“First Come, First Served” Proves Bad Strategy for Awarding Stimulus Bond Authority

The McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee decided to award millions of dollars of Federal Stimulus Bond authority on a “first come, first served” basis. The first two private entities in line were sports related. One was Mark Houser’s EquityOne’s baseball … Continue reading

SportsPlex Bond Issuance Deadline to be Missed

A press release has arrived from Lakewood Village President Erin Smith about the financing of the McHenry County SportsPlex, which the village approved for the west side of Route 47 opposite the south leg of Route 176. Here it is: … Continue reading

Lakewood Trustee Shares Thoughts on Village Board Meeting – Part 2

Yesterday, we saw the first part of Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Sankowski’s report on the November 9th village board meeting.  He covered the tax levy and the dam in Turnberry. In today’s installment, he covers the SportsPlex and stimulus bonds. … Continue reading

Lakewood Trustee Shares Thoughts on Village Board Meeting – Part 1

Lakewood Village Trustee Ken Santowski writes up his thoughts on village board meetings and shares them with constituents who are interested. His thoughts on the last village board meeting follow: Board update from November 9th, 2010 The meeting this week … 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 President Erin Smith’s Letter to Residents

Dear Neighbors, I would like to take this opportunity to provide a series of brief updates to you regarding items that have been addressed during recent Board Meetings and other topics where I have received questions or comments from residents.  … Continue reading

Lakewood SportsPlex Proposal Getting Curiouser and Curiouser

Read this article on The First Electric Newspaper about the unsavory background of one of the McHenry County SportsPlex’ consultants. The publication reports SportsPlex supporters introduced “Terry Gaouette, Vice President of Administration and Business Consulting Services for H&K Sports Fields, … Continue reading

May Letter Outlines $5 Million in Direct and Indirect Lakewood Financial Assistance to Sportsplex Developer Lou Tenore

Approved unanimously by the McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee this morning, the proposed $40 million McHenry County Sportsplex comes with $5 million worth of strings to Lakewood taxpayers, including $1 million to buy the land on Route 47 and … Continue reading

What Happened at Baseball Stadium Pitch to County Board Committee

I haven’t gotten around to writing a story on baseball stadium promoter Mark Houser’s pitch to the McHenry County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee yesterday, so I would encourage you to read the stories of the other three reporters there: … Continue reading

Baseball Stadium Stadium Bond Thoughts from Heartland Institute Research Fellow

The local expert on stadiums is McHenry’s Steve Stanek. He is a Research Fellow with the Heartland Institute. When I read in Kevin Craver’s article in the Northwest Herald that the McHenry County Board is thinking of awarding the largest … Continue reading