Skillicorn Seeks to Enforce Balanced Budget Requirement

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn:

Skillicorn Calls on AG Madigan to Compel Compliance with the Balanced Budget Requirement

SPRINGFIELD – In an effort to move the state budget process forward, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has joined 39 House colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Allen Skillicorn

The letter calls on Attorney General Madigan to use the power of her office to compel the Illinois General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate prior to the filing and passage of any spending bills to prevent further damage to the state’s finances and the many social service providers who serve the state’s most vulnerable.

In the letter, Skillicorn and his co-signers cite several prior court rulings and instances which set precedent for the Attorney General to intervene to ensure the Illinois Constitution is upheld.

Both the Constitution and state law require the General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate on which to base a balanced budget for the forthcoming fiscal year, an action which has not occurred in either of the past two years and hasn’t yet occurred for the coming fiscal year.

“The Illinois Constitution is quite clear that a revenue estimate must be adopted and the budget may not spend beyond expected revenue,” said Skillicorn.

“The legal precedent is clear and the Attorney General herself has issued an opinion agreeing that the legislature cannot pass appropriations that exceed expected funds available.”

Skillicorn continued, “Our most vulnerable, families and taxpayers are placed in an ever worsening situation the longer the budget impasse continues. It is time for the Attorney General to step in as the legal representative of the people and compel the adoption of a revenue estimate so a balanced budget can be passed as soon as possible.”

As of today, only 12 days remain until the deadline of May 31 to pass a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018. Visit www.RepSkillicorn.com<http://www.RepSkillicorn.com> to view the letter sent to the Attorney General.

Local 150’s “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District – Pages 7-9

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

I’ll run a couple of pages a day.

The comments should be interesting.

Tension Between CL’s Downtown & Other Businesses Apparent in Comment

Read commenter “Reasonable’s” take on the unfairness of subsidies that Downtown Crystal Lake businesses have and tell me there isn’t some underlying tension building in the local business community:

It was under the Part 6 post on the Crysal Lake Civic Center Authority and the Raue Center/

The Raue Center marquee for May 5, 2017.

@Steve Willson – The 30,000 that the city gives to the downtown association is also from the hotel/motel grant money.

I doubt that the downtown association grant money is tied into the Raue operation, however the Raue is an integral part of the downtown identity.

I am guessing that the the grant money given to the downtown association is used to run parades and festivals?

I believe that the downtown association also charges a membership fee however, there are many businesses in the downtown area that are not members, yet still benefit from all the perks, attention, and favoritism that the mayor and many city council members shower on this small shopping area.

The city subsidizes the operations of downtown business/building owners by building, purchasing, rebuilding parking lots for downtown merchants.

These are large capital expenditures paid for out of the general fund (funded by retail tax dollars collected by the city) that benefit only certain businesses – the downtown merchants.

The city also plows, resurfaces, and stripes these parking lots at no cost to the downtown merchants/building owners.

Businesses outside of the downtown area pay for these expenses themselves, as they should, because this is a normal cost of running a business.

The many service businesses that fill the downtown area contribute nothing to the general fund and are really getting a nice deal!

The thorny issue is the existence of several long-time downtown businesses that operated “just fine” with street parking.

It would not be fair to make them pony up for all parking lots and other expensive projects/improvements that are now part of the downtown’s budget.

But what about the bigger businesses that have opened up that the city has issued large parking variances?

The city’s “downtown agenda” has been an expensive journey and it would be nice to know if the downtown area has come anywhere near to repaying the investment that the city has showered on this area?

The downtown area is siphoning money from the general fund that could be used for other important project in Crystal Lake.

Corporate welfare should not exist in city government.

It divides the business community and has hurt businesses outside of the downtown area.

The city’s favoritism has even trickled down into influencing the NW Herald’s coverage of small businesses in CL.

There is never any coverage of long-time, successful small businesses outside of the downtown area, which is such a shame.

In my opinion, city government should never engage in any activity that favors “certain” businesses, while damaging others.

Small business owners do not mind competition, as long as it is on an even playing field.

