Illinois Has Highest Real Estate Taxes

That’s what the Chicago Tribune is reporting a California company finds.

Illinois has the highest median property tax rate in the nation, with various agencies and entities taking a combined 2.67 percent bite, according to a CoreLogic analysis of real estate property taxes nationwide.

Nationally, the median property tax rate is 1.31 percent, said the Irvine, Calif.-based data provider to financial services and real estate companies. That means that a home valued at $200,000 will, on average, pay annual total property taxes of $2,620.

In Illinois, that homeowner would pay $5,340…

After Illinois, the states with the highest median property tax rates are: New York, 2.53 percent; New Hampshire, 2.4 percent; and New Jersey, 2.37 percent.

Divide your property tax bill by what you could sell your home for and tell us in the comment section what your percentage is.

Fardon Comments on Hastert Sentence

A press release from the U.S. Attorney:

Statement by the United States Attorney’s Office Following the Sentencing of Former U.S. Speaker of the House John Dennis Hastert

CHICAGO — U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin today sentenced JOHN DENNIS HASTERT, 74, of Plano, to 15 months in federal prison.

Hastert pleaded guilty last year to one count of illegally structuring cash withdrawals in order to evade financial reporting requirements.

After the sentencing hearing, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois issued the following statement:

“With this case, the Office sought to hold Mr. Hastert accountable for the crimes he committed that could still be prosecuted: illegally structuring cash withdrawals and lying to the government about his motive for engaging in that activity.

“All of us have been inspired by the strength and bravery of the victims and witnesses who came forward in the most challenging of circumstances.  ”

As in all cases, the Office is dedicated to doing everything we can to help victims and their families seek justice.  It is our hope that the sentence imposed today will promote respect for the law.”

The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and James D. Robnett, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven A. Block and Diane MacArthur.

Consolidation of Power Referendum Headed for Fall Ballot

McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller went to a national convention and found out that Los Angeles County only has five commissioners.

That seems to be the immediate impetus to cutting the size of the McHenry County Board, which is a legislative body.

Had he looked further, he could have found other counties with only three commissioners.

My grandfather James Clayland Stevens served on one such board on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The Eastern Shore was solidly Democratic then.

There were two factions in Queen Anne’s County.

Both courted my retired farmer grandfather.

He chose one side and won.

We grandkids were really impressed with one of the perks–free entrance to the Churchill movie theater.

I have no idea the connection of county government was to the  movie theater.

Queen Anne’s County was an interesting one politically.

In the 1950’s Democratic Party boss Joe George brought home a brick faced bridge where Route 50 split into 301 going north to Wilmington.

During the 1930’s my grandfather told of a family with seven voters going from one side of the courthouse square to the other side, from one lawyer’s office to another, offering to sell their votes.

The final price was $35.

I’ll be plenty of people would be willing to accept that price today.

But, back to my headline.

The McHenry County Board at the beginning of a meeting.

The 24-member McHenry County Board at the beginning of a meeting.

There are now 24 county board members.

Cutting that number in half, as was originally proposed, would guarantee one thing:

Fewer people would control McHenry County politics

Of course any referendum to eliminate elected officials will pass.

Think of Pat Quinn’s Cutback Amendment.

He claimed it would save money.

It would improve government.

No one can show that either promise was fulfilled.

My prediction is that cutting the number of county board members in half will result in a doubling of their $21,000 salaries.

The argument will be that they are doing twice the work, so deserve twice the salary.

This might not happen during the first term, because 24 people will be setting the salaries and close to half will be resentful that they will lose their jobs.

Give in a couple of terms and any claims that the scheme will save money will be found to be false predictions.

But power will have been consolidated into fewer hands.

The Six “P’s” of Dennis Hastert’s Life

Several times I have explained the three “P’s” that Republican National Committee Field Director Ray Humphries taught a campaign school in Jacksonville in about 1968.

He said they explained the motivations that people had for seeking public office:

  • Power
  • Prestige
  • Pecuniary

The third one is a bit awkward, but it refers to monetary rewards.

All three undoubtedly motivated former Illinois State Representative and U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert to seek appointment to the Illinois House and election to Congress. (He beat future State Rep. Tom Johnson in the GOP primary for Congress.)

