MCC Faculty Agree on Contract, But Public Can’t See It

A press release from McHenry County College: MCC Faculty Association Ratify New Contract [April 11, 2014.Crystal Lake, IL] On April 10, 2014, the MCC Faculty Association (MCCFA) membership voted to ratify a new multi-year, full-time faculty contract that was tentatively … Continue reading

MCC Board Settles on Faculty Contract Language, But Keeps It Secret

The following press release was just received from McHenry County College: McHenry County College and MCC Faculty Association Reach Tentative Agreement [April 6, 2014.Crystal Lake, IL] On April 4, 2014, McHenry County College (MCC) and the MCC Faculty Association (MCCFA) … Continue reading

Tribune Joins Steve Reick in Slapping Those Who Intervened in Funeral Home Labor Dispute

The latest post of Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reick’s web site is one in which he criticizes opponent and long-time incumbent Jack Franks for a vote. It criticizes Senate Bill 1787, a bill that started out as Illinois Titanium … Continue reading

Politicians In (and Not In) the Marengo Parade

Marengo’s Settlers Days Parade is one of the best in McHenry County. As you would expect, my eyes were searching for political aspects. Mayor Don Lockhart was riding in one of the first cars after that of Parade Marshall Richard … Continue reading

Concealed Carry Instructors in McHenry County

The Illinois State Police has the following McHenry County residents listed as approved concealed carry instructors: Name City Phone Email Trost, Paul Huntley (847)287-8411 paultrost@gmail.com Jones, Michael Hebron (815)759-1900 mjones@mc.net Jonak, Johann Cary (512)644-7023 Johann@Windycitytactical.com Danielowski, Ronald Island Lake (847)452-0951 … 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

Union Refuses to Blink, Good-Bye Jobs, Wonder Bread, Hostess Cupcakes, Twinkies

Interstate Bakeries told its striking union workers that it would close the company if it didn’t accept the contract terms offered. The union apparently didn’t believe the ultimatum. The company just announced it will seek to shut down operations. … Continue reading