$10 Million to Expedite Randall Road Land Purchase Rejected

The McHenry County Transportation Committee rejected the staff proposal to approve spending $10 million to “expedite” right-of-way purchase for an expansion of Randall Road. The article announcing proposal can be found here. Also contained in the article is how $5.7 … Continue reading

County Eliminates $3 Million Valley Hi Tax

The all-Republican McHenry County Board  Tuesday night voted unanimously to cut the tax levy for the Valley Hi Nursing Home to zero. The significant amendment did not even require a roll call, as County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller called for … Continue reading

Justification of Valley Hi’s $40 Million in the Bank

Peter Austin unveiled graphic results of Valley Hi Administrator Tom Annarella’s modeling efforts Tuesday. All versions assumed that the levy would be cut from $3 million to $2.250 million. The first version, seen below, shows the Valley Hi bank account … Continue reading

Finance Reverses Course, Cuts Valley Hi Levy by $750,000

What a difference five days makes. On Thursday, the members of the McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee voted 4-3 against lowering the $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home levy by one penny. First-term member Chuck Wheeler, who was recently appointed … 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

Prim Gets 6-Months to See if Fed Jailing Worthwhile

After cutting jail expenses since he took office in December, McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim asked County Board approval to continue housing ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and U.S. Marshal detainees and prisoners for another six months. Wonder Lake’s John … Continue reading

Valley Hi’s Future

Below are the August 4th County Board minutes of the discussion of hiring a consultant to made recommendations on the future of Valley Hi. The County nursing home, an enterprise account (meaning it is separate from other parts of McHenry … Continue reading

The 2016 Recorder of Deeds Race

Candidates are already lining up to win the Republican Party primary for Recorder of Deeds next spring. After all, petition passing for next year’s primary election starts around the first of September. Long-time incumbent Phyllis Walters is expected to retired.  She … Continue reading

Joe Alger’s Comments to the County Board

When the McHenry County Board met Tuesday, people went away talking about what Patriots United leader and, now, McHenry County Sheriff’s Commission member Joe Alger said in his public comments. He covered the committee interview when he applied and was … Continue reading

Jack Franks Angling for State Comptroller, GOP Fight for State Rep. Seat Imminent

I think State Rep. Jack Franks has decided to run for State Comptroller in 2016. Why? He didn’t show up at the College of DuPage Board meeting to chastise six of the seven Trustees who were about to approve a … Continue reading

Hill/Miller Submitted No Doctor’s Notes for Remote County Board Access

Earlier this month John Hammerand was denied the opportunity to participate by phone in a County Board meeting. Fellow member Ken Koehler asked whether Hammerand had handed in a note from his doctor, according to the Northwest Herald. Reading that, … Continue reading

Walkup Comments on Limitation of McHenry County Board Rules on Remote Access

A commentary by McHenry County Board member Michael Walkup: A storm is brewing over the vote not to allow County Board Member John Hammerand to participate at last Tuesday’s County Board meeting via speakerphone. Here is what the Board Rules … Continue reading

The Hammerand Request – Getting Stranger and Stranger

After the Tuesday, January 6th meeting of the McHenry County Board, Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver thought the the refusal of the McHenry County Board to allow District 4 member John Hammerand was the biggest story of the night. That … 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