Republican Candidates for McHenry Township Clerk & Trustee Kicked Off the Ballot

In what reminded me of the wrestling tag team matches I used the watch as a kid, two McHenry Township Electoral Boards voted to remove the GOP caucus-nominated Republican Party candidates for Township Clerk and Trustee from the April 4th election … Continue reading

Commentary on McHenry Township GOP Caucus

The following letter from McHenry’s Laura Lewis was published in the Northwest Herald Saturday and is re-published here with permission of the author: No Raucus Caucus I went to the McHenry Township Republican caucus the other night because I support … Continue reading

Steve Verr, Steven Koerber Head McHenry Township GOP Slate Preferred by Precinct Committeemen

The McHenry Township Republican Party held a caucus to select April candidates at the McHenry VFW on Tuesday night. McHenry Township GOP Chairman Steve Verr was nominated Township Supervisor 3,966 to 1,508 votes for McHenry Grade School Board member Erik … Continue reading

Support for Non-Incumbents in McHenry Republican Caucus

It’s tonight at 7 at the VFW and it has generated at least four letters to the Northwest Herald. Some criticize the Republican Party for holding a caucus instead of a primary election. Others, like the one below, written by … Continue reading

Taxpayers Protest at McHenry County Treasurer’s Office

Having served as McHenry County Treasurer as a child (1966-70), it bothers me a bit that taxpayers are not protesting at school board meetings or signing up to run for school board, where most tax dollars end up once they … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 2

Yesterday, I told you most of what happened to me before the parade (one surprise to come later). Today, let’s look at the politicians courting voters in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade. I had to walk through these poms each … Continue reading

The Next Attack on the McHenry County Board

The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee is on deck today to follow in the footsteps of Human Resources Committee. On June 2nd, all Human Resources Committee members voted in favor of abolishing pensions for County Board members. Now it … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … 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

Gottemoller, Miller Charged with Conflict of Interest on Township Consolidation Referendum Vote

Although the Ethics Complaints that Wonder Lake Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson made were not included in the Agenda Packet of the Thursday Ethics Commission, they have been released pursuant to a Freedom of Information request filed by McHenry 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

Aavang, McCann Township Consolidation Votes Ruled Invalid, But Motion to Kill Stands

On October 6, 2015, the McHenry County the McHenry County Board voted down proposals to allow citizens to vote on whether they wanted to consolidate various townships. The vote was defeated 9-13. In early December, Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson filed … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Files Ethics Complaint against Joe Gottemoller and Anna May Miller

After the McHenry County Board refused to place township consolidation referendums on the Primary Election ballot, Bob Anderson was a bit more than disappointed. First he filed an Open Meeting Act complaint against the County Board, claiming that neither Michele … Continue reading

McHenry Township Criticized for Revolving Door Appointments

Former McHenry High School Board member Ned Neumann lives on an unincorporated road on the Fox River. To put it quite mildly, he is dissatisfied with the level of cooperation of McHenry Township Road Commissioner Leon Van Every. Here’s is … Continue reading

A Second Way to Attack Real Estate Taxes

Residents are by now familiar with real estate tax assessment appeals. That’s an attack on the accuracy of one’s assessed value. McHenry County Blog even has an advertiser, attorney Jim Bishop, who handles such appeals. There is, however, a second approach to … Continue reading