District 155 Board Meeting Approves $1 Million Cheaper Health Insurance, Raises Question of How to Pay for $50 Million in Capital Needs, District 47 Backdoor Referendum Possibility

Went to the Crystal Lake High School Board’s meetings Tuesday night. The Finance Committee spent most of its time listening to a presentation from its insurance consultant Wendy Williams. A new high deductible option is being introduced this year and … Continue reading

Jack Franks Called Out for Not Moving to Eliminate Health Benefits for County Board Members

The following letter to the Northwest Herald is from Greenwood Township Trustee Kelly Liebmann and is printed here with her permission: County Board Size a Political Battle It is easy to control, manipulate, reward, and fund the campaigns of a … Continue reading

County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

Proposed Changes in County Employee Health Care Plans

Here’s are the changes in health plans being proposed to the McHenry County Board’s Human Services Committee on Thursday: 2017 Changes to Medical Plans, Cost Sharing Percentages, and Incentives Changes to Current Plans BCBS HMOBA Increase Office Copays (Primary and … Continue reading

The Next Attack on the McHenry County Board

The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee is on deck today to follow in the footsteps of Human Resources Committee. On June 2nd, all Human Resources Committee members voted in favor of abolishing pensions for County Board members. Now it … Continue reading

Legislators’ “Cadillac” Health Benefits

State Rep. David McSweeney is featured in an article about legislators’ health insurance in an Illinois Network News article.  (The Illinois News Network is a part of the Illinois Policy Institute.) The headline is GA health benefits cost taxpayers $1.2 … Continue reading

Serwatka, Wilbrandt & Skillicorn Say No to Pension & Health Benefits; Schofield Undecided

Saturday in the Northwest Herald, Paul Serwatka, running to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon, along with three others, started it out. He announced that he would not accept a pension or health benefits, if he won the election. Saturday, I … Continue reading

Serwatka Rejects Pension, Health, Life Insurance

The Northwest Herald ran a front page article Saturday announcing Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka’s candidacy for State Representative. Serwatka, East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn, West Dundee Village Trustee Dan Wilbrandt and McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield are … Continue reading

Roskam Targets HHS Incompetence

A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam: Chairman Roskam Demands Answers from HHS on Erroneous Obamacare Tax Credits WASHINGTON, DC—Friday, Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) sent a letter to HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services … Continue reading

David Stieper Sends Second Mailing

Republican McHenry County Board District 1 hopeful has sent out his second mailing. The first featured a “gravy train” in which he promised not to sign up for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension (which his running mate Andrew Gasser … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Compensation, Including Retirement Benefits

When I looked at the annual compensation provided to McHenry County Board members made readily available by county government, I noticed that pensions and Social Security were not included. Health insurance was included in the figures, but not the taxpayer-financed … Continue reading

Zane Seipler’s Back Pay, etc.

Dated August 11th, with a stamped July 31st signature from Sheriff Keith Nygren, the man who fired him, a settlement agreement has authorized the payment for the time Zane Seipler was off work, plus medical expenses that would have been … Continue reading

Tryon Reports on Busy Legislative Week including Health Benefit Revision for Retired State Employees

An email from Mike Tryon: Friends, It is our busiest time of the year in Springfield, and I would like to provide you with an update of the key items that were discussed and/or voted on last week: State Retiree … Continue reading

2% Pay Raise for County Highway Workers, Health Benefit Sharing Going Up

Here’s what the recommendation for wages in the contract that is on the agenda toimposed on McHenry County Department of Transportation union employees at Tuesday’s Board meeting: WAGES 1. Effective December 1, 2011, wage rates will increase by 2% (with … Continue reading