Committee Unanimously Approves End to County Board IMRF Pensions

Every member of the Human Resources Committee voted to abolish Illinois Municipal Retirement Pensions for County Board members starting in December. Outside the meeting members expressed the opinion that this will make the IMRF requirement for work logs go away. … Continue reading

Lame Duck Planning and Development Expanding Government Tuesday

The agenda for the Planning and Development Committee is out.  On the agenda is to expand the P&D committee by 1.5 full time employees or FTEs.  Here is a link to the agenda on the McHenry County Board’s website. The … Continue reading

NWH Features Election Upsets

An article summarizing the upsets in the Republican Primary Election ran in the Northwest Herald today. Written by Kevin Craver, its headline is Fighting the Status Quo, County voters send establishment a message in Illinois primary Featured on the front … Continue reading

Johnsburg GOP St. Pat’s Event May Turn into Steve Reick Rally

With all the hit pieces this past week against Steve, Reick, the real Republican candidate running for the GOP nomination for State Rep., it occurs to me that the McHenry Township Republican Party’s St. Patrick Day Meet & Greet and … Continue reading

Township Highway Commissioners Recommend County Board, Countywide Candidates

The McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Association (17 members) placed a quarter page ad in the tabloid Northwest Herald on Friday listing County Board candidates and countywide candidates in the Republican Primary Election. Here they are: For the McHenry County … Continue reading

Tryon Endroses

State Rep. and former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman has sent an email offering his endorsements in the Primary Election.  It follows: Early voting for the March 15 Primary Election begins today at locations throughout the county. Locations and times … Continue reading

Barb Wheeler Endoses Members of Both GOP Factions

In a first for a legislator in McHenry County, unopposed State Rep. Barbara Wheeler has mailed out an endorsement piece. While I reside in her district about as far south as one can live and still have her on my … Continue reading

Part-Time County Board Pension Question

Yesterday, the answers to the $41.3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home bank balance question by the ten candidates for District 4, 5 and 6 County Board seats were shared with McHenry County Blog readers. One of the six questions that … Continue reading

District 4, 5 & 6 County Board Republican Candidates Face Public – Valley Hi’s $41.3 Million Surplus

Ten people seeking Republican nominations for the McHenry County Board appeared at the League of Women Voters Forum Tuesday night. There are running for ballot spots in District 4 (McHenry, Johnsburg, Richmond and Spring Grove) District 5 (Woodstock, Huntley, Bull … Continue reading

23 Republicans, 5 Democrats Run for 12 County Board Seats

Here are the final filings for the Republican Primary Election for McHenry County Board: District 1 Yvonne Barnes, Cary Anna May Miller, Cary Terence Ferenc, Fox River Grove Tom Wilbeck, Barrington Hills District 2 Cameron Hubbard, Crystal Lake John Reinert, … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

Strip Joint Regulation

There aren’t any strip joints in McHenry County right now, but note was made during the Unified Development Ordinance debate by Wonder Lake’s John Hammerand that it language was not good enough. Deputy County Administrator Scott Hartman brought up the … Continue reading

Committee Approves Six-Month ICE Extension

At nine months on the job, Sheriff Bill Prim is asking McHenry County Board permission for a six months longer to decide on whether to keep housing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees in the McHenry County Jail. He gained … Continue reading

Gottemoller’s Committee Spoils for His Supporters

The last article on McHenry County Board Committee assignments by newly-elected Chairman Joe Gottemoller focused on what those who supported his opponent Jim Heisler ended up. This will look at how the winners were rewarded.  Again requests that were granted … Continue reading

Prim Woodstock Fundraiser

Last Thursday Bill Prim’s campaign for McHenry County Sheriff held a fundraiser at the Red Mill Inn. This has been a place frequented by Sheriff’s Deputies since 1966-1970 Sheriff John Carroll bought the place. Now it’s owner is fully on … Continue reading

Harvard’s Milk Day Day Parade with Emphasis on Politics – Part 1

I attended my first Milk Day Parade since I served the area in the 1970’s in the Illinois General Assembly Before the parade, I noticed petitions being passed for the Independent candidacy of Jim Harrison for Sheriff. Libertarian candidate for … Continue reading