Purple Heart Monument Coming to McHenry County

In this March 4th press release from Richard Young, Initiator and Coordinator of the Purple Heart Monument and Purple Heart County Designation, explains the background of the monument to be dedicated August 7th. McHenry County became the first of 102 … Continue reading

TIF Monument Advertisers Should Demand Money Back

These $16,000 Crystal Lake City Council-approved Tax Increment Financing District boundary markers were made for advertising. Unfortunately, the west wind-blown snow has obliterated the message of whomever is advertising today. The advertiser should ask for his or her money back. … Continue reading

Monument Ads – National Basketball Association

With the contract problems between owners and players, the NBA might be looking for institutional advertising. What better place that the four $16,000 Virginia Street Tax Increment Financing District boundary markers? = = = = = Photoshopping by one Heck … Continue reading

Monument Ads – Public Service Announcements

Public service announcements don’t bring in any revenue to help pay for the four $16,000 monuments, but they would establish that ads could be purchased. = = = = = Photoshopping by one Heck of a Guy blogster Allan Showalter. … Continue reading

Could TIF Monument Ads Help City Collect More Sales Taxes?

Crystal Lake used to get a lot of money from sales taxes? To keep the dollars flowing, the Crystal Lake City Council voted to hike the city’s rate by 75%. Advertising shopping opportunities in the city might help repay the … Continue reading

A Way to Recoup the Costs of the Virginia Street TIF Monuments

Besides increasing parking fees and fining people $100 for speeding past a camera, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has come up with an idea that might work in Crystal Lake. He suggests selling space on public places, such as bridge monuments. … Continue reading

Crystal Lake TIF Monuments Cost $16,000 Each – Cost Updated/Corrected Downward

The first one I saw was near Pizza Hut. What was it? It looked like it belonged in a cemetery. Friday, I learned city officials actually call them “monuments.” On the monuments is the Crystal Lake City emblem or symbol: … Continue reading

Is Another Crystal Lake TIF District in the Offiing?

I claim no knowledge that the Crystal Lake City Council might be contemplating another Tax Increment Financing District east of the one altering the “streetscape” between the stone cemetery monuments at Pizza Hut and across the street from Kwik Kopy. … Continue reading