The city’s subsidy of downtown has artificially shifted the playing field.

Even real estate taxes in the downtown area are ridiculously low compared to similar commercial properties outside of the downtown area.

Why is this? What can be done?

Other downtown areas fund their operations by setting up an SSA, special taxing district, installing meters, paid parking lots, or setting up some other equitable plan that charges businesses/building owners for the cost of their operations, parking lots and other maintenance/decorating/landscaping expenses.

Apparently, our mostly “townie” city council thinks that it is OK to open the city checkbook to subsidize their childhood shopping area because it makes them feel good?

Under the article comparing tax takes for Crystal Lake, Reasonable also left a related comment (some, but not all of the thoughts, are duplicative):

Retail tax income is put into the general fund which the city uses to maintain roads and apparently to subsidize the expenses of downtown CL merchants and building owners.

The home rule tax increase went into effect around the same time that the downtown TIF expired.

Since then, the city has built additional parking lots, purchased parking lots (from Home State Bank), and resurfaced parking lots (Brink Street) that only benefit downtown businesses at NO COST to these downtown businesses and building owners.

They even gave a national coffee chain additional outdoor seating at the request of the downtown association when the Brink St. parking lot was rebuilt.

Crystal Lake also plows/maintains all of these parking lots and provides landscaping services for downtown merchants at no cost to these private businesses and building owners.

It’s a thorny issue that the City probably cannot back away from because long time, existing businesses on Williams Street existed perfectly fine before all of the expensive downtown improvements were implemented.

But should a City be in the business of unfairly subsidizing the operations of private businesses and building owners in CL while businesses outside of the downtown district pay for all of these expenses on their own? What is the return on the City’s downtown investment?

I am guessing that the return is poor because downtown has filled up with service businesses – attorneys, yoga, salons, etc. that contribute nothing to the general fund because they do not generate significant retail sales dollars.

This is also incredibly unfair to long-time service businesses that have existed downtown for decades by allowing a plethora of competitors to set up shop within a 2 block area.

As Steve Willson pointed out in a previous article regarding the close proximity of the Raue to the Opera House, the close proximity of the same type of service businesses in the downtown area ensures that all do mediocre and none do well.

These weakened businesses cannot survive when there is an economic downturn and instead of a few businesses closing, you see many businesses fold up shop.

It also dilutes the fun shopping experience in downtown.

Downtown has been mismanaged in this way.

I have heard the argument that these businesses cannot survive without the city’s help.

If that is the case, they should not be in business, plain and simple.

Being in business is survival of the fittest and the City is probably propping up weak businesses.

I have also heard a downtown business owner (who is on the City EDC) complain about parking issues in downtown.

Really?

The parking lot on the corner of CL Ave. and Main Street is always empty.

I would like to suggest to this business owner that he should consider moving his business to another location (and pay his own parking lot expenses) OR build his own parking lot.

The other issue is the commercial property tax inequity in downtown buildings.

The City has created an unhealthy, “split” business community in Crystal Lake with their favoritism.

The home rule retail tax increase has made Crystal Lake less competitive and it appears as if they have used some of this increased income to subsidize a favored business district.

Idea Surfaced in 2002 Libertarian Party Gubernatorial Campaign Gaining Legs

When an idea gains strength journalists say it has “legs.”

The idea for a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms a person could be House Speaker or Minority Leader and Senate President or Minority Leader was a major part of my Libertarian Party campaign for Governor against Rod Blagojevich and Jim Ryan in 2002.

Now, as you can see in the Illinois Senate Republican press release below, the proposal has  moved forward.

RADOGNO MEASURE ALLOWING FOR PERMANENT LEGISLATIVE LEADER TERM LIMITS ADVANCES IN SENATE 

“Term Limits for Legislative Leaders, 1800-SHAKE-UP”reads the sign used in Cal Skinner’s 2002 Libertarian Party campaign for Governor.

The Illinois Senate has advanced a measure spearheaded by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno that would allow for permanent term limits of all four state legislative leaders.

