County Going After Quick-Take Condemnation for Highway Work

The McHenry County Department of Transportation seeks approval to condemn property for highway improvements using what is called “quick take.” Quick take allows governments to seize property and argue what it is worth later in court. River Road at Dowell … Continue reading

Six File for Junior College Board

With filing for local tax district offices having closed Monday, we can look at who is running for what office. McHenry County College saw five people file for Trustee on Monday: Diane Evertsen, Harvard David Schenk, Marengo Thomas Allen, Lakewood … Continue reading

Cost to Record MCC Meetings

Comment has been made about how costly it is to record public meetings. The College uses UStream to stream/archive video at board meetings (Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Trustees Meeting). This cost is approximately $99/month for this … Continue reading

MCC Capital Program Goes from $42 Million to $63 Million to $35 Million to $22 Million

Former McHenry County Board President Ron Parrish is quite pleased with what administrators offered up Thursday night to solve the science and health science facility deficiency. “Wonderful,” was his first comment after the presentation by newly-installed President Clint Gabbard. “This is … Continue reading

Rebutting the MCC Rebuttal on $34 Million Project – Part 2

Below is Part 2 of the rebuttal from Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson’s critique (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to the “Corrections” paper about the critique issued by anonymous McHenry County College officials: Rebuttal to MCC’s “Corrections in Response to McHenry County … Continue reading

Rebutting the MCC Rebuttal on $34 Million Project – Part 1

Below is Part 1 of the rebuttal from Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson’s critique (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to the “Corrections” paper about the critique issued by anonymous McHenry County College officials: Rebuttal to MCC’s “Corrections in Response to McHenry County … Continue reading

Anonymous MCC Source Rebuts Steve Willson Critique of $34 Million Project

The following was passed out at the McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting last week. It was in response to Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson’s critique of the $34 million lab renovation and student services proposal detailed in … Continue reading

The $34 Million Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 3

Over the last two days, I’ve presented parts 1 and 2 of bond analyst Steve Willson’s analysis of the $34 million so-called “Science Labs” project at MCC. In the final installment today, Willson shows how a plan to refurbish existing … Continue reading

The $34 Million Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 2

Yesterday I ran Part 1 of bond analyst Steve Willson’s analysis of McHenry County College’s $34 million capital projects plan, in which he rebutted the evidence from the College’s consultant that enrollment at the College was likely to grow at … Continue reading

The Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 1

The following analysis was performed by Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson: MCC’s Not Really Science Labs Project In 2014, MCC decided to undertake a “space utilization” study. The original goal was to determine the most efficient way to use MCC’s … Continue reading

Tom Wilbeck Sends Second Mailing in County Board Election Campaign

District 1 McHenry County Board candidate Tom Wilbeck, a former reform member of the McHenry County College Board, send out his second post card this week. It ties him to MCC Board and former District 26 Grade School Board member … Continue reading

MCC Students To Pay $10 per Credit Hour for Addition, Approval Granted for $34 Million Project

By a unanimous vote, including Student Trustee Jeremy Sacrament, McHenry County College Trustees voted to impose a $10 per credit hour infrastructure fee starting this summer. One Trustee called it a “user fee.” Including the extra $10, the cost per … Continue reading

MCC Board Considering Allowing Students to Help Pay for New Construction

Thursday night, the McHenry County College Board will consider imposing a $10 per credit hour fee to force students to help pay for new and/or improved facilities. Here’s what the minutes of the Committee of the Whole meeting say about … Continue reading

MCC Construction Budget Has Contingency Fee Twice as High as Forensic Auditor Recommended

When forensic auditing firm Jefferson Wells auditor Mike Nowark made his report on his examination of new school construction at Huntley School District 158, he said that if contingencies were not over 5%, he didn’t think anything went wrong. Thursday … Continue reading