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Chairwoman Hill calls for "era of fresh ideas"

WOODSTOCK – The new McHenry County Board chairwoman called for an era of new ideas and progress while sticking to county government's fiscal prudence.

Chairwoman Tina Hill, just elected by board members in December, gave the annual State of the County address required of the chairman every February. While she listed priorities that have to be done and things she wants to be done, she said that progress will be slow, but sure.

"We are entering into a new era in McHenry County – an era of fresh ideas to bring about meaningful change to our organization and for the residents we serve," Hill, R-Woodstock, said. "This meaningful change, however, is a large undertaking and cannot be done overnight, and it is a large undertaking."

Hill touched on the upcoming county strategic plan, and the process to review and approve a unified development ordinance. She also reiterated to the board that she wants to pursue more communication and more accountability among the 228 individuals the county appoints to various boards and commissions.

Hill's speech before a solvent county government with a Aaa bond rating comes the day before Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to give his State of the State address to a government bleeding red ink and, fresh off its latest downgrade, having the worst credit rating of all 50 states.

Read more about it in Wednesday's Northwest Herald or on www.NWHerald.com.

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