15,122 McHenry County Tax Bills Over $10,000

With the House Republicans in Washington seeming to agree that deductions of more than $10,000 for real estate taxes will be disallowed in the future, McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller figured out how many bills are higher than that. It … Continue reading

Remembering Running for Office at Age 23

Jason Blumenthal, a 23-year old is running for State Representative. Boy, did that bring back memories from 52 years ago. I was the same age when I stood outside in the really, really cold weather on the steps of the … Continue reading

Five Countywide Elected Officials in IMRF Pension Program, Four Not

Since the subject of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions will be discussed at tomorrow night’s McHenry County Board meeting, I think folks might be interested in seeing which ones are currently participating in pension program.  They follow: Not on the … Continue reading

Salary Cap for Elected County Officials Passes Finance Committee

The McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee followed the example of the Human Resources Committee and recommended that the next Sheriff, Clerk, Recorder and Treasurer receive the same salaries being paid incumbents today. There seems to be no disagreement on … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seems to Be Saying that If He Can’t Have a Pension as County Board Chairman, No Countywide Officials Should Get One

Appearing apparently from the head of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is a resolution for next Wednesday’s Human Resources Committee that would end pensions for all countywide officials. Franks certainly wants citizens to think that he led, whether he … Continue reading

Ersel Schuster Promotes Candidacy for McHenry County Board, Other GOP Candidates Present Selves, Too

At the NorWest Township Republican Party meeting last night at the Woodstock Public Library, former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster announced her candidacy for the 2018 election. There were other candidates as well. State Rep. Steve Reick talked of … Continue reading

Nunda Township GOP Meets Candidates

The Nunda Township Republican Central Committee met Tuesday night. Candidates for next year’s GOP Primary Election made pitches, as did representatives for other officials up for re-election. When I arrived, State Rep. candidate Tom Weber has already spoken. He is … Continue reading

Wonder If the NW Herald Got Misled by Jack Franks’ Patronage “Communications Specialist”

Took a look through a Freedom of Information request with what Jack Franks’ “Communications Specialist” got from the State Treasurer’s Office that led to the Northwest Herald’s February 24th story that, what, $134,000 of county money was lying unclaimed in … Continue reading

Taxpayers Protest at McHenry County Treasurer’s Office

Having served as McHenry County Treasurer as a child (1966-70), it bothers me a bit that taxpayers are not protesting at school board meetings or signing up to run for school board, where most tax dollars end up once they … Continue reading

Glenda Miller Holds Fundraiser

McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller held a fundraiser at Labemi’s near the Crystal Lake train station. When I arrived the place looked deserted. The reason, I discovered, is everyone was out on the deck in back. With the storm moving … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 7 – Running for County Auditor, Precinct Committeeman, Calling the Meeting that Led to McHenry County College Copy

In honor of the anniversary of my father’s 100 birth year, I continue this series about his life: In 1963, my mother and I attended the Illinois Crime Commission’s summer hearings held in the old county board room at what … Continue reading

Additional Security for County Board Meetings

The McHenry County Board apparently thinks its members are not safe enough when meeting. Recently they have had a couple of Woodstock Policemen at their meetings. Perhaps it was the large number of people from Coral Township who showed up … Continue reading