Women Rule on McHenry County Board Committee Assignments

After the election of officers, the new McHenry County Board Chairman (woman, what’s she want to be called?) appoints one person from each District to a Committee on Committees. That’s the committee that recommends who should be put in what … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Members May Have Signaled Intention to “Tax to the Max” Again

Getting as much money out of taxpayers is pretty much the goal of every tax district official, from school board member to township trustee. To do that, boards need to ask for more than the increase in the Cost of … Continue reading

Mixing Democrat Jack Franks among the Republicans at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade

Regular readers will know that I go to parades to read political tea leaves. Perhaps the biggest insight was that Democrat Jack Franks was in the middle of the Republican floats. Whether deliberate or not, it surely sent a mixed … Continue reading

More Votes Appearing in District 4 County Board District Show Bob Mertens in 4th Place, instead of Linda Murphy

Last night when I did the story about McHenry County Board’s District 6, the numbers showed that the three incumbents were winning, plus Linda Kvidera Murphy. Take a look: Having not a clue what happened between then and when the … Continue reading

In County Board District 4, Incumbents Headed for Re-Election, Linda Murphy’s Efforts Rewarded with 4th Place Finish

I don’t know what John Hammerand did right, but he’s running first when neither his ballot position (in the middle) nor his gender would have led one to predict it. Of course, he is an incumbent who works his constituents … Continue reading

Tea Leaves at the Northwest Herald

Maybe it’s not tea leaves. Maybe it’s newspaper clippings to which I should allude. In any event, the first two McHenry County Board endorsement editorials got me thinking. McHenry County’s paper of record has suggested dumping Board Chairman Ken Koehler … Continue reading

Property Tax Hike Becoming County Board Top Issue – Part 2

After an overly long set-up yesterday, today we move into what office seekers who attended the McHenry County Young Republicans’ Candidates’ Forum said about the County Board’s having decided to maximize the amount of money it will take out of … Continue reading

District 4 Republican Primary Voters Must Eliminate Two McHenry County Board Candidates

There are four seats open in each McHenry County Board district. In the McHenry-Wonder Lake-Richmond-Spring Grove-Lakemoor district, there are six candidates. They are incumbents John Hammerand Sandra Salgado Sue Draffkorn The fourth incumbent, Pete Merkel, is retiring. Newcomers are Bob … Continue reading

Who Voted to Raise Your County Taxes?

The McHenry County Board failed to break with the “increase the tax take as much as possible” crowd, but they came close. Barb Wheeler made the motion to remove the CPI and Nick Provenzano seconded it.   Wheeler is a candidate … Continue reading