Two Billboards for WL Grade School Challengers

There is a hot contest for Wonder Lake’s Harrison School District 36 Board. A slate containing Bob Anderson, David Yang and Cliff Leegard are challenging the folks who currently control the school board. Anderson and Yang are Republican Precinct Committeemen. … Continue reading

Income Tax Revenue Sharing Loss Would Cost McHenry County Governments $16.9 Million

The McHenry County Council of Governments (McCOG) has calculated how much money each village and city in the county would lose in state subsides should Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget recommendations be enacted. The Govenror suggests cutting the subsidy in half. … Continue reading

Candidates for McHenry County Cities and Villages

I’ve finally pinned down all who are running for municipal office in cities and villages having all or part of their boundaries within McHenry County. The names have been listed in ballot order.  That makes little difference unless there are … Continue reading

Rosemary Kurtz Gains First Ballot Position in District 155 Race

Already the prohibitive favorite in the contest to fill three Crystal Lake High School Board posts, former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz got a further boost from the removal of the only person ahead of her on the ballot. Candidate Gerald … Continue reading

CL & McHenry High School Board Candidate’ Petitions Challenged.

Thanks to another new element on McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s web site, one can find the names of school board candidates who have had their petitions challenged. There are three high school candidates in addition to the three Harrison … Continue reading

Challenges Filed to Wonder Lake School Board Incumbents

Republican Precinct Committeeman Bob Anderson of Wonder Lake has filed challenges to the petitions of three incumbents running for re-election to the Harrison Grade School 36 Board. Anderson is a candidate for a two-year term.  He is unopposed. Board President … Continue reading

Filings for Municipal Office

Here’s my best effort to find out who filed for village and city offices in McHenry County’s thirty municipalities. Most who didn’t file last week probably waited until late Monday afternoon. Why? Best place on the ballot is first.  With … Continue reading

Wonder Laker Takes Exception to County Board’s Zoning re Boat Storage

This popped in a comment to one of the articles on the restrictions included in one of the previous articles about restrictions proposed in the County’s Unified Development Ordinance: Why would the county decide what you can and can’t have … Continue reading

Crystal Lake’s Hikes Taxes Almost 10%–More Than Any Other City or Village

Municipal elections were last spring.  The next ones are not until next spring. Perhaps that explains why the City of Crystal Lake decided to hike taxes so much this year–a non-election year. There will go up 9.8%. McHenry, on the … Continue reading

McHenry County Tax Take Up by 1.5% or $12 Million

Last year McHenry County real estate taxpayers were billed $797,419,250.88. This year the McHenry County Clerk’s Office has determined that bills amounting to $809,385,180.76 will be issued. That’s a dollar increase of $11,965,930, a percentage increase of 1.5%. The Property … Continue reading

Most McHenry County Schools Announce Monday Day Off Because of Extreme Cold

From Woodstock District 200: All District 200 schools and Kids Club will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014. All after school activities, practices, evening events, sports and outside user activities will also be cancelled. Phone and email messages confirming … Continue reading

Sheriff Nygren Hit With Suit Charging Failure to Supervise Resulting in “False Arrests and Use of Excessive Force” by Deputies; Launching Pad – Wonder Lake Arrest Last Christmas

Attorney Louis J. Meyer filed another Federal case Monday, December, 23, 2013, against the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, McHenry County, a deputy and Kieth Nygren personally. Wonder Lake and one of its policemen are also defendants. Here’s what the suit … Continue reading

Murder in Wonder Lake Results in 32 Years in Pen

A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi: RICHARD NIELSEN SENTENCED TO 32 YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, announces that Richard G. Nielsen,  53, formerly of Wonder Lake, was sentenced … Continue reading

Bill Prim’s Sheriff’s Campaign Moves to Wonder Lake for 4th of July Parade

The Bill Prim for Sheriff Committee reports that forty volunteers were in the Wonder Lake 4th of July Parade. The campaign sent a number of photos, including ones of dune buggies. Look at a couple below: The float had people … Continue reading

What’s Happening to Home Prices in McHenry County?

The Chicago Tribune has created an interactive map that shows how much home prices have changed in the last year and in the last five years, as well as the average home price. In the last week or so, I … Continue reading

Neighborhood Garbage Collection Approved by County Board

In a bulk buying move similar to electric aggregation, which unincorporated parts of McHenry County rejected by referendum, several northeastern County subdivisions requested McHenry County government to cut contracts for waste disposal. Instead of four to five trucks coming into … Continue reading

Fox River Grove & Harrison Grade Schools at Maximum Tax Rate in Education Fund, Harvard Hits It Next Year

Looking at maximum tax rates for school districts in McHenry County, I discovered that Fox River Grove Elementary School District 3 is blocked from raising its taxes not by the Property Tax Cap, but by having reached it $3.50 per … Continue reading

On Advice of EPA, Wonder Lake Closed on Last Weekend of Summer – Labor Day Weekend

An email to Wonder Lake residents  from Wonder Lake Master Property Owners Association President Dick Hilton:about the closure of Wonder Lake for Labor Day Weekend: LAKE USE ALERT – PLEASE READ – On advice of IL EPA LAKE CLOSED UNTIL … Continue reading