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

Reapportionment the Best Reason to Re-Elect Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner is ramping up his campaign for re-election. TV ads, fly-arounds, visits with local chambers of commerce, tours of factories, etc. But, why would Republicans want to re-elect him? In McHenry County Rauner showed no concern for the … Continue reading

5% Increase in Skinner Tax Bill for County Government

I got a preview of my tax bill and discovered that the amount going to McHenry County government this year is going from $795.10 to $834.49. That’s a 4.2% increase. Most of that came from the fourteen Republicans who voted … Continue reading

McHenry County Government Bans McHenry County Blog from Free WiFi Internet Access

Here’s a chuckle for readers. Those in charge of keeping dangerous information out of the eyes of county employees and visitors seem to have banned McHenry County Blog through the free WiFi offered at County buildings. Those wishing to know … Continue reading