Sanitary Districts Cut Property Tax Burden

A Friend of McHenry County Blog prepared the following spread sheet showing what the two sanitary districts in McHenry County did with regard to real estate taxes.

Lake in the Hills is wholly in McHenry County, while Northern Moraine, based in Island Lake, has much territory in Lake County.

(When the now-called Northern Moraine sewage treatment plant was opened, the ceremony was called “The Royal Flush.” Unfortunately, no artifact seems to exist showing that delightful name.)

Lake in the Hills Sanitary District.

In any event, both sanitary districts cut their property tax bills substantially, Lake in the Hills almost 10%.

Algonquin Township Moves Toward Every Household Newsletter

At its Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7 PM Zoom meeting, one of the items to be discussed is authorizing a newsletter to be sent to constituets between now and the February Republican Primary Election.

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Up for election next spring, Algonquin Township Trustees want to get back in the newsletter business.

It’s free advertising like McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks used in his taxpayer-funded Covid-19 postcard.

Bids were solicited.

The prices for the 32,208 piece mailing range from $3,592 to $5,652 to $12,724.

Postage costs range from $5,743 to $9,639, depending on whether it is sent to specific address or every household. (The every household option appears cheaper.)

The August 1, 1999, newsletter is ironically headlined, “Saving Taxpayers $$.”

See the rest here.

Message of the Day – A Banner

Saw this banner memorializing former Mayor Aaron Shepley at the corner of Route 14 and McHenry Avenue.

“Mayor Aaron Shepley, 1963-1920”

Some have been asking for Aaron Shepley’s cause of death.

The Coroner’s Office says

  • cardiac arrhythmia
  • ischemic heart disease

UPDATED 7-7-20: Questions Proposed by Lakewood Trustee Bryan Younge, Brian Augustine and Amy Odom

The conclusion informally agreed upon by five of seven Board members in the Lakewood controversy, read by Trustee Ryan Berman, have been published previously.

Today, let’s look at the original questions proposed by Trustees Bryan Younge, Brian Augustine and Amy Odom to Chief Administrative Officer Jeannine Smith and Village President Phil Stephan:

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Brian Augustine writes;

Cal, for the record, someone added my name here.

Not my questions.

This should not read Brian Augustine.

Thank you,


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Updated 7-7-20

Cal, would you please add this post under Brian Augustine’s comments.

Here are the details:

Wed., 5/20/20 – 2:05PM
– I sent email message to Brian Augustine with subject: questions for the CAO and President. “Brian, below are my proposed questions for Phil and Jeannine. Please look them over carefully to make sure I’m not exposing the identity of the complainants too obviously (if it’s a current staff member’s accusation). Make any changes you think necessary. I will take your feedback and Bryan’s, make your recommended changes and then submit to the other 3 trustees, Phil and Jeannine.” – Amy

Thurs., 5/21/20 – 11:39AM
– I sent email message to Brian Augustine: “Any comments/additions/changes??” – Amy

Thurs., 5/21/20 – 1:04PM
– I received response from Brian Augustine: “Hi reading now. Thank you.”

Thurs., 5/21/20 – 1:09PM
– I received call from Brian Augustine…duration 21 min.

Thurs., 5/21/2020 – 3:45PM
– I sent email message to Bryan Young[e] with subject: final draft questions for the CAO and President. “Bryan, Brian (Augustine) got back to me as well and said that some of this could start to come across as too aggressive vs. straight-forward YES or NO questions. So I took out what he suggested to keep it from being considered too inflammatory…” – Amy

So Brian Augustine did review/edit and give input on these questions.

And very obviously, THESE questions were completely disregarded and the “new” questions submitted by Brian Augustine and Ryan Berman to CAO and the President DID NOT CONTAIN A SINGLE ONE OF THESE ORIGINAL QUESTIONS.

Why is that? I thought all the trustees were looking for the truth?


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Updated 7/8/20 from Brian Augustine:

Cal, can you add this to my last comment from this morning.

Amy, the night prior to our last Village Board meeting, we talked at length. It was a good conversation. It was agreed to by you, that there was NOTHING TERMINABLE for Smith/Steffan. Those were your words.


JEANNINE: Would you explain the circumstances of your separation agreement from Prairie Grove?

Please answer YES or NO to the following questions. Thank you.

