Winnebago County Purchasing Scandal Results in Seizure of Almost $300,000 from Purchasing Agent’s Bank Accounts

Winnebago County (think Rockford area), which now has fewer people than McHenry County (288,542 to 307,283) has a major county government scandal. It has reached the top of Winnebago County government, resulting in the resignation of its Board Chairman, Scott … Continue reading

Second GOP County Board Chairman Resigning after Federal Probe

First it was Matt Sorensen, the Republican County Board Chairman of McLean County who was indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He resigned from that top job in the Blooming-Normal county. Now the Republican County Chairman of Winnebago County, Scott … Continue reading

Draft Regional Economic Development Plan Out

A press release from the McHenry County Board: Draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Available for Public Review; Open Houses Scheduled ROCKFORD, Ill. – The draft 2016-20 (CEDS) for the Northern Illinois Region is now available for public review and comment. The … Continue reading

Tribune Covers State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s Effort to Have Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen Held in Contempt of Court

Don’t know how I missed it, but I did. Yesterday, the Chicago Tribune had an article about McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi’s efforts to have Special Prosecutor Thomas McQueen held in contempt of court. Tribune reporter Bob McCoppin points … 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

Joe Wiegand Concedes 16th Congressional District State Central Committeeman Race

With nine counties having voted on the two candidates for Congressman Don Manzullo’s 16th District state party post, State Senator Dave Syverson has come out on top. That’s what I read between the lines of the following email that just … Continue reading

Winnebago County Moves Forward on Personal Protection Gun Proposal

Channel 39, Fox TV in Rockford, has this story about a public hearing on Winnebago County Board member Randy Olson’s proposal to have the county sheriff deputize citizens so they can use handguns to protect themselves. 175 people packed the … Continue reading

Winnebago County Moves Forward on Personal Protection Gun Proposal

Channel 39, Fox TV in Rockford, has this story about a public hearing on Winnebago County Board member Randy Olson’s proposal to have the county sheriff deputize citizens so they can use handguns to protect themselves. 175 people packed the … Continue reading

Winnebago County Board Might Go McHenry County Board One Better

The McHenry County Board joined 70-some other Illinois counties in passing a resolution opposed to more gun control legislation. In doing so, it broke new ground in the Chicago metropolitan area. It’s probably explained by McHenry County’s being the most … Continue reading