Crystal Lake Public Library Circulation Down Precipitously in Last Nine Years

From Lakewood resident Steve Wilson: Crystal Lake Library Annual Statistical Report Crystal Lake Library recently mailed its “Annual Report” to all the families in Crystal. It has lots of pictures and graphics showing statistics on usage for the fiscal year … Continue reading

What Library Districts Did to 2018 McHenry County Real Estate Tax Bills

Here is a comparison of property tax burdens levied by libraries in McHerty County for the last three years. All are library districts, except Crystal Lake’s, which is part of city government and whose levy must be approved by the … Continue reading

More Tax Districts Unclear on the Process

Three more local governments Cary Library District Harvard Fire Protection District Woodstock Rural Library District have published “black box” legal ads in the Northwest Herald.These ads were required by a bill passed during Jim Thompson’s second term in office, following … Continue reading

Libraries Taxing Action

Here’s what local libraries did to taxpayers last year and what can be expected when tax bills arrive this month:  Libraries INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX IN TOTAL TAX BARRINGTON … Continue reading

Library Board Candidates, Write-In Opportunities in Seven Districts

Libraries that are not for a single municipality are governed by elected Library District Boards. They are spread all over McHenry County, with the exception of the Crystal Lake and Harvard area. Crystal Lake and Harvard have the only city … Continue reading

Libraries Win Money in Budget Sweepstakes

There is no guarantee that any of the so-called member initiatives (“pork” to most) in the budget sent to Governor Rod Blagojevich will ever reach local governments and charitable organizations, but if it does it isn’t just municipalities and townships … Continue reading

Libraries Win Money in Budget Sweepstakes

There is no guarantee that any of the so-called member initiatives (“pork” to most) in the budget sent to Governor Rod Blagojevich will ever reach local governments and charitable organizations, but if it does it isn’t just municipalities and townships … Continue reading