During the course of his indictment we learned that the man who once represented a small part of McHenry County (Coral Township, I believe) had another “P” before he entered public service:

  • Pedophilia

Today, Hastert will learn which of two more “P’s” he will face during the rest of his life:

  • Probation
  • Prison

How Much Fat Was There in Universities?

U $600 mil 4-16The end of the school year is almost here and the only state university announcing an early closure is Chicago State University, one whose educational product is not widely praised.

The question I have been asking myself since the universities started complaining about not getting their state subsidy is “How much fat is there is the state universities?”

If there were not huge reserves, one would think that the universities would have shut down before now.

Back in the 1990’s, when state government tried to force the University of Illinois enterprise funds (read primarily dorms) to pay for their health insurance, the university legislators passed a bill to prohibit collecting what it cost.

That gave a subsidy to students renting dorm rooms that certainly did not meet cost accounting standards.

I’d guess the universities must have had a lot of money squirreled away to last nine months without their usual state subsidy.

My Elevator Speech for Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

My Orkin guy and I have been discussing politics for the better part of a decade.

Last fall he told me he thought a Republican would win, but he was not enthusiastic about Trump.

Last week it was time for the first spring application.

He expressed dissatisfaction about Hillary Clinton, but no enthusiasm about Donald Trump.

I asked him what he thought the biggest issue was.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Presidential preference primary results for McHenry County.

Presidential preference primary results for McHenry County.

“The wall,” he replied with a smile.

“You’re partly right,” I said.

“It’s jobs.”

Then I asked which of the two had created jobs.

“Trump” was the answer.

“That’s partly right,” I said.

“Hillary has created jobs in the FBI.”

I got a wide smile out of him.

BGA Promotes Pension Tax

BGA pusheding for a tax on pensions.

BGA pusheding for a tax on pensions.

The Better Government Association perhaps should change its name to the “Better Government with More Taxes Association.”

Bad acronym, but that certain describes its pitch in this article.

Just looking at the graphic the BGA used in its article tells you that it favors removing eggs from peoples nest eggs.

And in its weekly email blast, the article is described thusly:

“Support builds for a controversial tax on seniors but the burden is on the governor and lawmakers to forge a comprehensive budget plan, a BGA Rescuing Illinois report finds.”

Leading the fight against taxing retirement income is State Rep. David McSweeney:

“I’m still a HELL NO on a retirement tax!

“I’m continuing to work hard against it.”

Here are those who have signed onto the proposal that McSweeney has introduced:

House Sponsors
Rep. David McSweeney – Brandon W. Phelps – Jeanne M Ives – Martin J. Moylan – Mark Batinick, Margo McDermed, Steven A. Andersson, Jack D. Franks, Sue Scherer, Deb Conroy, Jerry Costello, II, Anna Moeller, Katherine Cloonen, Daniel V. Beiser, Mike Smiddy, Natalie A. Manley, Sam Yingling, Stephanie A. Kifowit, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Reginald Phillips, Thomas Morrison, Bill Mitchell, Adam Brown, Avery Bourne, Dwight Kay, John M. Cabello, Ron Sandack, Terri Bryant, Christine Winger, Michael P. McAuliffe, Randy E. Frese, Joe Sosnowski, John D. Anthony, Anthony DeLuca, Patrick J. Verschoore, John Cavaletto, Sheri Jesiel, Jay Hoffman, Tom Demmer, Andrew F Skoog, Frances Ann Hurley, David B. Reis, Rita Mayfield, Norine K. Hammond, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Camille Y. Lilly, Kenneth Dunkin, Donald L. Moffitt, Mary E. Flowers, John C. D’Amico, Linda Chapa LaVia, Emanuel Chris Welch, Peter Breen, Cynthia Soto, Sonya M. Harper, Monique D. Davis, Thaddeus Jones, Marcus C. Evans, Jr., Silvana Tabares, Keith R. Wheeler, André Thapedi, Eddie Lee Jackson, Sr. and La Shawn K. Ford

Note that the Wheeler listed is not Crystal Lake State Rep. Barbara Wheeler.

Of course, some of those are co-sponsoring the House Resolution for purely short-term political reasons.

