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

What McHenry City Officials Say Will Happened to Tax Bills Depending on How Residents Vote on the Tax Hik Referendums this Fall

The City of McHenry’s Parks & Recreation Department has put out the following chart showing what will happen to taxes under various combinations of voter action: … Continue reading

McHenry Residents Urges End to One-Man Rule in Road District

The supporters of the referendum to put the McHenry Township Road District under the Township Board keep sending letters to the editor of the Northwest Herald and then sharing them with McHenry County Blog. As I have told Road Commissioner … Continue reading

McHenry High School Tax Hike Committee Wants Yes Vote To Keep Taxes from Maximum Decrease, Vote NO and cut your taxes by $325 a year!

The McHenry District 156 Vote Yes for Lower Taxes and Better Schools committee has a campaign that is a naked attempt to deceive voters into missing out on a really big tax cut in 2020. The District currently levies about … Continue reading

Letter Writer Praises McHenry Township Road Commissioner Jim Condon’s Reputation, But Still Voting to Consolidate Road District with McHenry Township

The following letter to the Northwest Herald is printed here with the permission of its writer, Thomas J. Popovich: Highway district consolidation needed for property tax relief I do not know McHenry Township Road Commissioner Jim Condon personally, but in … Continue reading

Tobin Endorses McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Vote

Here is an endorsement letter of the McHenry Township Road District consolidation referendum from Jim Tobin to Bob Anderson: October 12, 2018 Bob, I am very pleased to enthusiastically endorse your organization, Citizens For Consolidation. We need more non-partisan grassroots organizations … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Makes Another Pitch for Support in Consolidation McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township

A letter for the Northwest Herald from Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson, published with permission of its author: More Oversight, Cutting Costs, Ending Patronage, Nepotism, Favoritism and Waste Heads-up McHenry Township voters. On November 6 you will have the opportunity to … Continue reading

Federal Judge Refuses to Stop McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Referendum

The coalition of Democrats and Independents supporting a continued independent McHenry Township lost in Federal Court Friday when Judge Frederick Kapala agreed with the reasoning of Township Attorney James Militello III. The decision is below: ORDER Plaintiffs’ motion for temporary … Continue reading

Federal Judge Plans to Issue Written Opinion on McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Opponents’ Suit

Federal Circuit Court Judge Frank Kapala heard arguments for and against holding a referendum in November calling for consolidating the McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township. That would put the five members of the Township Board in control of the … Continue reading

Joe Gottemoller Get Campaign Reporting Done Early

It’s only four days into the fifteen day filing period for campaign finance filing, but McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller, running for re-election, has finished that chore. Here are the contributions he reports by name (those over $150): $250 … Continue reading

Consolidation – Businesses Do It, Why Not Local Governments?

This letter to the Northwest Herald is re-printed with the permission of its writer, Jamie Grubich of McHenry:: The Power to Consolidate – House Bill 607 Isn’t it ironic that only a few past and present employees of the McHenry … Continue reading

McHenry Township Road District Consolidation Opponents Officially Surface

Saw my first four by four foot sign in opposition to the consolidation of the McHenry Township Road District into McHenry Township after the 2021 elections. This sign was on Ridge Road south of Wonder Lake just before the “Vote … Continue reading

Court Fails to Take McHenry Township Road District Referendum Off the Ballot

Federal Magistrate Iain Johnston did not grant the relief that McHenry Township Road District referendum opponents sought Thursday. The McHenry native deferred to Circuit Court Judges, all of whom were in Chicago for a meeting. The next court hearing is … Continue reading