Accusations of inappropriate treatment of employees:

JEANNINE: How many employees have left or been fired from Lakewood since taking over as CAO in Nov. 2017?

JEANNINE: Did any of them leave a letter of explanation as to why they were leaving or were asked to leave?

JEANNINE: Were any of these letters shared with the board?

JEANNINE: Were any of them destroyed?

JEANNINE: Have you ever been told that the morale among staff members is “horrible”?

JEANNINE: Have you ever berated or screamed at a staff member in front of others?

JEANNINE: Have you ever yelled and slammed doors in front of staff?

PHIL: Have you ever made reference to a staff member’s wage/raise in front of residents?

PHIL: Is it true that you called a staff member by the wrong name, they joked by calling you the wrong name back, and that you then put your finger in their face and said, “This is different, I’m a Village Trustee. I don’t have to know your name but you f[redacted]g have to know mine!”

JEANNINE: Have you ever “looked the other way” when golfers have been disrespectful to staff members?

PHIL: Have you ever screamed at a staff member in front of other staff members, saying they are not doing their jobs and should be worried about keeping their jobs?

JEANNINE: Have you ever called a staff member “a liar”?

PHIL: Have you ever referred to a staff member as “a monkey”?

PHIL: Have you ever referred to a staff member as “a hillbilly” in front of other staff members?

JEANNINE: Have you ever divulged negative information about employees to their peers?

JEANNINE: Have you ever shared a resignation letter marked “personal & confidential” with other employees?

Accusations of inappropriate/disparagingly comments in front of staff:

PHIL: Have you used the term “crazy or nut-job” to describe a resident with mental illness in front of other staff members?

PHIL: Have you commented to/about the female bartenders about how good they look or how beautiful they are?


JEANNINE: Did you say, after a (male) resident sent a positive note/request about hiring back a previous employee (female), that “she was probably doing him” to other staff members?

PHIL: Have you made comments in front of other staff members (to a larger, big-breasted employee) joking that larger, big-breasted woman will not be able to find a shirt to fit their chest?

JEANNINE: Did you ever say in front of staff members that once your son was in school, redacted?

JEANNINE: Did you in front of other staff members make fun of a mentally challenged employee, saying “it’s hilarious how Phil makes fun of him” (with the new leaf blower)?

PHIL: Did you make fun of / imitate this mentally challenged employee?

Accusations of knowingly ignoring proper procedure:

JEANNINE: Have you ever revealed suspect information in a police investigation to the victims of a crime?

JEANNINE: Have you ever told any member of staff not to have verbal or electronic communication with members of the Village board trustees?

PHIL: Have you stated when making a complaint against a neighbor and then being advised that you should make a police report, that you were “from Chicago” and that these types of things could be “handled with a baseball bat”?

Lakewood Municipal Code (3.05) requires the village to have either a building inspector or a code enforcement officer. Sending out untrained building code enforcement could/has resulted to liability.

JEANNINE: Has the police department explained that they are not trained or educated in the enforcement of village codes and that having them do so could open the village up to possible legal problems?

PHIL: SAME QUESTION. Has the police department explained that they are not trained or educated in the enforcement of village codes and that having them do so could open the village up to possible legal problems?

JEANNINE: Have you ever circumvented the proper procedure of village code enforcement by sending police officers instead of a trained code enforcement officer?

PHIL: SAME QUESTION. Have you ever circumvented the proper procedure of village code enforcement by sending police officers instead of a trained code enforcement officer?

Accusations of keeping information from the board:

JEANNINE: Did anyone other than you proof the 2021 budget calculations?

JEANNINE: Were any other engineering companies interviewed before hiring HR Green?

JEANNINE: Were bids received from two other possible firms as well?

JEANNINE: Do you have any personal relationship/affiliation with HR Green?

JEANNINE: If so, was the board told that before hiring them?

JEANNINE: Do you have any personal affiliation with the payroll software Paylocity?

JEANNINE: If so, was the board told that before changing over to them?


JEANNINE: Do you have any personal affiliation with Sun Systems, the landscaper who worked at Turnberry Parks?

JEANNINE: If so, was the board told that before hiring them?

PHIL: Is it true that our golf carts le[a]se is $43,000 ANNUALLY…so that actually all “profit” goes to the lease?

During the executive session of April 28, 2020, regarding Jeannine’s complaint about Chief Richardson “yelling/berating” her 3X in the last month for non-emergency Dispatch Call-in Procedure.

