Franks Plans 10% Cut to Conservation District and 708 Mental Health Board Tax Take

State Rep. Jack Franks is promising to cut McHenry County government’s tax levy by 10% on the first day he takes office. That, of course, ignores the requirements of the Open Meetings Act for 48-hour notice, a requirement, if elected, … Continue reading

Governor Signs Bill to Allow Park Districts and Conservation District to Buy Up to $25,000 Without Bids

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 4536, a bill that gives $5,000 more flexibility for park districts and conservation districts in purchases and contracts. Sponsored by two Democrats and one Republican in the House and a Democrat in the … Continue reading

County Fair Politics and Religion

Took a swing through the McHenry County Fair this afternoon. Figured it would be cooler than tomorrow. Coming in the back door in the best air conditioned building, I spotted the McHenry County Citizens for Choice first. Across the aisle, … Continue reading

Looking at My Lakewood Tax Bill

McHenry County property tax bills went in the mail last Friday. Most will probably receive them today. If you don’t or if yours is sent to your mortgage house, you can find your bill here.  Just type in your name … Continue reading

County Seeking Appointment Candidates

Want to have an impact on McHenry County government? Well, first of all, be sure to vote. But, secondly, there are all sorts of mainly volunteer posts that are filled by the County Board. Take a look at the list … Continue reading

Chance to Serve on Board of MCCD, a Big Tax District

The McHenry County Conservation District levied $19,650,996 in taxes last year, compared to the $$78,966,290 levied by the McHenry County Board. The following announces a vacancy on the McHenry County Conservation District Board. Kent Krautstrunk term is expiring. Members are not allowed … Continue reading

Sterns Woods – The Little Pond That Disappeared When the Conservation District Built the Prairie Path

Local resident Jim Militello has discovered a diverted waterway along the train track north of Crystal Lake. It used to flow into and through Sterns Woods. Then, in the early 1990’s the McHenry County Conservation District built its Prairie Path … Continue reading

MCCD Escaping Consolidation Threat

Thursday, the Senate Executive Committee approved by a 17-0 vote State Rep. Jack Franks government consolidation bill. A memo from the McHenry County Council of Governments says, HB 229 – the Consolidation Bill that applied to McHenry and Lake Counties … Continue reading

Althoff & Others on Local Government Consolidation Bill

Here’s what State Senator Pam Althoff has posted on her Facebook page about House Bill 229, the bill that would allow the McHenry and Lake County Boards to absorb some local governments for which they appoint governing members: Here are … Continue reading

Duffy Criticizes Althoff

The following was written by State Senator Dan Duffy concerning a clone of the bill enacted at DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin’s request.  House Bill 229, sponsored in the Illinois House by State Rep. Jack Franks, it allows McHenry … Continue reading

Conservation District Asking for Slightly Less

As I have been trying to get through to folks, something called the “tax extension” is what people (including reporters) should concentrate on. The extensions of all tax districts in McHenry County can be found on the McHenry County Clerk’s … Continue reading

Conservation District Slot Open

The McHenry County Board is seeking applications for a place on the McHenry County Conservation District Board: The McHenry County Board is accepting applications from persons interested in appointment to the McHenry County Conservation District Board of Trustees. One vacant … Continue reading