Franks’ “I’ll Cut Your Property Tax” Pitch from 18 Years Ago

In 1998, when Jack Franks had dark hair, he wrote a long op-ed piece for the Northwest Herald for October 26th, right before the fall election when he beat appointed incumbent Mike Brown. The paper spread it across its entire … Continue reading

Two Promises Jack Franks Won’t Keep

Readers already are aware of two promises that State Rep. Jack Franks did not keep. McHenry County Blog first revealed his term limit pledge on October 30, 2013, complete with Northwest Herald articles and two personal testimonies from 1998 Jack … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Featured by Illinois Policy Institute

The following was written by Austin Berg and distributed by the Illinois Policy Institute: Bob’s Countryside Barber Shoppe is a pillar of the Wonder Lake, Ill., community. Since 1962, Bob Anderson has cut hair and conversed with customers young and … Continue reading

CL High School District 155 Board Saves Taxpayers $758,000 a Year…Forever

Ran into Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board President Ted Wagner and he told me something I did not know before. The High School Board “left $758,000 on the table.” Those were his words. What’s that mean? It means … Continue reading

Rauner Discussing Property Taxes in Springfield

Here’s part of what Governor Bruce Rauner is doing today: What: Governor Holds Roundtable to Discuss Lowering Property Taxes and Reforming Illinois with Taxpayers Where: Wiley Office Furniture, 301 E. Laurel St., Springfield Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016 Time: 10:30 … Continue reading

Reader Challenges Jack Franks on Property Tax Relief

Yesterday, I quoted Jack Franks from an interview on WLS done by “Big” John Howell. One of the reasons Franks gave for running for the Chairmanship of the McHenry County Board was to “…really work on property tax relief…” A … Continue reading

Looking at My Lakewood Tax Bill

McHenry County property tax bills went in the mail last Friday. Most will probably receive them today. If you don’t or if yours is sent to your mortgage house, you can find your bill here.  Just type in your name … Continue reading

What Happened to Township Taxes?

Here is what is happening to taxpayers as a whole: Township  Inc/Decrease  2015-2014 in Total Tax Inc/Decrease 2014-2013 in Total Tax HARTLAND $95.24 ($518.43) ALDEN $1,484.21 ($2,923.60) DUNHAM $877.76 ($10,905.30) HEBRON $4,219.09 ($5,118.21) RILEY ($2,678.90) ($1,172.12) SENECA ($6,000.31) ($4,000.73) GRAFTON … Continue reading

Tax Takes for Cities and Villages

Below is what cities and villages in McHenry County did to property taxpayers last year and what can be expected this year: City or village INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX … Continue reading

Which Types of Tax Districts Taking More, Which Less

Ups and downs. That describes what McHenry County taxpayers will see in this year’s real estate tax bills. As reported Saturday, county government provided significant savings by zeroing out last year’s $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home tax levy.  (If … Continue reading

McHenry County Schools Asking for 1.23% More This Year

Below you can see what McHenry County school districts will be asking to extract from your checking or escrow accounts this year. You will note that all of them put together are requesting 1.23% more, although the rate of inflation … Continue reading

County Taking Less Property Tax Dollars This Year Than Last Year

Tax rates and levies have been published by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office so McHenry County Blog is going to do some comparisons to see which districts have been naughty and which have been nice. McHenry County Let’s start with … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Calls for 50% County Tax Cut, Offers Strategy to Do So

A press release from McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup: Walkup Calls for 50% Tax Cut County Board Member MICHAEL J. WALKUP, representing McHenry County Board District 3, has called for a Special Meeting of the County Board to … Continue reading

New, Free Property Info Tool for McHenry County

A press release from McHenry County: McHenry County introduces new, free “Online Property Inquiry” tool to County website The new, free “Online Property Inquiry” tool provides the public with an easy-to-use mechanism to access property parcel and tax information. This one-stop shop … Continue reading