The proper procedure to make contact with our officers on the street is with the non-emergency phone number that goes through McHenry County Dispatch. When contacted by residents with non-emergency complaints, those people are to be directed to call the non-emergency number so that this is handled by trained police dispatch before sending an officer.

Inherent dangers of by-passing proper procedures are:
o Hampers/prevents the gathering of viable recorded details of the incident
o Makes identifying the complainant difficult (if not impossible)
o Sends officers to potentially dangerous situations without advising anyone else of the details of the
situation or the officer’s location
o Prevents information that can be used to justify or exonerate police actions
o Opens up their personal communication devices to subpoena

JEANNINE: Have you been told this by Chief Richardson?

JEANNINE: Were you told this by former Chief Roth?

JEANNINE: Has this proper police procedure been brought to your attention more than once?

JEANNINE: Have you circumvented this procedure and contacted the police directly via text or phone instead?

JEANNINE: If so, more than once?

JEANNINE: Why was Trustee Young censured for reminding you of proper police procedure?

PHIL: SAME QUESTION. Why was Trustee Young censured for reminding you of proper police procedure?

Man in Sixties Dies of Corornavirus

From the McHenry County Health Department:

“As of July 7, 2020, there have been 2160 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County, 98 confirmed deaths and 2 probable deaths. 

The death(s) reported today: 1 male 60s.”

As can be seen below, there is an uptick in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19:

McHenry County Covid-19 infections through July 7, 2020.

Squelching a Coronavirus Rumor

A commenter wrote under a Cofid-19 article that a friend who worked in a health care setting told him/her that the Illinois Department of Public Health had issued instructions with an expanded reporting requirement, retroactive to last winter.

The response to my Freedom of Information request follows:

This email is in regards to your recent Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of new instructions sent recently to health providers concerning the reporting of Covid-19 that require people who were treated for colds and influenza since the start of last winter now to be reported to the state and feds as CV cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has no documentation of guidance sent out to providers with new instructions requiring people who were treated for colds and influenza since the start of last winter now to be reported to the state and feds as CV cases.

Opposition to Dems Tax Hike Referendum Roll Out Campaign

From a press release:

Statewide Coalition of Leading Small Business Organizations Join Together and Urge a No Vote on Illinois Progressive Tax Amendment

Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business-Illinois, and Technology and Manufacturing Association Unite to Urge Voters to Vote No on Illinois’ Latest Attempted Tax Hike

Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield – Today, in an unprecedented coalition effort, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Farm Bureau, National Federation of Independent Business – Illinois, and Technology and Manufacturing Association joined together to urge Illinois voters to vote no on the Progressive Tax Constitutional Amendment. Leaders of the coalition held simultaneous press conferences at four locations throughout Illinois among the very people this tax would hurt most: small businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and workers.

Their message was heard loud and clear: Illinoisans are already overtaxed.

Families, workers, seniors, and small business owners struggle under the weight of the highest overall tax burden in the entire country, yet politicians in Springfield are trying to hike taxes again.

The progressive tax will do nothing to address our sky-high property taxes; will cost jobs, slow wage growth, and hurt Illinois workers; and will end up raising taxes on the middle class and the working poor.

Illinoisans can’t afford another tax hike, especially as working families and small businesses struggle to recover from COVID-19.

Illinois Chamber of Commerce President Todd Maisch said, “The progressive tax increase is the same thing as leaving a huge bag of taxpayers’ cash at the backdoor of the statehouse and city hall. None of the money is dedicated to property tax relief, increased funding of education, public safety or pension debt relief. Politicians arrogantly demand that hard-working taxpayers trust them to spend the money wisely. We don’t.”

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert, Jr remarked, “What this new progressive tax will actually do is take us down the same route that these proposals have gone in other states. To cover all of Springfield’s spending and debt, the tax brackets and rates will have to be changed to raise taxes on the middle class and even the working poor, with higher rates starting at incomes as low as $25,000 per year. So while proponents claim the progressive tax would only tax ‘the rich,’ many of whom are local leaders like family farmers who are investing in their communities and creating jobs, the truth is that this amendment will open up every Illinoisan to tax increases.“

National Federation of Independent Business Illinois Leadership Council Chair Cindy Neal commented, “Let us not forget that Illinoisans already pay the 2nd highest property taxes in the nation, and these local taxes increase every single year. We pay three to four times the property taxes of our neighbors in Indiana and Wisconsin, and our taxes go up every year even though property values are stagnant. This progressive tax will do nothing to address our biggest problem in Illinois: our sky-high property tax burden. It simply piles additional taxes onto already overburdened Illinois taxpayers. All of these taxes have serious and real-life consequenc­­­­­­es for our families and small businesses, especially as we struggle to recover from COVID-19.”

