A Second Way to Attack Real Estate Taxes

Residents are by now familiar with real estate tax assessment appeals. That’s an attack on the accuracy of one’s assessed value. McHenry County Blog even has an advertiser, attorney Jim Bishop, who handles such appeals. There is, however, a second approach to … Continue reading

School Stats including Cost per Classroom

Here are some 2013 McHenry County school statistics–average expenditure per pupil and per classroom, plus average teach salary–to ponder. They were calculated by a Friend of McHenry County Blog. I don’t think I have seen average spending per classroom for … Continue reading

Teacher Salary Spikes

The Chicago Tribune’s Education superb Reporter Diane Rado has examined the cost to local taxpayers of school boards that increased teachers’ salaries more than allowed by law just before they retired.  Her main article can be found here. Reported in … Continue reading

Taxes for Schools, This Year & Last Year

Since schools comprise the bulk of property tax dollars, I thought some might be interested in seeing how they changed from last year to this year. Although the percentage change column is labeled “% Change + of -” the first … Continue reading

Wonder Lake School Board Race Trends Toward Incumbents

Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson and two of his allies who want to pursue consolidation of the one school Harrison District 36 seem to be heading toward a split decision. Anderson is leading a write-in candidate for the two-year term, … Continue reading

Political Stories from the Weekend

Lot’s of political articles over the Easter Weekend: McHenry Aldermanic Candidate Scott Curry’s Literature Matthew Hardt MCC Campaign Piece FRG College Student Janna Wing Works Precinct on Spring Break Lakewood Trustee Campaign Moves to the Internet Two Billboards for WL … Continue reading

Two Billboards for WL Grade School Challengers

There is a hot contest for Wonder Lake’s Harrison School District 36 Board. A slate containing Bob Anderson, David Yang and Cliff Leegard are challenging the folks who currently control the school board. Anderson and Yang are Republican Precinct Committeemen. … Continue reading

28 Write-In Candidacies Surface, Shepley Challenged by Chadwick

The biggest is the write-in challenge of Sascha Chadwick to Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley. As McHenry County Blog reported the night it happened, Shepley managed to convince his fellow City Council members that Chadwick, a CPA and entrepreneur.  (See … Continue reading

Rosemary Kurtz Gains First Ballot Position in District 155 Race

Already the prohibitive favorite in the contest to fill three Crystal Lake High School Board posts, former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz got a further boost from the removal of the only person ahead of her on the ballot. Candidate Gerald … Continue reading

CL & McHenry High School Board Candidate’ Petitions Challenged.

Thanks to another new element on McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s web site, one can find the names of school board candidates who have had their petitions challenged. There are three high school candidates in addition to the three Harrison … Continue reading