Getting Illinois Fewer Taxpayers

A Chicago Tribune editorial Thursday noted the following: But while the obstructionists pretend that newcomer [Bruce] Rauner is the problem, Illinoisans are voting with their feet. U.S. Census Bureau numbers show that in the most recent measured–July 2014 to July … Continue reading

Part-Time County Board Pension Question

Yesterday, the answers to the $41.3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home bank balance question by the ten candidates for District 4, 5 and 6 County Board seats were shared with McHenry County Blog readers. One of the six questions that … Continue reading

Tribune Gets It

I have written periodically of how teacher unions during the 1990’s encouraged legislative leaders to take money governors earmarked for pension payments and put it into current teacher salaries through the State Aid to Education program. Articles on this subject … Continue reading

Figures on D155’s 4% Annual Teacher Salary Increases

After I received the press release (15 comments so far) about the contents of the contract from Crystal Lake District 155 last night, I submitted some questions. Those questions and the answers supplied are below: What will the starting salary be … Continue reading

Wheeler Lambasted by Taxpayers United of America

A press release from Taxpayers United of America: Don’t be Fooled by Pro-State Income Tax Propaganda Chicago—Illinois’ political bosses have a lot of bad news in store for taxpayers in 2016, no doubt, but the worst trick up their sleeves is … Continue reading

Vulnerable Appointed Democrat Opposes Pension Tax

When long-time State Rep. Dick Mautino Auditor General, it left a vacancy that was filled by Andy Skoog, former LaSalle County Circuit Clerk. Mautino underwent a withering campaign, barely winning. No wonder Mautino welcomed being appointed to a post with … Continue reading

Wheeler Considers Imposing Retirement Income Tax

The Northwest Herald plunged into the coming income tax hike fight in Monday’s paper. First revealed to the public in a Pioneer Press (owned by the Chicago Tribune) article on October 21st, Republican leaders are considering taxing retirement income. McHenry … Continue reading

Retired D300 Supt. 18th Highest School Pension

From Reboot Illinois: 18. Norman Wetzel • Title: District Superintendent • Employer: CUSD 300 • Annual Pension: $246,521 • Employee Contributions: $179,203 • Age at Retirement: 55 (Retired June 2002) • Pension Paid to Date: $2.50 million • *Estimated Lifetime … Continue reading

McHenry High Strike Update

McHenry High School District 156 has posted the following strike update: Strike Update 10-8-­15 The negotiating team is meeting again tonight. Parents are reminded that an emergency call will be made to all families when school resumes. This call may … Continue reading

Rauner Rescues Police & Pension Fund Taxpayers

You may remember that Spring Grove voters rejected a referendum request to impose a tax to pay police pensions. Apparently municipalities in Spring Grove’s situation, but a LOT LARGER (30 full-time police and 50 full-time firefighters) lobbied their legislators and … Continue reading

Skala Proposes No Fringe Benefits for County Board Members

In the last Republican Primary election two candidates campaigning on not taking pension and health benefits. They were District 1 candidates Andrew Gasser and David Stieper.  Gasser won the primary and the election, while Stieper lost to incumbent Republican Robert … Continue reading

Serwatka, Wilbrandt & Skillicorn Say No to Pension & Health Benefits; Schofield Undecided

Saturday in the Northwest Herald, Paul Serwatka, running to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon, along with three others, started it out. He announced that he would not accept a pension or health benefits, if he won the election. Saturday, I … Continue reading