Three McHenry Township Vendors Help Finance Opponents’ Campaign to Thwart Consolidation of the Road District with the Rest of McHenry Township

“Follow the money.” That was the strategy of the Washington Post reporters in their Watergate investigation. A week ago I sent a Freedom of Information request to McHenry Township asking for payments since the beginning of 2017 to any of … Continue reading

Opposition to McHenry High School and McHenry City Tax Hike Bond Referendums Shows Up in Mailboxes

The committee to hike taxes in McHenry High School District 156 got $2,000 from each of the car dealers in McHenry, so they are rolling in cash. Until now, no opposition has reared its head except, McHenry County Board member … Continue reading

McHenry High School Tax Hike Committee Wants Yes Vote To Keep Taxes from Maximum Decrease, Vote NO and cut your taxes by $325 a year!

The McHenry District 156 Vote Yes for Lower Taxes and Better Schools committee has a campaign that is a naked attempt to deceive voters into missing out on a really big tax cut in 2020. The District currently levies about … Continue reading

Citizen Inaction Gives CL Park District Ability to Borrow $3.5 Million

The Crystal Lake Park District could have asked voters for permission to borrow $3.5 million to pay for these purposes: 2 playground replacements 1 dump truck 1 pickup truck with plow Lippold synthetic turf replacement Lippold flood relief projects Several … Continue reading

Where the $3.5 Million the CL Park District Plans to Borrow Will Go

The Crystal Lake Park District is planning to borrow $3.5 million. The proposal does not need voter approval, although, if 3,010 people sign petitions, a referendum would have to be put on the ballot this fall. (For those interested, petitions … Continue reading

NWH Moves Planned $3.5 Million Bond Sale by CL Park District from Paid Legal Notices to an Article

McHenry Country Blog warned Crystal Lake Park District taxpayers about the proposed borrowing of $3.5 million last Tuesday. Now, new Editor Jon Styf has moved it up to the news pages: Crystal Lake Park District considers selling $3.5M in debt … Continue reading

CL Library Outreach Spending: Fall 2015 vs. Fall 2016

McHenry County Blog has filed Freedom of Information request to find out how public relations costs this year, when the bond referendum was being run, compared with last year’s. Below is what was found: Listed below are the amounts spent … Continue reading

Election Stuff in Sunday Northwest Herald

Read the Northwest Herald at Colonial Cafe today. Here’s what I saw that might be considered related to the Tuesday Election. On the front page was a sticker from Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Next was … Continue reading

CL Library Architect Donates $8,000 to Library Yes Committee

Haven’t seen anything like this since the Woodstock School bond referendum committee received tens of thousands of dollars from the builder on the south side of town which went under in the housing recession. Architects Engberg Anderson wants to do the … Continue reading

CL Library Bond Issue Supporters Make Another Mailing

Here is the “closer” in the campaign to convince Crystal Lake voters to vote to increase their real estate tax bills by an average of $132 per year for the next twenty years. … Continue reading

Passage of CL Library Advisory Bond Referendum Will Result in Tax Hike

Crystal Lake Library Director Kathryn Martens attended the CL Kiwanis Club luncheon Wednesday. Kiwanis has donated money to provide introduction bags to the moms of newborn babies. Besides that she showed us the various ways that an early novel were … Continue reading