Lakewood Trustee Jason McMahon Calls Out Village President Paul Serwatka

From Lakewood Village Trustee Jason McMahon: Lakewood Residents Intentionally Misled Paul Serwatka intentionally misled Lakewood residents by stating that Jason McMahon and developer Lou Tenore have a “grossly improper” relationship.  Paul Serwatka knows the truth and the phone records provided … Continue reading

Wauconda Tax Districts Go After Lakemoor TIF Districts

Three local tax districts have taken on Tax Increment Financing Districts in Lakemoor. Since McHenry County Blog was started in 2005 when I got angry about the Vulcan Lakes TIF District, it seems appropriate to focus attention on local tax … Continue reading

Districts 220 & 300 Fight Hoffman Estates TIF District

Algnoquin School District 300 is a veteran at fighting Tax Increment Financing Districts. It took on Sears when it wanted an extension of its original TIF District subsidy. The District carried the fight to Springfield and made the eventual extension … Continue reading

Skillicorn Supports Legislation Allowing TIF Money to Go to Schools

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Skillicorn Pushes TIF Reform and Transparency for Taxpayers CRYSTAL LAKE – Last week, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) joined with colleagues in the Illinois House of Representatives to pass legislation to … Continue reading

Lakewood TIF Review Meeting

Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka tells what happened at the recent Tax Increment Financing District meeting, required by law. Reporting On The Lakewood TIF Review Board Meeting A quick update regarding the January 26, 2017 Lakewood TIF Joint Review Board … Continue reading

Lakewood TIF Joint Review Board Meeting on Rt. 47-Rt. 176 Intersection Improvement Thursday After Next

A message from future Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka: Follow-Up on TIF District/Sportsplex Following up on recent developments with the TIF District/Sportsplex that I wrote about in my January 1st newsletter, I wanted to share with you what I have … Continue reading

Is Lakewood SportsPlex Still in Play?

Lakewood Village Trustee and future Village President Paul Serwatka received the following information and Lakewood’s contraversial SportsPlex from a friend. Note that it is now being called a “Community Center” as well as a SportsPlex. “Community Center is a word … 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

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

CL High School District Votes 6-1 to Approve FRG TIF

While we were on vacation, Crystal Lake High School Board 155 approved a Tax Increment Financing District in Fox River Grove. Over ten years ago, McHenry County Blog’s first article was one critical for the Crystal Lake City Council’s proposal … Continue reading

The Cost of Replacing the Brick Crosswalks Along Route 14

A pretty long time ago I saw workers replacing brick crosswalks along the Virginia Street Tax Increment Financing District with asphalt. How does one know where the TIF Districts starts and stops? Just look for the pillars. Two on one end in … Continue reading

Marengo District 6 County Board Forum

A Friend of McHenry County Blog took some notes last night at the McHenry County Board District 6 candidates’ night at Marengo High School. Here’s they are: District 6 candidates for County Board held at the Marengo High School on … Continue reading