CL Council Abandons Park District

At the Crystal Lake Expo on Saturday, I talked with Crystal Lake Park District Executive Director Jason Herbster. Earlier, I reported that he told me that the tax bill for the park district would be up 4% this spring. Today, … Continue reading

Judge Rules in Favor of CL Tax Protesters in 3-2 Passage of Levy

Judge Michael Caldwell has issued a preliminary ruling that the City of Crystal Lake did not legally pass its tax levy in 2013 (for taxes that were paid in 2014). At issue was whether having only three of the seven … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Incumbents Eliminate Competition

There won’t be a ballot contest for the offices of Mayor and City Council in Crystal Lake. The only people on the ballot will be the incumbents running for re-election. The first Electoral Board decided to knock Mayor Aaron Shepley’s … Continue reading

CL Incumbents File for Re-Election

Crystal Lake City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas reports the following filed for re-election in Crystal Lake: Mayor: Aaron T. Shepley Council: Ellen M. Brady Mueller Cathy A. Ferguson Brett Hopkins All four are incumbents. Potential opponents have until next Monday to … Continue reading

Filing for Crystal Lake Offices Next Week

Because the City of Crystal Lake has a primary election if too many people file, it has a petition filing date earlier than village, park district, library district, fire protection district, schools and other governmental bodies. Crystal Lake City Clerk … Continue reading

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