The $34 Million Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 3

Over the last two days, I’ve presented parts 1 and 2 of bond analyst Steve Willson’s analysis of the $34 million so-called “Science Labs” project at MCC. In the final installment today, Willson shows how a plan to refurbish existing … Continue reading

The $34 Million Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 2

Yesterday I ran Part 1 of bond analyst Steve Willson’s analysis of McHenry County College’s $34 million capital projects plan, in which he rebutted the evidence from the College’s consultant that enrollment at the College was likely to grow at … Continue reading

The Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 1

The following analysis was performed by Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson: MCC’s Not Really Science Labs Project In 2014, MCC decided to undertake a “space utilization” study. The original goal was to determine the most efficient way to use MCC’s … Continue reading

MCC Board Considering Allowing Students to Help Pay for New Construction

Thursday night, the McHenry County College Board will consider imposing a $10 per credit hour fee to force students to help pay for new and/or improved facilities. Here’s what the minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting say about … Continue reading

MCC Construction Budget Has Contingency Fee Twice as High as Forensic Auditor Recommended

When forensic auditing firm Jefferson Wells auditor Mike Nowark made his report on his examination of new school construction at Huntley School District 158, he said that if contingencies were not over 5%, he didn’t think anything went wrong. Thursday … Continue reading

Dog Killer Gets 60 Days, Loses Gun Ownership Right

The State’s Attorney’s Office reports the sentence for Kirk Locher, who shot the family lab in the press release below: KIRK LOCHER SENTENCED TO PROBATION, 60 DAYS JAIL FOR AGGRAVATED CRUELTY Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that … Continue reading

Woodstock Dog Killer Found Guilty of Aggravated Cruelty in Shooting Family Labrador

Here’s the press release from the State’s Attorney’s Office: KIRK LOCHER FOUND GUILTY FOR SHOOTING FAMILY DOG Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Kirk Locher was found guilty yesterday by a jury for the offenses of Aggravated … Continue reading