McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills

Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session. To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement. You can take a look at them below: House Bill 173 – Repeals … Continue reading

Attorney General Investigating Whether Transportation Committee Meeting Met Open Meetings Act Requirements

The Illinois Attorney General notified McHenry County late yesterday afternoon that it is investigating whether the County Board’s Transportation Committee operated within the limitations of the Open Meetings Act at its September 3rd meeting on Randall Road. The question was … Continue reading

Hanky Panky at the Courthouse

Yesterday, I attended the Transportation Committee meeting of the McHenry County Board. That was where the Committee voted 3-2 to approve dropping the Continuous Flow Intersection in favor of a more conventional, yet innovative for Illinois, approach of three left … Continue reading

MCC Board Holds Secret Retreat

Perhaps the title should be “MCC Board Holding Secret Retreat” because as I write this McHenry County Board members, President Vicky Smith and Illinois Community College Association facilitator Gary Davis are meeting in the college’s Shah Center in McHenry. The … Continue reading

Is McHenry County College More Likely or Less Likely to Improve Its Image Tuesday Night?

The Northwest Herald’s Kevin Craver has been a busy guy. He just posted a scathing piece on his blog, “Opening Doors.” The subject is the very “special” meeting of the McHenry County College Board to extend the contract of President … Continue reading

Planning to Win an Election? Put May 2nd on Your Calendar

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office: STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SPONSORS LOCAL GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS SEMINAR Louis A. Bianchi is pleased to announce that the State’s Attorney’s Office is sponsoring a free seminar on local government … Continue reading

Ex Post Facto Posting of Monday’s Mental Health Board Ethics & Compliance Meeting, Monday 7 AM Board Meeting

When I spoke during public comment time at the McHenry County Mental Health Board meeting on Monday night,  I criticized the Board for not having posted its 5 o’clock Ethics & Compliance Committee meeting. Here’s what was on the Mental … Continue reading

Mental Health Board Transparency Needs Improvement

In planning to attend the McHenry County Mental Health Board meeting Monday, I went to the County web site to check out the time. The Mental Health Board is a separate tax district and I’m glad that they are trying … Continue reading

Tea Leaves at the Northwest Herald

Maybe it’s not tea leaves. Maybe it’s newspaper clippings to which I should allude. In any event, the first two McHenry County Board endorsement editorials got me thinking. McHenry County’s paper of record has suggested dumping Board Chairman Ken Koehler … Continue reading

McHenry County Board’s Secret Special Prosecutor Meeting Passes AG’s Muster

It couldn’t be characterized as “transparent,” but the secret meeting the McHenry County Board held on Feb. 14, 2011, to discuss legal bills from Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan doesn’t qualify as “Illegal.’ Former McHenry County Board member Lou Anne Majewski … Continue reading

To the Back of the Room for Photo Taking and Recordings at Grafton Township Meetings

Just as whites were more privileged than blacks on Montgomery Alabama, buses, those trying to video or audio tape and photograph Grafton Township meetings seem to be now less equal than print reporters with pencil and pad. The Public Access … Continue reading

Former County Board Member Lou Anne Majewski Files Open Meetings Complaint Against County Board

Former McHenry County Board member Lou Anne Majewski filed an Open Meetings complaint against the McHenry County Board for going into closed session to discuss a resolution drafted by a county board committee.  Majewski says Chairman Ken Koehler said the … Continue reading

County Board Replies to Alleged Open Meetings Act Violation

Here’s the April 14, 2011, letter that McHenry County’s Freedom of Information Office John Labaj sent to the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. One would presume that the blacked out parts were visible in the original … Continue reading

Attorney General Investigating Possible McHenry County Board Open Meetings Act Violation

The Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office is looking into a complaint about a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act on February 15, 2011. “We have determined that further inquiry into this allegation is warranted,” wrote … Continue reading

SportsPlex Opponents Appeal to Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor

When the Upper Illinois River Valley Development Authority was meeting somewhere near I-80 was meeting to approve the bonds for the McHenry County SportsPlex in Lakewood, it didn’t seem like it was worth the time to drive down to see … Continue reading

Grafton Township Board Meeting & Meeting & Meeting

So how many times did the “Family Feud” Grafton Township Board meet in the first year since Linda Moore replaced John Rossi as Supervisor? Past boards have met once a month, plus the Annual Town Meeting of Electors. The Supervisor … Continue reading