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Vote For Tom Cynor, McHenry County States’ Attorney

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It is time to make a change in McHenry County,

It is time to get our judicial system back on track,

It is time to shift into high gear,

It is time to throw Lou Bianchi out on his rear!

Vote for Tom Cynor, our new McHenry County States’ Attorney!

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March 30, 2008 at 2:51 pm

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Now opened, The McHenry County Message Board serving all of McHenry County

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We would like to welcome you to the McHenry County Message Board. This message board is for people to talk freely about their community, concerns, and any other topics of interest. The forum is divided into various areas, according to the town that you live in McHenry County. There are also various other areas and topics, for everyone to post in.

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Written by mchenrycountyilpress

March 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm

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Crystal Lake Tax Hike Passes, Will The Raise Help The City Or Create More Empty Spaces?

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Well, sorry to say all you CL resident’s out there, you will have to spend more of you hard earned dollars. The City of Crystal Lake is raising the sales tax to a whopping 7.75% as of July 1st! Why is the sales tax going up? The politicians’ pockets are empty! Seriously, here are some excuses:

  1. The Vulcan Lakes Project (What happened to the money that was set aside for this project long ago?)
  2. Senior Center
  3. Resurfacing city streets (Are we talking actually resurfacing or more Mickey Mouse fills?)
  4. Four new police officers and a community service officer (With or without mental problems?)

And a few others.

How about Crystal Lake’s current dilemma? I wonder how the stiff tax increase will help fill these voids? Take a look:




The old CL Walmart is supposed to house JCPenny. Just look at all these empty fronts. Downtown Crystal Lake is pretty bad. The Toy Connection is one of the latest shops to close. I know there are more empty spaces than this, it is all I had time to take pictures of.

I guess we will have to wait and see how the extra income will benefit the city. Will Vulcan Lakes ever be built? Will we all be driving on much smoother roads? Or, will we see CL officials spending taxpayer money on more lavish dinners, driving more expensive cars, and  building room additions to their homes?

In the mean time, if you are not happy about the tax increase, you can this take this man’s advise:  Mayor Aaron T. Shepley:

“People can shop at Super Walmart and Menard’s in Woodstock, if they want to.”

Right from the horse’s mouth. This goes to show how much he cares about the Crystal Lake residents.

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Written by mchenrycountyilpress

March 20, 2008 at 6:51 am

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Crystal Lake Tax Hike: The Vulcan Lakes Project Bad Idea, Conservation Area Instead

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For over 7 years Crystal Lake’s Vulcan Lake Project has gone nowhere. To help it along, the officials propose a sales tax increase to get the money needed to create this magnificent recreational area. Wasn’t part of Vulcan’s tax put aside to buy the land back? What happened to the money? Did Crystal Lake blow the money on something else? As far as I am concern, using the Vulcan Lakes Project as the city’s escape goat to raise taxes is getting old. I say "Let go of the dream!"

The price of this project will probably hit near the 30 million dollar mark. That is 10 million more than originally estimated. Why waste that kind of money on a project that will be ruined by people anyway? Once you have the beach and the boats, the water will be polluted and the beach will not look any better than the one that is there now. In the end, Crystal Lake would take an area of beauty and turn it into a dump. I think Vulcan Lakes would serve the community better as a conservation area. "I Propose that McHenry County should buy the land." Not only that, there are enough empty stores in Crystal Lake as it is. There is also another factor: the economy. I am sure a place like this will cost the public something…. nothing is free.

  

Red = Hiking/Bike Path    Blue = Boat Launch

I would very much like to see a large hiking path around Vulcan Lakes and a boat launch (no motors allowed). Sure,  The Hollows does not allow boat motors (unless you are the Cary Fire District- those bozos sure messed up that lake with their drills!)

For 30 million dollars, Crystal Lake could put the money where it is really needed.
I know! How about here:

Crystal Lake Library

The library, for one, is too small. I have seen how many people visit the library on a daily basis, it is just not large enough. The librarians complain that there are too many inter-library loans. Well, the Crystal Lake Library does not have enough materials due to it’s size and lack of funding. Even after the remodeling there is not that much of
a difference…. maybe a little, but not a lot.

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Written by mchenrycountyilpress

March 20, 2008 at 6:31 am

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Crystal Lake Toy Connection To Close It’s Doors

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It is sad to see another small area business shut it’s doors. The crystal Lake Toy Connection will be closing approximately in 1 week. The owner plans to retire and live life at a much slower pace, maybe.

Stop by and say goodbye.
Toy Connection
30 North Williams Street, Crystal Lake IL, 60014

I hope the place is not closing because of the tax increase.

 

Written by mchenrycountyilpress

March 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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McHenry County Council of Governments, are they just wasting time and our tax money?

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Just like Lou Bianchi, I feel our tax dollars continually are being missed used by the McHenry County Council of Governments. I am not claiming to be highly political suave, but I do not think we are getting any bang for our buck. Has anyone seen any good that has come out of this council? All I see are higher and higher taxes, higher utilities, very dumb ordnances and more police issues.

McHenry County Council of Governments

Mission Statement

The McHenry County Council of Governments is a cohesive network of governmental bodies who seek to foster cooperation between all levels of government.  The purpose of the McHenry County Council of Governments is to uphold and advocate principles of effective local government, facilitate solutions to regional issues and otherwise lessen the burdens of government.

What? What? What does this mean?

McHenry County Council of Governments is made up of all the mayors and village presidents. Most of them have a hard time running their own town or village. Do you think it is wise to trust in them to “uphold and advocate principles of effective local government, facilitate solutions to regional issues and otherwise lessen the burdens of government”?  How about applying your principles to the place you govern first? Let start off by cleaning up local law enforcement. When you have rogue cops, it should be your responsibility to make sure that they are let go and the appropriate action is taken against them. All I have seen for the last few years is they are forced to resign in good standing and with a good recommendation. Thus, moving on to another place causing the same problems, in turn going through the whole speigle again, resigning  in good standing and with a good recommendation. Could any of the government bodies explain this? If it is because of the “cost” to train a new officer? I’d rather go with cost than some wacko with a gun. Anytime you transfer your bad apples to another village, town or whatever, you put citizens at risk.

Here is something else to work on: city or village employment and work ethics. What is with hiring family, friends of family, friends of friends, etc? Money is being wasted here as well. I am tired of seeing five people at a work site. One guy sits in the truck, one guy digs (or whatever he is doing) and three guys stand and watch. Another one that comes to mind is the Mickey mouse street patches. Route 31 up to about Bull Valley Road is a joke. The street is so lumpy that it’s best off being shut down and fixed right before people start losing tires or other vehicle parts. I do not know how many times they had the five man crew filling holes. It doesn’t last, why not just fix it right and stop wasting money and resources?

This is just the beginning of a very long list.

If these mayors or village presidents cannot take care of things individually, how effective can they be when they get  together?

 

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Written by mchenrycountyilpress

March 13, 2008 at 6:16 pm

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Now opened, The McHenry County Message Board serving all of McHenry County

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We would like to welcome you to the McHenry County Message Board. This message board is for people to talk freely about their community, concerns, and any other topics of interest. The forum is divided into various areas, according to the town that you live in McHenry County. There are also various other areas and topics, for everyone to post in.

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Written by mchenrycountyilpress

March 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

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