Comparing McHenry County Property Tax 2002 Versus 2016-Part 1

CPI Increase Totals 33% – McHenry County Property Taxes Increased Over 75%

A friend of McHenry County Blog compiled the information explaining McHenry County Taxes in correlation to the Consumer Price Index.

The McHenry County Chairman and some candidates for County Board are claiming they have reduced your property tax by 11%.

The table below will show that the County probably had substantial leeway to reduce their property tax.

Additionally, the cut at the County was an abatement – they could reverse it later this year for next year.

Jack Franks’ Cut 10 logo from his 2016 County Board Chairman race should have read “Abate 10”.

In summary from 2002 to 2016:

County Population increased by 10.55%.
County Assessments have increased 29.44%.
County expenditures have increased 88.41%.
County Property tax collections increased by 76.74%

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by 33.8%.

Check which government bodies increased their levies more than 33.8% and you can identify government bodies who are living beyond the taxpayers’ ability to pay OR the voters approved referendums which increased levies.

The CPI at the end of 2017 was 245.12

Based on the report at this link, McHenry County expended $47,034,000 in 2002.

This link shows McHenry County had budgeted expenditures of $88,615,000 for 2016 which was an increase of 88.41% compared to 2002.

The contents of the table below were extracted from the McHenry County display of property taxes for 2002 and 2016.

Six Months of Manufacturing Data Shows Continued Pessimism in IL Economy

A press release from the Technology & Manufacturing Association:

SCHAUMBURG, IL – In the sixth month of the Technology and Manufacturing Association’s (TMA’s) monthly manufacturing survey, manufacturers’ optimism in the Illinois economy remains weak while their belief in the US economy remains robust.

Only 12% of manufacturers are optimistic about Illinois’ economy, pessimism that has remained consistent during the six months of survey data.
Meanwhile, 92% of the manufacturers surveyed are optimistic about the United States’ economy, a number that has grown from 80% since last August.
“We can look at our elected officials, in Springfield, for why only 12% of manufacturers have a positive outlook on Illinois’ economy,” said Dennis Lacomb, TMA’s Director of Government Relations.
“The manufacturing community continues to struggle with stifling, over-burdensome regulations and taxes that drive up operating costs.
We have seen the benefits at the national level because of positive developments like tax reform. Now it’s time for our elected officials in Springfield to do their part.”
The Illinois Manufacturers’ Outlook is a monthly survey taken of TMA’s members to track the opinions of Illinois manufacturers.
A random sample of twenty-five of TMA’s thousand members are surveyed live each month. Click here to see the full January, 2018 report.


McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition receives 1,000 doses of NARCAN Nasal Spray

A press release from the Illinois General Assembly:

McHenry, IL… State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) thank the AptarGroup and Adapt Pharma for their donation today of 1,000 doses of NARCAN Nasal Spray to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition.

NARCAN (naloxone) Nasal Spray is an emergency treatment that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when an adequate dose is administered in time.

State Senator Dan McConchie

The nasal spray delivers a 4 mg dose of naloxone without any required assembly or specialized medical training.

“The need for this kind of treatment here in McHenry County is as high as ever,” said Sen. Althoff.

“It’s unfortunate, but lives are being destroyed every day in Illinois by the opioid and heroin epidemic.

I am thrilled Aptar is recognizing that need here in my home community.

Today’s donation will truly make a difference and will save the lives of so many who fall into opioid addiction.”

“Naloxone is saving lives every single day,” said Sen. McConchie.

“Just last year, McHenry County saw 58 deaths attributed to opioid overdoses—that’s 80 percent of all overdose deaths in the county for 2017.

Today’s donation, along with the efforts of the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, will help ensure that there is access across the county to naloxone.”


Michael Smith Sentenced to 12 Years in the Department of Corrections

Charges Include Aggravated DUI and Driving on a Revoked License

From the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office:

Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that 49-year-old Michael E. Smith of Island Lake, was sentenced to 12 years in the department of corrections for the offenses of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a revoked license.

On November 2, 2014, the defendant went to the Twisted Moose Bar in McHenry and consumed ten beers and ten shots of liquor.

Michael E Smith

The defendant then left and drove his Ford Ranger in the wrong lane of traffic on river road and collided with a Dodge Neon containing 4 teenage occupants.

Two of the teenagers in the Dodge Neon suffered great bodily injury as a result of the crash.

