Should Misdeeds Uncovered by Internal Audits Be Made Public?

McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer is again hesitant to share misdeeds of others with the public. The first time around it was an audit of the Nunda Township Senior Bus program. I had to ask Nunda Township for a copy … Continue reading

Nunda Township Loses Freedom of Information Appeal on Senior Bus Audit

At the request of Deputy County Administrator John Labjai (now retired), McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer performed an audit on Nunda Township’s senior bus program. It was financed with a grant administered by McHenry County.  Federal and state money was … Continue reading

Nunda Township Senior Services Audit Discussed in County Committee

For your information, here are McHenry County Finance Committee minutes concerning the Senior Services grant audit which Nunda Township and McHenry County have refused to release. Both used the excuse that the Freedom of Information Act allows “internal” audits to … Continue reading

County Board Votes to Continue Hiding Audit Results

I was off to a luncheon before the McHenry County Board voted on whether to make public an audit performed by the office of McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer, so I didn’t hear the discussion. I did get the 14-8 … Continue reading

When an “External” Audit Is an “Internal” Audit

If the Federal government audits a grant given to the State of Illinois, wouldn’t you consider than an “external” audit? How about when the Illinois Auditor General was auditing all the RTA contracts with providers of mass transportation? Would you … Continue reading

Algonquin Founders Day Parade – Mainly Politics

He wasn’t at the front of the parade but the owner of Port Edward, Ed Woloweic, was the Grand Marshall. The parade took about an hour, truncated because of construction south on Route 31. Most of the politic entries which … Continue reading

Republicans To Continue Rule of McHenry County Courthouse

The McHenry County Courthouse anyway. None of the four countywide offices in McHenry County have a Democratic candidate.  While it is possible for candidates to pop up after the primary on March 20, 2012, it seems unlikely. So, the following … Continue reading

Salary and Fringe Benefits for McHenry County Officials Elected Next Year

Here’s what McHenry County Board members will have before them about salaries that they or their successors will earn starting after next fall’s elections: A resolution calls for “compensation beginning December 2012 and fringe benefit options are hereby approved for … Continue reading

Republican Politics at Port Edward

Port Edward has pleasant memories for me all the way back to visiting the Algonquin Jaycees back in the late 1960’s. Then it was only a small corner bar at Harrison and Route 62. Algonquin Founders Days luncheons, fund raisers, … Continue reading

The McHenry County Fair – Political Angles

While the teen were exploring other parts of the McHenry County Fair on Friday, I went looking for things political. Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks’ tent was first.  It was closest to the free parking. Then,  I saw the … Continue reading

Algonquin Founders Day Parade Crystal Balling

You know that I read politicians in parades like tea leaves. Sometimes I just let the photos speak for themselves. Algonquin’s Marc Avelar shared some photos he took on Saturday’s Algonquin Founders Day Parade. The one below may speak volumes … Continue reading

County Auditor Pam Palmer Won’t Even Release the Name of the Judge Ordering Payment to Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan

This is getting humorous. As you know, I have been trying to obtain information about Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan’s bills to the county. The County Board apparently is approving tens of thousands of dollars for his work and, I assume … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Files Complaint Against Keith Nygren’s Use of Tax Dollars for Parade Expenses

Zane Seipler, who is seeking re-instatement as a deputy sheriff before a judge tomorrow, has filed a complaint with McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer concerning primary foe Keith Nygren’s expenditure of money on parade expenses. Is this “deja vu all … Continue reading

Zane Seipler Asks Questions About Sheriff Nygren’s Use of Paid Employees in Parades – Part 1

One of the differences I noticed between the McHenry Fiesta Day Parade entries of McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren and Democratic Party challenger Mike Mahon was that Mahon had people walking and Nygren didn’t. One would assume that the uniformed … Continue reading