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

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

CL Library Architect Donates $8,000 to Library Yes Committee

Haven’t seen anything like this since the Woodstock School bond referendum committee received tens of thousands of dollars from the builder on the south side of town which went under in the housing recession. Architects Engberg Anderson wants to do the … Continue reading

CL Library Bond Issue Supporters Make Another Mailing

Here is the “closer” in the campaign to convince Crystal Lake voters to vote to increase their real estate tax bills by an average of $132 per year for the next twenty years. … 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

Message of the Day – Signs

Found this combination of signs in Crystal Lake. One is for Democratic Party District 2 McHenry County Board candidate Dominique Miller and the other is urging people to vote in favor of the Crystal Lake Library’s advisory referendum concerning a … Continue reading

CL Library Referendum Committee Reports Contributions & Expenditures

The Crystal Lake Library YES Committee is johnny-on-the-spot with its prompt filing of its campaign contributions and expenditures. We’ve reported on the big contributions previously. Combining them with those under $150 shows a total of $15,550. To put that in perspective, … Continue reading

CL Library Support Groups Kick in $5,000

The effort to gain support for an advisory referendum supporting a $30 million new library for Crystal Lake got more big money this week. The following contributions were reported to the Illinois State Board of Elections on Monday: $2,500 – … 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

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

Tax Dollars at CL Expo

It’s less than three weeks after the Primary Election. I went to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo searching things political and governmental. In its usual space right to the right after the entrance at South High School … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 2

At Thursday morning’s Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce governmental forum, there was a question and answer session. There was a well-researched question asking about what tax districts were doing about duplication of services: “From 2009 through 2012, Countywide Equalized Assessed … Continue reading