Advocate Establishes Another Beachhead in Centegra Country

Advocate Health System selected the Walgreens in McHenry to spotlight its take over of the drug store chain’s health clinics. Advocate, of course, operates Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. 52% of Good Shepherd’s patients come from McHenry County. Advocate also … Continue reading

County Board Considers Multi-Million Dollar Construction

The Facilities Management Committee, chaired by McHenry County Board member Jim Heisler, is looking at multiple options to provide more space for county workers. In the upper right hand corner of each page is a box with dollar signs. The … Continue reading

Valley Hi Surplus in Play at Finance Committee Meeting Thursday Morning?

Listed on the agenda of the McHenry County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee for Thursday, March 31st at 8:15 AM is the following under Old Business: Discussion: Capital Plan Finance Options There has been talk of borrowing from the huge … Continue reading

Committee Votes Down Maintenance Workers Contract

Last Tuesday, the McHenry County Board’s Facilities Management Committee could not muster a majority to recommend the maintenance workers union contract with Operating Engineers Local 150. The vote was 2-2 with three members absent. Voting in favor were Jim Heisler, … Continue reading

No Selection after County Board Interviews

Four men who want to fill out newly-appointed Metra Board member Ken Koehler’s McHenry County Board term were interviewed for over an hour and a half Thursday afternoon by four County Board members. After the interviews, Chairman Joe Gottemoller announced … Continue reading

Finance Committee Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 2

At this point Barnes weighed in. “That’s concerns me,”  she said. “You don’t solve that $20 million problem by [lowering the levy]. “I disagree,” Barnes replied. “If you’re going to be thinking about another facility,” Walkup said, “I think that … Continue reading

The Finance Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 1

First, Walkup asked that the Valley Hi levy be split from the others for voting purposes. Pointing out that he had served on the nursing home’s Operating Board for two years, Walkup related how the Board had asked the General … Continue reading

Budget Back to Finance Committee

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has apparently decided not to put next year’s levy ordinance on the Board Agenda without a positive vote from the Finance and Audit Committee. As you can read exclusively here, the vote was 3-3 … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

Palmer Convinces Finance Committee To Keep Dental Audit Secret

Wednesday McHenry County Blog ran a piece entitled, “Should Misdeeds Uncovered by Internal Audits Be Made Public?” There has apparently been double billing for providing dental care to Veterans. Both the Veterans department and the County Health Department have been … Continue reading

Member Comments that Led to Recommendation to Abolish Them

McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser has posted the member comments from the last meeting.  The article containing that may be found here. There addressed the topic of nepotism, which was introduced into the meeting by Joe Alger during the … Continue reading

Supressing the Minority

It is not a secret that the McHenry County Board is split with a majority coalition having supported Joe Gottemoller for County Board Chairman and a minority having opposed his election. Gottemoller arranged committee appointments so that that majority is … Continue reading

Munaretto Gets Committee Nod for County Real Estate Business

Earlier this morning, McHenry County Blog reported on Marc Munaretto’s real estate firm being the only one to ask to represent the County in property purchases or sales. A Request for Proposal was sent to over a dozen firms, but … Continue reading

Gottemoller Committee Assignments – To the Winners Go the Spoils

Newly-elected McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has a chance to build a coalition for an at-large race for County Board in the fall of 2016, but he decided to please his current supporters instead. (See “Joe Gottemoller’s Quandary.”) Gottemoller … Continue reading

County Money-Saving Possibilities

There was a very, very long McHenry County Board Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday. I went to encourage its members to encourage Governor Pat Quinn to veto the Pam Althoff-Karen McConnaughay-Mike Tryon bill to allow the McHenry County Conservation District … Continue reading

Newcomers on Board Got 3-2 for Winning Chairman Candidate

There are five new members on the McHenry County Board. District 1 – Andrew Gasser District 3 – Don Kopsell District 4 – Chuck Wheeler District 5 – Michael Rein District 6 – Larry Smith The five newcomers split 3-2 … Continue reading