Searching for the Motivation for the Township Consolidation Push

This is not the first time that I have wondered why folks are putting so much effort into getting township consolidation referendums on the ballot. It seems to me that none of the smaller townships will end up with majorities … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Committee Wants March Election

County government’s Township Consolidation Task Force seems to want to fast track an election on the subject. Carolyn Schofield, head of the Task Force and a candidate for State Representative to replace retiring legislator Mike Tryon, said she wanted to … Continue reading

Gottemoller Appoints Township Consolidation Committee

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has appointed three County Board members and two township officials to a committee to consider township consolidation. Chairing the committee will be Crystal Laker Carolyn Schofield. The other two County Board members are Michele … Continue reading

Tobin Supports Fewer Townships

A press release from Jim Tobin: Downsizing Government in McHenry County Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) announces its endorsement of the McHenry County initiative to consolidate townships from 17 to 8. “There’s an exciting new trend in Illinois … Continue reading

An Example of Why Cost-Benefit Analysis Is Needed Before Reorganizing Local Government

Yesterday I basically lamented that proponents of township consolidation have not presented necessary homework. Before moving toward a change in governance, one should do a study estimating future costs with future benefits. Vividly I remember the pitch Governor Pat Quinn … Continue reading

Effort to Combine Townships Announced

A press release from Nunda Township Trustee and Nunda Township Republican Central Committee Chairman Mike Shorten: Township Consolidation Initiative Launched Citizen Lead Effort to Reduce Government Units in McHenry County Crystal Lake, IL March 31, 2015 — The McHenry County Citizens for … Continue reading

Republicans Recruting Candidates for Local Office

This press release below from local Republican Party is too narrowly headlined. It is aimed at any Republican planning to run for any local office. All of those on the ballot next spring are non-partisan, but the actions of those … Continue reading