There has been turbulence on the McHenry County College Board over the last couple of years.
First there was the proposal to put the taxpayers on the hook for $25 million in bonds in order to benefit a minor league baseball team. Minor league baseball teams, it turns out, go under about every five years and the proposed non-referendum bonds were for at least for twenty years.
The public flipping of position by Donna Kurtz and Scott Summers right before the Crystal Lake City Council was to vote on the stadium and classrooms zoning in the watershed, which, needing a supermajority, failed by one vote, even led to the censuring of the two dissidents.
Then there was the proposal to sell the southeast corner of the college property to a broadcast tower company.
It would have been the tallest such tower in Illinois and, in my opinion, a blight on the horizon.
Now, we have something that looks a lot like the $25 million baseball stadium idea, that is, a private entity will throw off enough money to finance the health sciences classrooms, except the non-referendum bond amount being discussed is up to $41 million.
And the public has the biting analysis of local resident, but, more importantly, professional bond analyst Steve Willson.
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Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.
Part 3 is here.
A shorter version is here.
A critique of the massive, 40-year expansion plan is here.
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In any event, here are the three candidates who have filed so far:
- Carol Larson, Harvard
- Mike Smith, Lakewood
- Arne Waltmire, McHenry
Larson is a long-time incumbent.
Smith is President of the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation.
Waltmire is the Illinois Education Association (IEA) Region 23 Chair. He teaches industrial technology at South High School in Crystal Lake.
Filing is open until the close of business on December 26th. Those thinking about running need to file a Statement of Economic Interest with the County Clerk and attach it with a staple to one’s petitions and Statement of Candidacy. And, be sure to number the pages.