County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

NWH Features Election Upsets

An article summarizing the upsets in the Republican Primary Election ran in the Northwest Herald today. Written by Kevin Craver, its headline is Fighting the Status Quo, County voters send establishment a message in Illinois primary Featured on the front … Continue reading

County Board Vents at Jack Franks and IMRF Exec.

The Thursday night meeting of the McHenry County Board consisted mostly of criticizing Democratic Party State Rep. and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba had been invited to the meeting. No one used the word “pawn” to … Continue reading

Gasser Writes Constituents about Election

This letter from McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser was sent to 3,900 addresses: Mr. Andrew Gasser 112 Grove Ave, Fox River Grove McHenry County Board District 1 Friends, Neighbors, and Constituents, I am writing you to tell you about … Continue reading

Anti-Anna May Miller Piece Delivered

A post card pointed out that McHenry County Board member Anna May Miller is a “double dipper” has arrived in District 1 mail boxes. It was sent by McHenry County Republicans for Better Government, the same Political Action Committee that … Continue reading

ALAW Endorses County Board Candidates

Patricia Kennedy, President of the Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water sends the following information: ALAW Endorsements for County Board: The Alliance for Land, Agriculture and Water (ALAW) endorses the following candidates for County Board: Tom Wilbeck, District 1 Jeffrey Thorsen, … Continue reading

Mailed Sample Ballot Arrives

I haven’t noted this year that the post office continues to play the role of precinct worker. Think of how much dedicated manpower that candidates would have to have if all the post cards and other literature you receive in … Continue reading

Daily Herald Rolls Out Endorsements for County Board Districts 2 & 3

The Daily Herald has published its endorsements for three McHenry County Board districts. For District 1, Yvonne Barnes and Anna May Miller For District 2, John Reinert and Jeff Thorsen For District 3, Nancy Gonsiorek and Nick Provenzano … Continue reading

County Board Pensions and Health Insurance

There were two questions asked of all candidates who participated (only Mary McCann did not) in the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ forums for County Board: Pensions (and insurance the second time around) Homelessness I’ll deal with the … Continue reading

Schuster, Gottemoller, Barnes Lead in County Board Attendance

Thanks to a friend of McHenry County Blog for the following analysis of the attendance of McHenry County Board members for 2013, 2014 and 2015 through October.   County Board member meeting attendance records       Includes Board meetings and primary … Continue reading

23 Republicans, 5 Democrats Run for 12 County Board Seats

Here are the final filings for the Republican Primary Election for McHenry County Board: District 1 Yvonne Barnes, Cary Anna May Miller, Cary Terence Ferenc, Fox River Grove Tom Wilbeck, Barrington Hills District 2 Cameron Hubbard, Crystal Lake John Reinert, … Continue reading

County Eliminates $3 Million Valley Hi Tax

The all-Republican McHenry County Board  Tuesday night voted unanimously to cut the tax levy for the Valley Hi Nursing Home to zero. The significant amendment did not even require a roll call, as County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller called for … Continue reading

Justification of Valley Hi’s $40 Million in the Bank

Peter Austin unveiled graphic results of Valley Hi Administrator Tom Annarella’s modeling efforts Tuesday. All versions assumed that the levy would be cut from $3 million to $2.250 million. The first version, seen below, shows the Valley Hi bank account … Continue reading

Finance Reverses Course, Cuts Valley Hi Levy by $750,000

What a difference five days makes. On Thursday, the members of the McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee voted 4-3 against lowering the $3 million Valley Hi Nursing Home levy by one penny. First-term member Chuck Wheeler, who was recently appointed … Continue reading

Finance Committee Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 2

At this point Barnes weighed in. “That’s concerns me,”  she said. “You don’t solve that $20 million problem by [lowering the levy]. “I disagree,” Barnes replied. “If you’re going to be thinking about another facility,” Walkup said, “I think that … Continue reading

The Finance Fight over Valley Hi Taxes – Part 1

First, Mike Walkup, not a member of the Finance Committee, asked that the Valley Hi levy be split from the others for voting purposes. Pointing out that he had served on the nursing home’s Operating Board for two years, Walkup … Continue reading