County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

412 Vets with 70% or More Disability Exempt from Real Estate Taxes This Year

A bill took effect last year which allowed Veterans who are 70% or more disabled, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to be exempt from property taxes. McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments Robert Ross explains, “In 2015 there … Continue reading

McHenry County Taxpayers Owe Over $130 Million for Underfunded Police and Fire Pensions…as of Two Years Ago

Commenter Mark has laid out all of the municipal police and fire pension fund money owed by McHenry County taxpayers. Let’s review police and fire pension funding status in McHenry County. Remember, Jack Franks says he has a plan to … Continue reading

Small Busineswoman Vents about Lack of McHenry County Obamacare Choice

From commenter Michelle under the article, “Obamacare Monopoly in McHenry County” comes her second comment on the subject: Last year, BCBS of Illinois discontinued their popular broad-based PPO for the individual market which was a plan that covered virtually all … Continue reading

State’s Attornty Candidate Patrick Kenneally Criticizes Criminal Justice “Reform” Movement

Below are the notes and speech of Republican candidate for McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Welcome to everyone and thank you all for doing me the honor of attending. Begin by acknowledging every past and present member of law enforcement … Continue reading

Proposed Changes in County Employee Health Care Plans

Here’s are the changes in health plans being proposed to the McHenry County Board’s Human Services Committee on Thursday: 2017 Changes to Medical Plans, Cost Sharing Percentages, and Incentives Changes to Current Plans BCBS HMOBA Increase Office Copays (Primary and … Continue reading

McHenry County’s Chief Financial Officer Ralph Scarbaugh Recognized

A press release from McHenry County: Ralph Sarbaugh, CFO of the Year Our very own Ralph Sarbaugh, Associate County Administrator – Finance, has been selected as one of nine honorees for this year’s Daily Herald CFO of the Year Award. Beginning his … Continue reading

Bianchi Suit Against Special Prosecutor McQueen Reinstated by Appellate Court

Your homework for today is to read the 2nd Appellate Court decision reinstating McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s suit against one of the Special Prosecutors who indicted him on criminal charges that were so weak that they were tossed … Continue reading

Looking for the Beef in Jack Franks’ Latest Consolidation Bill

Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association bragged that Jack Franks’ bill that would allow the McHenry County Board to do what the DuPage County Board had done with regard to governmental consolidation deserved “a shout out.” I remember Franks’ … Continue reading