Time to Start Thinking about Running for School Board

Those who look at their property tax bills know that most of the money goes to school districts. Below is where the money went in the Algonquin Township part of Crystal Lake in a recent year. One will note that … Continue reading

Time to Think about Next Spring’s Elections

While attention is being focused on this November’s elections, filing for next spring’s municipal, school, junior college, park district and lesser districts happen shortly after the election. At the Republican Party’s Headquarter’s Grand Opening last Thursday night, Crystal Lake Grade … Continue reading

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

D47 Teacher Contract Approved; Objection to Retirement Incentive

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47’s Board approved the new teachers’ contract by a 7-0 vote, but not before Nancy Gonsiorek expressed displeasure with pre-retirement incentives. They’re “really hard to swallow,” she said. “When we give big raises to teachers … Continue reading

MCC Refuses to Release Faculty Union Contract

Tonight Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 Board is meeting at 7 at Canterbury School southwest of the intersection of Main Street and Virginia Street Road to consider the contract worked out with its teachers’ union. Another contract has also … Continue reading

Meeting Tonight to Ratify CL Grade School Teachers’ Contract

A summary of the Crystal Lake Grade School District 47 contract that will be considered by the school board tonight at 7 at Canterbury School popped into my inbox this morning. AGREEMENT BETWEEN SCHOOL DISTRICT 47 BOARD OF EDUCATION AND … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Middle School Student Arrested for Aggregated Battery, Hate Crime

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department: On Monday, February 10th Police Officers were summoned to Hannah Beardsley Middle School; 515 East Crystal Lake Avenue for a report of a physical altercation between two students*. Upon initial investigation it … Continue reading

School Districts 26, 47 & 155 Pull the Plug for School on Tuesday

Post-Christmas vacation depression for Crystal Lake High School District 155 students has been delayed until Wednesday. A phone call that started out a bit rough from Superintendent Johnnie Thomas announced mid-day that schools would be closed Tuesday, as well as … Continue reading

Crystal Lake, Cary and FRG Grade School Districts Closed Monday

From Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47: School Closing for Jan 6th Kathy Hinz, Superintendent of Schools for District 47 – As you may know, record wind chills and low temperatures are expected to arrive in McHenry County this evening … Continue reading