Nick Provenzano’s County Board Resignation Letter

Here is Nick Provenzano’s letter of resignation from the McHenry County Board:

Nick Provenzano

Nick Provenzano

August 2, 2016

It is with excitement and sadness that I announce my intention to resign my position on the McHenry County Board.

My excitement stems from an opportunity to continue to serve the public and have an even greater impact on the constituents that I will be able to help.

I have been offered and have accepted a full-time position with Congressman Randy Hultgren as Deputy District Director.

In my new position, I will be able to serve all the residents of the 14th Congressional District.

I will be able to utilize my full experience to serve the public on a variety of federal and local issues, including Transportation Infrastructure.

I make this transition with a degree of sadness, however, as it has been the greatest honor of my life to serve the residents of McHenry County and, specifically, District Three.

In my nearly twelve years of bringing conservative reform to McHenry County, we have accomplished much together.

Since my first day as a County Board member I have strived to be the voice of taxpayers who have demanded lower taxes and smaller, less intrusive government.

I have worked to be their fiscal watchdog because I understand that it is their money that government is spending.

Last year I was proud to join my colleagues in cutting our tax levy by $3 million.

Combined with the accumulative saving over the last several years of a frozen levy this County Government saved our taxpayers over $17 million.

In additional to financial savings, I have fought to curb the size and reach of government and to ensure it is the most effective, efficient and affordable it can be.

I am also proud of our success at rooting out corruption in our county and fighting for transparency and good government.

Most important among these successes are the whistleblower and ethics ordinances we put in place, putting us at the forefront of transparent and ethical public service.

Finally, I am proud of the progress we have made on transportation issues.

In addition to improving our infrastructure throughout the county, I have led the effort to ensure transportation dollars are invested as effectively as possible.

That didn’t always make me the most popular guy here, but the taxpayers deserved nothing less.

I want to thank the voters of McHenry County for entrusting me with being able to serve on the County Board. I have worked tirelessly to make you proud.

But I have never needed to be the guy with his name on a yard sign; I simply wanted to serve my neighbors to the best of my abilities.

With this new opportunity, I will be able to serve the public in an even greater capacity, and I am excited by the possibilities.

To you, my colleagues on the County Board both current and past, thank you for working with me and regardless of whether we agreed or not, you always knew where I stood on any given issue.

Thank you for the lively debate.

To our staff, hat’s off to some of the most professional people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, I know, deep in your heart, that you share my concern for the well-being of the citizens of McHenry County and for that I want to thank you.

I look forward to working with many of you and continuing to serve as I take on this new role!

God bless you, God bless McHenry County and God bless the United States of America.

Nick Provenzano


Nick Provenzano’s County Board Resignation Letter — 19 Comments

  1. So Mchenry County Board District 3 Board Member Nick Provenzano is becoming a staffer for 14th District US Representative Randy Hultgren.

    McHenry County Board District 3 covers all of Nunda Township, and little parts of McHenry and Algonquin Townships in southeastern McHenry County.

    Including parts of Crystal Lake, Prairie Grove, Bull Valley, McHenry, Holiday Hills, Oakwood Hills, Burtons Bridge, Port Barrington, and Lakemoor.

    Illinois 14th Congressional District covers parts of Lake, McHenry (all of McHenry County except for SE corner), Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, and Will counties.

  2. Nick why if you helped lower the county taxes by 3 million, why did my propert taxes increase for 2015/2016

  3. Assuming your assessment remained proportional to the other property in your tax districts, my suggestion would be to look at your local school district(s).

    Did the amount for the line for county government increase?

  4. Steve, it was undoubtedly your school district’s spending. They are out of control!

    Nick will be missed! He asked hard hitting questions, made great observations and didn’t make his votes lightly. He’s also very intelligent and energetic!

    We wish you the best in your new endeavors but will miss your comments, speeches, views and findings.


    I know that your heart was in the job you did so well.

    Karen’s comments are right on target about you.


  6. Taxes in Mchenry are outrageous.

    My taxes are higher than my mortgage by double.

    I am on well and septic.

    Not like we are using a lot of services.

    Can’t make any improvements due to taxes going up.

    House valued at half what it use to be however taxes keep going up.

  7. Nick voted for levy increases in the past.

    Nick was big part of the illegal meeting about voting districts a few years back.

    Nick was the ram rod for the illegal meeting about Bruce’s turn around agenda that costs us 25k.

    Nick is a vested in a IMRF pension and defended pensions for board members.

    Nick is part of FERS, the Fed pension.

    Nick was getting $21k for being on the county board, and $86k working for Hultrgren.

    I’d bet his new position will pay over $100k, which will help his FERS pension.

    Nick reminds me of Hillary and Jack, good lip service, and very self serving.

    Some of the comments above are very disingenuous!
    If we have a standard we are trying to obtain for our elected, Nick is not the poster boy.

  8. So now what happens?

    Does a new guy get appointed before the election?

    Will Republicans find someone to run in November?

    It sounds like Provenzano just gave his seat to a Democrat.

    As of now 3 people will be on the ballot, 2 are Democrats, and 2 will be elected.

  9. Best of luck to you Nick in your new position, our loss will be the Congressional districts gain!

    Thank you for your service to our community.

    I’m sure it will continue in the future.

  10. If the “Heger” which posted above is the same Steve Heger who lives in McHenry, his tax bill went up primarily because of the schools.

    The COUNTY portion of his bill went DOWN. His assessment did go up for 2015 from $133,160 to $135,397 and as a consequence his share of all property taxes went up.

    Here are the increases and the decrease which appear on his tax bill:

    ($32.16) C001 – MCHENRY COUNTY



    $5.68 EC528 – COLLEGE DISTRICT 528 MCC

    $175.08 EE046 – SCHOOL DIST 46

    $44.42 EH155 – SCHOOL DIST 155



    $8.00 TTNUR – NUNDA TWP RD & BR

    Now, we have a guy running around and using your taxpayer dollars claiming that he will lower your property tax as a County Chairman.

    FACT: The current County Board (all Republicans) DID lower your property tax!

    Get your schools and other taxing bodies to follow their example and elect Walkup – not the little liar.

  11. Time out…what is a “Deputy District Director”.

    How much pay, benefits, retirement package?

  12. Re: “With this new opportunity, I will be able to serve the public in an even greater capacity”

    Unpaid volunteers for service clubs and other not for profits ‘serve’ the public.

    Paid public sector employees are draining private sector cash reserves!

    As soon as I read that Mr. Provenzano and other paid public sector employees have declined their pensions and other benefits, they can start using the word ‘serve’.

    Until then, it is an insult!!

  13. In the tax bill above:

    School Dist 46 = Prairie Grove Elementary District 46
    – Prairie Grove Elementary, Crystal Lake
    – Prairie Grove Junior High, Crystal Lake

    School Dist 155 = Crystal Lake High School District 155
    – Cary-Grove High School, Cary
    – Crystal Lake Central High School, Crystal Lake
    – Crystal Lake South High School, Crystal Lake
    – Prairie Ridge High School, Crystal Lake

  14. Oh!

    BTW Changing school funding from local property tax to state tax revenue does absolutely nothing to stop the public sector pension madness in this state or the ever increasing burden of federal education requirements!!!

  15. Provenzano tried to get a pension as a county clerk.

    Then he tried to get a pension as a county board member.

    Now he’s trying to get a pension as a federal employee.

    Are you folks cheerleading THAT blind?

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