Looking at Assessments in McHenry County

The Chicago Tribune article on assessments has a comment on what constitute acceptable real estate assessment quality. It states that a 15% margin of error is “the highest acceptable coefficient of dispersion (margin of error).” Accuracy in your township Experts … Continue reading

Grafton Township Write-in Results: Al Zielinski for Assessor, Matthew Cooper for Trustee

After being thrown off the Grafton Township Republican Primary ballot for not numbering the pages on his petitions, Assessor Al Zielinski decided to run a write-in campaign. He needed 50 votes (the number of petition signatures to get on the … Continue reading

Eric Ruth Follows in Father’s, Grandparents’ Footsteps to Be Elected Grafton Township Supervisor, Poznanski Re-Elected Road Commissioner, Watson Snags Clerk Post

Following in his father Chuck’s and his grandparents Millie and Howard Ruth’s footsteps Eric Ruth won the Republican nomination for McHenry County’s Grafton Township Supervisor in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Ruth decisively defeated Joseph Holtorf. Incumbent Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski won … Continue reading

845 Votes in Grafton Township

The early returns in Grafton Township show the following (votes for Supervisor in headline): Supervisor ERIC RUTH (REP) 603 71.36 JOSEPH H HOLTORF (REP) 239 28.28% Clerk DINA FRIGO (REP) 323 38.78% KATHLEEN M WATSON (REP) 510 61.22% Assessor (write-ins) … Continue reading

303 Votes in Grafton Township

With 303 votes cast for Supervisor, the early returns in Grafton Township show the following: Supervisor ERIC RUTH (REP) 209 68.98% JOSEPH H HOLTORF (REP) 93 30.69% Clerk DINA FRIGO (REP) 121 40.47% KATHLEEN M WATSON (REP) 178 59.53% Assessor … Continue reading

Linda Moore Passing Out Door Hangers in Write-In Campaign for Grafton Township Trustee

As I understand the law, write-in candidates in primary elections have to obtain at least as many votes as people had to obtain signatures to get on the ballot. That means that former Grafton Township Supervisor Linda Moore and Mathew … Continue reading

Assessment Quality in McHenry County After the Last Township Election

Every so often, it seems useful to share measurements of assessment quality among McHenry County Townships. These are basically measures of the work of township assessors, although the quality of their work can be increased or decreased by changes made … Continue reading

Al Zielinski Runs Write-In Campaign for Re-Election as Grafton Township Assessor

A press release from Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski: Alan Zielinski seeks re-election as a write-in for Grafton Township Assessor LAKEWOOD, IL (January 26, 2017) – When discussing the possibility of another term, many asked: “Why bother? “The “good ‘ol … Continue reading

Al Zielinski, Linda Moore File as Grafton Township Write-Ins

The man who opponents thought was out of the running, put himself back in by filing as a write-in candidate for Grafton Township Assessor. Assuming he filed the correct paperwork, he will need about 50 votes to win re-election. Zielinski … Continue reading

Grafton Electoral Board Denies Assessor Al Zielinski Ballot Access

For not numbering his petition pages, Grafton Township Assessor Alan Zielinski has been tossed off the February 28th Republican Primary Election ballot. Zielinski filed three petition pages with enough signatures, but did not number them. The same thing happened to … Continue reading

Grafton Township Republican Primary Offers Chance for Write-In, Zielinski Running Again

Candidates have filed for each of the positions in the Grafton Township Primary Election, yet one office could be filled by a write-in campaign. For Supervisor, there are two running: Joe Holtorf, Huntley Eric Ruth, Huntley Incumbent Road Commissioner Tom … Continue reading

Grafton Township GOP Opts for February Township Primary Election

Last Wednesday night, the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee voted to hold a primary election next February to select candidates who will represent the part in April, according to Township Republican Chairman Jeff Thorsen. Not many people vote in a … Continue reading

Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski Not Happy with Supervisor of Assessments

An email from Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski: Appealing your 2014 taxes and your 2015 assessments Personally and via my presentations, I’ve explained and cautioned about the assessment games played at the county level. However, I never imagined to what … Continue reading

Grafton Township Assessor Faces Taxpayers

More people showed up at a property tax meeting with Grafton Township Assessor Al Zielinski Wednesday night than attended the AFSCME union rally in the Woodstock Square. The Lakewood Village Board indicated last month that it would invited Zielinski to … Continue reading

Serwatka Meeting Features Grafton Township Assessor

From Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka: Town Hall Meeting with Grafton Township Tax Assessor As promised, on Wednesday, June 10th at 7 pm, I will be hosting our very first “WE ARE LAKEWOOD” informational Town hall meeting. Grab your property … Continue reading

Lakewood Swears In Trustees, Talk Taxes, Gravel

The Lakewood Village Trustees elected last month were sworn in Tuesday night. Re-elected were Carl Davis and Ken Santowski. They were joined by newcomer Paul Serwatka, who got more votes than any other candidate and did so without having his … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading