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

Barrington Hills Tax Levy Decreased Under McLaughlin

A Barrington Hills resident took offense at former Village President Robert Abboud’s commentary on property taxes under his successor, Martin McLaughlin. McLaughlin is running for the Republican nomination for retiring State Senator Dan Duffy’s seat. Here are the results of … 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

Woodstock Woman Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Woodstock Woman Pleads Guilty To False Statements In Bankruptcy ROCKFORD — SOULA APOSTOLOPOULOS, 46, of Woodstock, Ill., formerly of Barrington Hills, Ill., pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard … 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

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

Filings for Municipal Office

Here’s my best effort to find out who filed for village and city offices in McHenry County’s thirty municipalities. Most who didn’t file last week probably waited until late Monday afternoon. Why? Best place on the ballot is first.  With … Continue reading

Bike Lane Opponents Urge Attendance at Barrington Hills Village Board Meeting Monday Night

This message from a group called “Don’t Change Barrington Hills” popped into my email inbox today: MEETING ALERT Barrington Hills Village Board Meeting Date: Monday, July 28, 2014 Time: 6:30 PM Location: Barrington Hills Village Hall The President and Board … Continue reading

Crystal Lake’s Hikes Taxes Almost 10%–More Than Any Other City or Village

Municipal elections were last spring.  The next ones are not until next spring. Perhaps that explains why the City of Crystal Lake decided to hike taxes so much this year–a non-election year. There will go up 9.8%. McHenry, on the … Continue reading

Barrington Hills Village President Bob Abboud Unseated by Martin McLaughlin

Next month, Martin McLaughlin will take two-term Barrington Hills Village President Robert Abboud’s place at the spot with the gavel in front of it. There will also be some changes on the Barrington Hills Village Board. Let’s look at the … Continue reading

Candidates’ Forum Planned by Barrington Hills Village Trustee Candidate David Stieper, Seeks Neutral Moderator

A press release from Barrington Hills Village President candidate David Stieper. He is challenging Robert Abboud. Barrington Hills Trustee Candidate, David Stieper, invites all candidates to Open Public Forum David Stieper, an independent candidate for Village Trustee of Barrington Hills, … Continue reading