Mid-Friday Report on Early Payment of Property Taxes – $15-20 Million Expected

Asked for an interim report on homeowners prepaying real estate taxes in McHenry County, Treasurer Glenda Miller replied as follow: As far as the number of taxpayers coming to the office…over the past couple weeks there have been approximately 6,000. … Continue reading

McHenry County Residents Can Prepay Property Tax Bills

Why would one want to do that? With the Federal income tax being amended to preclude deduction of property and state income taxes above $10,000 from one’s Federal income, some people might be interested in what McHenry County Treasurer offers. … Continue reading

Joe Tirio Draws GOP Opponent for County Clerk

According to the McHenry County Clerk’s web site, McHenry County Recorder Joe Tirio, who based his campaign for that office on eliminating that elected official, putting it under the County Clerk, has drawn an opponent for County Clerk. Her name … Continue reading

15,122 McHenry County Tax Bills Over $10,000

With the House Republicans in Washington seeming to agree that deductions of more than $10,000 for real estate taxes will be disallowed in the future, McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller figured out how many bills are higher than that. It … Continue reading

Five Countywide Elected Officials in IMRF Pension Program, Four Not

Since the subject of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions will be discussed at tomorrow night’s McHenry County Board meeting, I think folks might be interested in seeing which ones are currently participating in pension program.  They follow: Not on the … Continue reading

Ersel Schuster Promotes Candidacy for McHenry County Board, Other GOP Candidates Present Selves, Too

At the NorWest Township Republican Party meeting last night at the Woodstock Public Library, former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster announced her candidacy for the 2018 election. There were other candidates as well. State Rep. Steve Reick talked of … Continue reading

Nunda Township GOP Meets Candidates

The Nunda Township Republican Central Committee met Tuesday night. Candidates for next year’s GOP Primary Election made pitches, as did representatives for other officials up for re-election. When I arrived, State Rep. candidate Tom Weber has already spoken. He is … Continue reading

County Treasurer Still Waiting for Big Money “Found” by Jack Franks’ Patronage Employees

Back in March, I wondered if the Northwest Herald had been mislead by McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ patronage employee Oliver Serafini. The Northwest Herald reported on February 24th that $134,000 of county money was lying unclaimed in Springfield … Continue reading

Wonder If the NW Herald Got Misled by Jack Franks’ Patronage “Communications Specialist”

Took a look through a Freedom of Information request with what Jack Franks’ “Communications Specialist” got from the State Treasurer’s Office that led to the Northwest Herald’s February 24th story that, what, $134,000 of county money was lying unclaimed in … Continue reading

Republicans Raise Money, Heard Candidates, Soldier

The McHenry County Republican Party held its annual fundraiser at a hanger on the north side of the Lake in the Hills Airport. It’s a low expense affair with, presumably, the hanger donated and eats and drinks provided by Crystal … Continue reading

Pols in the Algonquin Parade – Part 1

While McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade was blistering hot last Sunday, Algonquin’s Founders Day Parade Saturday had a pleasant temperature, was cloudy and had a good breeze. In short, the day was comfortable. I parked near Port Edward, where dignitaries ate … Continue reading

Glenda Miller Holds Fundraiser

McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller held a fundraiser at Labemi’s near the Crystal Lake train station. When I arrived the place looked deserted. The reason, I discovered, is everyone was out on the deck in back. With the storm moving … Continue reading

Kenneally Blows Away Opposition in CL Parade

There was an invasion of green-backed Patrick Kenneally for State’s Attorney folks at Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade. I looked and could see no sign of Jack Franks’ running mate, Jim Harrison, Kenneally’s Democratic Party opponent for McHenry County State’s … Continue reading