The defendant later submitted to chemical testing, which revealed his blood alcohol level was .225.

The defendant’s driving privileges have previously been revoked and he has 3 prior violations for driving under the influence of alcohol.

This case was investigated by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department and prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Combs and Judy Shammo.

McHenry Township to Vote on Consolidation

Special Meeting Called for Tuesday.

McHenry Township Board will be given a second opportunity to vote on whether to put road district consolidation referendum question on the ballot this November after a special meeting was called.

McHenry County Republican Chairwoman Sandra Salgado spoke in favor of putting the referendum on the ballot.

You can read the Northwest Herald article here.

2018 Illinois Libertarian Party Convention March 2nd-3rd

The Libertarian Party of Illinois State Convention is scheduled for March 2nd & 3rd at the Parke Regency Hotel in Bloomington, IL

According to statements, since the 2016 elections, membership and activism has been growing in the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party of Illinois has 3 governor candidates vying for the nomination at the convention this year.

Jon Stewart, a former professional wrestler, and current car salesman

Jon Stewart campaign photo








Matthew Scaro, an entrepreneur

Matthew Scaro campaign photo







Kash Jackson, a retired 20 year Navy veteran.

Kash Jackson campaign photo









More information about the 2018 Convention can be found on the Libertarian Party of Illinois’ website: Keynote speaker will be Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee since June 2014.

Many Early Voting Irregularities Found On First Day of Early Voting

No Election Judges Present at McHenry County Early Voting Day 1

A friend of McHenry County Blog who early voted yesterday noted irregularities in the voting processes taking place at McHenry County Administration Building.

Mary McClellan

  • There aren’t election judges– ballot request was handled by one person from start to finish.
  • Ballots are paper–which is unusual for early voting
  • Democratic voters were told by the Clerk’s staff that Attorney General candidate Scott Drury has a pending challenge and that Democratic voters may want to hold off on early voting until the challenge is settled.
  • There was no electronic tabulator on top of the ballot box–ballots are just stuffed into a hole.
  • The voting booths are in the Clerk’s office itself, not upstairs like usual for early voting.

The Clerk is running for office.

Sending poll watchers there is critical.

Is there integrity with the early ballots in McHenry County?

First Day of Early Voting Totals

Thursday, February 8th first day of early voting in McHenry County

A photo taken from Ray Flavin’s Facebook page shows volunteers standing outside the McHenry County Government Center with signs on the first day of early voting .

A Friend of McHenry County Blog called the McHenry County Clerk’s Office Friday morning and was told there were 27 early voters on the first day, and 752 vote by mail ballot requests.

According to news reports, some Cook County voters will not be able to early vote for at least two weeks because of petition challenges.

It was previously reported on McHenry County Blog that some precincts’ sample ballots were not available online. Sample Ballots for March Primary Not Available on McHenry County Clerk’s Office Website.

It appears all of McHenry County’s online sample ballot issues were resolved.

Currently the Kane County Clerk’s website has sample ballots for the 2017 Consolidated Election in their sample ballot locator. You can see a snapshot that was taken today from the Kane County Clerk’s website below.

Illinois Retirement Income Tax Pushed

Civic Federation Recommends Limiting Government Spending Growth to 2.1% Per Year

The Civic Federation continues to promote the taxation of retirement income with the help of the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune today has an article reporting on the long-ago-made proposal timed as finances continue to be inadequate to pay for pensions and Democratic Party legislators’ wish list.

Cold weather is a major factor in people retiring and moving to other states.

You can read the report here.

Taxes currently are a reason people move out of Illinois.

For seniors, the focus is currently on high real estate taxes.

Bad weather is another reason.

So, on the day of the worst snow storm of the winter, the Tribune reminds those most likely to abandon the state–those who are retired–that, besides avoiding snow, they can protect themselves from a 5% income tax on their 401(k)’s and pensions.

Fifteen File as Write-In Candidates in McHenry County

All Write-In Candidates are for GOP Precinct Committeemen Spots

The March 20th primary election ballots will have blank lines in some precincts for write-in GOP Precinct Committeemen candidates.

