Where the $3.5 Million the CL Park District Plans to Borrow Will Go

The Crystal Lake Park District is planning to borrow $3.5 million. The proposal does not need voter approval, although, if 3,010 people sign petitions, a referendum would have to be put on the ballot this fall. (For those interested, petitions … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Spotlights CL Park Board Perks

Reprinted with permission from the Edgar County Watchdogs’ Illinois Leaks: Crystal Lake Park District Commissioners gift themselves thousands, while wanting to sell Bonds – BY JMKRAFT ON APRIL 23, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) Crystal Lake, IL. (ECWd) – CLPD Chairman Debbie Gallagher While … Continue reading

NWH Moves Planned $3.5 Million Bond Sale by CL Park District from Paid Legal Notices to an Article

McHenry Country Blog warned Crystal Lake Park District taxpayers about the proposed borrowing of $3.5 million last Tuesday. Now, new Editor Jon Styf has moved it up to the news pages: Crystal Lake Park District considers selling $3.5M in debt … Continue reading

CL Main Beach, Two in Wonder Lake Closed by Health Department

A press release from the McHenry County Health Department: Beaches closed due to elevated bacteria levels Woodstock Ill. – McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) conducted beach water samplings at 37 licensed beaches on Wednesday August 17.  The following beaches … Continue reading

Governor Signs Bill to Allow Park Districts and Conservation District to Buy Up to $25,000 Without Bids

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 4536, a bill that gives $5,000 more flexibility for park districts and conservation districts in purchases and contracts. Sponsored by two Democrats and one Republican in the House and a Democrat in the … Continue reading

CL Park Police Doesn’t Get the Memo

Today I called Crystal Lake Park District Jayson Herbster to complain about State Rep. Jack Franks distribution of ice cream at the band concert. Obviously Franks would be campaigning for McHenry County Board Chairman, because his district covers the western … Continue reading

Looking at My Lakewood Tax Bill

McHenry County property tax bills went in the mail last Friday. Most will probably receive them today. If you don’t or if yours is sent to your mortgage house, you can find your bill here.  Just type in your name … Continue reading

Tax Time for Park Districts

Here’s the property tax record for park districts in McHenry County. Parks in Fox River Grove, Harvard, McHenry, Woodstock, etc., are not provided by park districts. Where there is not a park district, generally municipalities finance them out of their … Continue reading

Tax Dollars at CL Expo

It’s less than three weeks after the Primary Election. I went to the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo searching things political and governmental. In its usual space right to the right after the entrance at South High School … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 2

At Thursday morning’s Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce governmental forum, there was a question and answer session. There was a well-researched question asking about what tax districts were doing about duplication of services: “From 2009 through 2012, Countywide Equalized Assessed … Continue reading

CL Chamber Hosts Tax District Officials – Part 1

The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce held its first Town Hall meeting Thursday morning. It was the usual time for such meetings, set so business people can attend before business hours. This time the public was allowed to come.  There … Continue reading