Replacements for Failed Virginia Street TIF District’s “Decorative” Street Lights Being Replaced Next Week

It was last April when I noticed that the decorative street lights financed by the Virginia Street Tax Increment Financing. Look at the ones you see in the photo below, taken on a good day in November, 2011. Then compare … Continue reading

A Reminder of What Happens in a TIF District

Since McHenry County Blog was started in reaction to the Crystal Lake City Council’s putting Route 14 next to the Vulcan gravel pit in a Tax Increment Financing District, perhaps you will excuse me for returning to the subject once … Continue reading

Little Differentiation Among Crystal Lake City Council Candidates

The McHenry County League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women in Crystal Lake sponsored a candidates night for the five candidates for three seats on the Crystal Lake City Council. Two challengers–Charles Ebann and Jim Tomasello–are … Continue reading

Tax Increment Financing Districts Force Taxes Up for Those Outside those TIFs

Included on the Tax Rate Calculation page of the McHenry County Clerk’s Office are totals for taxes levied on property within TIF Districts. Tax Increment Financing Districts are mechanisms that allow municipalities to pry money out everyone in McHenry County … Continue reading

Original Developer of Vulcan Lakes TIF District Sentenced to Year in Prison in Unrelated Case

A 2007 Cub Scout meeting caused me to miss Springfield politician-developer Bill Cellini’s appearance before the Crystal Lake City Council the day it awarded the contract for the development of the Vulcan Lakes TIF District. It wasn’t until a Northwest … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Fog

Saturday morning it was foggy. How foggy? Take a look at the water tower in McCormick Park next to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce Building. In the foreground you can see one of the ornamental street lights financed by … Continue reading