Defenders Seek Visual Support for Solar Panel Zoning at Tuesday County Board Meeting

A message from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County: McHenry County Board to Vote on County’s First Community Solar Projects On Tuesday evening, July 17, the McHenry County Board will vote on the first community solar projects in our county. This … Continue reading

Craig Wilcox Asks about Mike Walkup’s McHenry County Board Law and Government Committee Absences

Not quite sure what brought me to the June 4th minutes of the McHenry County Board’s Law and Government Committee minutes, but this paragraph under “Member Comments” caught my attention: Mr. Wilcox noted this is the fifth committee meeting that … 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

BGA Writes McHenry County Board in Support of Bill to Allow Abolition of Township Government by Referendum

Following up on a simple support statement for Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow abolition of township governments in McHenry County by referendum, the Better Government Association has issued the following letter sent to the McHenry County Board last week: … Continue reading

Skinner Family Real Estate Tax Bill Increases 1/2 of 1% (Not the 4.6% I Thought When Decimal Misplaced)

I needed addition advice on how to find a copy of my family’s tax bill on the McHenry County Treasurer’s web site. The bill went from $9,988.26 last year to $10,033.66. That’s an increase of 0.46%. [Thanks to Alabama Shake for pointing … Continue reading

GOP Will Pick Fall Auditor Candidate Wednesday

Five people applied for the post of McHenry County Auditor, which became vacant when Pam Palmer retired. Tuesday McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks will offer the name of Chief Deputy Auditor Shannon Teresi as Palmer’s replacement through the rest … Continue reading

Jack Franks Bows to GOP Wishes That Shannon Teresi Be Appointed County Auditor

Shortly after McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer annpunced her retirement, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks appeared in a Northwest Herald article announcing that he wanted to abolish the office. In the same article former Crystal Lake Grade School Board … Continue reading

A Quadruple Whopper from “Illinois Integrity Fund”

Dark Money Mud Slinging Now Includes Former State Rep. Despite former State Rep. Cal Skinner being awarded custody of his daughter after the alleged incident, the slander seems to surface every election. The allegations on the libelous mailer received yesterday … Continue reading

Short and Sweet Resolution Making McHenry County Primary Election Legal

Despite McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellans opinion that the Clerk has sole authority over elections, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks had the below resolution added to the county board’s Monday regular meeting agenda. Squeaking in under the 48 hour … Continue reading

Fraternite Notre Dame Settlement Lacks Transparency

Added to the McHenry County Board’s Regular Meeting scheduled one day before the Primary Election, Monday at 10am, is a “Resolution authorizing the settlement of Fraternite Notre Dame v. County of McHenry 15 CV 50312.” You may remember that County … Continue reading