Tryon Moves Conservation District Tax Hike Bill Out of Committee

On a 9-1 vote, McHenry County State Rep. Mike Tryon has moved Senate Bill 3341, the bill to allow the McHenry County Conservation District to borrow money without a referendum, from the House Revenue Committee. That will, of course, lead … Continue reading

MCC Board Candidate Tom Wilbeck Holding Reception

For $35 you can meet and mingle with those who support Lakewood’s Tom Wilbeck for McHenry County College Board. On his invitation, Wilbeck stresses, “Tom is opposed to MCC issuing bonds for expansion without voter approval.” The event will be … Continue reading

McSweeney and Franks Make Chicago Tribune with Alternative Bond Reform Bill

David McSweeney knows how to pick ’em. And Jack Franks has been a master of gaining publicity for virtually his entire 14-year legislative career. McSweeney came up with the idea to reform the alternative revenue bond process and had a … Continue reading

Health Club at Moraine Valley & McHenry County Community Colleges Could Tap Faculty Salaries

I’m looking at the alternative revenue bond statement approved by bond counsel Chapman and Cutler. How does the document say they will be paid off? “…payable from the construction/infrastructure improvement fee imposed upon students of the District (the “Improvement Fee”), … Continue reading

Crain’s Poll Shows People Oppose Tax Subsidies for Sports Stadiums

As the McHenry County College Board and a majority of the Crystal Lake City Council learned, most people don’t think their tax dollars should be used to prop up those wanting to build sports stadiums. Now, Crain’s Chicago Business has … Continue reading

Turnberry Country Club Solicits Members

No initiation fees. That’s what the post card I got today at my non-Turnberry Lakewood home said. Just spend $355 a a month, if you join on your own, or $580 a month for the whole family.  Tennis courts included, … Continue reading

County Thought It Had Paid Off $8.3 Million (Plus Interest) to Build Administrative Center, But Overlooked Last $417,000 Payment

A $417,000 “oops” will be considered by the McHenry County Board on February 15th. The McHenry County Board constructed its new administrative building across the road from the jail, borrowing over $8 million without voter approval. The finance folks thought … Continue reading

Elgin Community College Bond Referendum Narrowly Passing

With the Elgin Courier-News promoting the referendum with this front page endorsement Sunday, it is a wonder that the $178 million bond referendum isn’t passing by more. But there is that pesky recession, isn’t there? It must be hitting harder … Continue reading

Cary Grade School $17 Million Referendum Support Materials

Here’s what the school administrators gave the District 26 school board members before they voted 4-3 to ask for $17 million in Working Cash bonds. Remember this contains no outside analysis. I made my general comments on my dislike of … Continue reading

Citizen Questioning Harvard School Board about Renting Harvard Junior High School to Mexican Consulate Discovers Tax Referendum Planned

Following up on the renting the Harvard Junior High School to the Mexican Consulate for four days a week ago, Ev and Diane Evertsen went to the Harvard School Board meeting Wednesday night. Ev Eversen provides this introduction: “Last night … Continue reading

Citizen Questioning Harvard School Board about Renting Harvard Junior High School to Mexican Consulate Discovers Tax Referendum Planned

Following up on the renting the Harvard Junior High School to the Mexican Consulate for four days a week ago, Ev and Diane Evertsen went to the Harvard School Board meeting Wednesday night. Ev Eversen provides this introduction: “Last night … Continue reading