Tax Takes for Cities and Villages

Below is what cities and villages in McHenry County did to property taxpayers last year and what can be expected this year: City or village INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX … Continue reading

Endangered Mussel Announced in Longmeadow Parkway Meeting

Citizens are meeting at the Algonquin Village Hall tonight. The topic is the Longmeadow Parkway, proposed to have a toll bridge across the Fox River. Most attending oppose the project. The discovery of an endangered species could delay construction of … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

The Route 62 Four-Lane Question

For as long as I can remember, Barrington Hills has opposed turning Route 62 into four lanes. When Jim Kempe was Village President and I served as State Representative and was Republican Spokesman on the Appropriations Committee that handled the … Continue reading

Sanders Supporters Seeking 20 to Guarantee Colonial Meeting Space Saturday

Patrick Gibbons has sent you an invitation to ‘Jan 23rd address with Bernie- Algonquin/ LITH/ Dist 6’ — click here to view the invitation and submit your response: https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/4xz9 — The political revolution that we’ve built is approaching a critical juncture. The … Continue reading

Comparing City & Village Tax Takes

Yesterday, we took a look at what school districts requested to be collected last year and this year. Today we’ll look at municipalities. A number of McHenry County municipalities overlap into adjacent counties. If you see “McH only,” that is … Continue reading

Harvard Savings Bank Takes $18 Million Hit

Apparently, it is not just local municipalities that have lost money by investing in the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund. The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the Harvard Savings Bank “lost $18 million on the soured repurchase agreement. The article says … Continue reading

Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and McHenry FPD Lose $2.4 Million

Saturday, I extracted the loses of McHenry County tax districts from the front page article in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. As I was reminded by Pete Gonigam of The First Electric Newspaper, I missed Algonquin. His article from December 10, 2014, … Continue reading

Defenders To Talk Trash in Algonquin

A press release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: Algonquin Talks Trash:  A COMMUNITY RECYCLING EVENT Algonquin, April 30, 2015: The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Teagen Andrews Commercial Recycling Program Advocate from Ecossential Solutions Inc. are hosting … Continue reading

Income Tax Revenue Sharing Loss Would Cost McHenry County Governments $16.9 Million

The McHenry County Council of Governments (McCOG) has calculated how much money each village and city in the county would lose in state subsides should Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget recommendations be enacted. The Govenror suggests cutting the subsidy in half. … Continue reading

Candidates for McHenry County Cities and Villages

I’ve finally pinned down all who are running for municipal office in cities and villages having all or part of their boundaries within McHenry County. The names have been listed in ballot order.  That makes little difference unless there are … Continue reading