The Contested GOP Precinct Committeemen Races in Grafton Township

What follows are the results from the only contested Republican Party Precinct Committeeman race in Grafton Township: Grafton 6 Blake Hobson – 150 John Otlewis – 119 Hobson is the county’s representative on the Regional Transportation Authority. … Continue reading

Elected Officials in McHenry County in IMRF Pension System

Thought folks might like to know what elected officials besides most McHenry County Board members participate in the pension fund of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). I filed a Freedom of Information Request asking for the following: “All employers … Continue reading

Last Chance for Angry Voters to Get Really Involved – Precinct Committeeman Write-In Opportunities

The Washington Post has found an academic, Sam Wang, who says, “based on polling data based on polling data, Donald Trump is in as strong a position to get his party’s nomination as Hillary Clinton in 2016, George W. Bush … 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

Tax Considerations on Township Consolidation

Commenter Susan has done the math on a couple of the townships which consolidation proponents suggest should be merged. Her analysis is below: Am I missing something, or is the voter’s decision made by simply looking at the comparative tax … 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

Roads Cared for By Township Highway Commissioners

In an attempt to get people thinking about the proposal to combine townships, look at the number of miles of road each Township Road Commissioner maintains: In addition, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller writes that he offers assistance to … 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

Grafton Urged to Tax to the Max Tonight or “Lose It Forever”

Grafton Township Clerk Kathryn Francis is doing something that I wish all governmental bodies would do. She is posting draft minutes to be considered at the next meeting. For Grafton Township, that is tonight, Monday, December 15th, at 7:30 PM … Continue reading

County Board’s Legislative Committee to Consider Bob Anderson’s Advisory Township Referendum

Thursday, July 10th, at 8:30, the Legislative Committee of the McHenry County Board will consider advisory referendums. One was suggested by township abolition advocate Bob Anderson, a Republican Precinct Committeeman from Wonder Lake. Included in the committee packet is a … Continue reading

Most Township Boards Ask for Less or Same Amount of Taxes as Last Year

Townships are a much maligned form of local government. Today we show you how much McHenry County’s seventeen townships will extract from pocketbooks this year compared to last year. Extensions are the amount of taxes which are billed.  The tax … Continue reading

David Moore Found Not Guilty of Misdemeanor Battery of ex-Grafton Township Trustee Gerry McMahon

As a result of an altercation after the October, 2010, Grafton Township Board meeting, David Moore, husband of then-Supervisor Linda Moore, was charged with committing misdemeanor against Township Trustee Gerald McMahon. Today, after a bench trial that lasted two days, … Continue reading