Serwatka Pledges Salary to Fight Property Tax Hikes

There are three reasons people run for office, the Field Director for the Republican National Committee told a campaign management school held in Jacksonville in about 1968, mid-way through my term as McHenry County Treasurer. He helped us to remember … Continue reading

Wheeler (Not Ours) Makes 60 on David McSweeney’s Anti-Retirement Tax Resolution

State Rep. David McSweeney has been seeking co-sponsors for his House Resolution 890, which “States the belief that the Illinois Income Tax Act should not be amended to permit taxing retirement income.” Number sixty on the list of supporters is … Continue reading

County Board Pensions and Health Insurance

There were two questions asked of all candidates who participated (only Mary McCann did not) in the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ forums for County Board: Pensions (and insurance the second time around) Homelessness I’ll deal with the … Continue reading

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