Skala Proposes No Fringe Benefits for County Board Members

In the last Republican Primary election two candidates campaigning on not taking pension and health benefits. They were District 1 candidates Andrew Gasser and David Stieper.  Gasser won the primary and the election, while Stieper lost to incumbent Republican Robert … Continue reading

County Board Pay and Benefits Questioned

As I was entering the County Board’s Finance Committee last Thursday, Mary McCann was proposing an amendment to the resolution setting members’ salaries. Instead of the flat rate of $21,000 a year, she proposed returning to the per diem approach … Continue reading

County Board Supports Governor’s Turnaround Agenda

You’ll be hearing more about the contents of the following resolution, which passed the McHenry County Board on a 16-5 vote Thursday morning. Voting against the resolution were Tina Hill Mary McCann Anna May Miller Mike Skala Bob Nowak The … Continue reading

Palmer Convinces Finance Committee To Keep Dental Audit Secret

Wednesday McHenry County Blog ran a piece entitled, “Should Misdeeds Uncovered by Internal Audits Be Made Public?” There has apparently been double billing for providing dental care to Veterans. Both the Veterans department and the County Health Department have been … Continue reading

Committee Rejects New Employee, Plus Pay Hikes for Zoning Board of Appeals

Tuesday the Planning & Development Committee took on a decidedly fiscal conservative approach to McHenry County spending. Two items to increase spending were on the agenda: Hiring a new person to handle water resources at a cost of almost $73,000 … Continue reading

Gottemoller’s Committee Spoils for His Supporters

The last article on McHenry County Board Committee assignments by newly-elected Chairman Joe Gottemoller focused on what those who supported his opponent Jim Heisler ended up. This will look at how the winners were rewarded.  Again requests that were granted … Continue reading

County Cuts Losses of Housing Federal Prisoners $10 a Day – Part 1

The debate on Tuesday about housing Federal prisoners in the McHenry County Jail started with Law & Justice Committee Chairman Sue Draffkorn trying to set the terms of debate. With regard to the ten-year agreement with the Feds, Draffkorn pointed … Continue reading

County Board Discussing Gun Discharge Ordinance

The Natural and Environmental Resources Committee met March 17 and discussed, among other things, an ordinance to prohibit the discharge of a firearm. Below is the ordinance in searchable form: Ordinance Regulating the Discharge of Firearms in Unincorporated McHenry County … Continue reading

A More Systematic Look at Write-In Campaigns

There were thirty people who waged write-in campaigns for Republican Precinct Committeeman. This is an attempt to put all of the results in one place. Here are the results of Mickey Barnas’ campaign. Joe Stecker’s success in Algonquin 19 has … Continue reading