McHenry County Taxpayers Owe Over $130 Million for Underfunded Police and Fire Pensions…as of Two Years Ago

Commenter Mark has laid out all of the municipal police and fire pension fund money owed by McHenry County taxpayers. Let’s review police and fire pension funding status in McHenry County. Remember, Jack Franks says he has a plan to … Continue reading

Recycling in Marengo Sat., Aug. 13th

A apress release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: DEFENDERS’ RECYCLING DRIVE – Marengo, August 13th Recycling Drive accepts TVs, fluorescent tubes, electronics, more! MARENGO – On Saturday, August 13th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will conduct a … Continue reading

Traffic Ticket Discrimination Against Out-of-Towners Everywhere, But Crystal Lake and

The Chicago Tribune released results of a study of traffic ticket data that shows whether police departments discriminate in favor of their own residents. In the towns studied in McHenry County Crystal Lake and Harvard stood out as being even-handed. … Continue reading

Tax Takes for Cities and Villages

Below is what cities and villages in McHenry County did to property taxpayers last year and what can be expected this year: City or village INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX … Continue reading

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

Marengo District 6 County Board Forum

A Friend of McHenry County Blog took some notes last night at the McHenry County Board District 6 candidates’ night at Marengo High School. Here’s they are: District 6 candidates for County Board held at the Marengo High School on … Continue reading

Keep Windows Open a Crack Advice May Be Robbery Technique

From Kristin Ottolino of the Citizens Alert Social Media Network: To All Concerned McHenry County Citizens, In our mailboxes north of town today, many people have received the flyer (below). UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE ANY OF YOUR WINDOWS CRACKED WHEN … Continue reading

Marengo Parade Bands, Pols…Ending with a Big Bang – Part 4

Mentioned a couple of times was local radio station WXMR. Victory Rock Fellowship featured its presence on the air in a sign on the side of its float. Kelly Liebman of Wonder Lake announced her candidacy for McHenry County Board … Continue reading

Marengo Parade Bands, Pols…Ending with a Big Bang – Part 1

The weather for the Settlers Days Parade was perfect. The temperature was in the 70’s. There wasn’t much wind. I plunked my lawn chair down at the corner across from Brandt’s Pharmacy. It was also, for the first time, really … 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