Robert Miller CL City Council Ballot Access Case Set for Wednesday

Dianne Miller updates readers on what happened in court today with regard to her husband Robert Miller’s quest to overcome being kicked off the Crystal Lake City Council Ballot by elected Crystal Lake officials. The petition challenge was brought by … Continue reading

The Latest on Robert Miller’s Quest to Gain Crystal Lake City Council Ballot Access

From Crystal Lake City Council candidate Robert Miller’s wife Dianne: Here is the latest on Robert’s court case…. Robert had a status hearing yesterday in McHenry County. The attorney for the hearing board and a new attorney for Hopkins, Brady … Continue reading

CL Council Candidate Robert Miller’s Court Appeal of Petition Rejection Set for January 22nd

Robert Miller, after having been kicked off the ballot by Crystal Lake City officials acting in their capacity as the Crystal Lake Electoral Board, went to court. Wednesday, in Judge Thomas Meyer’s courtroom, all that happened was the setting of … Continue reading

Wife of CL Council Candidate Kicked Off the Ballot Chides Council Members for Doing So

Comments made at the Crystal Lake City Council meeting tonight by Dianne Miller: My name is Dianne Miller. I live at 1274 Thornwood in Crystal Lake Robert Miller is my husband. I remember a few months back when City Manager … Continue reading

Robert Miller Appealing Being Tossed Off the Crystal Lake Council Ballot, Asks Support through Go Fund Me Page

Here is what is wife, Dainne Miller wrote: Hey everyone! Robert has decided to appeal the Election Board hearing decision in McHenry County. It hasn’t been an easy decision. He wants to be your voice on the Crystal Lake City … Continue reading

Mental Health Board Appointments

The McHenry County Board is scheduled to appoint and re-appoint four members of the 708 Mental Health Board tonight. Sarah Wilson will have a term ending in the first of 2021. Cathy Ferguson,¬†Tracy Champion and Rachel Boldman terms will end … Continue reading

McHenry County Courthouse Blizzard Closing Results in CL City Council Challenger Being Taken Off Ballot in Repeat of 2014 Petition Challenge

For a second election cycle, incumbent members of the Crystal Lake City Council eliminated ballot competition. The result is that Ellen Brady, Cathy Ferguson and Brett Hopkins will have no opposition on the ballot…unless challenger Robert S. Miller wins a … Continue reading

Tonight Crystal Lake Council Incumbents Again To Try Remove Only Opponent from Ballot

The Municipal Officers Electoral Board of the City of Crystal Lake is meeting tonight at 7:30 to decide whether the three incumbent City Council members get a free ride to another four years in office. At issue is whether challenged … Continue reading

Majority of Crystal Lake City Council on the Ballot Next Year

Four of the seven member Crystal Lake City Council are up for re-election next year. Mayor Aaron Shepley Council member Ellen Brady Council member Cathy Ferguson Council member Brett Hopkins Shepley, Brady and Ferguson were first elected in 1999, so, … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Opts for 3/5 Pottersville

The name of the alternative town in the 1946 ¬†movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” is Pottersville. That’s what happens if the evil banker Harry Potter rules without interference from the Savings and Loan character Jimmy Steward plays. Crystal Lake ended … Continue reading

CL Tax Levy Challenged – $1.6 Million at Stake

A number of local business have filed suit against the City of Crystal Lake claiming that its Council didn’t have enough people voting in favor of the ordinance it passed in December of 2013. The plaintiffs cite a state law … Continue reading

Four Being Interviewed for Mental Health Board

The newly reconstituted McHenry County Board Public Health and Human Services Committee will be interviewing four applicants for the 708 Mental Health Board on Thursday, February 12th. They are Terrece Maryniw Paula Yensen Bruce Treadway Cathy Ferguson Ferguson is the … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Incumbents Eliminate Competition

There won’t be a ballot contest for the offices of Mayor and City Council in Crystal Lake. The only people on the ballot will be the incumbents running for re-election. The first Electoral Board decided to knock Mayor Aaron Shepley’s … Continue reading

CL Incumbents File for Re-Election

Crystal Lake City Clerk Nick Kachiroubas reports the following filed for re-election in Crystal Lake: Mayor: Aaron T. Shepley Council: Ellen M. Brady Mueller Cathy A. Ferguson Brett Hopkins All four are incumbents. Potential opponents have until next Monday to … Continue reading

Filing for Crystal Lake Offices Next Week

Because the City of Crystal Lake has a primary election if too many people file, it has a petition filing date earlier than village, park district, library district, fire protection district, schools and other governmental bodies. Crystal Lake City Clerk … Continue reading

Republicans Dominate CL Indpendence Day Parade – Part 1

Readers know that my primary reason for attending parades is to look out for political implications. But what gave me the biggest kick was the Crystal Lake Strikers playing “Wipe Out” in front of the First United Methodist Church. There … Continue reading

District 155 Meeting with South High School Bleacher Neighbors Short-Circuited by Neighbors’ Suit

The table for those scheduled to participate in the meeting in the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board Room were labeled with who should sit where. But there was no meeting. At 5:13 District officials were served with a … Continue reading

County Board Member Ersel Schuster’s Comments on the 708 Board Appointment

McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster talked faster than I could take notes during the debate over whether Cathy Ferguson should be appointed to the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board. I asked her for a copy of her comments … Continue reading

Cathy Ferguson Approved for 708 Board on 16-8 County Board Vote, Hill Reverses Course on Pulling Sandy Salgado Off Public Health Committee

McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill got her way on who will be appointed to the McHenry County 708 Mental Health Board Tuesday night. But she backed away from dumping Sandy Salgado from the Public Health and Human Services Committee … Continue reading