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

No Contest for Any Park District Candidates

There are five park districts operating in parts of McHenry County: Barrington Hills Park District Cary Park District Crystal Lake Park District Huntley Park District Marengo Park District The rest of the county has more logical ways of providing recreational … Continue reading

Park District Taxes More Than Townships

Got this from a friend of McHenry County Blog and thought readers might find it of interest: Now that Annual Financial reports are posted on the State Comptroller’s web site, the information is more readily available. Information below was retrieved … Continue reading

Park District Real Estate Tax Comparisons

I know it is mid-summer and I forgot to show the comparisons between what McHenry County’s five park districts billed property taxpayers last year and this year. The word “extension” below is the amount that was billed taxpayers.  Because the … 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

Cost Comparison for Two Government Land Purchases In Crystal Lake Area

Both McHenry County College and the Crystal Lake Park District are in the process of buying land in the Crystal Lake area. Here’s the comparison: $1,000,000 for 20 acres = $50,000 per acre from McHenry County College $625,000 for 27 … Continue reading

CL Park District Site for Pool-Community Center Located on Southwest Side of District

A press release from the Crystal Lake Park District about a 27-acre property in Lake in the Hills across Ackman Road from Lakewood’s Lou Malnati’s Pizzari proposed for purchase: The Crystal Lake Park District Board of Commissioners is excited to … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Park Board Now Has Seven Members

Back when Crystal Lake Park Board members wanted to talk among themselves without violating the Open Meetings Act, they decided to increase the size of the board from five to seven members. A referendum was proposed and passed for a … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Park District Write-In Candidate Michele Hartwig Fails to Get Enough Votes

There remain two vacancies on the seven-member Crystal Lake Park Board after write-in candidate Michele Hartwig for only 17 votes. To win a seat, Hartwig had to get as many votes as signatures she would have had to gather to … Continue reading

Two People Could Win Park Board Seats with Write-In Campaigns – 103 Votes Needed

Five seats are up at the Crystal Lake park Board in April’s election. Terms are expiring for Deborah Gallagher Jerry Sullivan Angel Collins Caroline Bachour-Chemaly Thomas Aquilina But there are only three people running for the Park Board: Angel Collins … Continue reading

Marengo Park District at Maximum Corporate Tax Rate, Barrington Hills Park District Courts Maximum Tax Rates

Today we are looking at Park Districts with territory in McHenry County to find out if any are close to their maximum rate limits. The source of this information is the Tax Rate page of the McHenry County Clerk’s web … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Park Board Votes to Stablilize Levy

Between this week and last the Crystal Lake Park Board seems to have undergone a collective brain transplant. After sitting through an explanation of the tax levy process last week, I was convinced that taxpayers were going to be subjected … Continue reading

State’s Attorney’s Office Contacting New County Board Members Holding Other Elected Positions

Multiple sources have told McHenry County Blog that the McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Office is making contact with the three newly-elected members of the County Board to advise them of the conflict of interest that would exist if … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Park District Planning to Tax to the Max

Thursday night there was a workshop at the Crystal Lake Park Board to discuss the tax levying process. The presentation assumed that the Board wanted to extract as much money as possible from the taxpayers: Take the entire amount allowed … Continue reading

Three Newly-Elected County Board Members To Be Resigning Current Posts

Two Crystal Lake and one Huntley politician will be giving up their seats on the city council, park and school boards in the near future. Carolyn Schofield, who is in her second term on the Crystal Lake City Council, and … Continue reading