Defenders Plan Meeting on Legislative Advocary

A press release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:

Green Drinks on March 4th, 2015

CRYSTAL LAKE – In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday! The public is invited to McHenry County Green Drinks on March 4th, 2015, from 5pm – 7pm, at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N. Main St. in Crystal Lake, from 5pm-7pm.

Additional parking is available at the train station.

This month’s topic is


MCCD logo 2014Elizabeth S. Kessler, MBA, CPRP and Executive Director of the McHenry County Conservation District will talk about advocacy in action in the recent passage of SB3341/PA 11-1168

Dr. Cindy Skrukrud from the Illinois Sierra Club will talk about current and future legislative Kim Hankins and Anne Basten will round out the discussion with some other pointers they’ve picked up through weekly work with the Illinois Environmental Council.

There will be an information table set up, and you are welcome to bring information about your green products and services each month to share.

To be added to the Green Drinks email list, send a note to: or “like” the group on FaceBook

The Green Drinks network was founded in North London, England in 1989 and now is active in over 600 cities worldwide. Interested public is always welcome to attend the McHenry County Green Drinks monthly event. Each month there is a short presentation on a different eco-topic plus displays and demonstrations. Also, information about upcoming eco-events and green products and services is made available. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks are available plus a Green Drinks McHenry County is sponsored by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen.


Defenders Plan Meeting on Legislative Advocary — 5 Comments

  1. They made a typo.

    Its Public Act 97-1168 (PA 97-1168).

    Not PA 11-1168.

    It amended the Conservation District Act.

    If you are concerned about Conservation District Property Taxes, it’s probably a good idea to learn more about it.

    Here are the additions to the Act courtesy of PA 97-1168 / SB 3341.

    “(b-5) For the purpose of development of real property, all or a portion of which has been acquired with referendum-approved bonds, a district located entirely within McHenry County may incur indebtedness and, as evidence of the indebtedness thus created, may issue and sell bonds without first obtaining the consent of the legal voters of the district.

    Development, for the purposes of this subsection (b-5), shall mean the improvement or maintenance of existing trails, parking lots, bridges, roads, picnic shelters, and other improvements, adding or improving access to conservation areas or district facilities to comply with the Americans with
    Disabilities Act, demolition of unnecessary or unsafe structures, and the stabilization, revitalization or rehabilitation of historic structures.”

    “The following do not in any way limit the right of a district to issue non-referendum bonds under this Section: bonds heretofore or hereafter issued and outstanding that are approved by referendum, as described in this subsection (d); refunding bonds issued to refund or continue to refund bonds approved by referendum; and bonds issued under this Section that have been paid in full or for which provisions for payment have been made by an irrevocable deposit of funds in an amount sufficient to pay the principal and interest on those bonds to their respective maturity date.”

    There are a few other changes, see the link.

    Senate Sponsors: Sen. Pamela J. Althoff & Karen McConnaughay

    House Sponsors: Rep. Michael W. Tryon & Ann Williams

    In a nutshell, this law allows the Conservation District to issue non-referendum bonds to hike property taxes without voter approval.

    Supposedly it “fixed” the previous law.

    As if taxpayers don’t have enough problems with mounting property taxes.

  2. Everyone remember the mortgage crisis of 2008-2010 , when credit was locked up, real estate prices crashed, virtually no property sales were possible, and it looked like the end of the world as we knew it in terms of financial institutions? People bought homes and land at 10c on the dollar?

    Here are land purchases by MCCD during that time period.
    2008. 150. $2342279 $15615
    192. $2,561,854. $13342
    35. $853825. $24705
    90. $623073. $6898
    74. $737010. $10000
    35. $855822. $24237
    15. $330585. $22397
    6. $119625. $21457
    161. $1,571,860. $9774
    95. $614640. $6500
    106. $2,722,175. $25793
    280. $3,470,623. $12375
    30. $447885. $15000
    47. $683310. $14376
    106. $2,838,031. $26688
    33. $848583. $25714
    128. $2,223,399. $17431
    53. $634625. $11974
    2009 8. $124000. $15500
    25. $395000. $15800
    5. $113500. $25000
    100. $2,000,000. $20000
    32. $1,327,305. $41847
    45. $1,000,000. $22123
    201. $2,600,000. $12986
    55. $1,072,880. $19422
    4. $60000. $150000
    1. $150000. $168,539
    7. $162600. $25015
    14. $361250. $25000

    (2010-2014 and 2005-2007 available on request.)
    ( price per acre is correct, discrepancies are due to rounding of acreage numbers).

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