Robert Miller Loses Crystal Lake City Council Ballot Access Quest

Associate Judge Thomas Meyer quashed the hope of Crystal Lake resident Robert Miller to obtain a place on the April City Council ballot. That means incumbent council members Cathy Ferguson, Ellen Brady, and Brett Hopkins, having no opposition in the … Continue reading

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

Did Aaron Shepley Have a Conflict of Interest by Serving on Electoral Board?

In a comment, under this article, the wife of Robert S. Miller, Dianne, wrote the following: During the hearing Robert’s statement included the fact that Mayor Shepley’s wife works for the same law firm that represented [Council members] Hopkins, Brady … 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

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


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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 Council Tax Hikes Far Exceed Increase in the Cost of Living

Take a look at how much Mayor Aaron Shepley and the Crystal Lake City Council has levied in taxes beyond the increase in the Cost of Living: Real estate taxes have increased more than $3 million more than they would … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council & High School District 155 Candidates’ Night at MCC on Thursday, Feb. 16th

The McHenry County League of Women Voters is holding a candidates’ night at McHenry County College’s auditorium. Candidates for the Crystal Lake City Council and Crystal Lake High School District 155 will appear at 6:30 to meet personally and 7 … Continue reading

CL Library Board President Asked for Referendum Tabling

The following email was sent Tuesday afternoon from Crystal Lake Librarian Kathryn Martens to Crystal Lake City Manager Gary Mayerhofer less than three hours before the City Council met: Per instructions from Terri Reece, Library Board President, the Library is … Continue reading

At Tonight’s Second Library Referendum Vote, Four CL Council Members on Ballot

At tonight’s Crystal Lake City Council meeting, there will be seven people allowed to vote on whether a second advisory rererendum to borrow $30.1 million shall be put on the April 4th ballot. Four of them will be on the … Continue reading