Another CL TIF Failure – Crosswalks This Time

The Virginia Street Tax Increment Financing District is a public expenditure that keeps on giving feed stock for stories. First it was the absurd waste of money for four pillars to mark the edges of the district which provides the … 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 3

We finish our coverage of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s meeting with local governmental officials by looking at the answers to a question about the public’s biggest misconceptions and things governmental officials wish people knew. First up was Crystal … 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

McHenry County Home Values Rising

“The median home value in McHenry County is $184,300,” according to the web site Zillow. “McHenry County home values have gone up 3.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.9% within the next year. “The median … 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

Crystal Lake Reacts to Bleacher Victory

A press release from the City of Crystal Lake in the wake of the Illinois Supreme Court’s upholding of the Home Rule city’s authority to exercise zoning and water run-off ordinances over High School District 155: Property rights victory at … Continue reading

District 155 To Demolish Bleachers

Here is the state from Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board President Ted Wagner on the loss in the suit challenging their right to build the South High School bleachers: Regarding Illinois Supreme Court Ruling on Crystal Lake South … Continue reading