Judge Rules in Favor of CL Tax Protesters in 3-2 Passage of Levy

Judge Michael Caldwell has issued a preliminary ruling that the City of Crystal Lake did not legally pass its tax levy in 2013 (for taxes that were paid in 2014). At issue was whether having only three of the seven … 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

CL Tax Levy Challenged – $1.6 Million at Stake

A number of local business have filed suit against the City of Crystal Lake claiming that its Council didn’t have enough people voting in favor of the ordinance it passed in December of 2013. The plaintiffs cite a state law … 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

Views of the Woodstock School District Prompted by the Lakewood TIF Proposal

From reader Susan.  Facts about the Woodstock School District which she extracted from the Official Statement of 2014 General Obligation Bonds issued by D200. Numbers are worse in Woodstock CUSD 200. This is where Lakewood will insert the children of the … 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