Rauner’s Real Estate Tax Freeze Proposal

It will be interesting to see how House Republicans who attacked State Rep. Jack Franks’ proposed “property tax freeze” will react when they discover that Govenror Bruce Rauner’s takes the same approach. (Read the language of Franks’ House Bill 695 … Continue reading

Conservation District Asking for Slightly Less

As I have been trying to get through to folks, something called the “tax extension” is what people (including reporters) should concentrate on. The extensions of all tax districts in McHenry County can be found on the McHenry County Clerk’s … Continue reading

What’s Jack Franks Up To in Springfield? Substance & 48 (!) Shell Bills

Thought I’d take a look at what McHenry County’s Democratic Party State Representative Jack Franks has introduced in Springfield. There are two Constitutional Amendments: Abolish the Office of Lt. Governor.  (Dave McSweeney introduced it and got it through the House … Continue reading

Scott Curry Argued Against Higher McHenry Taxes

Back in November, Scott Curry was thinking about running for McHenry Alderman in Ward 4. Here’s what he said when he addressed the Finance and Personnel Committee on November 3rd: Thank you for allowing me to speak this evening. As you … Continue reading

Low Inflation to Rescue Property Taxpayers in 2016

Thanks to The First Electric Newspaper for reminding me that it is that time of year when financial officials at tax districts find out how much more tax money they will be able to get in 2016. They already know … Continue reading

Five-Year Tax Hike for Schools 12.75%

Reader “Connecting Dots” inserted this property tax information in a comment under the article, “McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills.” There are comments on more than one of the bills, but with regard to McSweeney’s House Bill 178 to freeze township extensions … Continue reading

McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills

Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session. To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement. You can take a look at them below: House Bill 173 – Repeals … Continue reading

Two Tax Cap Busting Referendums on the Ballot

Should have caught this sooner. The Village of Bull Valley and the River East Public Library District are asking voter permission to bump their tax rates way up. Look at the ballot question in Bull Valley first: Bull Valley is … Continue reading