BGA Makes Email Pitch for Support for Bill to Allow Voters to Abolish McHenry County Townships

Here it is: McHenry County Residents Should Be Allowed To Dissolve Their Townships A bill in the Illinois legislature would allow McHenry County residents to dissolve their townships. Government consolidation is a key priority for the BGA and the bill … Continue reading

County Board Members Use Letter Against Township Abolition by Referendum Bill to Try to Scuttle Bill

Below is the letter that McHenry County Board member and former Grafton Township Supervisor Jim Kearns circulated among his colleagues. All signed it but Yvonne Barnes, Michael Rein and Craig Wilcox. The letter, addressed to the State Senate, was handed … Continue reading

BGA Writes McHenry County Board in Support of Bill to Allow Abolition of Township Government by Referendum

Following up on a simple support statement for Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow abolition of township governments in McHenry County by referendum, the Better Government Association has issued the following letter sent to the McHenry County Board last week: … Continue reading

Republican Leaders and County Board Put Pressure on Rauner to Veto McSweeney Township Abolish by Referendum Bill, If Passed

Comments are filtering out about what occurred at the handpicked and screened Republicans allowed to meet with Governor Bruce Rauner last Saturday. It is evident that at least GOP Chairman Diane Evertsen (whose husband was Hartland Township Supervisor) and County … Continue reading

McConnaughay Says She Supports Bill to Allow Voters to Abolish Townships by Referendum

A commenter to one of the articles about State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill that would allow voters to abolish their township by referendum suggested that McHenry County Senators were opposed to the legislation. Word has come from State Senator Karen … Continue reading

What Township Government Did To 2018 Real Estate Tax Bills

Here are the comparisons for taxes collected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for McHenry County’s seventeen townships. In all, the townships cut the amount being taken out of our checkbooks by 3%. Each township has the cost of highway departments … Continue reading

TOI Paints County Government as the Enemy Abolition of Township Government by Referendum

The following email was sent to township officials by the Township Officials of Illinois last Wednesday from its statewide organization: Memorandum To:          Township Officials From:       Bryan E. Smith, Executive Director Date:        May 2, 2018 Re:           House Bill 4637 URGENT LEGISLTIVE … Continue reading

2017 McHenry County Townships’ Taxes and Spending

In yesterday’s article showing expenditures and revenues for McHenry Townships, McHenry Township was omitted. 2017 data for all seventeen townships are shown below, this time the difference has been calculated. The source is the Illinois State Comptroller’s web site. … Continue reading

McSweeney’s Bill Is Not About Township Consolidation

Yesterday, the Northwest Herald article‘s headline and first sentence of a story by report Ed Komenda characterized State Rep. David McSweeny’s House Bill 4637 as having to do with consolidating townships. The bill, instead, is about allowing voters to abolish … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence Says She Didn’t Go to Springfield to Lobby

Rachael Lawrence gives different take on trip to Springfield than what was conveyed in the Northwest Herald. In a comment under my article on the NWH’s article {“Algonquin Township Officials Fear for their Jobs“) she wrote: I attended this “Township … Continue reading

McHenry County Townships’ Taxes and Spending

The Illinois State Comptroller has a data base contacting information about tax districts throughout Illinois. Today we look at expenditures and revenues for McHenry County’s seventeen townships. From looking at the above figures, one can see that some townships seem … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Officials Fear for Their Jobs

The Northwest Herald has an article today about attempts by Algonquin Township Trustees driving to Springfield in an aapparent attempt to keep their jobs. Here’s the first sentence of the article by reporter Ed Komenda: Algonquin Township officials traveled to … Continue reading

Reick Criticizes “Short Debate” on McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill

The Illinois House has a rule which limits debate to two people on certain bills. It’s called “Short Debate.” Usually bills put on that agenda are non-controversial. The person speaking in favor of the measure is its sponsor. Then, the … Continue reading

Comparing the Number of Employees of McHenry County Townships

The Illinois State Comptroller has a data base contacting information about tax districts throughout Illinois. Looking at 2017 data from those for the seventeen townships in McHenry County, one finds the number of employees running from a low of 2 … Continue reading

Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Township Government Passes House

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Passes McSweeney’s Township Consolidation Bill Springfield, IL – Yesterday the Illinois House overwhelmingly approved State Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington Hills) measure to allow voters in McHenry County new pathways to eliminate … Continue reading