Democratic Party Tea Leaf?

Reading political tea leaves is something that lots of people do. This was passed on by a couple of McHenry County Board members. They noticed former two-term McHenry County Board member Paula Yensen in the audience at Friday’s meeting about … Continue reading

Distributing Federal Housing Money

From the McHenry County Board’s Planning and Development Committee’s April 12th agenda packet: Resolution Authorizing Program Year 2015, 2016 and 2017 HOME Investment Partnerships Program Allocations McHenry County receives an annual commitment of Federal HOME Investment Partnership Programming. The HOME … Continue reading

RTA Sales Tax Could Displace Property Taxes Financing Sheriff’s Department

I’ve shared what the McHenry County Board could do to cut property taxes big time. They’ve already sliced $3 million of their $79 million real estate tax bill by zeroing out the levy for the Valley Hi Nursing Home. That’s … Continue reading

ALAW Position Paper Opposes Randall Road Expansion A Re-Run

About two years ago, the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water has issued the following report with this explanation: ALAW’s committee, Citizen Advocates for Public Accountability (CAPA) has researched and evaluated the McHenry County Transportation Division’s proposed improvements on Randall … Continue reading

If You Want the County Board to Use the RTA Sales Tax Money to Replace Property Taxes…

With the McHenry County Transportation Committee having rejected a motion to take $5.7 million out of the RTA Sales Tax Fund, a reader asked if that meant real estate taxes would go down. The short answer is that it does … Continue reading

$10 Million to Expedite Randall Road Land Purchase Rejected

The McHenry County Transportation Committee rejected the staff proposal to approve spending $10 million to “expedite” right-of-way purchase for an expansion of Randall Road. The article announcing proposal can be found here. Also contained in the article is how $5.7 … Continue reading

IMRF’s Attack on McHenry County Board Members

While state legislators were conferring about the statewide implications of the pension attack started by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and State Rep. Jack Franks, an April Fool’s Day letter was being sent from the Illinois … Continue reading

Vote on $2.2 Million Woodstock Road Project Tomorrow, Even Though Defeated in Transportation Committee

Saturday I wrote an article entitled, Charles and Raffel Roads Roundabout Proposal Comes Around Again, Despite Defeat in Committee Day after Election I apparently misunderstood where the proposal to award $2,229,600 to Curran Contracting Company of Crystal Lake was scheduled. … Continue reading

Tax Dollars Hardly Working

Every time I drive by McHenry County’s only Park and Ride lot at the intersection of Route 31 and Virginia Street Road, I wonder about its justification. Certainly there was government-owned land as the path of Virginia Street Road was … Continue reading

Charles and Raffel Roads Roundabout Proposal Comes Around Again, Despite Defeat in Committee Day after Election

Coming around to the McHenry County Transportation Committee for the second time in three weeks is a $2,229,600 proposal to build a roundabout north of the Woodstock North High School on Raffel Road where it dead ends at Charles Road. … Continue reading

$10 Million More to “Expedite” Randall Road Right-of-Way Purchases

Next Wednesday, the McHenry County Board’s Transportation Committee has before it a request to authorize another $10 million  for “the acquisition of right-of-way for the Randall Road widening and resurfacing capacity improvement project.” $5 million was previously appropriated in February of 2014. … Continue reading

McHenry County to Continue to House Juveniles in Kane County Facility

On Monday, the McHenry County Board’s Law and Justice Committee is set to approve a two-year continuation of its arrangement with Kane County to house minors in its Juvenile Justice Center. For the use of up to twelve beds the … Continue reading

Interviews for County Board-Appointed FPD Trustees

Monday the McHenry County Law & Justice Committee will interview applicants for four fire protection districts. Robert Graham is the only candidate to serve on the Crystal Lake Rural Fire Protection District Board. Christopher Bennett is the only applicant for … Continue reading

Provenzano Calls for FOIA Application to County Grant Recipients

A statement given by McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano to the Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning: When I was first elected to the County Board I had the opportunity to help shepherd through the first ever Ethics Ordinance in … Continue reading

Transparency – Following the Money

The Chicago Sun-Times ran an article yesterday that took three years to write. It was about how UNO, the charter school outfit backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan, spent money provided by governments. Since UNO doesn’t operate in our back … Continue reading

County Board Looks for Three for Board of Health

A press release from the McHenry County Board: The McHenry County Board is accepting applications from INDIVIDUALS, NURSES and PHYSICIANS interested in appointment to the McHENRY COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH. Three three-year terms are available with terms which will expire on June 30, … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser Says No Notice to New County Board Members of IMRF 1,000 Hour Work Requirement

One of the McHenry County Board members who promised not to sign-up for Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension benefits and carried through on that pledge says that he wasn’t told of the 1,000 annual work requirement when he went through … Continue reading

Valley Hi Surplus in Play at Finance Committee Meeting Thursday Morning?

Listed on the agenda of the McHenry County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee for Thursday, March 31st at 8:15 AM is the following under Old Business: Discussion: Capital Plan Finance Options There has been talk of borrowing from the huge … Continue reading

Illinois Counties with Potential Jack Franks’ County Board IMRF Problems Besides McHenry

Below is a list of counties where board members might have problems similar to those facing McHenry County Board members if someone like State Rep. Jack Franks raises the issue. I would imagine that in Democratic Party-controlled counties a Republican … Continue reading