Political Stories from the Weekend

Lot’s of political articles over the Easter Weekend: McHenry Aldermanic Candidate Scott Curry’s Literature Matthew Hardt MCC Campaign Piece FRG College Student Janna Wing Works Precinct on Spring Break Lakewood Trustee Campaign Moves to the Internet Two Billboards for WL … Continue reading

Report on Community College Springfield Lobby Day

This comes from Elgin Community College Trustee Robert Getz: Each year, the Trustees from Elgin Community College (ECC) travel to Springfield to participate in the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Lobby Day. This year’s Lobby Day was April 29, … Continue reading

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Elgin Community College Board Reaches Agreement with Union

Indicating these are not the salad days for teachers’ unions is the settlement reached between the Elgin Community College Board and its faculty. It’s not a “no raise” situation, even though there will be no increase in base pay. The … Continue reading

Sears Wants Local Taxpayers to Continue Subsidizing It

In 1989, I was standing next to State Rep. Delores Doederlein on the House floor the night that the Hoffman Estates Tax Increment Financing District for Sears was passed. As the debate neared its end, she asked me if I … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Panera Bread Assistant Manager Snags MCC Teaching Post

Thomas Kaltenecker was appointed Instructor of Culinary Management, Executive Chef, by the McHenry County College Board last month. He was Assistant Manager at Panera Bread in Crystal Lake since 2008 and also serves as a part-time instructor at Elgin Community … Continue reading

What a Difference a County Makes

Thursday the Elgin Courier-News and McHenry County’s Northwest Herald both featured junior colleges as a low cost way to go after high school. But what a difference three generous millionaires made in McHenry County—at least for the McHenry County College … Continue reading

Tax Hikers Victories Hard to Find

“Ax your tax” seems to have been the sentiment of most tax hike referendum voters in McHenry County this election. Voters in this recession were not kind to tax district officials’ requests for referendums to raise taxes on April 7th. … Continue reading

Elgin Community College Bond Referendum Narrowly Passing

With the Elgin Courier-News promoting the referendum with this front page endorsement Sunday, it is a wonder that the $178 million bond referendum isn’t passing by more. But there is that pesky recession, isn’t there? It must be hitting harder … Continue reading