County Fair Politics and Religion

Took a swing through the McHenry County Fair this afternoon. Figured it would be cooler than tomorrow. Coming in the back door in the best air conditioned building, I spotted the McHenry County Citizens for Choice first. Across the aisle, … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 1

Or I could entitle this, “My very hot Sunday at the Fiesta Days Parade.” It started at a reception for Congressman Randy Hultgren hosted by Perry Moy, the owner of Plum Garden. Touring the room, I found lots of Republican … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

$10 Million to Expedite Randall Road Land Purchase Rejected

The McHenry County Transportation Committee rejected the staff proposal to approve spending $10 million to “expedite” right-of-way purchase for an expansion of Randall Road. The article announcing proposal can be found here. Also contained in the article is how $5.7 … Continue reading

Demetri Makes Fourth Mailing

In the fourth mailing on behalf of his candidacy for Circuit Court Judge, Demetri Tsilimigras unrolls a list of endorsements. On the address side, he promises to “adhere to the highest ethical standards and enforce the law equally–without prejudice, bias … Continue reading

County Eliminates $3 Million Valley Hi Tax

The all-Republican McHenry County Board  Tuesday night voted unanimously to cut the tax levy for the Valley Hi Nursing Home to zero. The significant amendment did not even require a roll call, as County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller called for … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

Valley Hi’s Future

Below are the August 4th County Board minutes of the discussion of hiring a consultant to made recommendations on the future of Valley Hi. The County nursing home, an enterprise account (meaning it is separate from other parts of McHenry … Continue reading

Joe Alger’s Comments to the County Board

When the McHenry County Board met Tuesday, people went away talking about what Patriots United leader and, now, McHenry County Sheriff’s Commission member Joe Alger said in his public comments. He covered the committee interview when he applied and was … Continue reading

County Board Members Sound Off on Nepotism

During Public Comment at the February 17th County Board Meeting Joe Alger addressed the Board. He started off by saying that many people in the community are upset about the Clerk hiring her husband and he sees this as a … Continue reading

Gottemoller Committee Assignments – To the Winners Go the Spoils

Newly-elected McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has a chance to build a coalition for an at-large race for County Board in the fall of 2016, but he decided to please his current supporters instead. (See “Joe Gottemoller’s Quandary.”) Gottemoller … Continue reading

CFI Dead, Triple Left Lanes Recommended to County Board

As I predicted last night, the Continuous Flow Intersection proposed by the McHenry County Transportation Committee and County Board has succumbed to political, business and village official pressure. As Chairwoman Anna May Miller put it, “The CFI had significant push … Continue reading

Dick Durbin Gets a Crystal Lake Photo Op

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin came to Crystal Lake Thursday. As I drove to his McHenry County College appearance, I saw Oberweis yard signs along Route 14. Ostensibly, Durbin was here to tour the next robotics lab at McHenry County College. … Continue reading

State Chairman Addresses McHenry County Republicans

Tim Schneider, the new Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party revved up the troops, Tuesday night at the Woodstock VFW. Stan Bond, the State Central Committeeman from the 14th Congressional District (Randy Hultgren’s) and Brian Colgan, Peter Roskam’s 6th District Committeeman … Continue reading