Part 2 – Looking at Lakewood TIF and SportsPlex Documents

Yesterday began an analysis of the results of Freedom of Information Act requests to the Village of Lakewood concerning documents about the proposed SportsPlex and the Tax Increment Financing District. Much information was not provided because it was in “draft” … Continue reading

Lakewood Swears In Trustees, Talk Taxes, Gravel

The Lakewood Village Trustees elected last month were sworn in Tuesday night. Re-elected were Carl Davis and Ken Santowski. They were joined by newcomer Paul Serwatka, who got more votes than any other candidate and did so without having his … Continue reading

Serwatka Responds to Board “Everything’s Fine” Comments

An email from newly-elected Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka: The Northwest Herald released an article yesterday, giving a glimpse of the battle that lies ahead. Residents have responded, describing some board members’ responses as “obtuse,” “pig-headed” and “narcissistic”… One thing … Continue reading

Lakewood Final Results – Serwartka Beats Nearest Competitor More That 2-1

A story early last night reported the precinct results and showed the early voting returns. While the following graphic from the County Clerk’s Office doesn’t show the write-in vote in Paul Serwatka’s column, he was the only write-in candidate. The … Continue reading

Political Stories from the Weekend

Lot’s of political articles over the Easter Weekend: McHenry Aldermanic Candidate Scott Curry’s Literature Matthew Hardt MCC Campaign Piece FRG College Student Janna Wing Works Precinct on Spring Break Lakewood Trustee Campaign Moves to the Internet Two Billboards for WL … Continue reading

Incumbent Lakewood Trustee Carl Davis Sends Letter

With this letter from Carl Davis all of the candidates for Lakewood Village Trustee have send information to voters of the approximately 4,000 person town. There are three incumbents on the ballot: Carl Davis Ken Santowski Gary Sexson Trying to … Continue reading

Debate on Lakewood TIF Intense

The comment section under articles about Lakewood’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and Paul Serwatka’s write-in campaign aimed directly at it is being hotly debated on McHenry County Blog. Here is what appears under the article about Steve Wilson’s letter: … Continue reading

Paul Serwatka Announces Write-In Candidacy for Lakewood Village Trustee

A press release from Lakewood Village Trustee write-in candidate Paul Serwatka: Paul Serwatka Takes up Fight for Lakewood Taxpayers Mounting write-in challenge for Lakewood Trustee –  Serwatka Aims to Stop $66 MILLION DOLLAR TIF & Sportsplex LAKEWOOD, IL – Compelled … Continue reading

28 Write-In Candidacies Surface, Shepley Challenged by Chadwick

The biggest is the write-in challenge of Sascha Chadwick to Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley. As McHenry County Blog reported the night it happened, Shepley managed to convince his fellow City Council members that Chadwick, a CPA and entrepreneur.  (See … Continue reading

Lakewood Trustee Ken Santowski Wakens from Summer Siesta and Reports to Constituents – 2nd July Meeting

Continued from yesterday. The 2nd meeting in July was the fun one. It made the local papers for a few days. The Sportsplex as it is referred to by me. While there was nothing to “redo” about the original plans … Continue reading

Lakewood Trustee Ken Santowski Wakens from Summer Siesta and Reports to Constituents – 1st July Meeting

My fellow residents: Sorry I have been away so long. Tom Hanks asked me to go for a plane ride and we all know what happened next. Can you say “Wilson”? Since I have not spoken to you for the … Continue reading

Lakewood SportsPlex Gets 6 More Months to Get Financing by 4-3 Vote

Lakewood Village President Erin Smith had to cast a tie-breaking vote for ordinances giving McHenry County SportsPlex developers an additional six-months to meet their end of the deal struck with Lakewood. A year ago the vote was unanimous. In the … Continue reading

Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Santowski Entertains Dreams of Running for President

A letter from Lakewood Village President Ken Santowski: I have formally decided to announce my candidacy for President………. Fellow residents: Well with the 4th of July weekend right around the corner it seems like summer appears to be in “full … Continue reading

Lakewood Trustee Gives Take on Last Board Meetin

Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Santowski has a delightful habit of giving his view on what happens at Lakewood Village Board meetings each month. I attended this meeting, but still have gotten around to writing up my notes. Here’s his version: … Continue reading