

In early February 2021, the second impeachment trial for former-President Donald Trump was held in the Senate, he was acquitted of high crimes and misdemeanors.  The trial lasted five days and the...

The 2019-20 boys basketball team gets fired up before a game against Cary-Grove on January 8 in the West Main Gym. This seasons basketball season has been disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions handed down from both the governor and the IHSA.

Running out of timeouts

Kylie Chisamore, Sports Editor December 4, 2020

Basketballs dribbled up and down the court, sneakers squeaking from the freshly waxed gym floors, crowds cheering as another three points are scored — these were the dreams of many basketball athletes...

Voters in Des Moines precincts 43, 61 and 62 cast their ballots at Roosevelt High School on November 3. Poll workers around the country, including in McHenry County, helped ensure that Election Day go more smoothly than many expected.

The heartbeat of democracy

Joe Hissem, Contributing Writer November 18, 2020

Election Day is the most widely and arguably important time of the year for millions of Americans around the nation. The time that changes the course of the country for the next four years and a time that...

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit many local small businesses hard, one of those hard hit businesses being The Bike Haven in McHenry Illinois.

Businesses on the brim

Josie Cable, Opinions Editor November 16, 2020

As the government continues to close businesses for the safety of citizens, many stores and restaurants are finding themselves in a difficult situation; stay open and risk getting citizens and workers...

Signs for local Illinois elections advertise candidates for senate, county board, and other national causes. First time voters around the country cast their ballots in this historical election on November 3.

Voting first, voting historically

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter November 12, 2020

This year has included many firsts, and for many seniors at MCHS, this has included their first time being able to vote in any presidential election. Most Americans considered this year's election as...

With Chicago mayor Laurie Lightfoot at his side, Governor J.B. Pritzker issues a directive to all Illinois residents to stay at home during a Friday press conference.

COVID-19 leaves Illinois in lock down

Kyla Henige, News Editor March 21, 2020

On Friday, March 20, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker made an announcement issuing a “rule” that residents must remain in their households, as a way of slowing the damaging COVID-19 virus. Pritzker...

Load More Stories