Those running as a write-in are:

Alan Plane- Alden 1
Maureen Huff- Alg 11
Chris Christensen- Alg 29
Scott G Taillet- Alg 59
Matt Ahmann- Alg 65
Michael P Hayden- Chem 5
Andy Snarski- Graf 21
William Jeske- Gre 1
Nicholas Emricson- Gre 4
Richard J Sylvester- Har 2
Jonathon R Willis- McH 32
James L Wright- Nun 10
Joseph Ptak- Nun 23
Jeffrey (Jeff) Ladd- Nun 18
Tonya J Franklin-Sen 1

Lesli Melendy Schedules February 22nd Fundraiser

Special Guest Speaker is Sen. Karen McConnaughay

February 22nd is the date County Board District 4 candidate Leslie Melendy is holding her fundraiser.

The event will be from 5:30-7:00pm at:

Niko’s Red Mill Tavern
1040 Lake Ave
Woodstock, IL 60098

The $25 per person cost includes pizza, wings and soda.


Palatine School Board Conflict of Interest Article Catches Attention for CL High School Board Similarity

Crystal Lake High School Board Members Set Relatives’ Salaries

A Friend of McHenry County Blog read an article in the Daily Herald concerning the conflict of interest in having relatives of school employees negotiating their salaries.
Having relatives of school board members on school boards has not been limited to District 155.
The leader of a Chicago-based government transparency organization, says a conflict of interest exists for a Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board member representing the panel in teacher contract talks.

Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, currently chaired by currently chaired by former State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-29), describes itself as a nonpartisan public interest group that addresses the role of money in politics and encourages integrity, accountability and transparency in government.

The organization states there’s a conflict because the teacher’s union bought campaign signs for board member candidates in last year’s school board election.

Similar to this situation is High School District 155…in fact, it is even worse.

Former State Reps. Rosemary Kurtz and Cal Skinner, and County Board Member Donna Kurtz.

ALL of the current District 155 School Board members, with the exception of Rosemary Kurtz, have received endorsements and campaign funding that included the purchase and installation of campaign signs.

In addition, Kurtz is the only board member who voted against the most recent Teachers Contract in which 4% raises over a 3-year period were given out.

Two of those board members, Adam Guss and Dave Secrest, voted for contracts providing raises.  Both have spouses who are employees of District 155.

Adam Guss

New labor contracts will be up for negotiation and renewal in 2019.

This time there will be three District 155 School Board members with spouses who are employees at District 155.

In addition, to Guss (who is now the D155 Board President) and Secrest, new board member Jason Blake’s wife also is an employee of D155.

These obvious financial ties will likely not bode well for District 155 tax payers who will be stuck with the next round of pay raises.

Pictures of New McHenry County Republican Party Headquarters

A friend of McHenry County Blog sent in the following pictures from the updating in progress of the new McHenry County GOP headquarters in Crystal Lake.

The new Headquarters Office is located in the Crystal Lake Plaza, Route 14 and Keith Avenue, unit 8 (in the ‘V’), Crystal Lake.

This new office is at the West end of the Plaza by the park-like green space.

The office will be staffed and open every Saturday
beginning February 3rd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

for distribution of literature and yard signs, coffee and conversation.

The public is invited to stop in to procure yard signs and literature for candidates and discuss the upcoming election.

Thirteen Chicagoland Athletes Participate in 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Winter Games Opening Ceremonies Tonight

A press release from Rep. Steve Reick:

The Winter Games get underway this evening in PyeongChang, South Korea, and 13 athletes who either live or grew up in Chicago and the suburbs will be representing Team USA in a variety of sports. They include:

  • Kevin Bicker, 21, of Wauconda: Ski Jumping
  • Michael Glasder, 28, of Cary: Ski Jumping
  • Casey Larson, 19, of Barrington: Ski Jumping
  • Bradie Tennell, 20, of Carpentersville: Figure Skating
  • Alexa Scimeca Knierim, 26, Addison, and her husband Christopher: Pairs Figure Skating
  • Brian Hansen, 27, of Glenview: Speedskating
  • Lana Gehring, 27, of Glenview: Speedskating
  • Emery Lehman, 21, of Oak Park: Speedskating
  • Shani Davis, 35, of Chicago: Speedskating
  • Aja Evans, 29, of Chicago: Bobsled
  • Kendall Coyne, 25, of Palos Heights: Hockey
  • Hilary Knight, 28, of Lake Forest: Hockey

Bicker, Glasder and Larson have already advanced to the medal round on Saturday for ski jumping.

Skating for Team U.S.A. on the Men’s Olympic Hockey team are the following players who have played either for the Chicago Blackhawks or the Chicago Wolves: James Wisniewski and John McCarrthy.

