Vote on $2.2 Million Woodstock Road Project Tomorrow, Even Though Defeated in Transportation Committee

Saturday I wrote an article entitled, Charles and Raffel Roads Roundabout Proposal Comes Around Again, Despite Defeat in Committee Day after Election I apparently misunderstood where the proposal to award $2,229,600 to Curran Contracting Company of Crystal Lake was scheduled. … Continue reading

Charles and Raffel Roads Roundabout Proposal Comes Around Again, Despite Defeat in Committee Day after Election

Coming around to the McHenry County Transportation Committee for the second time in three weeks is a $2,229,600 proposal to build a roundabout north of the Woodstock North High School on Raffel Road where it dead ends at Charles Road. … Continue reading

Effective Tax Rates in McHenry County

The only way to compare property tax burdens is to divide one’s property tax bill by the value of one’s home. That’s what the Chicago Tribune did in November of 2015. The effective tax rates found for McHenry County towns … Continue reading

Municipal League Seeks Automatic Home Rule for 5,000 Person Villages

Found on Capitol Fax is the following legislative goal of the Illinois Municipal League: Expansion of Home Rule Eligibility Municipal leaders across the state support expanding home rule eligibility to include communities of 5,000 residents and above. The current Illinois … Continue reading

Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner Supports Tina Hill for Recorder

I read in the February 23, 2016, Northwest Herald a letter to the editor in which Woodstock City Councilman Mike Turner endorses McHenry County Board member Tina Hill for Recorder of Deeds. He praises Hill for being “a small government … Continue reading

Scott Gessert Urges Boycott of Woodstock’s Special Census So Council Can’t Raise Taxes without a Referendum

During the last Woodstock City Council election, Scott Gessert ran for City Council. He didn’t succeed, but has retained an interest in city affairs, especially the special U.S. Census. Gessert has called on residents who don’t want the City of … Continue reading

Kenneally Meets with Woodstock Voters on Groundhog Day.

McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally is met residents at the Moose Lodge dinner in Woodstock on Friday evening, January 29, 2016. It was part of Woodstock’s Groundhog Day festivals.: Not only did they meet Woodstock residents, but Kenneally and … Continue reading

16-Year Faith Kies Killed in Phoenix

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: Missing Woodstock Teen Victim of Homicide in Phoenix, Arizona On Thursday, January 14, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office took a missing juvenile report from a residence in unincorporated Woodstock. The parents of … Continue reading

Sheriff Warns of “Gypsy” Scams

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: Sheriff’s Office Warns of Recent “Gypsy” Scams The McHenry County and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office are investigating two recent “gypsy” scams both targeting elderly victims in rural areas. The incidents occurred … Continue reading

McHenry County Home Values Rising

“The median home value in McHenry County is $184,300,” according to the web site Zillow. “McHenry County home values have gone up 3.1% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 2.9% within the next year. “The median … Continue reading

Dwight Maness Funeral Sat.

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department: Funeral Arrangements for Deputy Dwight Maness September 16, 2015 In conjunction with the family, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announce the funeral arrangements for Deputy Dwight Maness, who passed away Monday. … Continue reading

Another D200 Taxpayer Writes

On June 16th McHenry County Blog turned a comment about the overpowering property tax burden in Woodstock’s Unit School District 200 into an article. This week another commenter, named Eva, shares the two cents she contemplates having left after paying … Continue reading