Getting the Cheapest Electric Rate

Before we went on vacation, my Village of Lakewood sent out the press release below. I just got around to acting on it. The points out that Commonwealth Edison, our most avaricious utility–always asking the Illinois General Assembly to raise … Continue reading

Traffic Ticket Discrimination Against Out-of-Towners Everywhere, But Crystal Lake and

The Chicago Tribune released results of a study of traffic ticket data that shows whether police departments discriminate in favor of their own residents. In the towns studied in McHenry County Crystal Lake and Harvard stood out as being even-handed. … Continue reading

Tax Takes for Cities and Villages

Below is what cities and villages in McHenry County did to property taxpayers last year and what can be expected this year: City or village INCR / DECR INCR / DECR 2015 – 2014 2014 – 2013 IN TOTAL TAX … Continue reading

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