NWH Endorses Hammerand, Wheeler, Yensen & Jung

Saturday’s Northwest Herald rolled out its other endorsements in four contested McHenry County Board districts. In District 4, which has most of McHenry Township, plus Richmond and Burton Townships, those endorsed were John Hammerand (R-Wonder Lake, incumbent) Chuck Wheeler (R-McHenry, … Continue reading

High Property Taxes Dominate County Board Forum

Andrew Gasser: “McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county to live in the nation, not Illinois, in the U.S.” Joe Gottemoller: “[We need to] hold the line on taxes. The County portion is flat.” Chuck Wheeler: “I believe in … Continue reading

CFI Dead, Triple Left Lanes Recommended to County Board

As I predicted last night, the Continuous Flow Intersection proposed by the McHenry County Transportation Committee and County Board has succumbed to political, business and village official pressure. As Chairwoman Anna May Miller put it, “The CFI had significant push … Continue reading

Valley Hi Surplus Discussed by Public Health Committee

Today I went to the 8:30 AM meeting of the McHenry County Board’s Public Health Committee. Lots of interesting information surfaced as budgets from various departments were outlined. During the public comment time, I asked for an explanation of the … Continue reading

CFI Pot Bubbling

I attended my first McHenry County Board Transportation Committee meeting this morning. Todd Bright, the lead man from Randall Road consultant firm TranSystems, gave an update on the project that Chairwoman Anna May Miller is vigorously pushing for a September … Continue reading

Purple Heart Monument Coming to McHenry County

In this March 4th press release from Richard Young, Initiator and Coordinator of the Purple Heart Monument and Purple Heart County Designation, explains the background of the monument to be dedicated August 7th. McHenry County became the first of 102 … Continue reading

Having Fought McHenry County Corruption for Six Years from the Outside, Zane Seipler Seeks County Board Seat to Continue the Fight from the Inside

I’ve just gotten a copy of the campaign literature of former McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Seipler. He is positioning himself as an outsider who has fought corruption in the Sheriff’s Department. Jung was beaten by Yensen, but he returned … Continue reading

The County Board Debate on the $9 Million Randall Road Expansion Resolution – 2

Next up in the McHenry County Board debate on the widening of Randall Road and the reconstruction of its intersection with Algonquin Road was Mike Walkup. Walkup  complained about the excessive population figures used in the analysis. He urged the … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Compensation

McHenry County Board members get paid a salary of $20,815.86 a year. The average salary is almost $33,000 when health and dental insurance is included. And, even more if the County Board member is participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement … Continue reading

Provenzano Touts Vote Against Raising Salary of Office He Seeks

A press release from McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano, who is a candidate for the Republican nomination for County Clerk: Nick Provenzano Votes to Reduce County Clerk’s Salary Helps Defeat Effort to Increase Clerk’s Salary MCHENRY, IL – At … Continue reading

Paul Yensen Strikes Back

The McHenry County Democratic Party web site features a piece by County Board member Paula Yensen rebutting comments apparently made under my article The Advantage Group (TAG) Sunsets I would guess from the content of comments made by new folks … Continue reading

The Advantage Group (TAG) Sunsets

“Am I going to have to leave?” the young man asked with uncertainty to TAG Pat Owens as my interview was winding down. He had been told that because of The Advantage Group’s closing there would be no group session … Continue reading

Paul Yensen Reflects on the 1960’s

“A short biography of Paula Yensen’s political activism, presented to the Democratic Party of McHenry County as part of The 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement” is what is under the YouTube video about McHenry County Board member Paula … Continue reading

Ethics Committee on the Hotseat

The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee meeting yesterday started at 8:30 and was scheduled to end at noon, when two members said they had to leave for other meetings. The Committee heard budget presentations for three hours, then decided … Continue reading

Referendum to Elect County Board Chairman Every Two Years Goes to Full Board

After a short debate, the Management Services Committee sent a resolution to the McHenry County Board that would authorize a referendum next spring on whether or not to elect the County Board Chairman for two-year terms. The was 6-1 with … Continue reading

Most Politicians Skip Algonquin’s Founders Days Parade

My inability to attend Algonquin’s Founders Days Parade prevented me from taking photos of the politicians and public officials in it, but, thanks to the First Electric Newspaper’s Pete Gonigam, I still have some photos to share with you. He … Continue reading