County Board Committee Meeting with Althoff re Township Consolidation

As the discussion on township consolidation continues, Legislative & Intergovernmental Affairs (LIA) Chairman, Nick Provenzano has announced that he has invited Senator Pam Althoff to attend next Friday’s LIA meeting to discuss, among other things, the possibility of introducing legislation … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Explored in Western Illinois

Who knew? Township consolidation is not just being discussed in McHenry County. Seven Western Illinois Gatehouse Newspapers took a look at the subject on Sunday. Some information from Knox County: Before the 2000 Census, Knox County had eight township assessors. … Continue reading

2nd Township Consolidation Poll Results by Township, etc.

There was a lot of information in the first story about the township consolidation people’s survey. I left out the cross tabs, which provide breakouts of answers to the questions, so I have put them below. Cross Tabs How to … Continue reading

Voters Want Township Consolidation on the Ballot: 80%-20%

Throughout the debate on township consolidation, proponents have watched opponents dominate every meeting. Proponents have argued that all but one of the meetings were held during the day when only township officials and their friends could attend, that regular voters … Continue reading

Schofield Reports Township Consolidation Task Force Conclusions

McHenry County Board Township Consolidation Task Force Chairwoman Carolyn Schofield made her report to the County Board Tuesday morning. She presented fourteen slides, which you will see below. Not much of the information was new. She said the Task Force … Continue reading

Abolition of Belleville Township One Step Closer

The Bellevile News-Democrat is reporting that Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 6393. It will allow Belleville Township to be dissolved. Duties will be taken over by the Belleville City Council, if the township board approves a resolution to … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Meeting with Proponents in the Fore

“If it’s the same [testimony as given at the previous two meetings], I want you to know that we’ve heard it,” McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield and Township Consolidation Task Force head told the audience last Tuesday morning. Those … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 7

The McHenry County Board’s Township Consolidation Task Force met the Tuesday before last and for the past week I have been trying to let people know what happened. Yesterday, a bit of the meeting, which was fairly boring, compared to … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 6

After all the public comment, Township Consolidation Task Force Chairwoman Carolyn Schofield pointed out that at the first meeting a lot of questions had been asked, but not a lot of answers supplied. She told of two meetings that people … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 5

After Algonquin Township Road Commissioner finished his comments, Preston Rae, the Supervisor of the most sparsely-populated township in McHenry County spoke. “No mater who we consolidate with, we lose our representation.” The Alden Township man told of how people communicated … Continue reading

Public Feedback Sought on Township Consolidation

There will be a Township Consolidation Task Force Open House on Tuesday, August 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. here at the County Administration building. Four maps will be displayed. Three show possible consolidations The fourh will show the current seventeen … Continue reading