Tax Dollars Hardly Working

Every time I drive by McHenry County’s only Park and Ride lot at the intersection of Route 31 and Virginia Street Road, I wonder about its justification. Certainly there was government-owned land as the path of Virginia Street Road was … Continue reading

A Late 1970’s Alternative Vision of Recreational Gravel Pits in Algonquin Township – Part 1

During the first month of publishing McHenry County Blog in 2005, I wrote the following about what could be done with the gravel pits in Algonquin Township. Since then, of course, Crystal Lake has used higher sales taxes and a … Continue reading

Park and Ride Lot in the Future of Route 31 & Virginia Street Road Intersection

The energy crisis hit us in 1975. It was so intense that my constituents took after me while I filled my tank with gas at the station next to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce building. One of the obvious … Continue reading

For You Dick Tracy Fans – The Gravel Gertie State Park Idea

Speaking of the old Crystal Lake Dump, as I do in the post below, I once had a phone conversation with Dick Tracy cartoonist Chester Gould about Gravel Gertie. It was when I was state representative in the late 1970’s. … Continue reading