Monday, April 29, 2013
Village leaders oppose plans for a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads.
Monday, April 29
Lake in the Hills Village Board members were not pleased when the McHenry County Board's Transportation Committee added a last-minute agenda item for its meeting last Wendesday. The item called for bids for a continuous flow intersection at Algonquin and Randall roads, the First Electric Newspaper reports. The last-minute agenda item called for Phase II design proposals to rebuild the clogged Randall-Algonquin roads intersection to improve traffic flow, FEN reports. LITH leaders oppose the continuous flow intersection proposal as they fear it could hurt local businesses.
Monday, January 21, 2013
The McHenry County Board held a special meeting Friday and voted against a proposed referendum that would have asked constituents if they want to elect the County Board Chairman, the Northwest Herald reports.
Monday, January 21
Members of the McHenry County Board during a special meeting Friday, Jan. 18, voted against a referendum asking residents if they want to elect the county board chairman, the Northwest Herald reports. Board members needed to decided on the matter by Tuesday in order to place a referendum on the April ballot, the article stated. The board voted 9-11 to reject the referendum and cited lack of information, perceived haste on the matter and support of the current system where the 24 County Board members elect the chairman after each November election, the Northwest Herald reports.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Winning her bid for McHenry County Board forced Carolyn Schofield to resign from the City Council. Resident Cameron Hubbard was tapped to fill her post.
Cameron Hubbard was official sworn into office on Tuesday by Mayor Aaron Shepley. Hubbard, 27, is filling the Crystal Lake City Council seat vacated by Carolyn Schofield who was elected last month to the McHenry County Board. A lifelong resident of Crystal Lake, Hubbard said he wanted to serve on the council as the way to get more involved with the community. He is a seventh generation resident of Crystal Lake. "I've been active with the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce," he said. "I been wanting to get more involved with the community." Hubbard is married and lives on the city's south side. He works for Exemplar Financial Network in Crystal Lake.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Hill beats out longstanding chairman Ken Koehler, R-Crystal Lake, for the county board chair post.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The new McHenry County Board on Monday elected Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, as board chairman, the Northwest Herald reports. Hill beat out longstanding chairman Ken Koehler, R-Crystal Lake - who has held the post for the past eight years - and challengers Ersel Schuster, R-Woodstock, and newcomer Joe Gottemoller, R-Crystal Lake, for the position, the Herald article states. It took the 24 members of the county board two voting attempts before Hill won the necessary 13 majority votes. Eventually, Hill received 14 votes, Koehler got four, and Schuster and Gottemoller each received three votes, the Herald reported.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Several municipalities seek a moratorium on the huge signs showing up in various unincorporated places throughout McHenry County.
Electronic billboards have been popping up all over McHenry County and officials from local municipalities are demanding something be done to stop what some call a "blight" on the community. The McHenry County Board is expected to discuss an ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on electronic billboards in unincorporated portions of the county at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 18. That discussion comes after several village boards requested the county stop accepting permits for new billboards until it OKs its Unified Development Ordinance. The ordinance will regulate all areas of development in rural McHenry County and includes tougher regulations on electronic billboards. The UDO is not expected to be passed until early next year …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Family Service and Community Mental Health Center closing, leaving 6,000 clients to search for help elsewhere, the Northwest Herald reports.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
McHenry County chairman Ken Koehler announced the county is forming a task force to examine the effects the closure of Family Service and Community Mental Health Center will have, the Northwest Herald reports. County officials worry it could be the “tip of the iceberg” as other social service agencies struggle for financing, according to the NWH.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
The McHenry County Board appointed a new regional superintendent of schools this week.
The McHenry County Board appointed a new regional superintendent of schools this week, but should the office even exist? I'm sure Leslie Schermerhorn is a nice, intelligent and capable woman. But this column isn't about her. It's about wasteful spending and ineffiency. For some perspective, last year Gov. Pat Quinn cut funding for the 44 regional school superintendents. They weren't paid for four months. Eventually Quinn relented and restored the funding. Think about that for a minute. If you work in government and Pat Quinn thinks your position is useless, it's probably pretty useless. I mean it's Pat Quinn, not the TEA Party. Sure, the title sounds important: Regional Superintendent of Schools. It must be vital, right? Here are some of …
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
A record setting day. High temperatures and low voter-turnouts.
The Illinois Primary is over. Voters made it clear that they want Mitt Romney to be the Republican nominee in the general presidential election in November. According to the Huffington Post, Romney won the Illinois Republican primary Tuesday night, claiming a majority of the state's delegates and moving closer to his party's nomination. Cary residents have granted the village authority to bundle — or aggregate — residential and small retail electric accounts together to buy electricity at a group rate. The “Yes” votes won with 1,181 votes or 54 percent and the “No’s” lost with 866 votes or 46 percent. However, don’t fret, residents still have the opportunity to opt-out the electrical aggregation program. Read Frequently Asked Questions on…
Friday, March 9, 2012
Jack Franks bill was shot down in a big way.