Tobin Endorses McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Vote

Here is an endorsement letter of the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum from Jim Tobin to Bob Anderson: October 12, 2018 Bob, I am very pleased to enthusiastically endorse your organization, Citizens For Consolidation. We need more non-partisan grassroots organizations … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Makes Another Pitch for Support in Consolidation McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township

A letter for the Northwest Herald from Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson, published with permission of its author: More Oversight, Cutting Costs, Ending Patronage, Nepotism, Favoritism and Waste Heads-up McHenry Township voters. On November 6 you will have the opportunity to … Continue reading

Federal Judge Plans to Issue Written Opinion on McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Opponents’ Suit

Federal Circuit Court Judge Frank Kapala heard arguments for and against holding a referendum in November calling for consolidating the McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township. That would put the five members of the Township Board in control of the … Continue reading

Joe Gottemoller Get Campaign Reporting Done Early

It’s only four days into the fifteen day filing period for campaign finance filing, but McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller, running for re-election, has finished that chore. Here are the contributions he reports by name (those over $150): $250 … Continue reading

Consolidation – Businesses Do It, Why Not Local Governments?

This letter to the Northwest Herald is re-printed with the permission of its writer, Jamie Grubich of McHenry:: The Power to Consolidate – House Bill 607 Isn’t it ironic that only a few past and present employees of the McHenry … Continue reading

McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Opponents Officially Surface

Saw my first four by four foot sign in opposition to the consolidation of the McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township after the 2021 elections. This sign was on Ridge Road south of Wonder Lake just before the “Vote … Continue reading

Court Fails to Take McHenry Township Road District Referendum Off the Ballot

Federal Magistrate Iain Johnston did not grant the relief that McHenry Township Road District referendum opponents sought Thursday. The McHenry native deferred to Circuit Court Judges, all of whom were in Chicago for a meeting. The next court hearing is … Continue reading

NWH Letter Writer Supports Consolidation of McHenry Township Road District with Township

First published in the Northwest Herald, this letter to the editor by McHenry’s Elizabeth Kirk is re-published with her permission: Supporting Citizens for Consolidation The part of supporting Citizens for Consolidation I feel the best about is knowing that I … Continue reading

McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Opponents File for TRO in Federal Court

Having lost their effort at the Woodstock courthouse to derail the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum, opponents are seeking seeking to derail the vote in Federal District Court in Rockford this morning. The hearing seeking a Temporary Restraining Order … Continue reading

McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Referendum on the Fall Ballot, Dillon’s Rule Rules

“Victory!” was the way McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson put it after Judge Kevin Costello issued his ruling on the effort of Road District consolidation opponents to derail the November referendum. Haven’t got the decision yet, but Anderson said the … Continue reading

Bob Anderson’s Argument for a “Yes” Vote on Consolidating the McHenry Township Road District With the Township

Here’s is the Bob Anderson side of the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum question: Did you know when it comes to spending public money, McHenry Township Road Commissioner Jim Condon has more power than Governor Bruce Rauner? Did you … Continue reading

McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Referendum Sign Vandals Called “Thugs”

From the Northwest Herald, republished her with permission of author Jeffrey Mayer: Time to Consolidate Little things sometimes tell you about the people who are on different sides of an issue. Sometimes both sides of a political debate are composed … Continue reading

Democrats on Parade in Johnsburg

When I started writing the article on Jack Franks parading in Johnsburg, I mis-titled it “Democrats on Parade.” It wasn’t until I looked at the pictures following his that I realized the highest ranking Democrat had separated himself from other … Continue reading

Message of the Day – Dirty Politics

From the vandalism of this McHenry Township Road District consolidation sign on Ridge Road in Bull Valley, one might think that opponents to the fall referendum are not willing to run an ethical referendum campaign. Or, it may be his … Continue reading

Power of the Annual Township Meeting Electors Questioning

That’s the subject of this letter to the Northwest Herald, reproduced here at the permission of its author, Dave Bussell: Vote to consolidate in November The Township Board is responsible for spending township dollars, not the attendees at the annual town … Continue reading

Route 31 McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Supporters Threatened

From Republican Precinct Committeeman Jamie Grubich: Demonstrators threatened with arrest by city alderman On Sunday, August 12, 2018, after church, fourteen friends, family members and pets gathered for a one hour peaceful demonstration to create additional awareness among McHenry residents … Continue reading

Dillon’s Rule May Decide McHenry Township Challenge

Dillon’s Rule is a legal concept originating in Iowa which says that a local government can’t do anything it is not authorized to do by state law. Now comes opponents of consolidating the McHenry Township Road District starting in 2021 … Continue reading

Citizen Argues Checks and Balances, Not Tax Savings Reason for Putting McHenry Township Road District Under Township Board

The following letter to the Northwest Herald is reprinted with permission of its author: To the editor: Regarding the proposal in McHenry Township to eliminate the road district taxing body and having it taken over by the township board, why … Continue reading

McHenry Citizen Says Annual Town Meeting Had No Authority to Order Township Board to Conduct a Cost-Benefit Study on Elimination of an Independent Road District

The following was written by Jon Gealow of McHenry and published in the Northwest Herald on Saturday.  It is re-published here with his permission. Robert Beltran’s Protestations are Without Merit If Mr. Beltran chooses to in his own mind call Mr. … Continue reading

Independent McHenry Township Road District Abolitionists Suit Up

Well, “tee-shirt up” might be a better description. These folks intend to march in the McHenry and Johnsburg parades and seek others to join them. They are supporting a referendum which will be on the ballot in November asking voters … Continue reading