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

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 2

Ev Evertsen, former Supervisor of Hartland Township, pointed out that the map showing township roads, which was requested at the first meeting, had not been provided. Then he compared Hartland Township’s budget with that of McHenry County government. “My township … Continue reading

CL’s Independence Day Parade – 2

We continue today looking at things political in Crystal Lake’s July 4th Parade–held on July 5th. McHenry County Board member Donna Kurtz rode on her Kurtzmobile. Her mother, former State Rep. and now District 155 High School Board member Rosemary … Continue reading

Tobin Supports Fewer Townships

A press release from Jim Tobin: Downsizing Government in McHenry County Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) announces its endorsement of the McHenry County initiative to consolidate townships from 17 to 8. “There’s an exciting new trend in Illinois … Continue reading

An Example of Why Cost-Benefit Analysis Is Needed Before Reorganizing Local Government

Yesterday I basically lamented that proponents of township consolidation have not presented necessary homework. Before moving toward a change in governance, one should do a study estimating future costs with future benefits. Vividly I remember the pitch Governor Pat Quinn … Continue reading

Republicans Celebrate Non-Partisan Victories in Woodstock

It was pizza, cake and Joyce Story fudge that Republicans ate at the Woodstock VFW Thursday night. They were celebrating the accomplishments of Republicans who won non-partisan races, such as McHenry County College Trustee. Vice Chairman Andrew Gasser announced that … Continue reading

Wonder Lake School Board Race Trends Toward Incumbents

Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson and two of his allies who want to pursue consolidation of the one school Harrison District 36 seem to be heading toward a split decision. Anderson is leading a write-in candidate for the two-year term, … Continue reading