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

Senate Democrats Unleash Redistricting Lines

Illinois Senate Democrats have released their draft of districts for the next ten years. Below you see want they want to happened in McHenry, Lake, northern Kane and Cook Counties. Although McHenry County has enough people to continue justifying a … Continue reading

Kane County Board Has Posted Draft Reapportionment Map

Here’s a county ahead of the redistricting curve. At the last meeting of the McHenry County Board a number of non-Legislative Committee members wanted to see tentative maps. They pretty much got the brush-off. Now comes Kane County map makers … Continue reading

The County Officials’ Sweetheart Pension Plan McHenry County Passed Up, Including GA Roll Calls

Yesterday I wrote about how Winnebago County’s board had decided they, as part-time employees didn’t deserve to have pensions. Today, the Sunday Chicago Tribune has a front page article by Christy Gutowski, Joe Mahr and Joseph Ryan entitled, Quite a … Continue reading

Kane County Water Company Taken Over By Feds

Read between the lines of this press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and let me know if you think indictments are forthcoming for those involved with this Kane County special tax district: SMALL WEST SUBURBAN WATER DISTRICT PLACED IN … Continue reading

I-57 Overpasses

I always get exercised when I see marginal highway projects in Downstate Illinois, while area residents are threatened (with the support of local officials) with a local toll bridge across the Fox River between Carpentersville and Algonquin. In 2007, we … Continue reading