Financial Problems Facing Centegra

Lakewood bond analyst offers the following take on Centegra’s desired affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Healthcare (joint press release here.) Centegra built a big new hospital in Huntley in order to stave off competition from Mercy Hospital. But building more beds … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

Municipal League Seeks Automatic Home Rule for 5,000 Person Villages

Found on Capitol Fax is the following legislative goal of the Illinois Municipal League: Expansion of Home Rule Eligibility Municipal leaders across the state support expanding home rule eligibility to include communities of 5,000 residents and above. The current Illinois … Continue reading

Drug Forfeiture Includes Huntley Real Estate

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi: STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE RECOVERS OVER $30,000 IN DRUG FORFEITURE TO BE USED FOR ABUSE TREATMENT AND EDUCATIONAL Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that in cooperation with the McHenry County … Continue reading

Photos of the Huntley Drug Raid Folks

McHenry County Blog has received the photos of those arrested in the Huntley drug raid this week. You see them below: ARRESTED: Nicholas A. Domino (Male, 45) 3 counts- Unlawful Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Huntley, IL deliver >5,000 grams … Continue reading

Details on Huntley Drug Raid

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: One Million Dollar Bond Set for Significant Drug Dealer after Search Warrant in Huntley A Huntley man living a luxury lifestyle, along with his wife and three other persons, were charged Wednesday … Continue reading

Comparing City & Village Tax Takes

Yesterday, we took a look at what school districts requested to be collected last year and this year. Today we’ll look at municipalities. A number of McHenry County municipalities overlap into adjacent counties. If you see “McH only,” that is … Continue reading

Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and McHenry FPD Lose $2.4 Million

Saturday, I extracted the loses of McHenry County tax districts from the front page article in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune. As I was reminded by Pete Gonigam of The First Electric Newspaper, I missed Algonquin. His article from December 10, 2014, … Continue reading

Cary, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Woodstock and McHenry FPD Lose $1.8 Million

The Chicago Tribune is reporting (not posted on the internet yet) that dozens of local tax districts lost millions by putting spare money in a pooled investment fund. Locally, four municipalities and one fire protection district took financial hits. The … Continue reading