Costs and Benefits of Expanding MCC Facilities

From Lakewood bond analysis Steve Willson: The Most Basic Question About the MCC Capital Project All of the arguments made by administration at MCC to justify the science labs/health careers labs project fail to address THE most fundamental question: Will … Continue reading

Rebutting the MCC Rebuttal on $34 Million Project – Part 3

Below is Part 3 of the rebuttal from Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson’s critique (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to the “Corrections” paper about the critique issued by anonymous McHenry County College officials: Rebuttal to MCC’s “Corrections in Response to McHenry County … Continue reading

Rebutting the MCC Rebuttal on $34 Million Project – Part 1

Below is Part 1 of the rebuttal from Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson’s critique (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) to the “Corrections” paper about the critique issued by anonymous McHenry County College officials: Rebuttal to MCC’s “Corrections in Response to McHenry County … Continue reading

Anonymous MCC Source Rebuts Steve Willson Critique of $34 Million Project

The following was passed out at the McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting last week. It was in response to Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson’s critique of the $34 million lab renovation and student services proposal detailed in … Continue reading

The $34 Million Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 3

Over the last two days, I’ve presented parts 1 and 2 of bond analyst Steve Willson’s analysis of the $34 million so-called “Science Labs” project at MCC. In the final installment today, Willson shows how a plan to refurbish existing … Continue reading

The $34 Million Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 2

Yesterday I ran Part 1 of bond analyst Steve Willson’s analysis of McHenry County College’s $34 million capital projects plan, in which he rebutted the evidence from the College’s consultant that enrollment at the College was likely to grow at … Continue reading

The Addition Proposed for McHenry County College – Part 1

The following analysis was performed by Lakewood bond analyst Steve Willson: MCC’s Not Really Science Labs Project In 2014, MCC decided to undertake a “space utilization” study. The original goal was to determine the most efficient way to use MCC’s … Continue reading

Cost of the Algonquin Bypass

Now that the election season is (almost) behind us, perhaps we can start thinking about public policy again and not just politics.  Below is a study by Steve Willson on the Algonquin Bypass: Our Outrageous Roads In September of 2014, … Continue reading

A Plea for Single-Member Districts for Local Governments

Active citizen Steve Wilson offers the following lament: Voter Oversight and Span of Control There is a concept in business management called “span of control”. It refers to how many people a paid, full­time manager can reasonably be expected to … Continue reading

Considering Widening Randall Road

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller asked a Randall Road question of the four men who want to sit in the seat vacated by Ken Koehler. Besides putting in two left turn lanes on all four corners of the intersection of … Continue reading