Impossible to know why the Northwest Herald is making it possible for Shasha Chadwick to launch a high profile write-in campaign for Mayor of Crystal Lake.
It can’t be his and his council’s hiking the city’s sales tax rate by 75% on April Fool’s Day in 2008. The NWH’s editorial board wrote not one negative word about that. (Read story 1 and story 2 and story 3 and story 4.) Not even a story when it took effect on July 1st.
No mention was made of the almost 10% property tax increase last year either.
Does the paper think that Mayor Aaron Shepley has been around too long?
Does the paper think unkindly about Shepley’s knocking Chadwick off the spring ballot for failing to number four pages of petition signatures?
Does the paper think Shepley’s lobbying against a hospital in Crystal Lake as part of his employment with Centegra was unseemly?
Does the paper think the four $16,000 monuments marking the boundaries of the Virginia Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District (which are financed by everyone outside of the TIF district are excessive expenditures?
Maybe news is slow and the two front-page articles were merely ways to fill space with through-provoking news, thus helping to sell more newspapers.
Regardless of the motivation, the two articles have made it easier for Chadwick to mount a write-in campaign against Shepley.