Charles and Raffel Roads Roundabout Proposal Comes Around Again, Despite Defeat in Committee Day after Election

Coming around to the McHenry County Transportation Committee for the second time in three weeks is a $2,229,600 proposal to build a roundabout north of the Woodstock North High School on Raffel Road where it dead ends at Charles Road. … Continue reading

$10 Million More to “Expedite” Randall Road Right-of-Way Purchases

Next Wednesday, the McHenry County Board’s Transportation Committee has before it a request to authorize another $10 million  for “the acquisition of right-of-way for the Randall Road widening and resurfacing capacity improvement project.” $5 million was previously appropriated in February of 2014. … Continue reading

NWH Features Election Upsets

An article summarizing the upsets in the Republican Primary Election ran in the Northwest Herald today. Written by Kevin Craver, its headline is Fighting the Status Quo, County voters send establishment a message in Illinois primary Featured on the front … Continue reading

Steve Willson Wonders How Intent to Defraud Can Be Proven in IMRF Pension Situation

Under this story, local resident Steve Willson offers his opinion on the McHenry County Board’s pension problem: It was a witch hunt, pure and simple, and a selective one at that, given that former board members and downstate County board … Continue reading

Shift of GOP Power Evident in Mike Tryon Endorsement Piece

Of course, the 2014 Republican Party Convention showed that a significant shift in power had occurred when Sandra Salgado was selected over outgoing Chairman Mike Tryon’s choice–Mark Daniel. But, those in control during the Al Jourdan legacy years still were … Continue reading

County Board Vents at Jack Franks and IMRF Exec.

The Thursday night meeting of the McHenry County Board consisted mostly of criticizing Democratic Party State Rep. and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba had been invited to the meeting. No one used the word “pawn” to … Continue reading

Anti-Anna May Miller Piece Delivered

A post card pointed out that McHenry County Board member Anna May Miller is a “double dipper” has arrived in District 1 mail boxes. It was sent by McHenry County Republicans for Better Government, the same Political Action Committee that … Continue reading

Pressure to Cut Conflict of Interest Addendum for County’s Appointees

There’s talk on the McHenry County Board to getting rid of the Addendum to the County’s Statement of Economic Interest. Here’s what I found in minutes of a Management Services Committee meeting: Discussion: Statement of Economic Interest/Addendum Form Ms. McClellan … Continue reading

No Help for Bob Anderson from County Ethics Commission

It’s up and down for Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson. He won his claim that the McHenry County Board violated the Open Meetings Act when it allowed Michele Aavang and Mary McCann to vote by telephone. Then he charged that County … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Files Ethics Complaints Against Joe Gottemoller & Anna May Miller

Wonder Lake Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson has filed two Ethics Complaints, one against McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller and the other against County Board member Anna May Miller Both Gottemoller and Miller are on the March 15th Republican … Continue reading

County Board Pensions and Health Insurance

There were two questions asked of all candidates who participated (only Mary McCann did not) in the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ forums for County Board: Pensions (and insurance the second time around) Homelessness I’ll deal with the … Continue reading

Walkup-Gottemoller Tift

From the McHenry County Board tape of Tuesday’s meeting during the consideration of allowing the at-large elected Chairman to make all committee appointments: The following ensued after Mike Skala and Anna Mae Miller introduced an amendment to the proposed Board Rules … Continue reading

County Board Supports Governor’s Turnaround Agenda

You’ll be hearing more about the contents of the following resolution, which passed the McHenry County Board on a 16-5 vote Thursday morning. Voting against the resolution were Tina Hill Mary McCann Anna May Miller Mike Skala Bob Nowak The … Continue reading

Munaretto Fails to Get County Real Estate Contract

Former McHenry County Board member Marc Munaretto failed to get a contract to handle real estate deals with the County at Tuesday night’s meeting. This was the second time the resolution to approve him made it to the Board floor. … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Featured on Open the Books

Algonquin Township is in the spotlight (scroll down in linked page) in a recent Open the Books report.  The not-for-profit is run by Adam Andrzejewski, a 2010 candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor and one who sought Bruce Rauner’s … Continue reading