Who Says You Can’t Beat City Hall?

There’s a line between voter-taxpayers and their elected officials. Oakwood Hills Village Board members just learned about the line. The problem is that neither the taxpayers nor the elected officials know where that line is. One can only figure out … Continue reading

Power Plant Is Dead – Who Says You Can’t Beat City Hall?

The Canadian  power plant pushers have withdrawn their application to locate a power plant in Oakwood Hills. Here is the email that was received today: IMPORTANT ENVENTURE PARTNERS ANNOUNCEMENT The Village of Oakwood Hills has received written notice from Enventure … Continue reading

Ex-Oakwood Hills Village President’s Husband Resigns from Zoning & Planning Post

The Oakwood Hills Village web site is reporting that Zoning Board of Appeals/Plan Commiossner Daniel Funk has resigned his post. He is the husband of recently-resigned Village President Melanie Funk. … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Resignation Letters

September 8th, Oakwood Hills Village Trustee Beth Gorr resigned. September 9th, Oakwood Hills Village Attorney John Cowlin resigned. September 11th, Oakwood Village Hills Village President Melanie Funk sent in a resignation letter. You can see the documents below: … Continue reading

Notes on the Wednesday Oakwood Hills Power Plant Meeting

Observations by a friend of McHenry County Blog of the Oakwood Hills citzens meeting Wednesday night: 1. Political participants on side of opposition got lots of love tonight from over 300 in attendance. Message conveyed that if plant gets its … Continue reading

Police Presence High at Oakwood Hills Village Board Meeting

Never have I seen more police at a local governmental meeting than at the Oakwood Village Board meeting at McHenry County College’s Conference Center Thursday night. The room would accommodate 340 people, but about 150 showed up, most wearing red, … Continue reading

Property Taxes and Power Plants

Another of the research efforts by a Friend of McHenry County Blogstimulated by the proposal to build a gas-fired power plant in Oakwood Hills: Property Tax and Power Plants Ill-researched proclamations that a power plant will bring tax money to … Continue reading

FOI Reply To Threat Documents Finally Arrives, No Threats Documented

The Friday before last (August 1st) after the close of business I filed a Freedom of Information request with the Village of Oakwood Hills for documents that showed that there had been threats against village officials. It should have been … Continue reading

Chris Christensen Asks County Board Members to Represent Him on Oakwood Hills Power Plant Issue

Cary Grade School Board member (and Republican Precinct Committeeman) Chris Christensen was the first up for public comment at last week’s McHenry County Board meeting. Christensen revealed that three weeks before he had called Oakwood Hills and been told, “Hey, … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Shares Host Agreement with Gas-Fired Electric Generating Plant Developers

Before a community can site an electric generating plant, the prospective host community must agree to a “host community agreement.” It contains pertinent details of the arrangement. Pursuant to a Freedom of Information request, McHenry County Blog has obtained the … Continue reading

Oakwood Hills Energy Center Project Unveiled

Last week, McHenry County Blog revealed that the Village of Oakwood Hills has again been negotiating with those wishing to build a gas-fired electric generating plant. When such plants were first on the county news pages in the late 1990’s, … Continue reading