New Republican Precinct Committeemen in Nunda Township

When the GOP Precinct Committeemen in Nunda Township spoke at their annual picnic, two looked for volunteers to take over their jobs. Both Mary Donner and Joe Gottemoller explained that they did not live in the precinct in which they … Continue reading

708 Mental Health Board Chairman Lee Ellis Does Not Get County Board Committee’s Recommendation for Re-Appointment

Lee Ellis, the Chairman of the McHenry County Mental Health Board, was not recommended for re-appointment by the newly-reconstituted Public Health and Human Services Committee. Hearings have been held yesterday and today with applicants presenting their credentials and answering questions … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Candidates Campaign at Nunda Township GOP Picnic

In a Veterans Acres picnic, the Nunda Township Republican Central Committee hosted area residents and politicians Saturday afternoon. I got the privilege of introducing the two newest candidates for McHenry County Sheriff, Jim Harrison and Bill Prim. Although sitting about … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Members May Have Signaled Intention to “Tax to the Max” Again

Getting as much money out of taxpayers is pretty much the goal of every tax district official, from school board member to township trustee. To do that, boards need to ask for more than the increase in the Cost of … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Wins One – County Board Puts Anti-Double-Dipping Referendum on Ballot

Wonder Lake activist-barber Bob Anderson got a referendum on the November without having to go door-to-door. The question was on an issue upon which Governor Pat Quinn built his political career. Until he had to depend upon double-dippers to advance … Continue reading

County Board Decides Not to Muddy Jack Franks’ County Czar Waters

There was a long debate over whether the County Board should put a referendum on the fall ballot asking voters is they wanted to elect the County Board Chairman in an at-large election. Before that several citizens provided input. District … Continue reading

Survival Pushes Family Services Agency into Merger with LaSalle County-based North Central Behavioral Health System

The Family Service & Community Mental Health Center for McHenry County has been in trouble for “over five years,” according to its new Executive Director Lori Nelson. That came out in response to a question from County Board member Randy … Continue reading

County Board Set to Tack Another $475,000 on Budget

On March 27, McHenry County’s Finance and Audit Committee discussed emergency appropriations: a pair of contracts for the Planning and Development Department – one for a computer program for their Permitting System and another for their Digital Plan Review in … Continue reading