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

Sheriff, Mayor Indicted…Not in Illinois, in Indiana

Take a look at this story in the Chicago Tribune about indictements in Indiana. The U.S. Attorney over there is after corruption. Wishing the U.S. Attorney in Illinois was concentrating on more of Illinois’ corrupt politicians. Incidentially, the Sheriff is … Continue reading

Lake County Township Assessors Sue Supervisor of Assessments

A press release from several Lake County Township Assessors: Several elected township assessors and taxpayers file federal lawsuit against Lake County, Martin Paulson, the Lake County Chief County Assessment Officer and the Lake County Board of Review CHICAGO, IL. – Five elected … Continue reading

Small Lake County Sanitary Districts Allowed to Merge with Lake County Operation

Weekend readers found an article about this new law on Saturday, but here is the press release about it from State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barb Wheeler: New law signed by Gov. Rauner aims to save Lake County … Continue reading

Wheeler & Althoff Pass Bill Allowing Local Sanitary District to Go Out of Business

There is a lot of talk about consolidation local governments, but little significant action. State Rep. Barb Wheeler and State Senator Pam Althoff have passed a bill designed to lead to one fewer local government in Illinois. They have successfully … 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

Heroin Antidote VIVITROL® to Be Discussed

A press release from the McHenry County Circuit Court: 22ND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION AND COURT SERVICES HOSTING EDUCATION SEMINAR FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS ON THE OPIOID INTERVENTION DRUG VIVITROL® The 22nd Judicial Circuit, Department of Probation and … Continue reading

Lake County Attorney Student Loan Defaulter Charged with Bribing Witness

The following press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be filed under “Lawyers Behaving Badly:” LAKE COUNTY ATTORNEY ARRESTED ON FRAUD AND OBSTRUCTION CHARGES; ALLEGEDLY BRIBED WITNESS IN PROBE OF MISUSING BANKRUPTCY CLIENTS’ CREDIT CARDS CHICAGO — A Lake … Continue reading

Lake County State’s Attorney Candidate Bryan Winter Picking Up Township GOP Endorsements

There is no exciting or even boring contest for McHenry County Stat’s Attorney this year, so let’s dip into the one in Lake County. The following press release is from a candidate who actually attended a fund raising event for … Continue reading

Ten Applicants for McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Education Before Word Got Out There Was No Money for Salaries in State Budget

Here’s the list I received in response to my Freedom of Information request for the names of those who have applied to become the McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools. You may remember when it became clear that Governor Pat … Continue reading

New Board of Review Member Used to be Antioch Township Assessor

The McHenry County Board appointed Clifton A. Houghton, a Spring Grove resident as a new member of the Board of (Assessment) Review. Houghton will replace Robin Brunschon, who was named DeKalb County Supervisor of Assessments. Houghton has previously served as … Continue reading

Osmond to Foego McHenry-Lake County 64th District Race for 61st District, a Totally Lake County District

When Illinois Democrats sliced up McHenry County, giving Crystal Lake parts of three state representative and senate districts, State Rep. Mike Tryon’s home was put in the 66th District. Osmond served as head of Lake County Republican Central Committee, so … 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

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

Finding Someone in County Jail

Update of June 15, 2012. There is now a way to find people in the McHenry County Jail.  Look here for the link. = = = = = A friend of McHenry County Blog was trying to find out if … Continue reading

County Proud of Moody Upgrade from Aa1 to Aaa

The following is a press release from the McHenry County Board about favorable news for Moody’s Investors Service: McHenry County Achieves Aaa Bond Rating WOODSTOCK, IL – McHenry County is proud to announce an improvement in its debt rating to … Continue reading

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Approves Hackmatack Feasibility Study

Last week, the McHenry County Board endorsed creation of a wildlife refuge in northern McHenry County and southern Wisconsin. Now a feasibility study has been approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The following press release has been issued … Continue reading

8th District Watch – Lake County Sheriff and State’s Attorney Endorse Maria Rodriguez for Congress

It’s tough to find something that is newsworthy at the end of a campaign, but I think Long Grove Village President Maria Rodriguez has managed to do it. She announces today the endorsements of the top two law enforcement officials … Continue reading