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

Comparing City & Village Tax Takes

Yesterday, we took a look at what school districts requested to be collected last year and this year. Today we’ll look at municipalities. A number of McHenry County municipalities overlap into adjacent counties. If you see “McH only,” that is … Continue reading

McSweeney: Beware of “Grand Bargain”

State Rep. David McSweeney was the main speaker at the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee’s free pizza and soft drink party held at Galati’s Hideaway in Cary Saturday evening. After telling of having two bills ready for action on the … Continue reading

Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and McHenry FPD Lose $2.4 Million

Saturday, I extracted the loses of McHenry County tax districts from the front page article in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. As I was reminded by Pete Gonigam of The First Electric Newspaper, I missed Algonquin. His article from December 10, 2014, … Continue reading

Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and McHenry FPD Lose $1.8 Million

The Chicago Tribune is reporting (not posted on the internet yet) that dozens of local tax districts lost millions by putting spare money in a pooled investment fund. Locally, four municipalities and one fire protection district took financial hits. The … Continue reading

Write-In Signs

There are a lot of write-in candidacies in tomorrow’s election. I counted twenty-eight, although I’d guess that a number are not running really active campaigns. Some don’t need to do anything but vote for themselves, because they have no registered … Continue reading