“This constitutional amendment is a significant step forward in demonstrating to Illinois residents how serious we are about restoring their faith in government,” said Radogno (R-Lemont).

When the 100th General Assembly was sworn in this past January, the Senate adopted its new rules, which for the first time put in place term limits for Senate legislative leaders.

As a result, Senate rules limit both the Senate President and Minority Leader to a maximum of five terms (10 years).

The measure advanced Friday, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 2 (SJRCA 2), would permanently create leadership term limits via constitutional amendment by limiting the terms to five General Assemblies (10 years) for the Illinois Speaker of the House, President of the Senate, House Minority Leader and Senate Minority Leader.

If approved by both the Illinois Senate and House with a three-fifths vote, SJRCA 2 would be on the Illinois ballot in November 2018.

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If the change makes the 2018 ballot and passes, Mike Madigan would still be able to remain in office another ten years, starting in 2019.

Should he retain power for the ten years after that, he would be 85 years old.

I’m thinking Madigan might well allow a vote.

That would accomplish two things:

  1. make him look like a reformer, while
  2. ensuring that no one would ever be able to be House Speaker longer than he

Local 150 “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District – Pages 4-6

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

I’ll run a couple of pages a day.

The comments should be interesting.

Conservation District Budget – Part 14 Maintenance Reduction

A description of maintainance reduction is another element in the argument being advanced by the McHenry County Conservation District to convince the McHenry County Board that it should approve its budget and levy.

After this budget presentation was made, the rumor mill at the county building picked up that County Board Chairman Jack Franks wanted it cut 5% more.

Of course, Franks was skillful enough not to put that in writing.

Franks Enters Republican Politics More Overtly Than Attending GOP Fund Raisers

At Sheriff Bill Prim’s fundraiser, Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller and Algonquin Township Road Commissioner-elect Andrew Gasser had a long talk in the back corner.

Based upon his position as McHenry County Board Chairman, Democrat Jack Franks has the statutory authority to nominate a replacement for recently-resigned Republican County Board member Andrew Gasser.

Gasser resigned to devote his efforts to his new position as Algonquin Township Road Commissioner.

State law says Gasser must be replaced by a Republican.

After Gasser’s announcement, McHenry County Republican County Chairman Sandra Salgado asked those interested in the District 1 County Board sent to chairman@mchenrycountyrepublicans.org.

(For more information, see “GOP Seeks Applicants to Fill Gasser Spot on County Board.”)

Jack Franks at Bill Prim’s Union, Illinois, fundraiser last fall.

Now, Franks is asking applicants to send resumes and cover letters to

Franks has long attended Republican fundraisers of selected Republicans, e.g., Bob and Anna May Miller’s wine and cheese parties and this election cycle’s Bill Prim events.

Republican elected officials have reciprocated, as one can see from this article about his 2013 fundraiser “Host Committee.” 

Now Franks has the chance to nominate the man Gasser defeated for Road Commissioner, Bob Miller to the County Board.

Gasser also played a significant role in defeating Miller’s wife, Anna May Miller, in her bid for re-election.

However, County Board members must ratify any appointment that Franks makes.

There are twenty-three Republicans and one Democrat on the Board.

Arrests in Harvard Carjacking

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

Three Harvard Residents Arrested for Vehicular Hijacking

A weekend incident in unincorporated Harvard has led to the arrest of three persons on charges of vehicular hijacking, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

On Friday, at approximately 6:00 p.m., the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported vehicle theft at a residence in the 7800 block of Graf Road, unincorporated Harvard.

Graf Road, northwest of Harvard.

Responding deputies were informed that

  • Genaro Pena, 23
  • Alex Gonzaque, 23,
  • Hayley Halpin, 37

[all from Harvard] had come to the residence and told the victim they were taking a vehicle, a 2005 Chrysler 300.

The victim reported that a threat of force was issued and the Chrysler was taken from the residence by Pena and Gonzaque.

The Chrysler was later located, and stopped, by McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputies and Woodstock Police Department Officers in Woodstock.

Pena, Gonzaque, Halpin and another female were inside the vehicle.

