District 200 School Board Endorsement

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Northwest Herald and is re-printed with permission of author Kelly Liebmann, who lives in Wonder Lake: They Fight for Taxpayers The choices for overtaxed Woodstock D200 School District residents on April … Continue reading

Woodstock Republican Precinct Committeeman Opines on District 200 School Board Race

This was sent by Dorr Township Precinct 7 Republican Committeeman Cyndi Hemauer: Dear Friends & Neighbors, We had a problem at one time and time ticks away because we don’t want to see the truth and now, Woodstock “We Have A … Continue reading

Susan Handlesman Reflects on Teachers’ Union Candidates’ Night

From Woodstock District 200 Board candidate Susan Handlesman: Tuesday night’s D200 Candidates Forum hosted by Woodstock Teachers Incumbent candidates expressed an attitude of staying the course to provide excellent education  to the students, and satisfaction over their efforts on the … Continue reading

Susan Handelsman Shares Answers to Woodstock Teachers’ Union Questions

In the comment section under the article about the Woodstock Council of Teachers’  candidates’ night tonight at 6 PM at the Woodstock High School auditorium candidate Susan Handelsman provides the IFT local’s questions and her answers. They are reprinted below: … Continue reading

Lakewood Illinois Sportsplex Grant Strong Objections from Local Community

After reading that the Lakewood SportsPlex people are seeking financing from the United States Department of Agriculture for a newly-revisioned version being called a “Community Center,” Woodstock School District 200 candidate sent the following email to Department officials: To: samuel.rikkers … Continue reading

Susan Handelsman Urges Opposition to Legislative Extension of Woodstock Downtown TIF District

Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman, now a candidate for the District 200 School Board, urges readers to contact to their llinois legislators and Governor Bruce Rauner in opposition to the General Assembly’s extension of the alreay 23-year Tax Increment Financing District is … Continue reading

Susan Handlesman Argues Against Extending Woodstock TIF

Here are comments sent to Woodstock School Board members in which Susan Handelsman urges the District 200 School Board to oppose the twelve year extension of the Downtown Tax Increment Financing District: Woodstock CUSD 200 Board of Education Members: Woodstock … Continue reading

D200 Considering Closing Three Grade Schools, Putting Woodstock North High School Students in Old Woodstock High, 5% Tax Savings Envisioned

usan Handlesman fills readers in on Woodstock School District 200 Facilities Committee recommendations: D200 Facility Review Committee (physical building review) Recommendations of our committee: Close Clay Academy Dean Street School Northwoods School and consolidate those students into remaining elementary and … Continue reading

Looking at the Woodstock School District’s Building Improvement Process

The lead watchdog of Woodstock School District 200, Susan Handlesman, writes of the Woodstock D200 Facility Review Committee meeting held Monday night: I attended the second Facility Review Committee meeting last night. The first meeting was attended by a 9-1 … Continue reading

The Woodstock School District Tax Protest

From Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman: UPDATE ON TAX RATE OBJECTION LAWSUIT AGAINST WOODSTOCK D200 1. Attorney Tim Dwyer is filing a tax objection, and plaintiffs have until late October to join the suit. Recovery amount for each plaintiff is expected to … Continue reading

Woodstock School District Tax Protest Meeting Next Friday Night

Taxpayers in Woodstock District 200 are invited to a meeting about paying taxes under protest. The details are below: TAX OBJECTION LAWSUIT against Woodstock D200 Attorney Tim Dwyer will explain issues and Woodstock field questions from prospective plaintiffs: Friday September … Continue reading

Susan Handelsman Spearheads Woodstock School Tax Protest Suit

An email from Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman: Invitation to join Tax Objection lawsuit against Woodstock D200 Woodstock IL has a property tax rate of 4.6% of total home fair market value. That is staggering when compared with mortgage interest rates below … Continue reading

Trying to Get Searchable District 200 Documents on the Internet

I have had my problems with internet documents posted by both McHenry County College and McHenry County government They posted documents which could not be searched. MCC was “afraid” someone might copy them and, then, alter them. The documents also … Continue reading

Rauner Comments on Chicago,Cook County Property Tax Bills; Silent on Bill That, If Signed, Would Hike School Taxes Outside of Chicago

From Governor Bruce Rauner: Statement from Governor Rauner on Property Tax Bills  SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner issued the following statement as many homeowners throughout Illinois face a deadline today to pay property taxes: “Illinois residents are being hit with record … Continue reading

Cost to Taxpayers of FRG TIF

Chicago Reader’s Ben Joravsky’s take on Chicago Tax Increment Financing Districts: “As you know, TIFs are, in effect, a surcharge added to your property tax. “The proceeds are used to pay for pretty much anything the mayor wants.” He adds … Continue reading