Lakewood Doesn’t Make Cut for Tribune EB-5 Article, 7 Parts of McHenry County Qualify for the Investment for Visa Program

The Chicago Tribune dipped into what some call the “Buy a Visa” program on its front page Sunday. At one time, the McHenry County SportsPlex was the featured project. There was no mention of the Lakewood, Illinois, property on which … Continue reading

Tribune Looking at Lakewood SportsPlex EB-5 Financing

This morning I played photographer’s assistant on Pleasant Valley Road. I held up the remote controlled flash. Antonio Olivo is doing a story on things immigration, including the financing of the Lakewood SportsPlex complex with EB-5 “buy a visa” program … Continue reading

The County Board SportsPlex Debate

Finance Committee Chairman Marc Munaretto began the debate over whether to provide the developers of the McHenry County SportsPlex three more months to round up people to loan them money. Mary McCann took up the cause of those living off … Continue reading

Citizens Speak Against SportsPlex, Lakewood Officials Support

The McHenry County Board vote was 15-8 to extend the date to December 31st for the McHenry County SportsPlex, which will be straddle Pleasant Valley Road on land that is to be annexed to Lakewood once the developers buy it. … Continue reading

Lakewood Approves McHenry County SportsPlex

The Lakewood village board unanimously approved economic incentive and annexation ordinances that allow the $40 million, 165 acre McHenry County SportsPlex to proceed. The result is three happy guys, Lou Tenor, EnRico Heirman and Jack Porter, plus a plethora of … Continue reading

Lakewood Explains SportsPlex

You will remember that details about the McHenry County SportsPlex have been dribbling out a little bit at a time. Some residents have been upset enough to distribute a broadside, which I publishes here. (We found it after coming back … Continue reading

Lakewood Gains New Economic Development Tool

Pete Gonigam’s First Electric Newspaper reported it first, but he didn’t have the map you see below. What you see in orange is the new area within McHenry County designated by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development as … Continue reading

Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group Sends SportsPlex Investment Letter

The December 1, 2009, letter you see below was given to McHenry County officials on January 29, 2010, according to the date stamped on it. The Chicagoland Foreign Investment Group, known for short as the EB-5 company, pledges to provide … Continue reading