CL Chamber Holding Town Hall Meeting with Tax Districts

A press release from the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce:

Upcoming Townhall on Sept. 24th

Crystal Lake: The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Town hall meeting featuring representatives from

  • the McHenry County Board
  • District 155
  • District 47
  • Crystal Lake Public Library
  • the Crystal Lake Park District

The primary objective is to provide citizens with an opportunity to share dialogue with area Government leaders and provide a forum for communication and information sharing.

This event will be open to the community at large as well as our members.

Park Place at the corner of Oak and Woodstock Streets in Crystal Lake is where the meeting will be held.

Park Place at the corner of Oak and Woodstock Streets in Crystal Lake is where the meeting will be held.

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce town hall meeting on Thursday, September 24th, from 7:30 am – 9:00 am.

The Meeting will be held at Park Place located at 406 W. Woodstock St in Crystal Lake.

“We continue to look for ways to help our business leaders and community members to become more engaged with the community services that impact their lives.” Said Kathi Etten, Chair of the Government Affairs committee for the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

“There are so many positive things going on in our community, we would like the opportunity for more people to learn about the many things that contribute to making Crystal Lake a great place to live.”

The format of the event is a panel discussion with representatives from each organization addressing questions and providing insight to how decisions are made regarding the following areas:

  1. Taxes
  2. Community Quality of life
  3. How to maintain a desirable business climate
  4. Regulations for business

Please register by going to For more information contact the Crystal Lake Chamber at [email protected].

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce is a nonpartisan organization.  The purpose of this and other meet and greets are to keep the business community informed in areas which may impact their business.


CL Chamber Holding Town Hall Meeting with Tax Districts — 4 Comments

  1. Suggested solution to high property tax rates:

    1. Local Exemptions applied selectively to population (as are senior and veteran’s exemptions):
    *$10,000 of EAV (EQUALIZED Assessed Value)exemption applied to homeowners without a household member who is eligible for ‘public pension’ or tax abatement/redirection granted to businesses and tif residents.

    (This serves to EQUALIZE the punitive effects of tif’s, enterprise zones, and unchecked spending by schools and public taxing bodies.
    See the latest figures on pension spiking penalties for local examples of public tax-taking bodies taking care of their own.)

    Let’s put the “E” back in “Equalized”!!!

  2. I wonder why the Township was not included.
    BTW if you check out the political contributions by the Chamber of Commerce at the national level they are far from nonpartisan!

  3. Dear Concerned Voter: The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce does not have a PAC and does not financially support any political activities.

    We are a membership based Business organization and part of our mission is to advocate for the needs of Business.

    You can find our government policy statement on our website at

    Our intention is to provide information to our membership and our community because we operate with a belief that community and Commerce grow together. We ask that questions be related to the four areas identified.

    Townships were not included because Crystal Lake is represented by four separate townships and it would not be possible to allow everyone the opportunity to speak.

    If you have any additional questions, I would be happy to talk with you on Thursday Morning.

    Or you can call the office at 815-459-1300.

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