Wife of CL Council Candidate Kicked Off the Ballot Chides Council Members for Doing So

Comments made at the Crystal Lake City Council meeting tonight by Dianne Miller: My name is Dianne Miller. I live at 1274 Thornwood in Crystal Lake Robert Miller is my husband. I remember a few months back when City Manager … Continue reading

Robert Miller Appealing Being Tossed Off the Crystal Lake Council Ballot, Asks Support through Go Fund Me Page

Here is what is wife, Dainne Miller wrote: Hey everyone! Robert has decided to appeal the Election Board hearing decision in McHenry County. It hasn’t been an easy decision. He wants to be your voice on the Crystal Lake City … Continue reading

McHenry County Courthouse Blizzard Closing Results in CL City Council Challenger Being Taken Off Ballot in Repeat of 2014 Petition Challenge

For a second election cycle, incumbent members of the Crystal Lake City Council eliminated ballot competition. The result is that Ellen Brady, Cathy Ferguson and Brett Hopkins will have no opposition on the ballot…unless challenger Robert S. Miller wins a … Continue reading

Tonight Crystal Lake Council Incumbents Again To Try Remove Only Opponent from Ballot

The Municipal Officers Electoral Board of the City of Crystal Lake is meeting tonight at 7:30 to decide whether the three incumbent City Council members get a free ride to another four years in office. At issue is whether challenged … Continue reading

Majority of Crystal Lake City Council on the Ballot Next Year

Four of the seven member Crystal Lake City Council are up for re-election next year. Mayor Aaron Shepley Council member Ellen Brady Council member Cathy Ferguson Council member Brett Hopkins Shepley, Brady and Ferguson were first elected in 1999, so, … Continue reading

Other Entries in CL Parade with Political Overtones

So far, McHenry County Blog has looked at five portions of the Independence Day Parade: Jesse White Jack Franks Patrick Kenneally Democrats Republicans Let’s look at other things with a political tinge. The first I noticed was the squad car … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Opts for 3/5 Pottersville

The name of the alternative town in the 1946  movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is Pottersville. That’s what happens if the evil banker Harry Potter rules without interference from the Savings and Loan character Jimmy Steward plays. Crystal Lake ended … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Incumbents Eliminate Competition

There won’t be a ballot contest for the offices of Mayor and City Council in Crystal Lake. The only people on the ballot will be the incumbents running for re-election. The first Electoral Board decided to knock Mayor Aaron Shepley’s … Continue reading

CL Incumbents File for Re-Election

Crystal Lake City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas reports the following filed for re-election in Crystal Lake: Mayor: Aaron T. Shepley Council: Ellen M. Brady Mueller Cathy A. Ferguson Brett Hopkins All four are incumbents. Potential opponents have until next Monday to … Continue reading

Filing for Crystal Lake Offices Next Week

Because the City of Crystal Lake has a primary election if too many people file, it has a petition filing date earlier than village, park district, library district, fire protection district, schools and other governmental bodies. Crystal Lake City Clerk … Continue reading

Slot Machine Supporters Roll Snake Eyes in Crystal Lake…Again

Crystal Lake last considered allowing slot machines (euphemistically called “video gaming” by supporters) in Crystal Lake in May, 2012. The vote was 6-1 in opposition with only Ellen Brady-Mueller supporting allowing them. Local bar and restaurant owners advanced the issue … Continue reading

District 155 Meeting with South High School Bleacher Neighbors Short-Circuited by Neighbors’ Suit

The table for those scheduled to participate in the meeting in the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board Room were labeled with who should sit where. But there was no meeting. At 5:13 District officials were served with a … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council Poised to Lessen Pot Penalty

With its Home Rule powers, the Crystal Lake City Council signaled a majority is ready to change possession of up to thirty joints from a criminal to a civil offense. Mayor Aaron Shepley led the opposition with Councilwomen Cathy Ferguson, … Continue reading

Slot Machines in Crystal Lake: No, No, No, No, No, No, Who Am I To Judge?

An informal discussion was held Tuesday night by the Crystal Lake City Council about whether to allow slot machines (“video poker,” if you favor the idea) in town After presentations by two gambling machine purveyors, City Council members expressed a … Continue reading

Sales Tax Hike Phase-out in Chicago, But Not in Crystal Lake

Front page news on both of Chicago’s papers today was the Cook County Board’s vote to phase out its hefty sales tax under the now out-of-office Todd Stroger. The Crystal Lake City Council’s March, 2008, 75% city sales tax increase went … Continue reading

TORA – Ticket to Re-Election

The petitions for re-election are being circulated for Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley and Council members Cathy Ferguson, Ellen Brady Mueller and Brett Hopkins. And, just in time for the campaign, there is an election kick-off party that required the … Continue reading

Two Crystal Lake City Councilwomen Announce Re-Election Bids

There were four people who have run for the Crystal Lake City Council at Wednesday’s McHenry County Republican Central Committee meeting at the VFW in Woodstock. The first two I saw were incumbents Ellen Brady Mueller and Cathy Ferguson. Since … Continue reading

Upwards of 780,000 Meals for Haiti Prepared by Volunteers at Salvation Army Event

The old Cub Food building was packed with volunteers early Sunday afternoon. Enough rice and other ingredients had been packed Saturday to provide 440,000 meals to those living in Haiti. There were fifty packing stations set up. They seemed all … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Council Tells Metra OK for Ridgefield Station…IF

And the “IF” was in capital letters. Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano returned to his home town city council for a second time seeking permission to proceed with plans seeking approval for a new commuter train station in Ridgefield next … Continue reading