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

Hultgren Goes After Single Payer Health Plan Supported by Opponent Underwood

From Congressman Randy Hultgren: Hultgren Airs Second Ad of 2018 Election Geneva, IL – Randy Hultgren, who is running for re-election this November as Representative for the 14th Congressional District, has aired his second television ad of this campaign season. … Continue reading

District 1 Democrat Michael Vijuk Follows David Stieper and Andrew Gasser on Getting Rid of Health Insurance for Board Members

Trying to straighten my office up a little, I found this piece of literature from District 1 McHenry County Board candidate Michael Vijuk : The platform points are pretty general. I see only one of four statements for which he could … Continue reading

Obamacare 23% More Expensive in Woodstock Than Chicago

Here’s what Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman found: Healthcare.gov premiums 23%+ higher in 60098 (Woodstock) than in Chicago 60602 Male age 50 median income $58,000 earner, CHEAPEST BRONZE PLAN, minimum $6000 deductible: ZIP CODE: 60602 (Chicago) vs. 60098 (Woodstock) SEX: Male … Continue reading

Health Services for Kids without Private Health Insurance Thursday at First Church in Crystal Lake

Concurrent with its Rummage Sale, the First United Methodist Church is hosting the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile this Thursday at the corner of West Crystal Lake and Dole Avenues. From 9-4, kids without private health insurance will be provided free … 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

Obamacare Monopoly in McHenry County

Three GOP officials comment on Obamacare shrinking coverage. First Governor Bruce Rauner: Statement on Health Care Rate Fillings Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on today’s health care rate filings: “It’s very unfortunate that the major structural flaws in … 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

County Board Pensions and Health Insurance

There were two questions asked of all candidates who participated (only Mary McCann did not) in the McHenry County League of Women Voters candidates’ forums for County Board: Pensions (and insurance the second time around) Homelessness I’ll deal with the … Continue reading

McHenry High School Teacher Negotiations after Board Meeting

After at least an hour and a half of public comment and fifteen minutes of power point information from the school board’s side, the McHenry High School Board and its teacher union went back into negotiations behind closed doors. According … 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

County Employees Pay 21% of Health Benefits Cost

This evening at five, the Human Services Committee will meet to consider employee health insurance costs, among other topics. This coming year, employees paid out of the General Fund will contribute $2,329,999 Taxpayers will pay the rest: $12,392,849 All those … 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

Contractor Doesn’t Pay Union Wages, Indicted for Cheating Benefit Funds

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office: Former President of Chicago Construction Company Indicted in $1.9 Million Union Fraud Scheme CHICAGO — The former president of a Southwest Side construction company paid off-the-books cash wages to workers and under-reported … Continue reading