Quick-Take Condemnation Bill Passes for Randall Road & Island Lake Intersection, plus Kane County Intersection

Below is the summary provided legislators of Senate Bill 1518, a bill sponsored by McHenry County legislators State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barb Wheeler. [The duplicative language has been removed, but may be seen at the link above.] … Continue reading

Tax Deductable Money Finances Kane County Forest Preserve Referendum

A referendum is on the ballot in Kane County to borrow $50 million to finance the purchase of land for the Kane County Forest Preserve District. Committees have to file with the State Board of Elections when they raise or … Continue reading

McHenry County Government Has Third Highest Average Salary

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has calculated average salaries paid by Illinois county governments. McHenry County came in third highest: Ten Counties with the Highest “Average Salary” for Employees … Continue reading

Still More Deceit From Lying Jack Franks

Look what a Friend of McHenry County Blog shared with me recently: Lying Jack Franks continues to make the pitch that he will “reduce property taxes in McHenry County 10%.” The message is a bit milder than previously. Now it is … Continue reading

McHenry County to Continue to House Juveniles in Kane County Facility

On Monday, the McHenry County Board’s Law and Justice Committee is set to approve a two-year continuation of its arrangement with Kane County to house minors in its Juvenile Justice Center. For the use of up to twelve beds the … Continue reading

Rauner Appoints Diana Law Kane County Public Guardian

More appointments from Governor Bruce Rauner: Governor Announces Appointments CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Finance Authority. He also reappointed the Kane County … Continue reading

More Leaving Chicago Metro Area Than Any Other in Midwest

A Bloomberg News analysis of Census data shows that the Chicago Metropolitan Area is losing a higher percentage of its residents than any other Midwest metropolitan area. The time period was between July 2013 and July 2014. The loss was 69/100 … Continue reading

Opponents to Kane County Tax Hike Surface

A press release from Jim Tobin: Kane County Taxpayers Fight Back North Aurora – Kane County taxpayers are fighting local tax expansion and property tax increase referenda with the help of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) and Kane Cares About … Continue reading

Fox River Toll Bridge for Algonquin Review – Reasons for No Tolls

If you live in central Kane County, you get to cross the Fox River on bridges that don’t charge tolls. Two have been opened in recent years: Red Gate Road Bridge (2012) Stearns Road Bridge (2010) Prairie Street Bridge (1994) … Continue reading

Kane County Passes Levy Equal to Last Year’s Tax Collections

Kane County has done McHenry County one better. Under the leadership of outgoing County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, the Kane County Board passed a levy that was the same as last year’s extension. Because there is additional assessed valuation, that … Continue reading

How Does McHenry County Stack Up to Kane & Will Counties on Keeping Taxes Constant?

Last week, McHenry County Blog ran a press release from Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay (who is running unopposed for State Senate) concerning her Executive Committee’s recommendation that the Board pass a levy that is the same as last … Continue reading