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Former McHenry County Board member forms group to educate voters about consolidation

Ex-board member leading effort on other side of consolidation movement

McHenry Township Trustee Bob Anderson isn’t the only one putting together a team.

A new group has emerged in the consolidation debate. It’s called Citizens for Facts First – a grass-roots group led by former McHenry County Board member Tina Hill.

Unlike Anderson, a Wonder Lake barber focused on abolishing township governments, Hill said the philosophy of her group is to “educate the voters.”

Citizens for Facts First had its first meeting last week. The core of the group included Hill, McHenry Township Supervisor Craig Adams and McHenry Township Highway Commissioner James Condon.

The group stands on the other side of the aisle of Anderson’s group, Citizens for Consolidation – a campaign that has drawn money from the pockets of local politicos, past and present, including former McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi.

The debate between the factions center on a difference of opinion on the answer to one question: Will consolidation save money?

“The philosophy is simple: We’re not positive that tying the township to the highway department is going to save money,” Hill said.

Hill, the manager behind Citizens for Facts First, said the group is in the process of raising money. She expects the campaign to gain momentum in July.

The group does not plan to have T-shirts made to promote the effort. Anderson is selling shirts for $10 out of his barbershop.

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