CL Library Looking at General Election Referendum

At the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Town Hall Meeting with local governmental officials, Library Board President Terri Reece said that the Library is acquiring property north of the current building was being pursed. She added that a referendum to … Continue reading

CL Library Board President’s Remarks to Chamber Town Hall

The introductory comments of Crystal Lake Library Board President Terri Reece to the Town Hall Meeting of local government officials last Thursday morning were some comprehensive, I asked if she would send me a copy that could be posted. Below … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 1

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce held its first Town Hall meeting Thursday morning. It was the usual time for such meetings, set so business people can attend before business hours. This time the public was allowed to come.  There … Continue reading

Chance to Ask Big Taxers Why

At last night’s meeting of the Lakewood Village Board, residents were masses in support and opposition of the creation of a Special Service Area tax district that would collect a maximum of 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for … Continue reading

The CL Expo

Saturday I went to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Expo to see what things political were there. Right off the bat I saw McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. I figure that means he is running for re-election in … Continue reading

Kiwanis Little Library at CL Main Beach

Former Crystal Lake Library Board President and still a Trustee Carol Heisler came up with the idea. Kiwanis should sponsor a Little Free Library in Crystal Lake. The first one was located at the Nature Center on the North side … Continue reading

Kiwanis Little Free Library Dedicated at Park District Nature Center

Tuesday afternoon the Crystal Lake Kiwanis, Park District and Public Library dedicated a Little Free Library at the Nature Center on the eastern side of Veterans Acres. It sits at the top of the hill off North Williams Street. The … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Grade School Supt. Says School Closing Study Won’t Be Ready for for Months

Yesterday Crystal Lake Elementary School Superintendent Donn Mendoza sent Crystal Lake Library Director Kathryn Martens the following email: “Attached is the operational information you requested. “As per our discussion, last night, our Board directed me to commence a study and … Continue reading

Will Crystal Lakers End up Paying for a Grade School Twice?

The Northwest Herald has a fascinating article about the possibility of the Crystal Lake Library District using a Crystal Lake Grade School District elementary school. Wednesday night the Board held a meeting in which the following was on the agenda: … Continue reading

CL City Council & Library Board Will Be Discussing Tax Hike Tuesday Night at 6:30

Take a look at this special notice for a Crystal Lake City Council meeting early Tuesday night: Here is the guts of the meeting: “Presentation, Discussion and Feedback of the Draft Crystal Lake Public Library 2011 Needs Assessment including options … Continue reading

Fifty Crystal Lake Library Patrons Surveyed on Expansion Needs

Crystal Lake Library card holder Stephen Willson is on a mission. You can read his analysis of the Library’s expansion plans here. There have been ten comments so far, including one that started, “This is the most informative article I … Continue reading

Will Crystal Lake City Council Use Home Rule Powers to Issue $21 Million of Library Bonds?

Tucked away in Northwest Herald reporter’s comprehensive story on the Crystal Lake Library Board’s plan for a $28.6 million (not counting interest) addition is the following quote from Mayor Aaron Shepley: “whether or not there is going to be a … Continue reading

Defenders Bring Listening Tour to Crystal Lake

Calling their environmental concerns listening sessions “Green Voice!” the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are headed to Crystal Lake. If you have something to say, plan to come to the Crystal Lake Public Library 7 PM on Thursday, June 3rd. … Continue reading