Rosemary Kurtz Gains First Ballot Position in District 155 Race

Already the prohibitive favorite in the contest to fill three Crystal Lake High School Board posts, former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz got a further boost from the removal of the only person ahead of her on the ballot. Candidate Gerald … Continue reading

CL & McHenry High School Board Candidate’ Petitions Challenged.

Thanks to another new element on McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s web site, one can find the names of school board candidates who have had their petitions challenged. There are three high school candidates in addition to the three Harrison … Continue reading

Challenges Filed to Wonder Lake School Board Incumbents

Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson of Wonder Lake has filed challenges to the petitions of three incumbents running for re-election to the Harrison Grade School 36 Board. Anderson is a candidate for a two-year term.  He is unopposed. Board President … Continue reading

Filings for Municipal Office

Here’s my best effort to find out who filed for village and city offices in McHenry County’s thirty municipalities. Most who didn’t file last week probably waited until late Monday afternoon. Why? Best place on the ballot is first.  With … Continue reading

Wonder Laker Takes Exception to County Board’s Zoning re Boat Storage

This popped in a comment to one of the articles on the restrictions included in one of the previous articles about restrictions proposed in the County’s Unified Development Ordinance: Why would the county decide what you can and can’t have … Continue reading

Crystal Lake’s Hikes Taxes Almost 10%–More Than Any Other City or Village

Municipal elections were last spring.  The next ones are not until next spring. Perhaps that explains why the City of Crystal Lake decided to hike taxes so much this year–a non-election year. There will go up 9.8%. McHenry, on the … Continue reading

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Most McHenry County Schools Announce Monday Day Off Because of Extreme Cold

From Woodstock District 200: All District 200 schools and Kids Club will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. All after school activities, practices, evening events, sports and outside user activities will also be cancelled. Phone and email messages confirming … Continue reading

Sheriff Nygren Hit With Suit Charging Failure to Supervise Resulting in “False Arrests and Use of Excessive Force” by Deputies; Launching Pad – Wonder Lake Arrest Last Christmas

Attorney Louis J. Meyer filed another Federal case Monday, December, 23, 2013, against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, McHenry County, a deputy and Kieth Nygren personally. Wonder Lake and one of its policemen are also defendants. Here’s what the suit … Continue reading