County Board Moves to Preempt Jack Franks on Pension Issue by Pulling Out of IMRF

Appearing today on the agenda of the Human Resources Committee is a resolution to take McHenry County Board members out of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. State Rep. Jack Franks, in his run-up to a candidacy to take over the … Continue reading

No Talk on Ending IMRF for County Board Members

The McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee will meet Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 8:15 AM, but there is nothing on the very sparse agenda concerning ending Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions for County Board members. Committee members will discuss a … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

Strip Joint Regulation

There aren’t any strip joints in McHenry County right now, but note was made during the Unified Development Ordinance debate by Wonder Lake’s John Hammerand that it language was not good enough. Deputy County Administrator Scott Hartman brought up the … Continue reading

Raising Elected Officials Salaries – Not!

The Human Resources Committee held a meeting on April 2nd which I attended. The reason was the following agenda item: Discussion on Establishing Elected Officials’ Salaries During public comment time, former Board member Kathy Bergan-Schmidt encouraged members to “drop the … Continue reading

County Board’s Legislative Goals Unveiled, Sales Tax Hike Included

McHenry County Board Legislative Committee members will discuss the County’s legislative wish list for the incoming General Assembly on Friday morning at 8:15..  (The draft is here.) Some, but not all of the proposals are reproduced below: Top request is … Continue reading

Legislative Committee Missing Opportunity to Weigh in on MCCD Non-Referendum Bond Bill

A majority at the last meeting of the McHenry County Finance Committee asked that the incoming Legislative Committee take up the question of whether the County Board should endorse or opposed the enactment of Pam Althoff’s and Mike Tryon’s bill … Continue reading

Gottemoller’s Committee Spoils for His Supporters

The last article on McHenry County Board Committee assignments by newly-elected Chairman Joe Gottemoller focused on what those who supported his opponent Jim Heisler ended up. This will look at how the winners were rewarded.  Again requests that were granted … Continue reading

County Board Eliminates Chance of MCCD Bond Bill Opposition

When the McHenry County Conservation District was actively promoting its two tax hike bills, it asked the McHenry County Board for its endorsement of them. Articles on this attempt to raise McHenry County real estate taxes below include one about … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Hammerand, Wheeler, Yensen & Jung

Saturday’s Northwest Herald rolled out its other endorsements in four contested McHenry County Board districts. In District 4, which has most of McHenry Township, plus Richmond and Burton Townships, those endorsed were John Hammerand (R-Wonder Lake, incumbent) Chuck Wheeler (R-McHenry, … Continue reading

High Property Taxes Dominate County Board Forum

Andrew Gasser: “McHenry County is the 29th most expensive county to live in the nation, not Illinois, in the U.S.” Joe Gottemoller: “[We need to] hold the line on taxes. The County portion is flat.” Chuck Wheeler: “I believe in … Continue reading

Tina Hill Fundraiser Well Attended

The establishment Mix and March on the Woodstock Square was the place where McHenry  County Board Chairwoman Tina Hill held her fundraiser Thursday night. I was at the Oakwood Hills power plant zoning hearing while Hill’s fundraiser was taking place, … Continue reading