Crystal Lake City Council & High School District 155 Candidates’ Night at MCC on Thursday, Feb. 16th

The McHenry County League of Women Voters is holding a candidates’ night at McHenry County College’s auditorium. Candidates for the Crystal Lake City Council and Crystal Lake High School District 155 will appear at 6:30 to meet personally and 7 … Continue reading

CL Library Board President Asked for Referendum Tabling

The following email was sent Tuesday afternoon from Crystal Lake Librarian Kathryn Martens to Crystal Lake City Manager Gary Mayerhofer less than three hours before the City Council met: Per instructions from Terri Reece, Library Board President, the Library is … Continue reading

At Tonight’s Second Library Referendum Vote, Four CL Council Members on Ballot

At tonight’s Crystal Lake City Council meeting, there will be seven people allowed to vote on whether a second advisory rererendum to borrow $30.1 million shall be put on the April 4th ballot. Four of them will be on the … Continue reading

What the CL City Council Could Do to Get Rid of the CL Library’s Blagojevich Factor

As bond analyst Steve Willson has pointed out, in his industry those doing business with a government are banned from future business for two years if they make political contribution related to the entity. No such prohibition exists for builders, … Continue reading

Library Board’s Stated Reasons for a Second $30.1 Million Referendum

Tonight at its 7:30 meting at City Hall, the Crystal Lake City Council will consider whether to allow new Library supporters a second chance to obtain a majority in favor of borrowing $30.1 million. In the November election, the vote … Continue reading

Willson CL Library Architect Donating Big Money to Library Referendum Campaign

The following letter from bond analyst Steve Willson, was published originally in the Northwest Herald.  It is re-published below with permission from the author: Questionable Contributions Editor: Many years ago it was common for investment banks to contribute to local … Continue reading

CL City Council Gets Earful from Library Referendum Opponents – Part 1

From a Friend of McHenry County Blog who was at the Crystal Lake City Council meeting Tuesday night: On balance, last night’s CL City Council meeting went well. We [library referendum opponents] had several public speakers during the public comment … Continue reading

Passage of CL Library Advisory Bond Referendum Will Result in Tax Hike

Crystal Lake Library Director Kathryn Martens attended the CL Kiwanis Club luncheon Wednesday. Kiwanis has donated money to provide introduction bags to the moms of newborn babies. Besides that she showed us the various ways that an early novel were … Continue reading

CL Library “Vote Yes” Signs Appearing

People poo-pooed my suggestion a couple of years ago that the signs being passed out by the Crystal Lake Library were intended to support a property tax hike. But look what is popping up in the same yards as those … Continue reading

Richard Naponelli Donates $8,000 to CL Library Tax Hike Advisory Referendum Campaign

Richard Naponelli of 5612 Meadowbrook Lane in unincorporated Crystal Lake has written a check to the Crystal Lake Library YES Committee for $8,000. That’s enough for a mass mailing to Crystal Lake voters. The Committee is seeking favorable votes on … Continue reading

CL Puts $30 Million Advisory Referendum on Fall Ballot for New Library

By a vote of 7-0, the Crystal Lake City Council agreed to place an advisory referendum about borrowing $30 million to build a new library on the General Election ballot this November. Information about the specifics can be found here. … Continue reading

Library Seeks Nov. $30 Million Advisory Referendum

The Crystal Lake City Council will be asked to put a November advisory referendum on the ballot at Tuesday night’s meeting. Careful readers will remember that the Crystal Lake Library have been holding meetings. The June meeting was billed as … Continue reading

Other Entries in CL Parade with Political Overtones

So far, McHenry County Blog has looked at five portions of the Independence Day Parade: Jesse White Jack Franks Patrick Kenneally Democrats Republicans Let’s look at other things with a political tinge. The first I noticed was the squad car … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Opts for 3/5 Pottersville

The name of the alternative town in the 1946  movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is Pottersville. That’s what happens if the evil banker Harry Potter rules without interference from the Savings and Loan character Jimmy Steward plays. Crystal Lake ended … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Gets Tax Protest Christmas Present

The City of Crystal Lake won the tax protest case which argued that a majority of the city council was necessary to pass its taxing ordinance. At stake was $1.6 million in property taxes. Reversing McHenry County Circuit Judge Michael … Continue reading