Technology and Manufacturing Association President Steve Rauschenberger noted, “The progressive tax will cost jobs, slow wage growth, and hurt Illinois workers when we’re already facing the highest unemployment since the Great Depression due to the coronavirus. Our Illinois economy continues to lag our neighbors and the rest of the country because of high taxes. The progressive tax will further hurt our economy, costing Illinois up to 286,000 jobs and $43 billion in economic activity. This means fewer jobs for Illinois workers, slower wage growth and higher costs for families, and less opportunity for our children at a time when we can least afford it.”

About the Vote No on the Progressive Tax Coalition:
Leading small business and pro-taxpayer organizations from throughout Illinois have formed a grassroots coalition to defeat the Progressive Tax Amendment because Illinoisans are overtaxed. Families, workers, seniors, and small businesses struggle under the weight of the highest overall tax burden in the entire country. Illinois’ Progressive Tax Amendment proposal does nothing to address our sky-high property taxes, will cost jobs, slow wage growth, and hurt Illinois workers, with the result being a tax increase on the middle class and the working poor.

FRG Seeks Public Works Employee, Pay $41-45,000

From the Village of Fox River Grove:

The Village is now accepting applications for a Maintenance Operator I or II position in the Public Works Department.

This is a crew worker position, performing semi-skilled labor. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to perform a variety of labor tasks in the operation including repair and maintenance of streets, parks, and water/sewer utilities. Applicants should possess a CDL driver’s license or be eligible to obtain one within six months of hire. Lab technician skills are a plus, but not required. Possession of a water and/or wastewater license is a plus, but not required. Possession of an associate’s degree or greater level of education is a plus, but not required.

The pay ranges are as follows: Maintenance Operator I is $41,172 to $55,704; Maintenance Operator II is $45,393 to $61,413. There is an excellent benefit package.

Please visit for more information and to print an application today.

Still No Coronavirus Infections at County’s Valley Hi Nursing Home

With eighty-one percent of McHenry County Covid-19 deaths in nursing homes and other long-term facililties, I inquired again as to infections at Valley Hi, the county’s facility.

Administrator Tom Annarella replied,

Valley Hi continues to experience no COVID-19 cases in residents and have only had 1 staff member test positive in the community following a child’s exposure at day care.  There have not been any residents or staff hospitalized for COVID-19 so there have also been no deaths.

Private nursing homes are regulated by the Illinois Department of Publlic Health not the McHenry County Department of Health.

Perhaps that should change.

IL-14: Oberweis Statement on Federal Assistance for Dairy

From 14th District congressional candidate Jim Oberweis:

Jim Oberweis Statement on PPP Loan to Oberweis Dairy

Sugar Grove, IL – Below is a statement from Jim Oberweis on the PPP loan Oberweis Dairy received as well as a statement from Oberweis Dairy.

Statement from Jim Oberweis:

Oberweis Dairy did receive a PPP loan. The loan was used to pay for salaries and benefits for the company’s employees

PPP was passed by Congress and signed by the President to save the jobs of millions of workers who were at risk of unemployment or reduced employment because of the forced closure of the economy as a result of COVID-19. Oberweis Dairy applied for and was granted PPP funding to save the jobs and paychecks of its employees during this unprecedented time.

Jim Oberweis is Chairman of Oberweis Dairy. He receives no salary and his role in the company is advisory. His son, Joe, is President and CEO and runs the company.

The company also issued the statement below:

Oberweis Dairy was one of many businesses across the country that received a PPP loan while faced with unprecedented economic uncertainty. Similar to most retail businesses, we were undoubtedly concerned about the survival of our business given that we couldn’t confidently foresee what parts of it would be allowed to operate. 

