Four-Way Race for Nunda Township Supervisor

I have given up trying to understand Nunda Township Republican politics. Township Supervisor John Heisler, a former McHenry County Board member, is being challenged by three people. Heisler, whose family’s name has been associated with Crystal Lake since his grandfather … Continue reading

Cat Tax on Its Second Life

Imagine my surprise to see that the McHenry County Health Department is again floating the McHenry County Republican Cat Tax in its FY2011 “Goals.” Don’t believe me? Take a look at the 2011 Draft Budget, a link for which can … Continue reading

County Board Gives SportsPlex, Baseball Stadium, Wonder Lake Dredging More Time to Borrow Money

Led by Finance Committee Chairman Marc Munaretto, the deadline to have borrowed the money allocated by the McHenry County Board under the subsidized Federal Stimulus Program was extended until the end of December for three projects previously approved: $15 million … Continue reading

DuPage County Board Salary Freeze Puts Pressure on McHenry County Board

There’s a movement on the McHenry County Board to freeze their own, plus countywide officials’ salaries. And a counter-movement to raise the salaries of the McHenry County Clerk, Treasurer and Sheriff. There’s politics involved, of course, Those voting for such … Continue reading

Carolyn Schofield Gets Watershed Ordinance Recognition Resolution on City Council Agenda

At election night’s Crystal Lake City Council meeting, City Councilwoman Carolyn Schofield, elected last year, took the lead in getting a resolution on the agenda at tomorrow night’s meeting asking for recognition of the city’s Watershed Ordinance by county government. … Continue reading

Message of the Day – A Jar Opener

It’s time to get back to my “Message of the Day” feature. Switching back and forth on computers—NEVER, EVER buy a Hewlett-Packard computer—has made accessing photos difficult to impossible. At any rate, take a look at the jar opener I … Continue reading

How Social Conservatives Won the McHenry County Board Video Slot Machine Fight

It’s been a couple of weeks since the McHenry County Board bucked Chairman Ken Koehler, State Senator Pam Althoff, State Rep. Mike Tryon and those who stand to gain financially from placement of video poker machines in local taverns and … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Bans Video Slot Machines 13-10-1

OK. I was wrong. I predicted last night that the McHenry County Board would approved what proponents insist on calling video poker. But, this morning social conservatives on the board pulled off a 13-10-1 victory. That was with the help … Continue reading

Team Nunda Uses Northwest Herald Insert as Last Shot

Slim advertising have apparently loosened standards for political inserts at the Northwest Herald. I can’t remember the campaign (one in the Cary area pops into my mind), but a former managing editor pledged that a political insert would no longer … Continue reading