Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

The Route 62 Four-Lane Question

For as long as I can remember, Barrington Hills has opposed turning Route 62 into four lanes. When Jim Kempe was Village President and I served as State Representative and was Republican Spokesman on the Appropriations Committee that handled the … Continue reading

LITH Smoke Shop Owner Arrested for Selling Pot

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: Lake in the Hills Business Owner Arrested A Lake in the Hills business owner and another man appeared in court Tuesday on charges relating to their arrests December 22 for selling marijuana … Continue reading

McHenry County Home Values Rising

“The median home value in McHenry County is $184,300,” according to the web site Zillow. “McHenry County home values have gone up 3.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.9% within the next year. “The median … Continue reading

South High School Honors First Responders

Crystal Lake South High School staff and students served breakfast to police, fire and rescue squads on September 11th/ It was to honor and recognize the Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills Police, Fire and Rescue Squads for their service … Continue reading

LITH GOP Debate Party for First 60 to RSVP

The Algonquin Township Republican Party will hold a Presidential Debate Party at Moretti’s in Lake in the Hills on September 16th. Only sixty people are able to fit into the room, so the first sixty to say they are coming … Continue reading

Sparse Pol Turnout at LITH Parade

I noticed my camera’s battery was low when I got it out before the Lake in the Hills parade. Catching my attention were the two Algonquin Township Senior Buses ferrying people from one end of the parade to the other … Continue reading

Comparing City & Village Tax Takes

Yesterday, we took a look at what school districts requested to be collected last year and this year. Today we’ll look at municipalities. A number of McHenry County municipalities overlap into adjacent counties. If you see “McH only,” that is … Continue reading

Harvard Savings Bank Takes $18 Million Hit

Apparently, it is not just local municipalities that have lost money by investing in the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund. The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the Harvard Savings Bank “lost $18 million on the soured repurchase agreement. The article says … Continue reading