Friends of the Old Courthouse is a non-profit organization (501c3) dedicated to raising awareness of the historical significance of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House on the Woodstock Square and to raising funds that will further the restoration of the buildings.
Mail and Administration Address:
Friends of the Old Courthouse
P.O. Box 385
Woodstock, IL 60098
Location of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House:
101 N. Johnson
Woodstock, IL 60098
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Friends of the Old Courthouse Board
Sue Stelford, Vice President
Sue is an Art History Professor with a great appreciation for history and architecture. She lives in Woodstock with her family and has been volunteering since she was a teenager. After serving McHenry County on the boards of the Northwest Area Arts Council, the McHenry County Human Relations Council, and the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission, she founded the Friends of the Old Courthouse in late 2015 to restore McHenry County’s Old Courthouse and Sheriff’s House. Sue created FOTOC’s annual Gingerbread House Walk and Dancing with the Courthouse Stars and is currently STILL working on completing the community project, Breaking a World Record for Longest Cartoon Strip by a Team. Sue loves to travel, read, and go to the movies. Contact Sue at Sue.FOTOC@mail.com.
Tom Ellinghausen, Treasurer
Tom is the owner of Forge Technology, Inc. that supplies and supports simulation software and equipment to metal forming industries throughout the United States. He moved to Woodstock in the late 1980s and has raised a family here with his wife, Katherine. Tom has served on Woodstock’s Old Courthouse Advisory Commission since 2017 and has been with the Friends group since 2016. He is passionate about music, writing, history and all things outdoors and nerdy. Contact Tom at TomEllinghausen@Gmail.com.
Darrell is a twelve-year resident of Woodstock. He is the City Planner for the City of Woodstock. He served on the Woodstock Planning Commission from 2010-2018. Darrell joined the board of the Friends in 2017. Click here to send Darrell an email.
Tina is a former McHenry County Board Chairwoman, who has a
desire for good government and helping people get involved in their
community. Before that Tina was a Legislative Assistant to our local State Representatives. Currently she takes on individual clients who need help reaching a goal for the public good. In her spare time, Tina volunteers for the homeless, breast cancer fundraising, and in her parish, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock. Currently she serves on the Friends of the Old Courthouse board, raising funds to restore this historic and important structure back to the community.
Patricia Cronin Kraft is a general practice attorney in Woodstock with concentrations in estate planning and administration, business transactions, and real estate. She attended Northern Illinois University and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Pat is a member of the Northwest Suburban Estate Planning Council. She has authored articles for bar association publications and she writes a monthly column answering estate planning questions for the Woodstock Independent newspaper. In the local community Pat also sits on the board of directors for First Way Pregnancy Support Services and Independence Health & Therapy, as well as on the advisory board of the Community Foundation for McHenry County. Pat and her husband Jeff live in Woodstock since 1997, where they raised their three children.
Jose was born in Havana Cuba but has been a resident of McHenry County for many years. He has been a licensed real estate agent since 1983 and has a real estate Brokers license for Illinois and Wisconsin. One of his favorite things about selling is marketing older homes. He joined “Friends of the Old Courthouse” because of his love for older architecture and to give back to the community he works in. Jose is married to to his wife Linda and has two daughters. He enjoys entertaining, hiking, finding great new restaurants, and traveling with his wife and family.