Pena, Gonzaque, and Halpin were taken into custody and transported to the McHenry County Correctional Facility, where they remain in custody.

The other female was also arrested on an outstanding warrant unrelated to this incident.

The three were charged with  Vehicular Hijacking (Class 1). with bond being set at $100,000.

Man Pleads to Aggravated Kidnapping

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally:

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Ericsson Gumesindo, 21, pled guilty to the offense of Aggravated Kidnapping, a class X felony, on May 18, 2017 before the Honorable Judge Michael Feetterer.

Gumesidno is facing between 6 and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and must register as a Sex Offender for life. The matter is scheduled for sentencing on July 6, 2017.

In July of 2014, Woodstock police officers were called to a residence in the early morning hours after a father discovered his 13 year-old daughter was missing from their home. Shortly after Woodstock Police arrived at the residence, officers observed Gumesindo pull up in a stolen vehicle with the missing child in the passenger seat.

Investigation later revealed that Gumesindo broke a window to the residence, woke up the victim and coerced her to go with him by lying and telling the victim that her sister was lost. Gumesindo then took the victim in a vehicle he had stolen the day before to a park and sexually assaulted her.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Randi Freese and David Johnston. The lead investigator on the case was Detective Shane Marshall of the Woodstock Police Department.

Local 150’s “Collective Bargaining Agreement” with Algonquin Township’s Road District – Pages 1-3

Thought readers might be interested in the “Collective Bargaining Agreement” that outgoing Algonquin Township Road Commissioner signed with Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers.

I’ll run a couple of pages a day.

The comments should be interesting.

“Cop on Top” Fundraisers for Special Olympics Friday

Both the Crystal Lake and Huntley Police Departments are raising money for Special Olympics on Friday.

Cop On Rooftop

An elevated view of Route 14  and Crystal Lake Policemen on top of Dunkin’ Donuts.

On Friday, May 19, 2017, from 5am to 2pm, officers from the Crystal Lake Police Department will need your assistance in getting down from the roof for the annual statewide event, Cop on Rooftop.

Cop on Rooftop is one of many events dedicated to raise funds and awareness for the Special Olympics Illinois. Funds raised will provide significant support to the mission.

Through Special Olympics, athletes enhance their physical fitness and motor skills, self-confidence, self-image, friendship and social skills. The athletes carry these benefits with them into their daily lives at home, in the classroom, on the job and in the community.

This year’s event will be held at both Crystal Lake Dunkin’ Donuts locations.

The primary location where officers will be on the roof is 4817 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake.

The secondary Dunkin’ Donuts location is 450 N. IL Route 31, Crystal Lake.

Law Enforcement Torch Run forSpecial Olympics t-shirts and other merchandises will be sold at both locations to help raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois.

Please stop by to support this worthwhile cause.

For more information, please contact Officer Ed Pluviose, Police Community Relations Officer, at (815) 356-3731 or by email [email protected]

Huntley Police Department Participates in “Cop on Top” for Special Olympics Illinois

On Friday, May 19, 2017, from 5:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at both Dunkin Donuts locations, 12090 Princeton and 9800 Rt 47, the Huntley Police Department will take to the sky in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois.

For the fourteenth year the Police Department will participate in “Cop on Top” in order to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Illinois.

Officers will take to the roof top of Dunkin Donuts throughout the day in support of Special Olympics.

On the ground, a variety of Officers and community members will be collecting donations, selling 2017 Law Enforcement Torch Run merchandise and spending time with Special Olympic Athletes.

A donut eating contest will be held at noon at the Princeton location, featuring participants from the Police Department, Village of Huntley, Huntley Chamber, Huntley Community Radio, Huntley Park District,

Consolidated School District 158 and the McHenry County Board. Sir William and The Duchess from Huntley Community Radio will provide music throughout the event.

Everyone who makes a donation to Special Olympics will receive a coupon for a free donut.

The first fifty people to donate $10 or more will receive a Dunkin Donut coffee mug.

