MCC Capital Program Goes from $42 Million to $63 Million to $35 Million to $22 Million

Former McHenry County Board President Ron Parrish is quite pleased with what administrators offered up Thursday night to solve the science and health science facility deficiency. “Wonderful,” was his first comment after the presentation by newly-installed President Clint Gabbard. “This is … Continue reading

MCC Students To Pay $10 per Credit Hour for Addition, Approval Granted for $34 Million Project

By a unanimous vote, including Student Trustee Jeremy Sacrament, McHenry County College Trustees voted to impose a $10 per credit hour infrastructure fee starting this summer. One Trustee called it a “user fee.” Including the extra $10, the cost per … Continue reading

MCC Board Moves Toward $30+ Million Addition & Renovation, No Referendum, Athletics Could Be Sacrificed

Tuesday night the McHenry County College Board talked about a consultant-proposed $62-$78 million recommended renovation and expansion of the college campus. With Full Time Equivalent enrollment down 7.6% since 2011, but a need to update science laboratories which one Trustee … Continue reading

Ron Parrish Denies Endorsing Tina Hill for Recorder, Prefers Joe Tirio

Last night I got a copy of the following email to MCC Trustee Karen Tirio from McHenry County College Board member Ron Parrish, who is also the immediate past President of the Village of Bull Valley: Just to set the … Continue reading

MCC Set to Tax to the Max

Since McHenry County College was scheduled to hear the recommendation of its finance guy Bob Tentua last night, I thought I’d spread some warm fuzzies about my and other taxpayers’ appreciation that the Board had kept last year’s tax burden … Continue reading

Steve Willson Apologizes for Endorsing Mike Smith for MCC Board

In a direct mail piece Steve Willson, the campaign manager for victorious McHenry County College Board candidates Ron Parrish, Karen Tirio and Mike Smith has apologized for supporting Smith. Voting for himself, Smith was elected President of the MCC Board, … Continue reading

Mike Smith Elected MCC Board President

Recently elected McHenry County Trustee Mike Smith of Lakewood was elected President of the College Board by a 4-3 vote. He replaced his April running mate Ron Parrish, who sought re-election to the Board Presidency, being nominated by newly-sworn in … Continue reading

$1,875 and Good-Bye

I attended the meeting of the McHenry County College Board tonight because of the following agenda item: ACCEPT AND APPROVE DR. SMITH’S NOTICE OF INTENT TO RETIRE AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2015, AND GRANT DR. SMITH A POST RETIREMENT STIPEND … Continue reading

Daily Herald Endorses Tirio, Parrish & Smith for MCC Board

Last week the Daily Herald issued its endorsements for the McHenry County Board. For the four-year term, Woodstock’s Karen Tirio was endorsed.  Tirio owns Monarch Senior Services with her husband.  The firm provides non-medical assistance to folks who need it. … Continue reading

MCC Candidates, Minus One, Present Selves

There were six names on the tables at the front of the McHenry County College auditorium. Missing was candidate Jeffrey Hill, running for a six-year term. After the forum I discovered he had signed the paperwork that the McHenry County … Continue reading

McHenry County College Filings

Here’s the line-up for McHenry County College Trustee at the close of filing: Ron Parrish, Bull Valley Mike Smith, Lakewood Jeffrey Hill, Algonquin Scott K. Summers, Harvard For one four-year term: Karen Tirio, Woodstock Matthew Hardt, McHenry On the last … Continue reading

Early Fillings for McHenry County College Board

McHenry County College petitions were filed this first day of an eight-day filing perior. For two six-year terms: Ron Parrish, Bull Valley Mike Smith, Lakewood For one four-year term: Karen Tirio, Woodstock Scott Summers, Harvard Matthew Hardt, McHenry … Continue reading