Bob Anderson Takes on Township Road Commissioners

This letter from McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson, published originally in the Northwest Herald, is published here with the permission of its author. To the Editor: Township records show that municipal taxpayers (home owners) that reside in McHenry Township are … Continue reading

County Collecting Paint at No Charge Saturday, Pre-Registration Required

A press release from the McHenry County Department of Public Health: MCDH to hold residential paint recycling event Pre-register to drop off used paint on October 21 WOODSTOCK IL – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) will hold a single … 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

Chicago-Based Publication Explains Why Those Not in Cook County Don’t Cry When Chicago Taxes Go Up

Mike Fourcher’s “The Daily Line” email today talks about the apparent impending repeal of the soda tax by the Cook County Board. Included is information about property taxes. What first caught my eye was the follwoing sentence: But after decades … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Pens Third Article about McHenry County Shortcomings

From Illinois Leaks, a publication of Edgar County Watchdogs: McHenry County -When they get it wrong at the top it goes downhill from there BY KIRK ALLEN ON SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – “We have always done it … Continue reading

Expect TV Trucks at the Courthouse Wednesday

Chicago television stations will probably be ringing the Courthouse Wednesday for the results of  Niceforo Hernandez-Macedo’s hearing. The 20-year Crystal Lake resident, a landscaper by occupation, but not an American citizen, was arrested domestic battery, a misdemeanor. Friday, Sheriff Bill Prim … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Calls Out County Administrator Peter Austin and Illegalities in McHenry County 911 Comission

Edgar County Watchdogs, whose publication is Illinois Leaks, has written a second article about its visit to the McHenry County Board last Wednesday. It’s article, published with permission, can be found below: McHenry County Administrator – Two step shuffle BY KIRK … Continue reading

West Nile Virus in Crystal Lake

A press release from the McHenry County Health Department: McHenry County reports first human case of West Nile virus Woodstock IL – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) hasconfirmed its first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) of 2017, inan elderly individual from Crystal Lake who remains hospitalized. As of August 23, fifteen (15) mosquito batches collected in McHenry County have tested positive … Continue reading

Rauner Requests FEMA Aid for McHenry and Other Counties

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Gov. Rauner requests FEMA teams for flood damage assessments Assessments will start Friday in Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook counties SPRINGFIELD (Aug. 17, 2017) – Gov. Bruce Rauner asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) … Continue reading

Flooding Brings Possibility of Real Estate Assessment Relief

Take a look at the following part of the Illinois Revenue Act concerning natural disasters: (35 ILCS 200/13-5) Sec. 13-5. Reassessment in disaster areas. In every county which has been declared a major disaster area by the President of the … Continue reading

Tribune Assessment Article Features 2% Effective Tax Rate for Overtaxed Chicago Homeowner

I was reading the second of the Chicago Tribune’s article on real estate assessments in Cook County and was struck be the following paragraph: In the end, the property taxes she paid that year represented more than 2 percent of … Continue reading

Looking at Assessments in McHenry County

The Chicago Tribune article on assessments has a comment on what constitute acceptable real estate assessment quality. It states that a 15% margin of error is “the highest acceptable coefficient of dispersion (margin of error).” Accuracy in your township Experts … Continue reading

Quick-Take Condemnation Bill Passes for Randall Road & Island Lake Intersection, plus Kane County Intersection

Below is the summary provided legislators of Senate Bill 1518, a bill sponsored by McHenry County legislators State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barb Wheeler. [The duplicative language has been removed, but may be seen at the link above.] … Continue reading