Hawks or Wolves players who will represent Team Canada include Rene Bourque, Andre Ebbett and Rob Klinkhammer.

One former Hawk will play for Team Sweden: Victor Shalberg.

Tony Granato, 53, of Downers Grove and Chris Chelios, 56, of Chicago will be coaching the U.S.A. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.

Good luck to these Illinois athletes and coaches and to all who will represent Team U.S.A. at this year’s Olympic Games in South Korea!

Reick’s 2018 Legislative Agenda Focuses on Taxpayer Protection Issues

Valley Hi Surplus Cash Situation Basis for One Bill Filed

A press release from Rep. Steve Reick:

This is the time of year when lawmakers are filing the bills they hope to advance during the 2018 legislative session.

Steve Reick

I have filed several House Bills that I hope to usher into law this year. They include:

  • HB 4190: Requires an independent cost study to prove taxpayer savings before a question about consolidation of a road district is placed on a ballot for township voters
  • HB 4304:Provides property tax relief to seniors who have a federal adjusted gross income of $50,000 or less
  • HB 4305: Adds a county designation to all individual income tax forms to aid with the study of movement of Illinoisans from county to county within the state
  • HB 4308: Adjusts the notification period required for written notice to be mailed to any teacher who is losing his or her job due to a school board decision to decrease the number of teachers employed by a district.
  • HB 4350: Based on levy issues tied to our own Valley Hi Nursing Home, this bill would provide county board members with the authority to suspend a tax line levy amount for nursing home purposes, so that surplus funds can be spent down with no future levying penalty.
  • HB 4580: Provides that a rescue squad district may, by ordinance, submit a referendum to voters for an annual tax for the purpose of providing funds to pay the costs of emergency and rescue crews and equipment, and limits the amount of the tax rate to no more than 0.10% of the value of all taxable property within the district

LWV Cancels Tonight’s McHenry County Clerk Forum

Major Snowfall Expected this Evening

The League of Women Voters has cancelled the forum that was scheduled for tonight.

Janice Dalton

Recorder of Deeds Joe Tirio.

Joe Tirio and Janice Dalton were scheduled to discuss their candidacies.

There is a possibly the event will be rescheduled.

You will remember earlier McHenry County Blog did an article on the Northwest Herald’s reporting of  Janice Dalton’s bankruptcy filing. NWH Features Bankruptcy Petition of McClellan Choice for County Clerk Successor

Fat Tuesday Fundraiser for Demetri Tsilimigras

Patriot Party Planned to Raise Funds

Former Congressman and radio host Joe Walsh is teaming up the Col. Craig Wilcox and Joe Tirio to raise funds for Demetri Tsilimigras for Judge.The event is Tuesday, February 13th from 5:30-7:30pm and is held at:

Offsides Sports Bar & Grill
680 S Eastwood Dr.
Woodstock, IL

Suggested donation is $30/individual and $50/pair.

Military, Law Enforcement, Precinct Committeemen are free.

Greek dinner with gyro station will be provided.

Thursday Night Lineup

Four Political Events Scheduled While the Weather Calls for Snow

Thursday is packed with political events to attend, unfortunately there’s an 80 % chance of snow.

The first event is Robert Wilbrandt’s $50 per person fundraiser held at Stage Left Café in Woodstock from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

The second event is Chuck Wheeler’s 6:00pm-8:00pm fundraiser at Bulldog Ale House in McHenry. Suggested donation is $25 and $15 for Precinct Committeemen.

The third that may interest some is the 7:00pm McHenry County Township meeting in which trustees will again vote on road district consolidation.

The fourth event is a candidate forum for McHenry County Clerk hosted by the League of Women voters from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at McHenry County College. There will be a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 7 p.m.

4 of 5 Illinois’ Worst Funded Pensions in Cook County

Worst of the Worst Funded at Less than 1/2%

Prairie State Wire has ranked the 100 worst funded pensions in Illinois in an article that can be found here.

Taxing districts in Cook County awarded 42 of 100 spots on list.

If you view the list, you will note it is Fire and Police pension funds that compile the majority on the list.

McHenry County has 2 funds in the Worst 100 funded list.

#36 Fox River Grove Police Pension Fund funded at 28.67%

#90 Johnsburg Police Pension Fund funded at 40.05%