Bianchi, Shepley React to 155’s Bleacher Appeal

One of the owners of a home backing up the Crystal Lake South High School bleachers, Lou Bianchi, and Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley commented upon District 155’s appeal of the Appellate Court’s decision that city government had the ability … Continue reading

Aaron Shepley’s Bleacher Letter to High School District 155

Just in case you would like to read the letter that Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley sent to Crystal Lake High School Board President Ted Wagner and his fellow board members, it is below: September 8, 2014 Dear Mr. Wagner … Continue reading

Republicans Dominate CL Indpendence Day Parade – Part 1

Readers know that my primary reason for attending parades is to look out for political implications. But what gave me the biggest kick was the Crystal Lake Strikers playing “Wipe Out” in front of the First United Methodist Church. There … Continue reading

Operating Engineers Local 150 Courts Local Republicans and Jack Franks

When candidates report receiving contributions from the International Union of Operating Eng Local 150 State County Local Area PAC, they uses different designations. Here is how it is listed with the Illinois State Board of Elections: Intl Union of Operating … Continue reading

Slot Machine Supporters Roll Snake Eyes in Crystal Lake…Again

Crystal Lake last considered allowing slot machines (euphemistically called “video gaming” by supporters) in Crystal Lake in May, 2012. The vote was 6-1 in opposition with only Ellen Brady-Mueller supporting allowing them. Local bar and restaurant owners advanced the issue … Continue reading

YMCA Breaks Ground on Addition that Will Make Crystal Lake’s “the Flagship for the Nation,” according to Sparkplug Vince Foglia

Philanthropists, kids, staff, Sage employees and the construction team broke ground on a 42,000 square foot addition to the Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake today. It will contain a swimming pool suitable for competition with plenty of bleacher space. Clearly, … Continue reading

Chicago Tribune Writes about Crystal Lake South High School Bleachers

Featuring a photo from the football field, Chicago Tribune reporter Robert McCoppin in the fight between Crystal Lake High School District 155 and the City of Crystal Lake. Calling it a “brouhaha,” the Tribune quoted Mayor Aaron Shepley as saying, … Continue reading

Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley Says District 155’s “Brazen” Ignoring City Zoning Ordinance on South High School Bleachers “Wrong Thing to Do”

A letter about the new stadium seating at South High School was sent today from Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley to District 155 School Board President Ted Wagner. It follows two end-of-July letters from city department heads to District 155 … Continue reading

Glenda Miller Announces Endorsements for McHenry County Treasurer

A press release from McHenry County Treasurer candidate Glenda Miller: “Centsible” Choice for County Treasurer Glenda Miller, currently Chief Deputy McHenry County Treasurer and Republican candidate for County Treasurer garnered several endorsements in the past week. Miller, 57, recently announced … Continue reading

Citizens Concerned about Flooding in Crystal Lake & Lakewood

Monday night, it was 40-50 residents of Lakewood’s County Club Additions subdivision meeting informally at the Gate 7 Beach owned by the subdivision’s Property Owners Association. The meeting had been called by April Runge of Wiltshire Lane. Representing Lakewood were … Continue reading

Crystal Lake City Council Poised to Lessen Pot Penalty

With its Home Rule powers, the Crystal Lake City Council signaled a majority is ready to change possession of up to thirty joints from a criminal to a civil offense. Mayor Aaron Shepley led the opposition with Councilwomen Cathy Ferguson, … Continue reading

Two Potential Gubernatorial Candidates Speak at McHenry County Republican Play Day

Two potential contenders for the Republican nomination for Governor spoke to Party faithful at the McHenry County Country Club Wednesday. During the cocktail time before dinner State Treasurer Dan Rutherford spoke after an effusive introduction by Party Chairman Mike Tryon. … Continue reading

Slot Machines in Crystal Lake: No, No, No, No, No, No, Who Am I To Judge?

An informal discussion was held Tuesday night by the Crystal Lake City Council about whether to allow slot machines (“video poker,” if you favor the idea) in town After presentations by two gambling machine purveyors, City Council members expressed a … Continue reading

A Citizen’s Thoughts on the Crystal Lake Library’s $28.6 Million Proposed Expansion

Here’s the view of Stephen Willson on the proposal for Crystal Lake Library improvements. Food for thought. Should We Build a New Library in Crystal Lake? An open letter to the Crystal Lake City Council Key points New library budget … Continue reading

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford Makes Four McHenry County Appearances

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford appeared at a fund raiser at 1776 this morning and then attended two “Cash Dashes” in McHenry County for people looking for unclaimed assets that may be in the custody of the State Treasurer’s Office. Such … Continue reading