Elected Officials in McHenry County in IMRF Pension System

Thought folks might like to know what elected officials besides most McHenry County Board members participate in the pension fund of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). I filed a Freedom of Information Request asking for the following: “All employers … Continue reading

Ten Townships’ Welfare Costs

Found this comparison of Township General Assistant handed out and accompanying administrative costs. You don’t have to guess that it came from Bob Anderson … Continue reading

Roads Cared for By Township Highway Commissioners

In an attempt to get people thinking about the proposal to combine townships, look at the number of miles of road each Township Road Commissioner maintains: In addition, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller writes that he offers assistance to … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Asks Richmond Township Cemetery District about Plans to Merge with Richmond Township

State Rep.Jack Franks passed a quite minor consolidation of governments bill this past session. (See Jack Franks’ Push for Local Governments to Consolidate Allows Two Cemetery Districts to Die.) Its only potential impact on McHenry County was to allow the … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Push for Local Governments to Consolidate Allows Two Cemetery Districts to Die

With much fanfare Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks announced a commission to cut the number of local governments. The reporting date came and went. This spring it was two years overdue. The Northwest Herald ran an article by Kevin … Continue reading

Most Township Boards Ask for Less or Same Amount of Taxes as Last Year

Townships are a much maligned form of local government. Today we show you how much McHenry County’s seventeen townships will extract from pocketbooks this year compared to last year. Extensions are the amount of taxes which are billed.  The tax … Continue reading

Taxpayers Urged to Attend Wed. Night Richmond Township Meeting

The following came from a friend of McHenry County Blog in Richmond: Of course, Richmond Township is not the only township setting the amount of taxes it will collect next year. Taxpayers who do not want that part of their … Continue reading

Townships and Tax Caps

Let’s go through the townships in alphabetical order to see how the Real Estate Tax cap affects how much money they can collect. This information, as with previous articles about the Tax Cap, comes from the McHenry County Clerk’s web … Continue reading

51% of McHenry County Precincts Have No GOP Candidates for Republican Precinct Committeeman

As I start formatting this information from the McHenry County Clerk’s Office about who filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman in what parts of the county, my first impression is that “No candidate filed” will control the GOP Central Committee after … Continue reading

BGA Goes After Township Government – Road Costs

A couple of weeks ago news media unloaded the latest attack on township government. They were working from a Better Government Association report. Most of the attention was aimed at Cook County townships. That’s where most of the land is … Continue reading

McHenry County’s Township Road Costs

Today let’s look at the cost of maintaining township roads. As you can see, the cost varies a lot,. So do the number of miles of roads for which the various township road commissioners are responsible for maintaining. The townships … Continue reading

How Much Do McHenry County’s Township Governments Cost?

Today McHenry County Blog looks at the cost of township government in McHenry County. The cost per person is the column that I find most interesting.  Below you will see them listed from lowest cost to highest cost for the … Continue reading

Republican Precinct Committeemen and Vacancies in Nunda, Richmond and Riley Townships

Today we look at the last three McHenry County Townships alphabetically speaking. They are Nunda, Richmond and Riley Townships. Nunda Township gets a Gold Star for having precinct committeemen in every precinct. It is the only large township to attain … Continue reading

Real Estate Tax Assessments Down Almost 10%, Don’t Expect a Lower Bill

The 2010 assessed valuation has been totaled for McHenry County and it’s down almost 10%. That’s what a comparison of raw figures from the McHenry County Supervisor of Assessments Office indicate. McHenry County real estate taxes this year will be … Continue reading

16-7-5 Are Votes in Richmond Township Trustee Election

27-year old Michael Moore didn’t get his start in politics tonight. He emailed me what happened. With three people declaring themselves candidates to replace Richmond Township Trustee Terri LaDuke, who resigned to drive the township bus, the winner, a man … Continue reading

Townships To Take Home Money from State Budget

It won’t be just not-for-profit organizations and cities and villages that will get checks from state government, if McHenry County State Representatives Mark Beaubien, Jack Franks and Mike Tryon get their way. Of course, Governor Rod Blagojevich doesn’t have to … Continue reading

Townships To Take Home Money from State Budget

It won’t be just not-for-profit organizations and cities and villages that will get checks from state government, if McHenry County State Representatives Mark Beaubien, Jack Franks and Mike Tryon get their way. Of course, Governor Rod Blagojevich doesn’t have to … Continue reading