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

Kane County Board Chairman (& State Senate Candidate) Karen McConnaughay Moves Board Toward Freezing Tax Levy

A press release from Karen McConnaughay: Karen McConnaughay steps up to stop irresponsible property tax hike Kane Board Chairman pushes through zero-increase levy after finance committee chair tries to raise taxes Geneva, IL–After the Kane County Board Finance Committee Chairman … Continue reading

Full House for Chris Lauzen’s Fund Raiser

No way to sneak past Sarah and Chris Lauzen at Chris’ fund raiser in Aurora Saturday. All the guests were funneled through one door. Outside was Sarah greeting everyone. Just inside was Chris greeting them again and posing for a … Continue reading

Kane Joins Drought Disaster Assistance Availability

A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren: Kane Now Classified a Contiguous County, Eligible for Disaster Assistance Programs Due to Drought GENEVA, IL— Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced that Lake and McHenry counties have received primary disaster designations from … Continue reading

Auditioning at the State GOP Convention to be Illinois’ Scott Walker

John Kass lamented the lack of an Illinois Scott Walker last Thursday. He certainly is asking the right question: “Where is Illinois’ Scott Walker?” I was tempted to prepare a sign to affix to me chest asking. “Are you the … Continue reading

Adam Andrzejewski Takes on Karen McConnaughay

Here’s what is on the way to mailboxes in the 33rd State Senate District. That’s where Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay is running against former Gilberts Village Trustee Cliff Surges. One could logically observe that the gloves have been … Continue reading

DuPage County Board Chairman Endorses Chris Lauzen for Kane County Post

A press release from Chris Lauzen, Republican candidate for Kane County Board Chairman: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin Endorses Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman Aurora, IL (March 2, 2012): State Senator Chris Lauzen announced today the endorsement … Continue reading

Cliff Surges Notes Connection of Karen McConnaughay’s Campaign Contributions to Kane County Government

If memory serves me correctly, it was a story from the Daily Herald where the campaign contributions to Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay from county vendors first surfaced.  State Senator Chris Lauzen, who is running to replace McConnaughay, brought … Continue reading

Peter Fitzgerald Endorses Chris Lauzen for Kane County Board Chairman

Former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald has sent a letter to the editor endorsing his former State Senate colleague Chris Lauzen for the Chairmanship of the Kane County Board. Fitzgerald is best known for having been responsible for the installation of … Continue reading

Where Are We As Far as Real Estate Taxes Go?

The Tax Foundation has some remarkable work comparing property tax burdens across the United States. Want to know what part of the country to look at for retirement, if cutting your property taxes is one of your goals? Take a … Continue reading

Chad Koppie Entering Kane-McHenry County State Senate Race

The email below is about a challenger to Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay’s candidacy for State Senate in the district that contains south-central McHenry County, going all the way to the Crystal Lake Country Club. “Tonight, Chad Koppie, a … Continue reading

Chris Lauzen to Give Up Senate Seat to Seek Kane County Chairmanship

At the Vaughan Recreation Center in Aurora, State Senator Chris Lauzen announced he is leaving the General Assembly after twenty years in 2012 to pursue the chairmanship of the Kane County Board. Unlike in McHenry County, the Kane County Board … Continue reading

How to Solve the Sun City Property Tax Inequities

As the sponsor of the overlapping tax district bill in 1973, I think there may be a way to tweak it to make sure what happened in Sun City won’t happen again. A weighted average is now used. That works, … Continue reading

More Possible Legislative Candidates in Western Kane County, Southeastern McHenry County Districts

A Friend of McHenry County Blog from south of the Kane County border offers more thoughts on possible contenders for state representative and state senator: Well, looks like the new map is going to pass without any substantial changes, assuming … Continue reading

Dems Open Opportunity for Former Carptentersville Mayor, Now McHenry County Resident, Orv Brettman to Run for State Senate

I was thinking about the empty state senate district, Number 33, which Illinois Democrats created in an attempt to shove as many current Republican state legislators into districts with another GOP legislator as possible. Who might be a logical candidate. … Continue reading