Small Tax Hike Referendums Fail

Tax Hike referendums in Hebron Township and the Village of Greenwood were trounced. Here is the Hebron Township question: Shall the extension limitation under the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law for Hebron Township, McHenry County, Illinois, be increased from the … Continue reading

NWH Reveals Referendum Endorsements/Non-Endorsements

The new Editorial Board members at the Northwest Herald may be a bit different from those in past times. I remember the days when the NWH endorsed every tax hike referendum on the ballot. No longer. The two tax hike … Continue reading

Campaigning Before the Weekend Rain

Before the rain hit, supporters of the consolidation of the McHenry Township Road District into the McHenry Township Board were out onĀ  Route 31 at Blake Boulevard. They sent these photos: … Continue reading

John Reinert Urges Rejection of McHenry High School Tax Hike Referendum

A press release from McHenry County Board member John Reinert: Reinert: Alternatives to McHenry High School Board’s Tax Hike Proposal Unexplored CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County Board member John Reinert is urging voters in McHenry High School District 156 to … Continue reading

McHenry Subdivision Sends Mail Asking for No Votes on McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Referendum

Here’s what was sent to Indian Ridge property owners by the Indian Ridge Improvement Association: … Continue reading

Three McHenry Township Vendors Help Finance Opponents’ Campaign to Thwart Consolidation of the Road District with the Rest of McHenry Township

“Follow the money.” That was the strategy of the Washington Post reporters in their Watergate investigation. A week ago I sent a Freedom of Information request to McHenry Township asking for payments since the beginning of 2017 to any of … Continue reading

Funding for Supporting Consolidation McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township

Just found the Illinois State Board of Elections filing of those who want to fold the McHenry Township Highway Department into the rest of township government in 2021. The committee filed under the name of Citizens for Consolidation, but a … Continue reading

Opposition to McHenry High School and McHenry City Tax Hike Bond Referendums Shows Up in Mailboxes

The committee to hike taxes in McHenry High School District 156 got $2,000 from each of the car dealers in McHenry, so they are rolling in cash. Until now, no opposition has reared its head except, McHenry County Board member … Continue reading

Littering Continues in Front of Bob Anderson’s Wonder Lake Barber Shop

It is often said that “Timing is everything” in politics. Campaigns peak too soon sometimes. In the case of the campaign to put the McHenry Township Road District under the Township Board starting in 2021, not living in the area, … Continue reading

Supporters of Consolidating McHenry Township’s Road District with the Township Continue to Write Letters

Another letter to the Northwest Herald published here with permission of author Dave Bussell. Consolidate Now Why do people complain so much about a small increase in their cable or satellite bill but remain so passively uninformed about the one … Continue reading

Opponents to Putting McHenry Township Road District Under Township Board Roll Out Door Hanger

Continuing with the “Clip Job” them, opponents to merging the McHenry Township Road District with the Township are distributing the following to McHenry Township homes: … Continue reading

NWH Letter Talks of “Stupidly Structured Unit of Government”

McHenry’s Ned Neumann sent the following letter to the Northwest Herald. It is published here with his permission. (Opponents of the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum are welcome to send their published letter here with permission to post them … Continue reading

Scott Coffey Suggests Way McHenry High School District Could

Cary Grade School President Scott Coffey has a suggestion for the McHenry High School board: Given that D-47 just issued $9.2 million in bonds in June with roughly an average yield of 3.0%, a similar rate on D-156’s $44 million … Continue reading

Reader Mark Offers Thoughts on McHenry High School Referendum Tax Hike Proposal

From McHenry County Blog reader Mark, who has return after too long an absence: One of the big problems in school district reorganizations is what to do about the pay of employees in the lower paid district, which in this … Continue reading

Question in McHenry Township Is Form of Government

Jamie Grubich of McHenry wrote the following letter to the Northwest Herald, which is published with her permission: Consolidate the Road District To be clear, the McHenry Township Road District Referendum is not about saving your roads, snow so deep … Continue reading

Township Road District Consolidation Opponent Gets Personal with Bob Anderson

This showed up in front of Bob Anderson’s barber shop in Wonder Lake Tuesday night: Here’s a closer view: Baggies with literature, a stone and a piece of candy were distributed by supporters of abolishing the Road District as an … Continue reading

John Reinert: Shift McHenry High School Students to Crystal Lake to Avoid $44 Million Bond Issue

McHenry County Board John Reinert has researched how the McHenry High School Board could meet the needs of its students without voters approving the borrowing of $44 million. That is the amount of the bond issue on the November ballot … Continue reading