Governor Vetoes Non-Referendum Annexation Power for Fire Protection Districts

In years past the Village of Lakewood was provided fire protection services by the Woodstock Fire Protection District. At that time, if Lakewood residents passed a referendum, its properties could have been annexed to the Woodstock FPD. This past legislative … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 3

Lake in the Hills Sanitary District attorney Derke Price argues that the case cited by the State’s Attorney’s brief in support of voiding the annexation into Kane County is an interpretation of the wrong sanitary district act. Patrick Kenneally’s attorneys … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 2

On June 20, 2017, the McHenry County Board passed a resolution “purportedly appointing Eric Hansen…and Kyle Kane.” Price then lists the problems: County boards have no authority to make appointments to sanitary district boards, rather it is the Chairman who … Continue reading

Althoff Seeks Broader Advisory Referendum Authority for Cary Grade School District

At the Cary Grade School District’s request, State Rep. Pam Althoff is attempting to gain permission to put an advisory referendum on the ballot that would include precincts outside the school district’s boundaries. Illinois Statehouse News has posted a short … Continue reading

Lakewood Newsletter from President Erin Smith

Here’s the latest missive delivered in the mail to Lakewood residents: From the President On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to wish you and your families a Happy New Year. As a community, we face many of … Continue reading

Judge Michael Caldwell Gives Lakewood Green Light to Grow to Route 176

The Village of Lakewood asked permission to annex 540 acres running up to Dean Street Road and Route 176, where mail boxes have a Woodstock address. They got permission to proceed from McHenry County Circuit Court Judge Michael Caldwell. The … Continue reading

Lakewood Seeks to Annex 540 Acres, including Route 176 & 47 Golf Courses & SportsPlex Site

A big annexation of property is being sought by the Village of Lakewood in Circuit Court. Of the voters living in the 540 acres, twelve favor the action; one, largest property owner Alan R. Swanson, does not. The 540 acres … Continue reading

Alexander Lumber’s Move to Ridgefield, Proposed Metra Station Implications

When I was posting about the 400th day of Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley’s 75% city sales tax increase, I was fantasizing that Alexander Lumber was moving to the unincorporated Ridgefield location of the old 84 Lumber property in order … Continue reading