Crystal Lake Bars Planning Another Attempt to Get Slot Machines

Twice the Crystal Lake City Council was approached by bar and restaurant owners requesting permission to have slot machines, which they call “video poker machines”, in their establishments. The last time Suds R Us on Route 176 right before Route … Continue reading

District 155 Meeting with South High School Bleacher Neighbors Short-Circuited by Neighbors’ Suit

The table for those scheduled to participate in the meeting in the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board Room were labeled with who should sit where. But there was no meeting. At 5:13 District officials were served with a … Continue reading

A Reminder of What Happens in a TIF District

Since McHenry County Blog was started in reaction to the Crystal Lake City Council’s putting Route 14 next to the Vulcan gravel pit in a Tax Increment Financing District, perhaps you will excuse me for returning to the subject once … Continue reading

Two Lakeside Precincts’ Results for Crystal Lake City Council Show Big Leads for Jeff Thorsen & Ralph Dawson

Two precinct vote at Crystal Lake’s Main Beach House, Algonquin 7 and Algonquin 19. Here are the results of in-person voting, minus the one person who voted electronically. For City Council It looks as if it will be a battle … Continue reading

Little Differentiation Among Crystal Lake City Council Candidates

The McHenry County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women in Crystal Lake sponsored a candidates night for the five candidates for three seats on the Crystal Lake City Council. Two challengers–Charles Ebann and Jim Tomasello–are … Continue reading