Steve Willson’s Analysis of MCCD Board President David Brandt’s Critique of Andrew Gasser’s Criticism

What a convoluted headline. As I was writing about my verification that the McHenry County Conservation District tax hike bill had been signed by Governor Pat Quinn, I predicted that there would be a rebuttal to MCCD Board President David … Continue reading

Pat Quinn Maintains His Tax Hiking Reputation

Appointed in 2009 when predecessor Rob Blagojevich was impeached, Governor Pat Quinn stood for election. Right after his only election, Quinn convinced losing Democrats to increase the state income tax by 67%. Lots of them got cushy state jobs. Now … Continue reading

Lisa Haderlein Reporting MCCD Tax Hike Bill Signed

A friend who gets Facebook posts from Land Conservancy of McHenry County Executive Director Lisa Haderlein, informs me she is reporting that Senate Bill 3341 has been signed. Nothing on the Illinois General Assembly web site yet, but it is the … Continue reading

Have You Missed the Articles on the Conservation District Tax Hike?

OK.  The holidays are over and it’s time to think about protecting your pocket book so you can pay Christmas bills now and in the future. This spring the McHenry County Conservation District sought permission to raise taxes from the … Continue reading

Reader Compares Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill to Horse Race

Reader Susan’s mind is really occupied with Senate Bill 3341, the legislation successfully sponsored by State Senators Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay in the upper house and State Representative Mike Tryon in the lower house. Here is her comparison of … Continue reading

Conservation District Tax & Spending Facts

Commenter Susan has compiled some facts about McHenry County Conservation District over the last ten years. She originally posted them under State Senator Pam Althoff’s defense of her and State Rep. Mike Tryon’s Senate Bill 3341 to allow MCCD to … Continue reading

Interpreting Althoff’s Defense of Senate Bill 3341 Authorizing Non-Referendum Bonds

In a comment under Pam Althoff’s defense of the bill to allow the McHenry County Conservation District to borrow money without referendum approve, bond analyst Steve Willson, a resident of Lakewood, offers the following glossary. He calls it a “Voters’ … Continue reading

MCCD Admits Tax Hike Bill “Expands the District’s Authority to Incur Additional Debt”

Those who don’t read the comments under articles often miss a great expansion of the information available on the subject. Take, for example, the articles on Pam Althoff’s, Karen McConnaughay’s and Mike Tryon’s Senate Bill 3341. That’s the bill that allows … Continue reading

Althoff Defends Conservation District Tax Hike Bill

Commentary from State Senator Pam Althoff: Senate Bill 3341 gives McHenry County Conservation District more budget flexibility Improving fiscal management in Illinois has always been a top priority for me. I continue to fight for long-term budget solutions and sound … Continue reading

Still Time to Ask Quinn to Veto the MCCD Tax Hike Bill

Friend of McHenry County Blog Susan Handelsman gave me permission to reprint this recent letter of hers to the Northwest Herald: I feel like identity thieves pulled a cash-out refinancing of my home and took the cash for themselves. I will … Continue reading

My Email to Pat Quinn about the Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill

Pat – I am requesting that you veto Senate Bill 3341, sponsored by McHenry County legislators Pam Althoff and Mike Tryon. Currently the McHenry County Conservation District is not allowed to sell bonds without a referendum. This bill will give … Continue reading

Tobin’s Group Calls for Veto of Althoff-Tryon Tax Hike Bill

A press release from Jim Tobin: Taxpayers Demand Gov. Quinn Veto Property Tax Theft Before recently defeated Gov. Pat Quinn (D) leaves office, taxpayers urge that he veto SB 3341, a bill that passed through the state legislature December 3 … Continue reading

County Board Eliminates Chance of MCCD Bond Bill Opposition

When the McHenry County Conservation District was actively promoting its two tax hike bills, it asked the McHenry County Board for its endorsement of them. Articles on this attempt to raise McHenry County real estate taxes below include one about … Continue reading

Roll Call for Bill to Allow Conservation District to Issue More Non-Referendum Bonds

The House roll call for SB 3341 has now been posted on the Illinois General Assembly web site. You can see it below: Those voting for the bill who represent part of McHenry County are Sponsor Mike Tryon Tim Schmitz, … Continue reading

Tryon Moves Conservation District Tax Hike Bill Out of Committee

On a 9-1 vote, McHenry County State Rep. Mike Tryon has moved Senate Bill 3341, the bill to allow the McHenry County Conservation District to borrow money without a referendum, from the House Revenue Committee. That will, of course, lead … Continue reading