All of the proceeds of the PPP loan were used to pay employees or to pay for their benefits as the PPP program was designed. Our participation in the PPP program enabled us to continue to operate each of our restaurants and ice cream stores – many of which saw swift and significant sales declines – and keep all employees working. Without the PPP, at a minimum it would have been prudent to close all restaurants and some ice cream stores that we operate for some period of time (and therefore layoff the impacted employees).

We are pleased to report that we have experienced zero closures, layoffs, furloughs, forced reduction of hours, or compensation reductions. In addition, we were able to offer a variety of temporary benefits to our employees (most of whom were on the front lines through the height of the coronavirus uncertainty) including paid time off for employees recommended to quarantine and direct additional pay for crew, shift leaders, and managers in our stores and restaurants, production, lab, building maintenance, and warehouse team members, customer service representatives, drivers, mechanics, and home delivery managers. 

We cannot foresee what the next 6-12 months will bring for our business or any other, but we are working to be prepared to weather those storms that are undoubtedly still in front of us.

Still Another Day Without a Coronavirus Death

From the McHenry County Health Department:

“As of July 6, 2020, there have been 2145 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McHenry County, 97 confirmed deaths and 2 probable deaths. 

The death(s) reported today: None.

Using either 97 or 99 as the number of deaths and 2,145 as the number of cases, it appears that the likelihood of dying of Covid-19 in McHenry County is 4.5-4.6%.

Federal Judge Throws Book at Gun Toting Man Not Mourning Death of Another

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Chicago Man Who Fired Gun into Murder Victim’s Grave During Burial Service Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who fired a gun into the grave of a murder victim during his burial service has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

During the Nov. 22, 2017, service at Evergreen Cemetery in Evergreen Park, ELSTON STEVENSON drew a handgun and said words to the effect of, “You ain’t [expletive].  You got what you deserved.” 

Stevenson fired a single shot into the grave of the deceased man, who had been murdered two days earlier.

Stevenson then waved the gun in the direction of the mourners as he fled the service. 

He was arrested a short time later near the entrance of the cemetery.

U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr., imposed the 15-year sentence July 1, 2020, in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Kristen deTineo, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Valuable assistance was provided by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Evergreen Park Police Department.

“When a felon brings a loaded gun to a populated area and uses the gun to threaten and endanger strangers, this conduct will not be tolerated,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Cornelius A. Vandenberg argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum. 

“The mourners were all in the immediate vicinity of the defendant when he produced the loaded weapon and were placed in danger by the defendant’s reckless firing of the weapon into the gravesite.”

Holding illegal firearm possessors accountable through federal prosecution is a centerpiece of Project Guardian and Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) – the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction strategies. 

Project Guardian focuses specifically on investigating, prosecuting, and preventing gun crimes, and it emphasizes the importance of using modern technologies to promote gun crime intelligence.  In the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Attorney Lausch and law enforcement partners have deployed the Guardian and PSN programs to attack a broad range of violent crime issues facing the district.

Big Girls Fighting over “Facial Coverings” in McHenry

From the McHenry Police Department:


John Birk, Chief of Police of the McHenry Police Department, announced today the arrest of an adult female in connection with a disturbance at McHenry’s Home Depot.

TERI A. HILL, age 54, of 2621 Wall Street, McHenry, Illinois, was taken into custody on scene without incident.

On July 3rd, 2020 at approximately 4:58 PM officers of the McHenry Police Department responded to the Home Depot store, 2461 N. Richmond Rd., for a reported disturbance between two customers.

Officers conducted an investigation and learned the two female customers had a disagreement about facial coverings.

The disagreement then turned into a physical altercation.

Story makes page 4 of the Chicago Tribune.

Minor injuries were reported on scene with neither customer requesting medical care.

After collecting independent witness statements and video footage, officers determined there was probable cause to criminally charge HILL with the following:
 1 Count of BATTERY (Class A Misdemeanor)
 1 Count of DISORDERLY CONDUCT (Class C Misdemeanor)

Hill was released on personal recognizance bond with a court date of August 19th, 2020 at 8:30 AM.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2599. Those wishing to pass along anonymous information are encouraged to call the McHenry Police Tip Line at 815-363-2124. All
calls made to the tip line are anonymous as Caller ID is not used.

Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he/she has had all the guarantees necessary for his/her defense.

IL-14: Jim Oberweis Fundraisers June 29-July 2

Jim Oberweis

Catalina Lauf, Ted Gradel and James Marter headlined fundraisers

Thank you to commenters, in particular Correcting, for asking for the information about in-person fundraisers for Jim Oberweis which began in earnest within a few days of Phase 4 being implemented of Restore Illinois.