If a vote is required to tax pensions, Social Security and other retirement income, some of the co-sponsors will do so, just as they voted to increase in State Income Tax 67%, when Democratic Governor Pat Quinn asked them to.

Some of those who broke campaign pledges not to support a higher income tax got cushy jobs in State government from Quinn.

Woodstock Home Rule Targeted

A press release from Voters in Action and Taxpayers United of America:

Home Rule is Home Ruin

Special Census, Home Rule and You

Home Rule Voters in Action promoWOODSTOCK, IL – The Woodstock City Council has approved a special census with an eye toward certifying that the city has grown to more than 25,000 residents.

If this is true, this would make Woodstock a “Home Rule Unit” and would substantially change the rules for how the city creates or changes taxes and fees in the city.

Jim Tobin

Jim Tobin

Given that Woodstock residents pay among the highest taxes in the state, and perhaps the country, citizens were concerned and Voters In Action were engaged.

Leadership from Voters In Action reached out to Jim Tobin of Taxpayers United of America and have joined forces to present “Home Rule is Home Ruin”.

The presentation, given by Mr Tobin, will take a closer look at what changes Home Rule brings and how they will affect local taxpayers.

  • Where: Woodstock Public Library, 414 W Judd St, Woodstock, IL 60098
  • When: Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 PM

The public is welcome. There is no charge for the event

About Jim Tobin

Jim Tobin founded Taxpayers United of America (TUA), which has become one of the largest taxpayer organizations in the country. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs including ABC, CBS, FOX, WGN and NBC news programs. His tax-cutting activities have been the subject of articles by major media including the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the USA Today.

About Voters In Action

Started in 2014, Voters In Action is a citizen action group concerned about the community and working to make a difference by:

  • increasing awareness of critical public policy
  • creating ways to make it easier for the public to become involved
  • shining a light on waste, corruption and the thoughtless spending of our tax dollars

Motorcyclist Dies

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A 35-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash Sunday night after his motorcycle collided with a guardrail in unincorporated Nunda Township.

Preliminary investigation indicated that at 11:33 p.m., a 2003 Harley Davidson XL883C motorcycle, driven by Merrick M. Gehrke of McHenry, was traveling southbound on River Road at Black Partridge Road. For an unknown reason the motorcycle left the west side of the roadway where it collided with a guardrail, ejecting Gehrke.

Merrick Gehrke was the sole occupant of the motorcycle, was not wearing a helmet, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Traffic Crash Investigations Unit and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. Members of the McHenry Township Fire Protection District and A-TEC Ambulance also responded to the scene. The Island Lake Police Department assisted with traffic control.

Majewski Investigates Death

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As If Underfunding Public Pensions Is Not Enough…

A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office reveals a village police pension fund treasurer has looted it:

Sauk Village Treasurer Charged with Stealing More Than $21,000 from Police Pension Fund

CHICAGO — The treasurer of south suburban Sauk Village was arrested today for allegedly looting the village’s Police Pension Fund out of more than $21,000.

JAMES GRIEGEL, 71, of Sauk Village, is charged with embezzlement in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  Federal authorities arrested Griegel this morning.  He made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez and was ordered released on a personal recognizance bond.

The complaint alleges that Griegel fraudulently issued pension fund checks to himself and forged the names of Sauk Village officials as signatories.

Griegel listed the names of conferences and seminars on the memorandum lines of the checks to falsely make the payments appear to have been business related, according to the complaint.

Griegel then cashed the checks and used the money for his own benefit, including making purchases at

  • gas stations
  • rental car locations
  • restaurants
  • storage facilities

the complaint states.

Zachary Fardon

Zachary Fardon

Griegel worked as the village’s treasurer from May 2013 until January 2016, when he was suspended from the post.  He issued the checks over a ten-month period from April 2015 to January 2016, according to the complaint.

The embezzlement charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and restitution is mandatory.

The arrest was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and John F. Oleskowicz, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, Chicago Field Office.

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunil Harjani.

Valley Hi Wish List

With McHenry County Valley Hi Nursing Home having $41,660,082.57 in the bank, a wish list has been developed to spend that incredible surplus down.

The big money will be revealed in a consultant’s report to be delivered to the Valley Hi Operating Board and the County Board on Wednesday at 6 PM at Valley Hi, 2406 Hartland Rd, Woodstock.

