Election Stuff in Sunday Northwest Herald

Read the Northwest Herald at Colonial Cafe today. Here’s what I saw that might be considered related to the Tuesday Election. On the front page was a sticker from Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Next was … Continue reading

CL Library Architect Donates $8,000 to Library Yes Committee

Haven’t seen anything like this since the Woodstock School bond referendum committee received tens of thousands of dollars from the builder on the south side of town which went under in the housing recession. Architects Engberg Anderson wants to do the … Continue reading

CL Library Bond Issue Supporters Make Another Mailing

Here is the “closer” in the campaign to convince Crystal Lake voters to vote to increase their real estate tax bills by an average of $132 per year for the next twenty years. … Continue reading

Passage of CL Library Advisory Bond Referendum Will Result in Tax Hike

Crystal Lake Library Director Kathryn Martens attended the CL Kiwanis Club luncheon Wednesday. Kiwanis has donated money to provide introduction bags to the moms of newborn babies. Besides that she showed us the various ways that an early novel were … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board President Tells How to Cut High Interest Debt

In a comment reply to Mark under this article: Cary Grade School Board Saves by Refinancing High Interest Bonds Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey shares his Board’s strategy to save taxpayers money. You can read it below: The … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board Saves by Refinancing High Interest Bonds

A press release from the Cary Elementary District 26 School Board: CARY DISTRICT 26 BOND REFUNDING RESULTS IN SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS CARY, IL – The Board of Education of Cary School District 26 took steps this last month to reduce property … Continue reading

CL Library Bond Referendum Opponents Surface Literature

The folks behind the signs asking people to vote against the Crystal Lake Library advisory referendum on borrowing $30.1 million have a handout. You can read it below: The contact information is [email protected]Continue reading

Some Facts You Probably Don’t Know about Crystal Lake and the Library Bond Referendum

This information was developed by commenter Mark: A major reason property taxes are high is because property taxing districts omit pertinent details during bond advisory and bond referendums. +++++ Do not even think about voting yes for a bond or … Continue reading

Local School Finances – How to Probe

Crack researcher Susan Handelsmann of rural Woodstock has put together a “how to” piece about figuring out what your school board has done with school finances. It is presented below for McHenry Grade School District 15, but can be adapted … Continue reading

Views of the Woodstock School District Prompted by the Lakewood TIF Proposal

From reader Susan.  Facts about the Woodstock School District which she extracted from the Official Statement of 2014 General Obligation Bonds issued by D200. Numbers are worse in Woodstock CUSD 200. This is where Lakewood will insert the children of the … Continue reading

Have You Missed the Articles on the Conservation District Tax Hike?

OK.  The holidays are over and it’s time to think about protecting your pocket book so you can pay Christmas bills now and in the future. This spring the McHenry County Conservation District sought permission to raise taxes from the … Continue reading

MCCD Admits Tax Hike Bill “Expands the District’s Authority to Incur Additional Debt”

Those who don’t read the comments under articles often miss a great expansion of the information available on the subject. Take, for example, the articles on Pam Althoff’s, Karen McConnaughay’s and Mike Tryon’s Senate Bill 3341. That’s the bill that allows … Continue reading

Althoff Defends Conservation District Tax Hike Bill

Commentary from State Senator Pam Althoff: Senate Bill 3341 gives McHenry County Conservation District more budget flexibility Improving fiscal management in Illinois has always been a top priority for me. I continue to fight for long-term budget solutions and sound … Continue reading

Still Time to Ask Quinn to Veto the MCCD Tax Hike Bill

Friend of McHenry County Blog Susan Handelsman gave me permission to reprint this recent letter of hers to the Northwest Herald: I feel like identity thieves pulled a cash-out refinancing of my home and took the cash for themselves. I will … Continue reading

My Email to Pat Quinn about the Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill

Pat – I am requesting that you veto Senate Bill 3341, sponsored by McHenry County legislators Pam Althoff and Mike Tryon. Currently the McHenry County Conservation District is not allowed to sell bonds without a referendum. This bill will give … Continue reading

Tobin’s Group Calls for Veto of Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill

A press release from Jim Tobin: Taxpayers Demand Gov. Quinn Veto Property Tax Theft Before recently defeated Gov. Pat Quinn (D) leaves office, taxpayers urge that he veto SB 3341, a bill that passed through the state legislature December 3 … Continue reading