McHenry County Government Has Third Highest Average Salary

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has calculated average salaries paid by Illinois county governments. McHenry County came in third highest: Ten Counties with the Highest “Average Salary” for Employees … Continue reading

More Leaving Chicago Metro Area Than Any Other in Midwest

A Bloomberg News analysis of Census data shows that the Chicago Metropolitan Area is losing a higher percentage of its residents than any other Midwest metropolitan area. The time period was between July 2013 and July 2014. The loss was 69/100 … Continue reading

County Board Doesn’t Seem to Understand Separation of Powers

Having read Kevin Craver’s article about the changes in the County Board’s rules after the 2016 at-large election of a McHenry County Board Chairman, I have concluded that were we in the 1770’s most members would have been Loyalists to … Continue reading

Aerial Zoning Enforcement Banned in Will County

Tea Party activists are prominent in Will County. Tea Party folks aren’t keen on any level of government prying into what they consider their private affairs. Maybe that explains why there was a County Board movement to ban the use … Continue reading

How Does McHenry County Stack Up to Kane & Will Counties on Keeping Taxes Constant?

Last week, McHenry County Blog ran a press release from Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay (who is running unopposed for State Senate) concerning her Executive Committee’s recommendation that the Board pass a levy that is the same as last … Continue reading

Will County GOP Chairman Tells Why County Taxes Are Low

I asked for a Will County take on Democrat Jack Franks’ claim that Will County taxes were lower than McHenry County taxes and Republican Party Chairman Edward Ronkowski sent me the following email: “In a nutshell, Will County taxes are … Continue reading

Where Are We As Far as Real Estate Taxes Go?

The Tax Foundation has some remarkable work comparing property tax burdens across the United States. Want to know what part of the country to look at for retirement, if cutting your property taxes is one of your goals? Take a … Continue reading

The County Officials’ Sweetheart Pension Plan McHenry County Passed Up, Including GA Roll Calls

Yesterday I wrote about how Winnebago County’s board had decided they, as part-time employees didn’t deserve to have pensions. Today, the Sunday Chicago Tribune has a front page article by Christy Gutowski, Joe Mahr and Joseph Ryan entitled, Quite a … Continue reading

Finding Someone in County Jail

Update of June 15, 2012. There is now a way to find people in the McHenry County Jail.  Look here for the link. = = = = = A friend of McHenry County Blog was trying to find out if … Continue reading

Hey! You Think We’re Going to Reward a Whistle Blower?

Let’s assume everything is on the square at the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. OK. Forget about the fixing of the new hospital that Wisconsin’s Mercy Health Care System wanted to build in Crystal Lake to compete with local biggie … Continue reading

Hey! You Think We’re Going to Reward a Whistle Blower?

Let’s assume everything is on the square at the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. OK. Forget about the fixing of the new hospital that Wisconsin’s Mercy Health Care System wanted to build in Crystal Lake to compete with local biggie … Continue reading

Will County to Follow Example of McHenry County State Attorney?

That’s what WBBM-Radio reported Friday. About a month ago, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi decided that his employees could work four days a week. Longer days, of course. Or maybe it was Bianchi copying what Will County Auditor Steve … Continue reading