(I’m betting the consultants will come up with a plan to spend virtually all of the surplus, but only the insiders are currently privy to the information and they are not in a sharing mood, claiming the report is still in “draft” form so can withheld from people like you.)

In any event what you see below, officially called a “Capital Improvement and Asset Preservation Plan,” includes everything that one could think of including not the kitchen sink, but a million renovation of the gravel floored basement, $30,000 for tents, tables and “chair: for the annual fall picnic and $25,000 for new artwork.

The total is $6,730,000.

Capital Improvement and Asset Preservation Plan

Proposed expenditures at McHenry County’s Valley Hi Nursing Home.

McHenry Grade School Member Alerts Public of Expensive Tuesday Meeting

A message from McHenry Grade School Board member Eric Sivertsen:

The McHenry Grade School Board before the last election.

The McHenry Grade School Board before the last election.

On Tuesday night at 7:15 District 15 will be holding a public hearing at the district office on Green St.

The plan is to transfer $6.5 million from the Transportation Fund to the Operations and Maintenance Fund.

This money was slated to be used for $6.3 million dollars worth of “Summer Projects” in addition to the ongoing construction projects.

At the meeting at 7:30 there are bids set to be approved for the summer projects with a total of $3,762,297.

A lot of the projects from the original proposed list are not on the list of projects that went out for bid.

What happened to the other projects?

Why aren’t they included in the bid?

The projects that are included in the bid, were estimated to cost $2,201,000.

That means the bids came in at 80% over the estimates.

Some of the projects on the bid include building STEM labs and film studios at both of the Jr Highs, rekeying all of the locks throughout the district, and replacing a bunch of parking lots.

Several of the other projects have already been completed, Including

  • painting over the murals at Riverwood (estimated at $5,000 completed for $27K)
  • Repainting the transportation department break room ($23K)

and the school board has not been presented with any bids for those projects.

There is also a bill for $13,000 of carpet at the district office that the board didn’t get bids for either.

These projects are all in addition to the estimated $14 million dollars of ongoing construction projects to eliminate the mobile classrooms and build classrooms for All-Day Kindergarten.

To make it even worse, we don’t have an All-Day Kindergarten program, or even a proposal for one, we don’t have a proposal for a STEM program for the Jr Highs, and the board voted that it would be too expensive to record the school board meetings, but we are gonna put film studios into 2 of our schools. (It turns out that recording the school board meetings isn’t really that expensive www.D15Meetings.com)

We need taxpayers to come to the hearing and the meeting on Tuesday and let the board know how they feel about this spending.

Centegra’s Huntley Hospital Pretty Much Finished as Permission to Build Finalized

Here’s the headline from the Cook County Reporter article on the Ottawa Appellate Court decision giving Centegra final approval to build its new hospital in Huntley:

Headline in the Cook County Reporter.

Headline in the Cook County Reporter.

In an Illinois replication of the Stalinist approach to economic growth, those wishing to build or expand hospitals must play “Mother, may I?” with the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board.

This is the Board that was shown to be corrupt during the Rod Blagojevich Administration when Mercy Health System out of Janesville tried to get permission to build a Hospital in Crystal Lake.

The fix was arranged by Blago pal Stuart Levine after a bribe had been arranged.

I feel more than a little responsible for the agency’s existence.

When the bill was on the floor in 1974, I was showing a red vote.

My friend, fellow freshman Bill Kempiners, walked over and made a personal plea that I change my vote.

I did and the bill passed. (More here.)

After the 1992 election, when I returned to the Illinois House, one of the first bills I introduced was a repealer.

Those who made money from the Board exerted sufficient influence to kill my effort to correct my mistake.

The impending takeover of Centegra by Northwestern indicates that Centegra’s business plan has been severely flawed.

As bond analyst Steve Willson pointed out about three weeks ago,

In FY 2011, Centegra had 63,000 acute patient days.

In calendar 2015, they had 48,400, down 23% in four years.

And this is BEFORE they open their new hospital.

Centegra's Huntley Hospital

Centegra’s Huntley Hospital

Expect acute patient days to go up modestly but system-wide occupancy to drop sharply from the current 65% of staffed beds.

