County Finance Committee Rejects 2.75% Raise for Board of (Assessment) Review Members

McHenry County Board of Review Chairman Clifton A. Houghton and regular members Mark A. Ruda and Sharon L. Bagby will not be getting a raise this year. It had been recommended that the salaries of the Board of Review be … Continue reading

Hiring DC Lobbyists Gets 4-3 Approval of County Finance Committee

$82,000 will be paid to Ferguson Group, LLC for Federal legislative consultant services. After being previously approved by the McHenry County Board’s Legislative and intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Finance Committee voted 4-3 to agree to keep the same lobbying firm … Continue reading

2.75% Raise for Non-Union Employees Passes Committees

Today a combination of the Human Services and Finance Committees voted to raise the salaries of non-union county employees by an average of 2.75%. That does not mean that each such employee will receive a raise that high, however. Department … Continue reading

McHenry County Blog Makes The Stephenson Blumdoggle

The founder of Freeport, Illinois, Tutty Baker, who died in 1855, is the pseudonym of a Stephenson County blogger. He calls his publication the Stephenson Blumdoggle. The blog seems to have been inspired by Stephenson County’s Board Chairman, whose last … Continue reading

County Finance Committee Scheduled to Approve Sale of Two Lots for $1,300 to Z Financial

Looking at the McHenry County Board’s agenda and committee packet for Tuesday’s Finance Committee meeting, I saw that a Freeport company called Z Financial Illinois G Properties, LLC, is going to be allowed to purchase two parcels for $1,300. The … Continue reading

McHenry County Buying Squad Cars from Decatur

The State of Illinois allows local governments to purchase things state government buys at the same price the state pays. So, local governments, in many instances, can find a cheaper price using the bulk buying power of Illinois largest employer … Continue reading

Will Huntley School Board Violate the Open Meetings Act Tonight? And What About Sweetening Retirement Benefits?

You need a quorum for a board meeting. Right now the Huntley school board has only one board member as a carryover for its Finance Committee. That would be Kevin Gentry. Hard to have a quorum with one committee member. … Continue reading