Thoughts on the McHenry County Board from Ersel Schuster

From former and candidate for McHenry County Board Ersel Schuster: Installment II – Department 12:      McHenry County Board: Funded By:                            General Fund (Attachment A) Mission Statement:            ”McHenry County Government is dedicated to providing the highest quality services for the health, … 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

County Board Pay and Benefits Questioned

As I was entering the County Board’s Finance Committee last Thursday, Mary McCann was proposing an amendment to the resolution setting members’ salaries. Instead of the flat rate of $21,000 a year, she proposed returning to the per diem approach … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 3

Wonder Lake’s Craig Pfannkuche, a retired South High School history teacher and often Greenwood Town Meeting Moderator, urged more people to attend township meetings. “I am very pleased with the services provided by township government.” Identifying himself as a Road Commissioner … Continue reading

Former County Board Member Urges Members Not to Give Away Power

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster offers this opinion on the proposed ceding of legislative power to next year’s at-large elected County Board Chairman: Past McHenry County Board Chairman, Tina Hill, State Representative Jack Franks and current County Board Chair, … Continue reading