McHenry County College Interim President Larry Tyree Resigns

That didn’t take long. Interim President Larry Tyree replacing Interim President Brian Sager replacing the faster-you-get-out-the-door-the-better President Walt Packard has stepped down after a month in office as head of McHenry County College. As the last one standing, Kathleen Plinske, … Continue reading

U of I Shah Has McHenry County College Connection

Niranjan Shah, the former University of Illinois Board Chairman, has a welcome connection to McHenry County. I’m told that former McHenry County College Trustee David Murphy of Cary initiated a $500,000 pledge from Shah to help purchase the college’s Shah … Continue reading

What a Difference a County Makes

Thursday the Elgin Courier-News and McHenry County’s Northwest Herald both featured junior colleges as a low cost way to go after high school. But what a difference three generous millionaires made in McHenry County—at least for the McHenry County College … Continue reading

MCC Board Bows to Illinois Supreme Court Decision, Approves Release of Walt Packard Contract

It was political pressure that led to the release of baseball promoter buddy Mark Houser’s feasibility report after months and months of secrecy…at the meeting where the board majority censured then-Board President Scott Summers and Donna Kurtz, no less. It … Continue reading

MCC Attorney Joe Perkowski Signals Board Back Flip On Walt Packard Contract

This gymnast’s trampoline back flip you see from my son’s 11th birthday party is nothing compared to the one that the McHenry County College Board Freedom of Information attorney signaled this morning. MCC attorney Joseph Perkowski of the Chicago firm … Continue reading

Guidance Offered on Open Meetings and Freedom of Information Acts

The last time such a briefing was held by the McHenry County State’s Attorney Office, the board most in need of hearing the advice, not to mention following the law, the McHenry County College Board board was meeting at the … Continue reading

McHenry County College Board Giving Walt Packard and Sick Wife Get Health Insurance for 3 1/2 Years

Last Friday when I read a Northwest story online quoting a statement the college had released about the deal that had been cut with outgoing MCC President Walt Packard, I immediately requested a copy. It finally arrived Wednesday. Not exactly … Continue reading

Is Government Predicable or Unpredictable?

Saturday’s column by Northwest Herald Editor Dan McCaleb started out praising Woodstock for not raising taxes to pay for something planned but not without financing. McCaleb lays that off against Prairie Grove Grade School District 46’s defeated and retiring board … Continue reading

Junior College Refuses to Release Mega-Tower Documents that Would Prove Anyone Did Any Due Diligence

Under the Freedom of Information Act, I requested All communications between BMB, the TV-radio aerial company seeking to buy MCC property, and MCC All reports and memos concerning the proposal All documents not included above which reference the company or … Continue reading

McHenry County College Power Elite Nominees

At the Monday-before-last meeting of the McHenry County College’s Committee of the Whole, a sheet of paper was passed out with the names of people MCC President Walt Packard suggested be approached to serve on the euphemistically titled “Engagement Facilitating … Continue reading