Lakewood Tax-Fighter Team Files Petition

From Lakewood Trustee Paul Serwatka: The Lakewood Tax-Fighter Team is Officially Filed! Well, The Lakewood Tax-Fighter Team has officially filed, as of yesterday morning, to be on the ballot for the April 4th Consolidated Election! I would like to extend … Continue reading

New Lakewood Park–Turnberry Park–Dedicated

Food and drink, plus a brand new view of Turnberry Lake brought Lakewood residents together Sunday afternoon. Spearheaded by Philip Stephan, the lakeside park, located across from Turnberry Country Club, offers a view of the lake not previously available. It … Continue reading

Lakewood Decides to Keep 24-Hour Police Coverage

What happened at the last Lakewood Village from Lakewood Trustee Paul Serwatka:In follow up to yesterday’s village board meeting, Report on Village Board Meeting I wanted to give a quick report on the deliberations over “Agenda Item #7”.  This was … Continue reading

Turnberry POA Turns Thumbs Down on 240 Condo Plan at Country Club

The Turnberry Property Owners Association Board, meeting at RedTail Golf Club, was packed with people from the over 300 homes in the Lakewood subdivision. They were there to hear Lakewood Village Board President Erin Smith and Trustee Gene Furey tell … Continue reading

More Details on the Turnberry Resort

Alan Kanabay, President of the Turnberry Property Owners Association sent out the following email at 8:13 last night to members on Tuesday after the village issued a press release on the massive enlargement of the Turnberry Country Club. It has some … Continue reading

Clock Running on Imposition of 1.5 Cent Tax Around Turnberry Lakes

The Lakewood Village Board voted 5-1 Tuesday night to allow a small 50-year tax the $55-56,000 annual proceeds of which will be spent to keep the lakes of Turnberry Subdivision clean and clear. This year a Special Service Area (SSA) … Continue reading

Part 2 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

Yesterday began an analysis of the results of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Village of Lakewood concerning documents about the proposed SportsPlex and the Tax Increment Financing District. Much information was not provided because it was in “draft” … Continue reading

Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

I picked up a pile of paper two weeks ago at my Lakewood Village Hall. It took hours to flip through. Twice. I can’t tell you I fully understand what was provided and I have no idea what was not … Continue reading

Serwatka Responds to Board “Everything’s Fine” Comments

An email from newly-elected Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka: The Northwest Herald released an article yesterday, giving a glimpse of the battle that lies ahead. Residents have responded, describing some board members’ responses as “obtuse,” “pig-headed” and “narcissistic”… One thing … Continue reading

Lakewood SportsPlex Gets 6 More Months to Get Financing by 4-3 Vote

Lakewood Village President Erin Smith had to cast a tie-breaking vote for ordinances giving McHenry County SportsPlex developers an additional six-months to meet their end of the deal struck with Lakewood. A year ago the vote was unanimous. In the … Continue reading