NWH Reveals Referendum Endorsements/Non-Endorsements

The new Editorial Board members at the Northwest Herald may be a bit different from those in past times. I remember the days when the NWH endorsed every tax hike referendum on the ballot. No longer. The two tax hike … Continue reading

Campaigning Before the Weekend Rain

Before the rain hit, supporters of the consolidation of the McHenry Township Road District into the McHenry Township Board were out on  Route 31 at Blake Boulevard. They sent these photos: … Continue reading

TP Mathews Weighs in on Township Road District Consolidation Question

In a comment under this article Wonder Lake businessman Thomas Mathews views the township question: In response to consolidate, is the opinion of the majority of our citizen’s that the entire Township system should be reviewed to be financially compatible, … Continue reading

McHenry Subdivision Sends Mail Asking for No Votes on McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Referendum

Here’s what was sent to Indian Ridge property owners by the Indian Ridge Improvement Association: … Continue reading

Three McHenry Township Vendors Help Finance Opponents’ Campaign to Thwart Consolidation of the Road District with the Rest of McHenry Township

“Follow the money.” That was the strategy of the Washington Post reporters in their Watergate investigation. A week ago I sent a Freedom of Information request to McHenry Township asking for payments since the beginning of 2017 to any of … Continue reading

Funding for Supporting Consolidation McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township

Just found the Illinois State Board of Elections filing of those who want to fold the McHenry Township Highway Department into the rest of township government in 2021. The committee filed under the name of Citizens for Consolidation, but a … Continue reading

Littering Continues in Front of Bob Anderson’s Wonder Lake Barber Shop

It is often said that “Timing is everything” in politics. Campaigns peak too soon sometimes. In the case of the campaign to put the McHenry Township Road District under the Township Board starting in 2021, not living in the area, … Continue reading

Supporters of Consolidating McHenry Township’s Road District with the Township Continue to Write Letters

Another letter to the Northwest Herald published here with permission of author Dave Bussell. Consolidate Now Why do people complain so much about a small increase in their cable or satellite bill but remain so passively uninformed about the one … Continue reading

Opponents to Putting McHenry Township Road District Under Township Board Roll Out Door Hanger

Continuing with the “Clip Job” them, opponents to merging the McHenry Township Road District with the Township are distributing the following to McHenry Township homes: … Continue reading

NWH Letter Talks of “Stupidly Structured Unit of Government”

McHenry’s Ned Neumann sent the following letter to the Northwest Herald. It is published here with his permission. (Opponents of the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum are welcome to send their published letter here with permission to post them … Continue reading

Question in McHenry Township Is Form of Government

Jamie Grubich of McHenry wrote the following letter to the Northwest Herald, which is published with her permission: Consolidate the Road District To be clear, the McHenry Township Road District Referendum is not about saving your roads, snow so deep … Continue reading

Consolidation – Businesses Do It, Why Not Local Governments?

This letter to the Northwest Herald is re-printed with the permission of its writer, Jamie Grubich of McHenry:: The Power to Consolidate – House Bill 607 Isn’t it ironic that only a few past and present employees of the McHenry … Continue reading

McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Referendum Sign Vandals Called “Thugs”

From the Northwest Herald, republished her with permission of author Jeffrey Mayer: Time to Consolidate Little things sometimes tell you about the people who are on different sides of an issue. Sometimes both sides of a political debate are composed … Continue reading

The Silence of the Franks

Jack Franks as State Representative and McHenry County Board Chairman has posed as a strong supporter of consolidation of governments. Let’s take a look at his record on the subject. Franks lives in the Marengo area where, probably the only … Continue reading

Skillicorn Joins Franks in Calling for Referendum to Put Algonquin Township Road District Under Township Board in 2021

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Franks, Skillicorn Asking Algonquin Township for Referendum to Abolish Highway Department WOODSTOCK, Ill. – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn is joining McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ call for the Algonquin Township Board … Continue reading

104 Respond to Steve Reick Poll on Precondition to Township Consolidation Vote, Bill Tubed

From State Rep. Steve Reick’s web site: Rep. Steve Reick Presents Consolidation Survey Results State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) has released the final results of a recent legislative survey which showed that taxpayers believe elected officials should have to prove … Continue reading

Eliminating a Sanitary District, DuPage County Style

The Daily Herald had an article last Tuesday about the DuPage County Board’s efforts to eliminate the small Highland Hills Sanitary District. It’s located near Lombard, supplying water and collecting sewage for about 465 homes and businesses. (Lake in the … Continue reading

Scott Coffey Looks at LITH Sanitary District Costs and Benefits

From a comment of Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffee under the story about costs and benefits of consolidating local governments. I reviewed the Village’s financial analysis from their board packet and have a few observations. The operating savings … Continue reading