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

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

CLCC Dinner to Raise Funds for McHenry County Shelter for Victims of Sex Trafficking Industry

Here are the details from Refuge for Women, Chicago Chapter, which is based in Carpentesrville. Saturday, May 14th from 6 pm to 9 pm, Crystal Lake Country Club, 721 Country Club Rd, Crystal Lake, IL $85 per person.  (Reservations link at bottom … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

Paul Serwatka Withdraws from State Rep. Race in Support of Allen Skillicorn

As the ice was leaving Crystal Lake, Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka was leaving the four-way race to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon. He withdrew in favor of East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn. The news was announced in a … Continue reading

MCC Wants Beer & Wine to Train Students

To be considered at the Thursday night meeting of the McHenry County College Board is a proposal to apply for a beer and wine liquor license for culinary students. Here are the details: The Culinary Management department of the Education, … Continue reading

Superbowl Weekend Tickets by CL Police

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police: The Crystal Lake Police Department Completes the Superbowl Weekend Crackdown to Save Lives The Crystal Lake Police Department recently completed participation in the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program … 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

Lakewood Fire Protection Switch from Woodstock to CL Draws Criticism

This email from Linda Wagner criticizes the Lakewood Village Board’s 3-1 vote to switch fire protection from the Woodstock Fire Protection District to the City of Crystal Lake Fire Department. Voting favor were Jeff Iden, Paul Serwatka and Bev Thomas. … Continue reading