Centegra’s margins, cash ratios and debt service coverage — common metrics for assessing hospital creditworthiness — are all weak and about to get weaker when they have to staff the Huntley facility.

Willson looked at the data retrospectively, however.

When the State regulatory board gave Centegra permission to build its new hospital in Huntley, its staff was using projections.

I would assume the state bureaucratic projections are working out no better than Centegra’s business plan prior to the real estate recession, when the building idea was birthed.

Where Serwatka Spent His Money

Paul Serwatka

Paul Serwatka

Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka spent $40,836.91 during the first quarter of 2016 before dropping out of campaign for the Republican nomination State Representative in the 66th District to support the eventual winner, Allen Skillicorn.

Here’s how he spent his money:

  • $36,055.28 – Victory Media Group – Advertising
  • $3,000 – Rick Cape, Barrington – Campaign Work a
  • $600 – McHenry County Republicans – Meals
  • $500 – Mike Kasper, Chicago – Legal fees
  • $165.01 – Facebook, Menlo Park, CA – Website

Donor Unwillingness Leads to Student Fee Cut

MCC Lab - Lab and Student space now and proposedI continue to be frustrated at the minimalist approach to the Open Meetings Act that McHenry County College is taking.

There is a Board meeting next Thursday night at 6:30.

Actually, there are three Board meetings that night.

Agendas were released Friday shortly after 4 PM.

But the reports, numbered on the agendas were withheld.

Trustees got access so they could study them over the weekend, but we folks who pay the bills are still in the dark.

One item caught my attention.

RESCIND $10.00 PER CREDIT HOUR INFRASTRUCTURE FEE, Board Report #15-47

The infrastructure fee was passed contingent on the new President’s being able to tack down private financing for the $34 million addition that previous President Vicki Smith said was forthcoming.

He didn’t do so.

The driving force behind the addition was the construction of new science labs.

But there was lots more space for non-academic student space.

When the infrastructure fee was proposed, Trustee Chris Jenner insisted that it be repealed if a financing plan were not put in place.

It wasn’t, so students will save money for at least the fall semester.

County Department Seeks To Take Over Homelessness Problem as Pioneer Center Relinquishes Role

The Planning & Development Committee will consider the following recommendation on being in charge of alleviating homelessness in the county at its 8:30 AM meeting on Tuesday, April 26th.

Below is what will be considered:

To: McHenry County Board Planning and Development Committee

From:  Hans Mach, Community Development Administrator

Re: McHenry County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness – Request to Explore Assumption of HUD CoC Funding and Grant Activities from Pioneer Center for Human Services

The McHenry County Continuum of Care (CoC) to End Homelessness coordinates the community’s response to ending homelessness.  The CoC also makes allocation decisions on community funding of approximately $1.1 million dollars in annual support to local providers for direct service and administrative activities.

At the April 14, 2016 full meeting of the CoC, Pioneer Center presented that it no longer desired to assume funding for two of its Continuum of Care (CoC) grant awards.  These awards involve the coordinated assessment (or coordinated entry) and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) activities.  The coordinated assessment activities would have been a completely new direction for the CoC in that this type of activity was a newer initiative based on demonstrated community models.  The HMIS activity was not a new initiative, but had been funded under the Community Development Block Grant Program and McHenry County Mental Health Board.  Both awards are anticipated to go into contract later in 2016.

The CoC carefully considered the matter and voted to request that the Community Development (CD) Division of the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development assume the funding and grant activities from Pioneer Center for Human Services as soon as they become available.  Pioneer Center also reported that it would be willing to transfer over its existing McHenry County Mental Health Board contract for HMIS as soon as possible.  The CD Division is already a grantee under the CoC program for its Planning activities.

The CoC awards are $62,000 for coordinated assessment and $38,000 for HMIS.  The HMIS funding includes funding for salary, user training, and the annual software license. The coordinated assessment grant is primarily for salary.

After considering existing workloads and the needs of these activities, staff has concluded that we could not absorb these activities with our existing staff. We have concluded that managing the HMIS activity is approximately a half-time job (0.5 FTE). The community assessment activity would require a full time staff (1.0 FTE).

Both positions would be funded by the CoC grant awards.

However, these awards require a 25% match. CDBG funds can be used as the match for the HMIS activity. However, CDBG funds cannot be used as match for the coordinated assessment activity.

