Election

Early voting opens Monday at select locations in McHenry County

Kim Schuett-Splett of Crystal Lake fills out her ballot while her granddaughter Jen Nopen, 4, plays a game on her phone under the voting booth at Park Place Banquets on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Crystal Lake.
Kim Schuett-Splett of Crystal Lake fills out her ballot while her granddaughter Jen Nopen, 4, plays a game on her phone under the voting booth at Park Place Banquets on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 in Crystal Lake.

Early voting will begin Monday at select polling places.

McHenry County voters will have a chance to elect candidates to municipal and school district boards and consider referendums in the consolidated election April 2.

Candidates are fighting for seats on Woodstock, McHenry and Harvard city councils, and the Algonquin, Cary, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Holiday Hills, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Richmond and Spring Grove village boards. The remaining municipal races are uncontested.

Candidates also will face off for seats on the school district boards for Nippersink School District 2, Richmond-Burton High School District 157, Alden-Hebron School District 19, Crystal Lake-based High School District 155, Huntley School District 158, School District 300 and McHenry County College.

Seats on fire protection district, library and park district boards also are open.

Referendums

The Woodstock Fire/Rescue District is asking voters for permission to raise its tax levy by 20 percent to address staffing levels, capital improvements and emergency vehicle needs.

If the referendum is successful, a resident within the district’s boundaries with a $100,000 home is estimated to pay an extra $56.86 toward the district in property taxes.

The Marengo Fire Protection and Marengo Rescue Squad districts also are seeking more money. If both referendums are approved, a homeowner with a $100,000 house could see an increase of $45 in property taxes. The owner of a $100,000 home in Union could see a $19 increase on their bill.

The Huntley Public Library District is seeking voter approval to issue $12.9 million in bond to remodel and expand the library. Estimated annual property tax increases from the bond issuance would range from $42.23 for the owner of a $175,000 home to $75.86 for the owner of a $300,000 home.

Alden-Hebron School District 19 is seeking voter approval to issue $20.3 million in school building bonds to build a new school for its middle- and high-school students. If approved, a homeowner with a $150,000 house could see a property tax increase of between $623 and $945 annually.

People have been able to vote at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office and by mail since last month. The additional early voting locations are:

• McHenry County Administration building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to noon March 23; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 to March 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1.

• Country Inn and Suites, 600 Tracy Trail, Crystal Lake, in the Grant room. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to noon March 23; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 to March 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1.

• Cary Area Public Library, 1606 Three Oaks Road in the conference room. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

• Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

• Lake in the Hills municipal building, 600 Harvest Gate, in the executive conference room. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to noon March 23; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 to March 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1.

• McHenry municipal building, 333 S. Green St. Voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to noon March 23; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 25 to March 29; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 1.

• McHenry Township offices, 3703 N. Richmond Road, Johnsburg. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon March 30.

• Nunda Township offices, 3510 Bay Road, Crystal Lake. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Dunham Township office, 107 Airport Road, Harvard. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

• Marengo City Hall, 123 E. Prairie St., upper floor. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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