Northwest Herald Chastises Algonquin Township Board for Not Putting Road District Question on the Ballot

On Saturday, the Northwest Herald Editorial Board (Jim Ringness, Jon Styf, Eric Olson, Kyle Nabors and Hannah Prokop) gave a “Thumbs-down” to those on the Algonquin Township Board who refused to put a referendum on the ballot concerning putting the … Continue reading

BGA Makes Email Pitch for Support for Bill to Allow Voters to Abolish McHenry County Townships

Here it is: McHenry County Residents Should Be Allowed To Dissolve Their Townships A bill in the Illinois legislature would allow McHenry County residents to dissolve their townships. Government consolidation is a key priority for the BGA and the bill … Continue reading

County Board Members Use Letter Against Township Abolition by Referendum Bill to Try to Scuttle Bill

Below is the letter that McHenry County Board member and former Grafton Township Supervisor Jim Kearns circulated among his colleagues. All signed it but Yvonne Barnes, Michael Rein and Craig Wilcox. The letter, addressed to the State Senate, was handed … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board Cuts Gasser Legal Expenses from $250,000 to $150,000

When the budget for the Algonquin Township Road District was considered by the Township Board on Monday night, the Board voted 4-1 to reduce the line item for legal fees from $250,000 to $150,000. Trustee David Chapman made the reduction … Continue reading

Republican Leaders and County Board Put Pressure on Rauner to Veto McSweeney Township Abolish by Referendum Bill, If Passed

Comments are filtering out about what occurred at the handpicked and screened Republicans allowed to meet with Governor Bruce Rauner last Saturday. It is evident that at least GOP Chairman Diane Evertsen (whose husband was Hartland Township Supervisor) and County … Continue reading

McConnaughay Says She Supports Bill to Allow Voters to Abolish Townships by Referendum

A commenter to one of the articles about State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill that would allow voters to abolish their township by referendum suggested that McHenry County Senators were opposed to the legislation. Word has come from State Senator Karen … Continue reading

BGA Supports McSweeney Abolish McHenry County Townships by Referendum Bill

Looking at an email from the Better Government Association, I found an endorsement of State Rep. David McSweeney’s House Bill 4637, of fifteen bills the organization is supported. The email describes the bill like this: HB 4637: Allows the board … Continue reading

TOI Paints County Government as the Enemy Abolition of Township Government by Referendum

The following email was sent to township officials by the Township Officials of Illinois last Wednesday from its statewide organization: Memorandum To:          Township Officials From:       Bryan E. Smith, Executive Director Date:        May 2, 2018 Re:           House Bill 4637 URGENT LEGISLTIVE … Continue reading

GOP County Chairman Diane Evertsen Comes Out Against Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Townships

In a reverse twist on former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado’s push to consolidate townships, newly-elected Chairman Diane Evertsen has sent an email to some Precinct Committeemen calling for opposition to State Rep.David McSweeney’s bill to allow voters … Continue reading

McSweeney’s Bill Is Not About Township Consolidation

Yesterday, the Northwest Herald article‘s headline and first sentence of a story by report Ed Komenda characterized State Rep. David McSweeny’s House Bill 4637 as having to do with consolidating townships. The bill, instead, is about allowing voters to abolish … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Officials Fear for Their Jobs

The Northwest Herald has an article today about attempts by Algonquin Township Trustees driving to Springfield in an aapparent attempt to keep their jobs. Here’s the first sentence of the article by reporter Ed Komenda: Algonquin Township officials traveled to … Continue reading

Reick Criticizes “Short Debate” on McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill

The Illinois House has a rule which limits debate to two people on certain bills. It’s called “Short Debate.” Usually bills put on that agenda are non-controversial. The person speaking in favor of the measure is its sponsor. Then, the … Continue reading

Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Township Government Passes House

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Passes McSweeney’s Township Consolidation Bill Springfield, IL – Yesterday the Illinois House overwhelmingly approved State Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington Hills) measure to allow voters in McHenry County new pathways to eliminate … Continue reading

Algonquin Township to Debate Road District Abolishment

Referendum Could Make Its Way on November Ballot Tonight, Algonquin Township Trustees will discuss placing a consolidation referendum on the November ballot. This is the first time the topic will be discussed formally at Algonquin Township, making Algonquin Township the … Continue reading

Abolishing Office of McHenry Township Road Commissioner Set for November Ballot

Three of the five members of the McHenry Township Board voted to allow citizens to determine whether the Office of McHenry Township Road Commissioner should exist after incumbent James Condon’s term runs out in 2021. Supporting the ballot measure were … Continue reading