After Withdrawing from Lakewood Village President Race, Santowski Files as Write-In

Lakewood was the write-in sensation two years ago, when Paul Serwatka ran first as a write-in in his race for Village Trustee. He campaigned against the Tax Increment Financing District and the SportsPlex at the southern intersection of Routes 47 … Continue reading

Committee on Committees Members Announced

The McHenry County Board gets recommendations from its Committee on Committees as to who will serve as committee chairmen and members. In past years, the recommendations were just that. The McHenry County Board Chairman made the final selections. This past … Continue reading

Walkup Running for Nunda Township Supervisor Against Lee Jennings and Kate Williams

Mike Walkup, the man who was a leading proponent for the consolidation of township government, has filed nominating petitions for Nunda Township Supervisor. Walkup comes off a November election defeat by Jack Franks for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship. He … Continue reading

Nunda Township Compensation over $75,000

There’s a new law that requires townships to publish the names and compensation for those receiving salary and benefits of $75,000 or over. Here is what I found for Nunda Township for the year ending March 31, 2013. To Nunda … Continue reading

90 Attend Gottemoller County Board Fundraiser

First-term McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller held a fund raiser at 1776 in Crystal Lake Monday night and ninety people attended. One of those present was Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard.  After very brief remarks by Gottemoller, Dillard gave … Continue reading

Nunda Township Supervior John Heisler Resigns, Interim Replacment Trustee Jim Schlader

In a letter dated December 11th, Nunda Township Supervisor John Heisler submitted his resignation as of January 3, 2013. The missive, addressed to Trustee James Schlader, read, “Due to recent events and family responsibilities, I will be unable to complete … Continue reading

John Heisler Taken Off Nunda Township Ballot for Township Supervisor

John Heisler has filed the required Statements of Economic Interest with the County Clerk for twenty years, but, with his mother dying in hospice care, he didn’t remember to attach a copy of the receipt to his Statement of Candidacy … Continue reading

Objection Filed Against Nunda Township Supervisor John Heisler’s Petitions

Not only has Grafton Township Supervisor candidate Pam Fender had an objection filed against her petitions, but so has one been filed against Nunda Township Supervisor John Heisler’s. The objection is that Heisler’s filing is incomplete because he did not … Continue reading

County Board Looking at Buying Electricity in Bulk, March Referendum Following Fox River Grove’s and Harvard’s Example Possible

A presentation about how the McHenry County Board could help residents save 10% or more on electric bills by shopping around was made at the September 9th Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee. The draft minutes of the committee chaired by … Continue reading

Nunda Township Considering Two Small Windmills to Alleviate Electricity Cost

I went to a township meeting north of Crystal Lake last night in which no one raised his or her voice, no one insulted anyone, people asked sincere questions and heard a proposal to save money. Getting over before 9, … Continue reading

Comparing Grafton and Nunda Townships – Part 2

This is the second half of an article in which Grafton and Nunda Townships are compared as seen through the eyes of courtroom testimony before Judge Michael Caldwell in the Grafton Township separation of powers case. Speaking later of finances, … Continue reading

Comparing Grafton and Nunda Townships – Part 1

After listening to five days of testimony in the Grafton Township Separation of Powers case, why does Rodney King’s famous quote come to mind? “Can we all get along?” Obviously, not in Grafton Township. The question is why not? Most … Continue reading

Nunda Township Open Space Proponents Out Poll Opponents on Fall Advisory Referendum on Repeal

Thanks to a friend of McHenry County Blog, I can offer the following take on what happened at Nunda Township’s Annual Town Meeting: I thought I’d fill you in on the outcome of the Nunda Township Annual Meeting. Aside from … Continue reading

Complaint Charging Supervisor John Heisler Misuse of Nunda Township Office Dismissed

Nunda Township resident Gerry Walsh filed a complaint with the Illinois State Board of Elections complaining that a political group had been allowed to meet at the Nunda Township building without paying a fee. A final order has been entered … Continue reading

Donna Kurtz Holds Fund Raiser

In one of the first county board fund raisers of the year, McHenry County College Board member Donna Kurtz gathered supporters at The Cottage at the corner of Crystal Lake Avenue and Brink Street Thursday night. Kurtz is running to … Continue reading

Nunda Township Rejects Petition Call for Special Meeting

In August and September, McHenry County Blog reported on Jerry Walsh’s and William Douglas Mann’s petition attempt to call a special Nunda Township meeting called to obtain a referendum to repeal the Nunda Township Open Space Plan. A press release … Continue reading

Attack on Use of Taxpayer Resources to Advance Campaigns Broadens

As readers know, the folks who want McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi out of office have prevailed upon Associate McHenry County Judge to appoint a special prosecutor to probe whether taxpayer resources were used to promote his campaign. That … Continue reading

Nunda Township Republicans Pamphlet Includes Endorsements

Not only Algonquin Township, but Nunda Township rolled out campaign literature at the Crystal Lake Expo. Both were found at the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee booth, which was right on the first aisle of the exhibition. The booth looked … Continue reading

“Team Nunda”

I spotted my first political signs of the February 23rd Republican primary election yesterday. They are for “Team Nunda.” The slate includes unopposed Supervisor John Heisler, opposed incumbent Assessor Dennis Jagla and opposed Trustee candidates Tom Palmer (incumbent) Joni Smith … Continue reading

“Team Nunda”

I spotted my first political signs of the February 23rd Republican primary election yesterday. They are for “Team Nunda.” The slate includes unopposed Supervisor John Heisler, opposed incumbent Assessor Dennis Jagla and opposed Trustee candidates Tom Palmer (incumbent) Joni Smith … Continue reading