Those Interested Enough in Running for School Board to Pick Up Petitions

Petitions for school boards are being handed out by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office this year. Those getting them have an opportunity to sign their names and put other information on a legal pad. You see the results from earlier … Continue reading

Time to Start Thinking about Running for School Board

Those who look at their property tax bills know that most of the money goes to school districts. Below is where the money went in the Algonquin Township part of Crystal Lake in a recent year. One will note that … Continue reading

Time to Think about Next Spring’s Elections

While attention is being focused on this November’s elections, filing for next spring’s municipal, school, junior college, park district and lesser districts happen shortly after the election. At the Republican Party’s Headquarter’s Grand Opening last Thursday night, Crystal Lake Grade … Continue reading

The New District 300 Teachers’ Contract – Highlights

Today, Carpentersville District 300 teachers were voting on whether to ratify the contract recently negotiated by the LEAD300 union folks and the school board. You can read the entire contract here, complete with red color to indicate last minute changes. … Continue reading

School Boards Seek to Make Freedom of Information Requests Harder

The following was written by Scott Reeder, the journalist in residence at the Illinois Police Institute: EDUCATING IN THE DARK As a journalist, I have filed thousands of Freedom of Information Act requests with Illinois school districts and uncovered major … Continue reading

Mike Skala Decides to Serve on Both Huntley School and County Board Despite “Incompatabilty”

I missed the Northwest Herald article about newly-elected McHenry County Board member Mike Skala deciding to stay on the Huntley District 158 School Board until after a suit with contractors is settled. And, it seems that former McHenry County College … Continue reading

School Boards Fight Tax Relief with Tax Dollars

Not only are townships and municipalities using taxpayer dollars to lobby against the interests of their taxpayers, so are school boards. And they are all paying for their lobbying with taxpayer-financed dues. Read what is posted on the Illinois Association … Continue reading

Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan Tries to Get Out of His Job by Petitioning Rockford Judge

Special Prosecutor Henry Tonigan tried to get McHenry County Circuit Judge Gordon Graham to pull the plug on his assignment to prosecute McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi. Judge Graham pointed out that the McHenry County Board had appealed his … Continue reading

Anti-Referendum McHenry High School Board Candidates Make Self Known

Three candidates have banded together to advance their candidacies for the McHenry County School Board. McHenry County Blog obtained a copy of the “Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility” pamphlet, plus a card that is being passed around. Although it is not … Continue reading

A More Extensive View of John Ryan’s District 300 School Board Service

Former District 300 Board member was out of the country on his new job when I emailed him asking what he thought his accomplishments were. Interestingly, he did not mention getting elected as a Home School Dad. In 2007, he … Continue reading

Schools Pull the Wool over 226 Illinois House Eyes

“It’s just a little nothing bill.” I can hear the words coming out of House Sponsor Roger Eddy to colleagues asking privately what the bill was all about. Not that I know Eddy. I just know the process. When you … Continue reading