Tom Wilbeck Sends Second Mailing in County Board Election Campaign

District 1 McHenry County Board candidate Tom Wilbeck, a former reform member of the McHenry County College Board, send out his second post card this week. It ties him to MCC Board and former District 26 Grade School Board member … Continue reading

MCC Students To Pay $10 per Credit Hour for Addition, Approval Granted for $34 Million Project

By a unanimous vote, including Student Trustee Jeremy Sacrament, McHenry County College Trustees voted to impose a $10 per credit hour infrastructure fee starting this summer. One Trustee called it a “user fee.” Including the extra $10, the cost per … Continue reading

MCC Board Considering Allowing Students to Help Pay for New Construction

Thursday night, the McHenry County College Board will consider imposing a $10 per credit hour fee to force students to help pay for new and/or improved facilities. Here’s what the minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting say about … Continue reading

MCC Board Moves Toward $30+ Million Addition & Renovation, No Referendum, Athletics Could Be Sacrificed

Tuesday night the McHenry County College Board talked about a consultant-proposed $62-$78 million recommended renovation and expansion of the college campus. With Full Time Equivalent enrollment down 7.6% since 2011, but a need to update science laboratories which one Trustee … Continue reading

MCC Set to Tax to the Max

Since McHenry County College was scheduled to hear the recommendation of its finance guy Bob Tentua last night, I thought I’d spread some warm fuzzies about my and other taxpayers’ appreciation that the Board had kept last year’s tax burden … Continue reading

Mike Smith Elected MCC Board President

Recently elected McHenry County Trustee Mike Smith of Lakewood was elected President of the College Board by a 4-3 vote. He replaced his April running mate Ron Parrish, who sought re-election to the Board Presidency, being nominated by newly-sworn in … Continue reading

$1,875 and Good-Bye

I attended the meeting of the McHenry County College Board tonight because of the following agenda item: ACCEPT AND APPROVE DR. SMITH’S NOTICE OF INTENT TO RETIRE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2015, AND GRANT DR. SMITH A POST RETIREMENT STIPEND … Continue reading

MCC Board Picks Architect

After a long and secret retreat, the McHenry County College selected the architectural firm of Demonica Kempter Architects (DKA). (Fortunately, I brought three newspapers and a new science fiction novel to read while waiting in the hall.) The firm was … Continue reading

More Tryon Precinct Committeemen Endorsement Letters Surface

Two more instances in which incumbent Republican Precinct Committeemen are being challenged have drawn endorsement letters from State Rep. Mike Tryon, the retiring McHenry County Republican Central Committee Chairman. They are in Algonquin 46, a Cary precinct in which McHenry … Continue reading

McHenry County College Board Committee to Discuss Banning Going into Debt Without Voter Approval Monday Night

Looking at the McHenry County College Evaluation and Policies Committee agenda for Monday night at 6:30, I see there is further discussion of new Board member Chris Jensen’s proposal to prohibit borrowing big bucks without referendum approval. The agenda item … Continue reading

MCC Trustee Seeks Guidance on Tuition Hike and Infrastructure Fee

McHenry County College Board member Chris Trustee asks for input on two proposals to increase revenue. CONSTITUENT AND STUDENT INPUT WANTED – McHENRY COUNTY COLLEGE! MCC has proposed $3 per credit hour tuition increases for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. … Continue reading

Bruce Rauner & Evelyn Sanguinetti Speak to Crowd at Fox River Grove Panera

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner and his Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti spoke to folks gathered at Panera in Fox River Grove on Saturday afternoon. The meeting was inspired by 18-year old Precinct Committeeman candidate Jenna Wing, moderator Andrew Gasser said. … Continue reading

MCC Board Moving Away from Big Health Club Proposal

Health club operator Power Wellness got $50,000 for coming up with an expansion plan for McHenry County College and seemed to be angling to operate the facility. Tuesday night in a Committee of the Whole meeting, the MCC Board pretty … Continue reading

McHenry County College Passes Flat Levy, Taxes Will Decrease

The three newly-elected McHenry County College Board members joined with the Board President they elected to pass a property tax levy that will collect the same amount next year as this year. The zero increase levy was originally on the … Continue reading

Twice as Much Time Spent on MCC Management Letter, which College Won’t Release, as on Audit

As background, I served on the Legislative Audit Commission during my eight years in the Illinois House in the 1970’s.  I have read literally hundreds of management letters. They contained what auditors have found that needs improvement in various agencies. … Continue reading