Staff is seeking direction from the Committee in order to reply to the CoC. County assumption of the grant funding and activities would require a formal approval from the CoC, then approval from the P&D Committee, the Human Resources Committee, the Finance and Audit Committee, and finally the County Board due to the increase in staffing and adjustment of the Department budget.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (815) 334-4089 or by email to [email protected]

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When asked for additional financing info, Mr. Mach provided the following:

To answer your question simply, no county general administration funds would be required to take over the homelessness grants that are currently heading toward a contract to Pioneer Center.  Pioneer is seeking to reduce its breadth of services to a more focused mission and no longer wishes to operate these two projects.

These grants are from federal resources.

All of these grants require a 25% cash match.

We have adequate funding in our federal CDBG administration budget to provide the match.

We have verified that the administrative funding we have can be used as match for the HMIS project.

For the Coordinated Entry, we are weighing whether or not the County is the appropriate venue for the funding- or if another community provider might be more appropriate.

We anticipate that the Planning and Development Committee will be able to offer us some direction and insight.

2030 County Plan Progress

A press release from the McHenry County Board:

McHenry County 2030 And Beyond

Woodstock, IL. McHenry County has initiated the review and update of the McHenry County 2030 Comprehensive Plan. The update process, dubbed McHenry County 2030 And Beyond is being led by a 5-member regional planning commission.

2030 Plan cover 4-16The commission started its review process in February and will submit its recommendations to the County Board by November. Possible recommendations to the County Board include:

• The 2030 Comprehensive Plan continues to provide appropriate policy direction for the county and no revisions are required at this time;

• The 2030 Comprehensive Plan requires limited revisions, which will be recommended by the commission; or

• The 2030 Comprehensive Plan requires major revisions and the County Board should appoint a larger commission and establish a multi-year work plan for the planning process.

In reviewing the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, the commission is focusing on county land use and demographic trends and emphasizing the county plans adopted since 2010, including the McHenry County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, Green Infrastructure Plan, Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, and the Local Food Assessment.

Thus far, the commission has made several preliminary findings, including recommendations such as:

• A future major comprehensive plan update should integrate the county’s land use, transportation, and health planning;

• Due to the changing housing needs and preferences of both the aging population and Millennials, compact developments, with smaller lots and access to transportation are most desirable; and

• The Plan update should support greater coordination of activities to support local food production including a local food distribution hub and food cooperatives. The commission’s preliminary findings along with additional information about McHenry County 2030 And Beyond is available on the county website at: www.co.mchenry.il.us/2030AndBeyond.

All commission meetings are open to the public and the commission will be conducting a public open house meeting in June.

Additional information about the commission meetings and open house meeting are available on the project website.

The McHenry County 2030 Comprehensive Plan, was adopted by the county board in 2010.

The plan establishes a vision for McHenry County as well as a set of actionable goals and objectives that serve as a road map to realizing that vision.

It provides long-range policy recommendations for the development and redevelopment of the County’s built form and physical assets as well as for the maintenance and enhancement of the County’s valued natural resources.

Additional information about the plan is available on the county website at: www.co.mchenry.il.us/Planning.

The McHenry County Regional Planning Commission was established by the County Board in accordance with Illinois state statute.

The regional planning commission serves as a fact-finding and advisory body to gather statistics and prepare a plan.

The commission consists of five members:

  • the Chairperson of the County Board Planning and Development Committee
  • two members of the McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals
  • one public member residing east of Rt. 47
  • public member residing west of Rt. 47.

The Director of Planning and Development serves as an ex-officio member of the commission. More information about the Regional Planning Commission is available on the project website.

Additional information is available by contacting project manager Darrell Moore at [email protected] or 815.334.4549.

No Movement on Lakewood SportsPlex

Every once in a while I check with the Village of Lakewood to find out if there is anything new on the SportsPlex proposed for the area west of the southern intersection of Routes 47 and 176.

The intersection of Routes 176 and 47 as it will appear after it is reconfigured by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  Lakewood's SportsPlex would be located.

The intersection of Routes 176 and 47 as it will appear after it is reconfigured by the Illinois Department of Transportation. Lakewood’s SportsPlex would be located.

There isn’t.