More Thoughts on Valley Hi’s over $41 Million Bank Balance

Susan Handelsman, who regularly attends the Valley Hi Nursing Home’s Operating Board meetings, left the following long comment under my story about the consultant’s report last week. I think it will add to the discussion of what to do with … Continue reading

McHenry County Schools Asking for 1.23% More This Year

Below you can see what McHenry County school districts will be asking to extract from your checking or escrow accounts this year. You will note that all of them put together are requesting 1.23% more, although the rate of inflation … Continue reading

County Taking Less Property Tax Dollars This Year Than Last Year

Tax rates and levies have been published by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office so McHenry County Blog is going to do some comparisons to see which districts have been naughty and which have been nice. McHenry County Let’s start with … Continue reading

If You Want the County Board to Use the RTA Sales Tax Money to Replace Property Taxes…

With the McHenry County Transportation Committee having rejected a motion to take $5.7 million out of the RTA Sales Tax Fund, a reader asked if that meant real estate taxes would go down. The short answer is that it does … Continue reading

Andrew Gasser’s Team Wins Control of Algonquin Township GOP

There was a long count before the weighted votes of Algonquin Township Republican Precinct Committeemen were reconciled. Election of party leaders is not one Precinct Committeeman, one vote. Each elected Committeeman is allowed to cast a vote that equals the … Continue reading

Financial Problems Facing Centegra

Lakewood bond analyst offers the following take on Centegra’s desired affiliation with Northwestern Memorial Healthcare (joint press release here.) Centegra built a big new hospital in Huntley in order to stave off competition from Mercy Hospital. But building more beds … Continue reading

McHenry County to Continue to House Juveniles in Kane County Facility

On Monday, the McHenry County Board’s Law and Justice Committee is set to approve a two-year continuation of its arrangement with Kane County to house minors in its Juvenile Justice Center. For the use of up to twelve beds the … Continue reading

Provenzano Calls for FOIA Application to County Grant Recipients

A statement given by McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano to the Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning: When I was first elected to the County Board I had the opportunity to help shepherd through the first ever Ethics Ordinance in … Continue reading

Elected Officials in McHenry County in IMRF Pension System

Thought folks might like to know what elected officials besides most McHenry County Board members participate in the pension fund of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). I filed a Freedom of Information Request asking for the following: “All employers … Continue reading

People Moving In, People Moving Out – 60 More in McHenry County over Year Before

The Chicago Metropolitan area lost population in 2015. The U.S. Census Bureau found 22,194 more people left the greater Chicago area than moved in. About 80,000 in and 105,000 out. That’s what the Chicago Tribune reported in its evening internet … Continue reading

Cost of the Algonquin Bypass

Now that the election season is (almost) behind us, perhaps we can start thinking about public policy again and not just politics.  Below is a study by Steve Willson on the Algonquin Bypass: Our Outrageous Roads In September of 2014, … Continue reading

Bernie Supporters Call for Help in Creating Last Minute Surge

Here’s an email from local Bernie Sanders leader SP Gibbons Hi Bernie Supporters! The Chicago Tribune released a poll yesterday showing that Hillary is leading 67% to Bernie’s 25% in Illinois! http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-2016-democrat-president-primary-clinton-sanders-met-0308-20160308-story.html We all saw what impact our volunteer swarm … Continue reading

Mailed Sample Ballot Arrives

I haven’t noted this year that the post office continues to play the role of precinct worker. Think of how much dedicated manpower that candidates would have to have if all the post cards and other literature you receive in … Continue reading