McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Most McHenry County Schools Announce Monday Day Off Because of Extreme Cold

From Woodstock District 200: All District 200 schools and Kids Club will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. All after school activities, practices, evening events, sports and outside user activities will also be cancelled. Phone and email messages confirming … Continue reading

Politicians In (and Not In) the Marengo Parade

Marengo’s Settlers Days Parade is one of the best in McHenry County. As you would expect, my eyes were searching for political aspects. Mayor Don Lockhart was riding in one of the first cars after that of Parade Marshall Richard … Continue reading

$3.8 Million in Local School Employee Union Dues of Local School Employees

McHenry County Blog has surveyed school districts with major presences in McHenry County and discovered that union employees paid $3.8 million in dues during calendar year 2010. The total amount was $3,825,572. Contracts are typically for more than one year … Continue reading

Fights Over Grade School Board Membership

Only five elementary school districts in McHenry County have contests for school board. Two are in the southwest corner, one in the northeast corner and two in the southeastern part of the county. In Richmond-Spring Grove (Nippersink) Grade School District … Continue reading

All Quiet on the High School Board Front Except for Challenge in Richmond-Burton and Free-for-All in McHenry

Those who wanted to file for school board have done so. The deadline was yesterday. Here’s who running for what, high school districts first: The three incumbents up for election in Marengo High School District 154 have filed for office … Continue reading

Tax Hikers Victories Hard to Find

“Ax your tax” seems to have been the sentiment of most tax hike referendum voters in McHenry County this election. Voters in this recession were not kind to tax district officials’ requests for referendums to raise taxes on April 7th. … Continue reading