Homelessness Meeting Tuesday, May 17th, at 6 PM

Two McHenry County Board committees will consider the topic Confronting Homelessness in McHenry County next Tuesday, May 17th, at 6 PM. The Committees are Public Health & Human Services Planning & Development The meeting will be held at the Administration … Continue reading

Minutes of the Valley Hi Consultant’s Presentation

These draft minutes offer another version of the outside consultant’s presentation to the Valley Hi Operating Board last week:  McHenry County Blog’s take can be found here. WIPFLI Market Analysis Presentation and Discussion – Mike Edwin Mr. Annarella introduced Mike … Continue reading

Which Types of Tax Districts Taking More, Which Less

Ups and downs. That describes what McHenry County taxpayers will see in this year’s real estate tax bills. As reported Saturday, county government provided significant savings by zeroing out last year’s $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home tax levy.  (If … Continue reading

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