Cary Mayor Mark Kownick Retains Office, But Barely

Cary Mayor Mark Kownick won his re-election campaign by 21 votes. Challenger Jim Cosler received 1,534 votes to Knownick’s 1.555. Looking at the Cary Trustee election, in which three seats were up, yielded the following results: Jeffrey Kraus – 1,603 … Continue reading

Cary Mayoral Candidate Jim Cosler Holds Successful Fund Raiser

Winning 2015 write-in Cary Trustee Jim Cosler, now running for Mayor, held a fundraiser Saturday afternoon. The American Airlines pilot characterized it as “very successful and brought in thousands of dollars.” Cosler reports he has deployed new campaign techniques. One … Continue reading

Tax Freeze Referendums Bracket High School District 155

There are three tax freeze referendums. Well, not exactly. They are actually advisory referendums in Lakewood, Fox River Grove and Cary. Lakewood’s asks, Shall each taxing body located partially or wholly within the corporate limits of the Village of Lakewood … Continue reading

Cary Bank Robber Sentenced for Crystal Lake & Woodstock Heists

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: CARY, ILLINOIS MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR BANK ROBBERIES IN CRYSTAL LAKE AND WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS ROCKFORD — A Cary, Ill. man was sentenced yesterday afternoon in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick … Continue reading

McHenry County Taxpayers Owe Over $130 Million for Underfunded Police and Fire Pensions…as of Two Years Ago

Commenter Mark has laid out all of the municipal police and fire pension fund money owed by McHenry County taxpayers. Let’s review police and fire pension funding status in McHenry County. Remember, Jack Franks says he has a plan to … Continue reading

Traffic Ticket Discrimination Against Out-of-Towners Everywhere, But Crystal Lake and

The Chicago Tribune released results of a study of traffic ticket data that shows whether police departments discriminate in favor of their own residents. In the towns studied in McHenry County Crystal Lake and Harvard stood out as being even-handed. … Continue reading

Tax Takes for Cities and Villages

Below is what cities and villages in McHenry County did to property taxpayers last year and what can be expected this year: City or village INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

Lake County Sheriff’s Spokesman Running for GOP Committeeman in Cary

Seeing Chris Covelli on the news Wednesday night with regard to the indictment of Fox Lake’s GI Joe’s wife reminded me that I met him at State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s Meet and Greet last week at Crystal Lake Rib House. His … Continue reading

Cary Precinct Committeeman Candidate Communicating Already

Apparently trying to take nothing for granted, Cary Republican Precinct Committeeman candidate Jennifer Weinhammer has already sent out a letter to her neighbors: Jennifer Weinhammer 502 Red Cypress Drive Cary, Illinois 60013 Candidate for Algonquin 17 Precinct Committeeman Dear Neighbor, … Continue reading