McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Most McHenry County Schools Announce Monday Day Off Because of Extreme Cold

From Woodstock District 200: All District 200 schools and Kids Club will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. All after school activities, practices, evening events, sports and outside user activities will also be cancelled. Phone and email messages confirming … Continue reading

It’s Tax Levy Time and the Taxpayers Are Hiding from and Being Left Out in the Cold

There are plenty of articles in the Northwest Herald about tax levies this time of year. Let me give a short course in how to report what’s going on. Headlines have read, “[X tax district] holds levy constant.” What does … Continue reading

Erik Sivertsen Knocks Off McHenry Grade School Board President Ted Pillow

I’ve been remiss on looking at school board election results…probably because I don’t know as much about them as about the races about which I written. Today I looked at McHenry Grade School District 15′s results and discovered that School … Continue reading

An Invitation to Fight Taxes in the McHenry Grade School District

The following email has arrived from McHenry Elementary District School Board member John O’Neill: At the McHenry School District #15 Board of Education meeting held Tuesday, November 13th at Landmark School in McHenry we voted on publishing the “Notice of … Continue reading

Highlights of the Teacher Contract from McHenry Grade School District 15

Here’s the summary for McHenry Elementary School District #15 new Five-Year Teacher’s Contract: Compensation changes for the life of the contract include the following; New compensation increase = 0.47% Investment in professional learning communities = 2.20% Total compensation increase = … Continue reading

Ex-School Board Member Who Broke Income Disclosure Law Appointed to His Own Vacancy in McHenry Grade School District 15

It may not be a big, important law, but Illinois does have a very weak income disclosure law. All elected officials are required to file it annually. Lots of notice is given. District 15 School Board member Patrick Miller ignored … Continue reading

A Note from McHenry Grade School District 15 Board Applicant Erik Sivertsen

As you had reported on June 21st, Patrick Miller resigned from the District 15 Board of Education, with a note at the end of his resignation letter asking for the board to consider reappointing him to the vacancy. The original … Continue reading

Applications Being Accepted for District 15 Grade School Board

A press release from McHenry’s District 15 Grade School District concerning the replacement of Patrick Miller, who was forced to resign because he did not file his Statement of Economic Interest in a timely fashion: Vacancy on District 15 School … Continue reading