Proposal to Raise Pay, End Mileage for ZBA

The McHenry County Board is moving toward raising the pay of Zoning Board of Appeals members, but plan to eliminate mileage. What’s the reason? The memo gives this reason: According to County Administration, processing mileage reimbursement payments for the ZBA creates … Continue reading

Raising Elected Officials Salaries – Not!

The Human Resources Committee held a meeting on April 2nd which I attended. The reason was the following agenda item: Discussion on Establishing Elected Officials’ Salaries During public comment time, former Board member Kathy Bergan-Schmidt encouraged members to “drop the … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Power Plant Meeting: All Dressed in Red and No Chance to Talk

A very short Oakwood Hills zoning meeting was held at the Crystal Lake Holiday Inn Thursday evening to consider the siting of a gas-fired electric generating plant behind Village Hall. The length was dictated by the power plant applicant’s losing … Continue reading

McHenry County Democratic Party Ends Up with almost $15,000 at the End of the Second Quarter of 2013

The McHenry County Democratic Party raised $16,015 during the second quarter of this year and ended June with $14,703.92 in the bank. Those making contributions which were reported (required if in excess of $150) follow: $1,000 – Paula Yensen, Self … Continue reading

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett Comments on the Election

I asked McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett for his take on the election.  His reply is below: “I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the Democratic candidates who worked the hardest won. “I’m proud of Nick Chirikos and Paula … Continue reading