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

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