4,150 (Almost 12%) Algonquin Township Property Owners Have Real Estate Tax Bills Over $10,000

Previously, McHenry County Blog reported that over 15,000 property tax bills in McHenry County exceeded $10,000. Wby is that of interest? Because U.S. House Republicans, with Algonquin Township’s Congressman Peter Roskam on the tax writing committee,have proposed allowing deductions for real … Continue reading

Over 21,000 Kane County Tax Bills Exceed $10,000 Deductibility Threshold in GOP Income Tax Reform Plan

$10,000 is the maximum amount that income tax filers will be able to deduct in property taxes under the proposed income tax reform being pushed by U.S. House Republicans. In McHenry County, as was reported Friday, there are 15,122 real … Continue reading

Tribune Assessment Article Features 2% Effective Tax Rate for Overtaxed Chicago Homeowner

I was reading the second of the Chicago Tribune’s article on real estate assessments in Cook County and was struck be the following paragraph: In the end, the property taxes she paid that year represented more than 2 percent of … Continue reading

McConchie Bill Would Allow Tax Districts to Take Credit for Tax Cuts

A press release from State Senator Dan McConchie: McConchie legislation providing transparency to property taxpayers passes Senate Springfield, IL… The Illinois Senate has recognized the importance of providing property taxpayers with some practical transparency, said State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods), … Continue reading

5% Increase in Skinner Tax Bill for County Government

I got a preview of my tax bill and discovered that the amount going to McHenry County government this year is going from $795.10 to $834.49. That’s a 4.2% increase. Most of that came from the fourteen Republicans who voted … Continue reading

McConchie Wants to Give Credit to Governments That Cut Taxes

A press release from State Senator Dan McConchie: McConchie legislation would help taxpayers know when local governments cut their property tax bill Springfield, IL… State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) has sponsored practical transparency legislation that would clearly outline for taxpayers when … Continue reading

Lying Jack Franks Continues Campaign to Deceive People into Thinking He Will Cut Their Tax Bills 10%

Take a look at McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Lying Jack Franks‘ latest email containing promoting his campaign, signed by Doris Hernandez and Miles Colvin. There is no mention of what newspaper editorial endorsements of Franks emphasize, that is, that Franks only … Continue reading

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