Special Olympics Illinois supports nearly 22,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and more than 21,000 young athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities from communities throughout the state including Huntley.

For additional information contact Sergeant Amy Williams at (847) 515-5334 or [email protected]

The Inaugural Meeting of the New Lakewood Village Board

From Village President Paul Serwatks:

Reporting on our May 9th village board meeting, there are a few items I wanted to share with you.

Inauguration of The Lakewood Tax-Fighter & Better Government Team

I, along with 2 of our 3 newly elected trustees, Phil Stephan and Ric Ritchie, were sworn in and assumed our newly elected roles on Tuesday. Newly elected trustee, Amy Odom, had a family emergency and was unable to attend. Amy will be sworn in and assume her newly elected role as trustee at our May 23rd meeting.

I know I can speak for the entire team in saying that we are all anxious to get started on fulfilling ALL of the promises we have made to residents and we encourage everyone to continue to stay informed and to continue to encourage other Lakewood friends and neighbors to stay informed, as well.

Appointment of New Lakewood Planning & Zoning Commission, Chairman and Commissioner

At this meeting, I made two recommendations to the board – to appoint a new Commissioner and a new Chairman to our Planning and Zoning Commission.

For the role of Chairman of Lakewood’s Planning and Zoning Commission, I recommended Lakewood resident, John O’Hara.

For Commissioner, my recommendation was resident, Andy Knapp.

John O’Hara has a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in the areas of Residential and Commercial Building Construction, Planning and Zoning, as well as both Residential and Commercial Development.

Andy Knapp is also well versed in Single Family Home Construction, as well as Commercial Sales, Project Management and Residential and Commercial Financing.

Unlike past appointments to this commission, both John and Andy have had quite a bit of relevant discussion with board members, both submitted detailed Curriculum Vitae/resumes (see pages 48, 49 of the May 9th board packet below) and both were in attendance at the meeting to be interviewed by/field questions from the board.

The board voted, unanimously, in support of my recommendations.

These appointments are the first of three steps that I have planned to bring an entirely new level of legitimacy and expertise to, perhaps, one of our village’s most important and under-utilized commissions/committees.

I will be reporting more on this very soon.

Purchase of a New Replacement Plow/Salt Truck

The issue at hand was the purchase of a replacement plow/salt truck in the amount on $177,428. (page 58 of the May 9th board packet). This item was first discussed at our previous, April 25th meeting prior to the new elected members taking office.

At the April 25th meeting, still as trustee, I raised several concerns regarding this expenditure, as presented, and moved to postpone this item to our May 9th meeting, so as to allow time for due diligence. Trustee Carl Davis seconded my motion and the board voted to postpone.

At our most recent May 9th meeting, however, this became somewhat of a contentious issue for trustee Jason McMahon.

Our intention in postponing this purchase was to get some additional insight from staff, public works personnel and others – including a second, and perhaps third, bid for this substantial purchase, as well as an objective, third-party, expert opinion as to the selection of equipt.

Due to a scheduling conflict and requests for information, some questions were not unanswered by the May 9th meeting date. Because of this, I, along with newly seated trustees Stephan and Ritchie, felt that a bit of additional time was needed to conclude what we felt was the necessary due diligence before making such a substantial expenditure, which, at $177,000, equates to 10% of our entire annual property tax levy ($1.7 Million).

Trustee McMahon was upset that we were asking for additional information and that the information wasn’t obtained in time for the May 9th meeting. He felt we were being overzealous in our due diligence, and emphatically stated that he was ready to vote and wanted the board to vote now. He also felt it was not fair to say the expenditure constituted 10% of our property tax levy, stating that, “although the amount of the expenditure itself may equal 10% of the tax levy, the truck itself would last for several years.”

With this, the board voted to postpone the purchase of the truck until our May 23rd meeting. Trustee McMahon casting the only vote against.

Hiring a Temporary Part-Time Finance Director

Our Finance Director, George Roach, ended his contract with our village as of April 30, 2017. George served in a part-time capacity and staff has been looking for a replacement for this position.

