Five-Year Tax Hike for Schools 12.75%

Reader “Connecting Dots” inserted this property tax information in a comment under the article, “McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills.” There are comments on more than one of the bills, but with regard to McSweeney’s House Bill 178 to freeze township extensions … Continue reading

McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills

Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session. To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement. You can take a look at them below: House Bill 173 – Repeals … Continue reading

The Loss of Voter Power to Township Boards

The following comment was posted about township government’s consolidation of power in township boards over the years: I do not support the creation of laws that divert attention from the real problem. Townships have become targets for elimination because Springfield … Continue reading

Nunda Township Road Commissioner Hiding Audit of Senior Bus Services

McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer conducted an audit of the grant to the Nunda Township Road Commissioner for Senior Bus Service. Since County government was responsible for awarding the money, it seems appropriate that the Auditor should see if it … Continue reading

Taxpayers Urged to Attend Wed. Night Richmond Township Meeting

The following came from a friend of McHenry County Blog in Richmond: Of course, Richmond Township is not the only township setting the amount of taxes it will collect next year. Taxpayers who do not want that part of their … Continue reading

Road Commissioners Slush Funds Mntioned by Belvidere Township Assessor

I was reading an article Boone County Watchdog criticizing the Belvidere Township Assessor’s petty cash fund when I ran across the following in a referenced article in the Belvidere Daily Republican: “In addition, she [Assessor Diann Helnore] said she understands … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Discusses Township Assessors and Road Commissioners

Before I post the next installment of McHenry County Board-elect Mike Walkup’s thoughts on township government in Illinois, let me point out that someone forged his name on a comment under the first article. The poster used the email address … Continue reading

Township GOP Primary Election Paperwork Not at County Clerk’s Office Yet

The Republican Parties in all of the five largest townships in McHenry County seem to have decided or soon will decide to hold primary elections in February, rather than hold caucuses. Those five are Algonquin Dorr Grafton McHenry Nunda Paperwork … Continue reading

No Agreement Yet on Free Mediation Offer for Grafton Township by Attorney Robert Hanlon

Woodstock attorney Robert T. Hanlon was in courthouse this past Wednesday to offer his services pro bono to mediate differences between the Township Trustees and the Supervisor. There were court appearances in the Separation of Powers case that Supervisor Moore … Continue reading