Thus far, McHenry County Blog has determined there were at least 3 in-person fundraisers headlined by former primary opponents of State Senator Jim Oberweis:

  • June 29 in Woodstock, headlining Catalina Lauf
  • July 1 in Naperville, hosted by Ted Gradel
  • July 2 in Yorkville, headlining James Marter

McHenry County Blog has learned last Monday’s fundraiser in Woodstock took place, although due to a last minute development, Ms. Lauf was not in attendance. According to our source, members of the McHenry County Republican Party enjoyed a night getting back together in-person and talking politics for the first time since March 21.

Word is there will be another Oberweis fundraiser in McHenry County very soon with Catalina Lauf present to formally endorse Oberweis’ candidacy against Congresswoman Lauren Underwood this fall.

Last Thursday, Ted Gradel tweeted the following:

Finally, the Yorkville fundraiser was tweeted by LaSalle County Committeeperson Beth Findley:

Curious, nothing was posted on Kendall County Republican Chairman James Marter’s social media sites.

As McHenry County Blog learns about more in-person events in or near McHenry County for the 14th congressional district, we will post the information to our readers.

REMINDER: Second quarter campaign disclosure reports to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) are due on July 15, and as candidates in the 6th and 14th districts general election file, it will be posted here on the blog.

4th of July Algonquin Pot Stop

From the Algonquin Police Department comes this arrest on Independence Day:

18:40pm Madio, Joseph L. 12/18/1993 of 1065 Greenridge Road, Buffalo Grove, was charged with Illegal Transportation of Cannabis and No Seatbelt at Meyer Drive and Algonquin Road. He was released with a court date in McHenry County.

Not being discriminatory concerning drugs of choice, the Department made this arrest on Sunday:

18:02pm High, Tara M. 05/24/1975 of 891 Brandt Drive, Lake In The Hills, was charged with DUI, Obstructing Justice, Illegal Transportation of Open Alcohol, and Failure to Signal. She was taken into custody at 416 S. Randall Road. She was subsequently transported to McHenry County Jail.

State Fiscal Year Revenues Plunge

From the legislature’s finance agency, the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability:

The “Big Three” revenue sources felt the brunt of COVID-19. For the fiscal year, gross personal income taxes fell $947 million, or $765 million net.

Gross corporate income taxes dropped $430 million, or $308 million net, while gross sales taxes were off $206 million, or $154 million net from last year’s levels.

In total, the combined net drop of the “Big Three” was $1.227 billion.

Most of the other revenue sources experienced a down year as well, with all other revenue sources dropping a net $255 million.

Cities & Villages Hike Taxes, But Less Than the Increase in the Consumer Price Index

Today we compare real estate tax levies for this year versus last year.

Because the tax cycle is always one year in arrears, last year’s bills are called 2018 and those paid this year 2019.

As a whole cities and villages increase their dips into taxpayer pockets by 1.73%.

Since the Consumer Price Index increased 2.3%, lots of Boards were trying to minimize the impact on their residents.

Only Algonquin cut is tax levy–by just over one-half of one percent.

Holding constant were Holiday Hills, Lake in the Hills and McHenry.

By keeping their tax levy constant, the tax bill of residents having the same assessed valuation decreased.

That’s because the newly-built buildings took part of existing property owners’ burden.

Increasing their real estate taxes by less than one percent were the Villages of

  • Barrington Hills
  • Cary
  • Lakewood

Between one and two percent were

  • Harvard
  • Oakwood Hills
  • Prairie Grove
  • Union
  • Woodstock

Between two and three percent were

  • Hebron
  • Huntley
  • Johnsburg
  • Marengo
  • McCullom Lake
  • Richmond
  • Ringwood
  • Spring Grove
  • Wonder Lake

Going higher than three percent were

  • Crystal Lake
  • Fox River Grove
  • Fox Lake
  • Port Barrington
  • Island Lake
  • Lakemoor

Cutting taxes over the last decade are the following municipalities:

  • Algonquin -1.39%
  • Barrington Hills -8.2%
  • Johnsburg -2.57%
  • Lakewood -15.66%
  • McCullom Lake -9.82%
  • Prairie Grove -4.47%
  • Woodstock -1.67%