In the interim, staff has filled this role via a “Temp Agency” and will continue to look for someone to fill this position. If you know of anyone who may be qualified to fill this position (preferably in a part-time capacity) please let me know!

I have provided a link to the board packet below.

As always, your thoughts, questions and concerns are always welcome and always valued.

May 9 2017 Board Packet:
http://www.village.lakewood.il.us/vertical/sites/%7BA79C7536-A08B-49AC-8F3D-38ACEDC9A6CC%7D/uploads/Board_Meeting_5-09-17.pdf

Larry Emery Recaps Term as Algonquin Township Trustee

Information from former Algonquin Township Trustee Larry Emery:

Larry Emery

Thank you all who were involved again for your patience, help and work over the last 4 years. It helped me greatly in the understanding of the process, information, and requirements as I executed my responsibility as a trustee/citizen.

The overall perspective of financial review is favorable based on control of expenses, early payoff of long term debt, and flat or reduced Budgets over all four years from 2014-2018 and 2013-17 for Levy.

This is based on the boards approval cycles establish because of May start of each new board.

Note on audit service.

Updates were made yearly as board requested for additional info and changes made as updates by state were required each year.

All imbalances of line items were balanced by administration within adjustments from other lines and approved by board each year.

The areas of continued focus for the 2017-2021 board includes the following basic topics of:

Transparency, Current and future Shared Expenses Rules, Four Year Planning of Capital Outlays (and expenses that overlap years),

Recommendations, and a recap of the last four years of the Budget, Levy, and Expenses.

The elected official’s wages approved effective May 2017-2021:

  • Trustee, Clerk and Assessor flat all 4 years.
  • The Road Commissioner reduced 5% yr 1, then flat yr 2-4.
  • The Supervisor was reduced 20% yr 1, then flat yr 2-4.

The 2013-2017 wages approved by previous board all at: Yr 1-0%, Yr 2-0%, Yr 3: +1.5%+, Yr 4: +1.5%.

A. Ten-Point Transparency Checklist and framework of establishing standard for township (using model from www.illinoispolicy.org/spotlight) Info is available if FOIA. Need to be all on website (www.algonquintownship.com).

  1. Elected & Administrative Officials: Contact Information:  Done
  2. Meeting Information: Calendar (Future) Minutes &amp; Board Packets (Past): Need packets, Info Ok
  3. Public records: FOIA submission &amp; FOIA Officer Contact Information:  Done
  4. Budgets: General Fund and Special Projects: Done
  5. Financial Audits: Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports:  Needed to be added
  6. Expenditures: Checkbook Register and Credit Card Receipts:  Needed to be added
  7. Salary &amp; Benefits: Wages, Salary, Overtime, Health, Dental, Life, Pension, etc.:  Needed to be added
  8. Contracts: Employees, Unions, Private Contractors, Vendors:  Needed to be added
  9. Lobbying: Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Associations:  Needed to be added
  10. Taxes & Fees: Sales, Property, Income, and Miscellaneous Taxes, Fees:  Needed to be added

B. There should be discussion on the following possible Shared Expenses Rules between all offices.

  1. Accounting/Legal/printing
  2. Telecommunications/software/support
  3. Cleaning/Supplies
  4. Special Levies-reserve vs. trend need, quote for service (SS, Retirement, Insurance, and Audit)

C. Town, Road, Assessor, and clerk should provide a Four Year Planning of Capital Outlays for the board. Discussion and understanding of the need with estimated cost/benefit should be included so these major expenses are not a surprise and a consensus can be made before the commitment to purchase.

  1. Equipment/Construction
  2. Grants
  3. Building

D. Here are a few additional recommendations for board to pursue.

  1. Based on current legislation being presented at the Illinois state level, discussion and planning should be made to consolidate the Road and Bridge with the Town [Fund].
  2. Budget/Forecast/Expense Tool to analyze the last four years of expense for trend and potential future needs, realignment, and/or elimination. Should use the “Open the Books” logic to compare similar units.
  3. Workshop Session for board and other elected officials for team building, goal setting, and analytical measurement review of key indicators.
  4. A cash flow analysis for cash reserve for all Fund Balances should be created by Road Commissioner and Supervisor and reviewed by board monthly or quarterly (Dollar amount and Months of Reserve)
  5. Continued work on intergovernmental agreements on similar expenses that make since to improve overall service and/or reduce expenses. Example-Senior Transportation with County and municipalities.

