Hinsdale School District Spends Big Money on Referendum

You can read about it the Chicago Tribune, but the end of this paragraph struck me as v-e-r-r-r-ry in-t-e-e-e-r-r-e-s-s-s-ting: Surma said the pre-referendum costs include $130,097 to $161,973 to architect Cordogan Clark & Associates for pre-referendum services, $36,120 to Patron … Continue reading

No Help for Bob Anderson from County Ethics Commission

It’s up and down for Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson. He won his claim that the McHenry County Board violated the Open Meetings Act when it allowed Michele Aavang and Mary McCann to vote by telephone. Then he charged that County … Continue reading

CL Library Looking at General Election Referendum

At the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Town Hall Meeting with local governmental officials, Library Board President Terri Reece said that the Library is acquiring property north of the current building was being pursed. She added that a referendum to … 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

Public Feedback Sought on Township Consolidation

There will be a Township Consolidation Task Force Open House on Tuesday, August 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. here at the County Administration building. Four maps will be displayed. Three show possible consolidations The fourh will show the current seventeen … Continue reading

Spring Grove Election Results, Referendum Fails

The election results for the Village of Spring Grove can be seen below: Winners were Randy Vinyard incumbent Jim Anhalt Ron Kopke Losing were Ryne Powell Steve Bishop Ted Trzaskowski The other election was a referendum to impose a police … Continue reading

More Tax Hike Referendums Scheduled

When McHenry County Blog first reported on referendums local tax districts had scheduled for the April election, there was only one. Now there are three: Village of Spring Grove – Proposition to increase extension limitation to 0.214% River East Public Library … Continue reading

County Considering Cutting Number of Board Members by One-Third, Running in Single-Member Districts

8:30 Tuesday morning, the McHenry County Board’s Legislative Committee will consider a resolution for an advisory referendum to cut the size of the Board by one-third. There are now twenty-four members elected from six districts. The advisory referendum intends the … Continue reading

As MCCD Plans for Referendums, County Board Pulled Back into Tax Hike Fight

The McHenry County Legislative Committee will make a second run at securing support for Pam Althoff and Karen McConnaughay’s tax hike bills for the McHenry County Conservation District Thursday. The meeting is at 8:30 AM in the Administrative Building. On … Continue reading

Why Odds Against Taxpayer if Conservation District Goes to Referendum

When the last new pipeline went through McHenry County, opponents convinced the Illinois Commerce Commission that the pipeline should not have condemnation power. The frosting on the opponents’ arguments was a paper by a University of Chicago Nobel Prize winning … Continue reading