Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner Supports Tina Hill for Recorder

I read in the February 23, 2016, Northwest Herald a letter to the editor in which Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner endorses McHenry County Board member Tina Hill for Recorder of Deeds. He praises Hill for being “a small government … Continue reading

Lakewood TIF Timeline

Rural Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman offer the following summary of Lakewood’s Tax Increment Financing District: Lakewood TIF Timeline: 1.Late 2014-Early 2015; Lakewood announced plans for, and voted into existence, a 600+ acre tif district which would include a Sportsplex on … Continue reading

Woodstock Schools Aiming Lawyers at Lakewood TIF

Tonight at 7, the Woodstock School District will consider a resolution to sue the Village of Lakewood over its the Tax Increment Financing District that the Village Board passed eleven months ago.  (Map showing where meeting will be held here.) … Continue reading

Woodstock School District Looking at Suing Lakewood over TIF District

Lakewood’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District is on the agenda of the Woodstock School District Tuesday. Here’s the posting: Approval of Resolution Authorizing Lawsuit against the Village of Lakewood Seeking Dissolution of the Illinois Route 47 and Illinois Route 176 … Continue reading

Lakewood Hot Button Issues Update

Been wondering what’s up with the proposed Lakewood SportsPlex, the Tax Increment Financing District and the restaurant which the Village announced it wanted to replace the current lakefront Village Hall. I filed a Freedom of Information request a couple of … Continue reading

Part 4 – Willson on Lakewood SportsPlex & TIF Documents

Final segment of bond analyst Steve Willson’s take on the recent documents produced by the Village of Lakewood on the SportsPlex proposal and its Tax Increment Financing District. Notes on the Lakewood TIF FOIA dump 5/27/15 11. That [Erin] Smith … Continue reading

Part 3 – Willson on Lakewood SportsPlex & TIF Documents

This is third installment in a series by bond analyst Steve Willson: Notes on the Lakewood TIF FOIA dump 5/27/15 9. Now we know why [Gary] Sexson said the SportsPlex was “currently dead”. See the 3/20/15 email from [Catherine] Peterson … Continue reading

Part 2 – Willson on Lakewood SportsPlex & TIF Documents

Today we continue with bond analyst Steve Willson’s commentary on the documents produced by the Village of Lakewood pursuant to my Freedom of Information Act request concerning the SportsPlex and Tax Increment Financing District: Notes on the Lakewood TIF FOIA … Continue reading

Part 1 – Willson on Lakewood SportsPlex & TIF Documents

After I finished looking at the Village of Lakewood’s documents concerning the SportsPlex and its Tax Increment Financing District documents, I asked bond analyst Steve Willson to do so, too. Below are his comments: Notes on the Lakewood TIF FOIA … Continue reading

Part 7 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Document

This is the 7th and last installment of my analysis of the documents produced by Lakewood Village Clerk Jan Hansen in reply to my Freedom of Information Act request concerning SportsPlex information since that January day when there was a … Continue reading

Part 6 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

We are now on the sixth installment of my examination of Freedom of Information Request production from the Village of Lakewood. On April 1st I got wind of a letter that Trustee Gary Sexson sent to some Lakewood residents in … Continue reading

Part 5 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

We have now reached the 24th of March, two weeks before the April 7th Lakewood Village Board election in which write-in challenger Paul Serwatka was campaigning on opposition to the SportsPlex and the recently established Tax Increment Financing District. We … Continue reading

Part 4 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

Below is the fourth section of my look at documents provided under the Freedom of Information Act by the Village of Lakewood: A Feb.18th email from Karen Walker, whom I believe is involved in the financing end of the SportsPlex, … Continue reading

Part 3 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

This is the third installment of what I found looking through mainly emails on Lakewood’s proposed SportsPlex and its Tax Increment Financing District: The 19th of March, Trustee Ken Santowski sent Village administrators another email in which he expressed concerns … Continue reading

Part 2 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

Yesterday began an analysis of the results of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Village of Lakewood concerning documents about the proposed SportsPlex and the Tax Increment Financing District. Much information was not provided because it was in “draft” … Continue reading

Part 1 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

I picked up a pile of paper two weeks ago at my Lakewood Village Hall. It took hours to flip through. Twice. I can’t tell you I fully understand what was provided and I have no idea what was not … Continue reading

Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

I picked up a pile of paper two weeks ago at my Lakewood Village Hall. It took hours to flip through. Twice. I can’t tell you I fully understand what was provided and I have no idea what was not … Continue reading

Erin Smith’s Lakewood Letter

Four times a year, Lakewood Village President Erin Smith writes to her constituents. Here is the summer edition: Summer is finally upon us, and it presents numerous opportunities to take advantage of all of our outdoor activities – swimming, fishing, biking, … Continue reading