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

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

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 3

Wonder Lake’s Craig Pfannkuche, a retired South High School history teacher and often Greenwood Town Meeting Moderator, urged more people to attend township meetings. “I am very pleased with the services provided by township government.” Identifying himself as a Road Commissioner … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 2

Ev Evertsen, former Supervisor of Hartland Township, pointed out that the map showing township roads, which was requested at the first meeting, had not been provided. Then he compared Hartland Township’s budget with that of McHenry County government. “My township … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 1

The Township Consolidation Task Force met Tuesday for the second time. Again, there was no presentation of how taxpayers might save money if townships were merged other than the salaries and benefits of any elected township officials. In short, no … Continue reading

Gottemoller Appoints Township Consolidation Committee

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has appointed three County Board members and two township officials to a committee to consider township consolidation. Chairing the committee will be Crystal Laker Carolyn Schofield. The other two County Board members are Michele … Continue reading

Tobin Supports Fewer Townships

A press release from Jim Tobin: Downsizing Government in McHenry County Chicago – Taxpayers United of America (TUA) announces its endorsement of the McHenry County initiative to consolidate townships from 17 to 8. “There’s an exciting new trend in Illinois … Continue reading

McSweeney Passes Township Tax Freeze

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Agrees Illinois Needs McSweeney’s Property Tax Relief Bill Springfield, IL…. The Illinois House of Representatives today approved Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington Hills) legislation to provide property tax relief for Illinois residents. The … Continue reading

A Benefit of Consolidating Township Governments

Back in the 1970’s, Algonquin Township Assessor Forrest Hare computerized his office, probably the first to do so in the State of Illinois. He also took an interest in how assessment could be made more accurate. Hare looked at measures … Continue reading

McSweeney Bill to Freeze Township Public Aid Taxes on House Floor

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: Rep David McSweeney’s Property Tax Relief Bill Moves Forward Springfield, IL… The Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee unanimously advanced legislation yesterday aimed at giving Illinois residents some much-needed property tax relief … Continue reading

No Law Keeps Officials from Revealing What Happens in Secret Sessions

Illinois Leaks (Edgar County Watchdog) has an article laying out the basis for why public officials can talk about what they discuss in Executive Sessions. the title pretty much tells it all: Closed Meetings – The truth about what can … Continue reading

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