Local 150 Submitted No Legal Bill for $25,000 Payout

Remember the $25,000 in legal fees that the McHenry County Board voted to pay Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers to go away on its Open Meetings violation lawsuit? Here’s the guts of the authorizing resolution: “…the Chairman … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

Local 150 & Democrats vs. Republicans Tonight at 7

That might be the promo for a story on the TV news, if McHenry County had TV news. Actually, last night in Hebron we did have a TV news camera from ABC Channel 7. Tonight at 7 at the McHenry … Continue reading

County Board Agrees to Repeal Resolution Supporting Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda

Yesterday McHenry County Blog was the first to reveal that McHenry County taxpayers will be shelling out $25,000 in legal fees to Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Now, let me follow the Northwest Herald in telling … Continue reading

Aavang, McCann Township Consolidation Votes Ruled Invalid, But Motion to Kill Stands

On October 6, 2015, the McHenry County the McHenry County Board voted down proposals to allow citizens to vote on whether they wanted to consolidate various townships. The vote was defeated 9-13. In early December, Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson filed … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Files Ethics Complaint against Joe Gottemoller and Anna May Miller

After the McHenry County Board refused to place township consolidation referendums on the Primary Election ballot, Bob Anderson was a bit more than disappointed. First he filed an Open Meeting Act complaint against the County Board, claiming that neither Michele … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Power Plant Secret Meetings Prompt Reform Bill

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: New Changes to Open Meetings Act Provides Greater Government Transparency Springfield, IL – Legislation aimed at making reporting violations of the Open Meetings Act more reasonable and accommodating is headed to the Governor’s desk, … Continue reading

Operating Engineers Charge County Board with Open Meetings Act Violation

Here’s the guts of the case: On or about April 7, 2015, a meeting to discuss the Governor’s resolution at the Woodstock Opera House was scheduled for April 8, 2015. Governor Rauner, members of the Woodstock City Council, members of the McHenry … Continue reading

McSweeney Passes Open Meetings Act Complaint Extension Bill

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: McSweeney’s Open Meetings Act Passes the House Cary, IL… State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington)’s legislation aimed at giving citizens greater transparency in local government received bipartisan support in the House last Thursday. … Continue reading

McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills

Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session. To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement. You can take a look at them below: House Bill 173 – Repeals … Continue reading

Attorney General Investigating Whether Transportation Committee Meeting Met Open Meetings Act Requirements

The Illinois Attorney General notified McHenry County late yesterday afternoon that it is investigating whether the County Board’s Transportation Committee operated within the limitations of the Open Meetings Act at its September 3rd meeting on Randall Road. The question was … Continue reading

Hanky Panky at the Courthouse

Yesterday, I attended the Transportation Committee meeting of the McHenry County Board. That was where the Committee voted 3-2 to approve dropping the Continuous Flow Intersection in favor of a more conventional, yet innovative for Illinois, approach of three left … Continue reading

MCC Board Holds Secret Retreat

Perhaps the title should be “MCC Board Holding Secret Retreat” because as I write this McHenry County Board members, President Vicky Smith and Illinois Community College Association facilitator Gary Davis are meeting in the college’s Shah Center in McHenry. The … Continue reading

Is McHenry County College More Likely or Less Likely to Improve Its Image Tuesday Night?

The Northwest Herald’s Kevin Craver has been a busy guy. He just posted a scathing piece on his blog, “Opening Doors.” The subject is the very “special” meeting of the McHenry County College Board to extend the contract of President … Continue reading

Planning to Win an Election? Put May 2nd on Your Calendar

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SPONSORS LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS SEMINAR Louis A. Bianchi is pleased to announce that the State’s Attorney’s Office is sponsoring a free seminar on local government … Continue reading