Which Types of Tax Districts Taking More, Which Less

Ups and downs. That describes what McHenry County taxpayers will see in this year’s real estate tax bills. As reported Saturday, county government provided significant savings by zeroing out last year’s $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home tax levy.  (If … Continue reading

More Thoughts on Valley Hi’s over $41 Million Bank Balance

Susan Handelsman, who regularly attends the Valley Hi Nursing Home’s Operating Board meetings, left the following long comment under my story about the consultant’s report last week. I think it will add to the discussion of what to do with … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Big Survey

Don’t know how many people Chicago-base American Direction Group interviewers called, but Friday night, I was one. It’s a firm that touts its ability to target voters through research. And mobilize volunteers. The topics of the call were the Presidential … Continue reading

County Taking Less Property Tax Dollars This Year Than Last Year

Tax rates and levies have been published by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office so McHenry County Blog is going to do some comparisons to see which districts have been naughty and which have been nice. McHenry County Let’s start with … Continue reading

Kane County State’s Attorney Says a Legislator Could Serve as County Board Chairman

With State Rep. Jack Franks putting out feelers to discover traditionally Republican support for a run for McHenry County Board Chairman, I thought the following opinion from the Kane County State’s Attorney might be of interest: … Continue reading

Local 150 & Democrats vs. Republicans Tonight at 7

That might be the promo for a story on the TV news, if McHenry County had TV news. Actually, last night in Hebron we did have a TV news camera from ABC Channel 7. Tonight at 7 at the McHenry … Continue reading

No Talk on Ending IMRF for County Board Members

The McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee will meet Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 8:15 AM, but there is nothing on the very sparse agenda concerning ending Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions for County Board members. Committee members will discuss a … Continue reading

Dems Announce Secret Meeting Choices for Office

As predicted, the name of the Democratic Party’s candidate for State’s Attorney was announced in the Northwest Herald. The name didn’t make the headline on either page 16 or page 17. The headline was Democratic Party chooses candidates for several … Continue reading

County Board Agrees to Repeal Resolution Supporting Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda

Yesterday McHenry County Blog was the first to reveal that McHenry County taxpayers will be shelling out $25,000 in legal fees to Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Now, let me follow the Northwest Herald in telling … Continue reading

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