Former CL High School School Board Candidate Calls Out Board Members Who Beat Him

In an extensive article by former Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCabe, now working for the Illinois News Network under former NWH Managing Editor Chris Krug, McCabe sites the impending tax hike vote on the Crystal Lake High School District 155 … Continue reading

Governor Vetoes Non-Referendum Annexation Power for Fire Protection Districts

In years past the Village of Lakewood was provided fire protection services by the Woodstock Fire Protection District. At that time, if Lakewood residents passed a referendum, its properties could have been annexed to the Woodstock FPD. This past legislative … Continue reading

McSweeney Says Senate “Grand Bargain” Is “Code Phrase for the Largest Tax Increase” in Illinois History

State Rep. David McSweeney is playing the role of Paul Revere. But, it’s not the British that’s coming; it’s the tax eaters. In an interview, McSweeney said, “The Senate’s ‘Grand Bargain’ is not dead.”‘Grand Bargain’ is a code phrase for … Continue reading

Thanks to Four County Board Members

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster takes time to thank those County Board members who voted against raising the County’s tax levy: A belated, but nevertheless grateful “thank you” to Yvonne Barnes Andrew Gasser Jeff Thorsen Craig Wilcox for … Continue reading

Jack Franks Signs His Tax Increase Resolution

Perhaps you remember the $80,000 real estate tax increase resolution. There have been 111 comments on the article, probably a record. Denial that taxes will increase because of the resolution were made. How can one believe that taxes weren’t hiked … Continue reading

Where Does Jack Franks Stand on the Crystal Lake Library Bond Referendum?

That’s a question that commenter Mark thinks Franks should answer. Of course, Franks won’t say anything, any more than he did at the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ night that he skipped. Here is Mark’s commentary: Will Jack … Continue reading

Richard Naponelli Donates $8,000 to CL Library Tax Hike Advisory Referendum Campaign

Richard Naponelli of 5612 Meadowbrook Lane in unincorporated Crystal Lake has written a check to the Crystal Lake Library YES Committee for $8,000. That’s enough for a mass mailing to Crystal Lake voters. The Committee is seeking favorable votes on … Continue reading

Library Seeks Nov. $30 Million Advisory Referendum

The Crystal Lake City Council will be asked to put a November advisory referendum on the ballot at Tuesday night’s meeting. Careful readers will remember that the Crystal Lake Library have been holding meetings. The June meeting was billed as … Continue reading

Jack Franks – Doing What He Does Best

During debate on this last day before Illinois would enter its second year without a budget, State Rep. Jack Franks took the floor. Doing what he does best, Franks caught the attention of three reporters. It is pretty obvious that … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 39

In his quest to become the biggest, baddest political in McHenry County, State Rep. Jack Franks is running for Mchenry County Board Chairman. He told reporters in May that he was dropping out of his reelection campaign for State Representative. … Continue reading