To the Editor:
Shortly, getting around McHenry County will be a breeze. County residents should be appreciative of the years of great labor, negotiations and time spent by our County Board and its chairman, Ken Koehler, to finally open and improve our road system.
Trained in demographics, this writer knows if the road system is improved, the quality of life improves with it by virtue of an increase in employment both basic (jobs that bring money in) and non-basic (jobs that recirculate money).
So many jobs have been created for the many road improvement projects, such as the Algonquin Western Bypass, Rakow Road, Briarwood and Route 176, Pingree Road, Interstate 90 and Route 47 interchange, Route 31 and soon the Route 31 and Route 176 interchange.
By opening these roads, more basic employers will come to the area as getting around becomes quicker and easier. Koehler knows a very important factor to our community is jobs.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economic base multiplier shows that for every one basic job created, 4.86 nonbasic jobs will be created. With better roads, hopefully more jobs will follow.
The future success and prosperity of our county is due to the past work that took years to accomplish by Koehler and the County Board, which worked endlessly for the citizens of our county.
The economy is beginning to turn, and we have our administration to thank for that.