6. Possible forensic audit (every 4 years or so) to get into details to confirm legality and planned expensesto results anticipated.

E. Four Year Budget, Levy, Expense Recap

  • Key Overall Township Key Notes 2017 vs. 2013
  • Budget: -8.4%
  • Levy: -7.0%
  • Expenses: -3.0% (Adjusted less loan payoff and one time pension accounting charge-$1,000,074). The town, R&B, E&B all had flat or reductions in all categories every year except, 2016-17 E&B for boards four year term.

Budget and Levy Recaps for Algonquin Township for the years 2013-2017.

McSweeney Puts Pressure on Senator to Put Lt. Gov. Abolition Amendment on Ballot

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney:

House Approves Rep. McSweeney’s Measure to Eliminate Mailing Requirement for a Constitutional Amendment to Eliminate Lt. Governor Office

Eliminating mail requirement and eliminating the Lt. Gov. Office would save taxpayers a total of $2.8 million

Springfield, IL – The Illinois House yesterday approved legislation sponsored by State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) to end the requirement for the Secretary of State to mail out information about a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the Office of Lieutenant Governor.

Under current law, any proposed change to the Illinois Constitution requires a mailing to all Illinois households informing them of the change as it will appear on the ballot.

House Bill 348 removes this requirement for any constitutional amendment aimed at eliminating the Office of Lieutenant Governor.

The legislation would add an online notice requirement and still require newspaper notices for all constitutional amendments.

David McSweeney

“I have been pushing to eliminate the Office ofLieutenant Governor for a while now because it would save taxpayers about $1.5 million annually,” McSweeney said.

“If we get a Constitutional Amendment eliminating the Office of Lieutenant Governor on the ballot, not only can we save taxpayers money by eliminating this office, but with House Bill 348, we also will be able to save taxpayers money by eliminating the mailing requirement. These two ideas are a win for taxpayers.”

McSweeney said removing the requirement to mail voters about a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the Lieutenant Governor’s office would save taxpayers about $1.3 million.

In 2013, the Illinois House voted 83-28 to support McSweeney’s measure to eliminate the Office of Lieutenant Governor.

Last year, the House overwhelmingly approved a similar McSweeney-sponsored Constitutional Amendment with 95 votes in favor of the measure and only 10 votes against it.

Unfortunately, a former Republican nominee for Governor filed to become the chief sponsor of the measure in the Senate in a hostile move to ensure the Constitutional Amendment was never called for a vote.

Senator Tom Cullerton, who supports eliminating the Office of Lieutenant Governor, is the lead Senate sponsor of Representative David McSweeney’s HJRCA 5, which is a Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the Office of Lieutenant Governor.

“Let’s save $2.8 million total by eliminating the Lieutenant Governor’s office and eliminating the mailing requirement,” McSweeney said.

“We need to eliminate wasteful spending.”

House Bill 348 passed the House on a vote of 112-0 and now moves to the Illinois Senate.

Roskam on Appointment of Special Counsel

A press release from Congressman Peter Roskam:

Roskam Statement on Appointment of Special Counsel

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam released the following statement after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to investigate allegations of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election:

“The appointment of a special counsel to oversee the inquiry into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election is a welcome development. Former FBI Director Mueller is a man of the utmost integrity.

“I have complete confidence in his ability to conduct a thorough investigation, wherever the facts may lead.”

Conservation District Budget – Part 12 Reduction of Offerings

In defense of the adequacy of its budget proposal, the McHenry County Conservation outlines reductions in recreational offerings.

The MCCD must gain the approval of the McHenry County Board before it can levy real estate taxes.

This series was prompted by the rumor that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants the MCCD to cut its proposed budget by 5%.