McHenry County, Illinois

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McHenry County is one of 102 counties in Illinois. According to the United States Census Bureau, the county had a population of 307,409 as of 2013.[1] This county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and is the sixth largest county, in terms of population, in the state of Illinois.

County board

The primary function of the county board is to establish the various budgets of the county funds and adopt ordinances and rules pertaining to the management and business of the county departments.[2]


McHenry County lists the county's current hired lobbyists on its official county website:[3]

Federal: The Ferguson Group, LLC

  • 2013 - $82,000
  • 2012 - $82,000
  • 2011 - $82,000
  • 2010 – $93,000
  • 2009 - $93,000

State: Metro Counties of Illinois

  • 2012 - $9,695
  • 2011 - $8,164
  • 2010 - $8,164
  • 2009 - $8,164


The Human Resource Department maintains a salary listing of all employees on its department page.[4]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Illinois county websites

This website was last evaluated in March 2014.

In 2013 McHenry County earned a Sunny Award for having a perfect website transparency score.

Transparency Grade
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying Y
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Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • The current fiscal year budget is available, as are budgets for past fiscal years.[5]
  • Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including for each a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email address.[6]
  • Contact information is provided for each elected official, including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email address.[6][7]
  • Meeting agendas and minutes are archived for seven years.[8]
    • A meeting calendar is available that lists the times and locations of public meetings.[9]
  • The most recent audit report is available, as are audit reports for past fiscal years.[10]
  • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[11] Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[12]
  • Contact persons are provided for public records requests. A request form is also provided.[13]
  • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state and local funding in the budget.[10] Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[14] Residents are able to pay taxes online.[15]
  • The county discloses that it is a member of government sector lobbying associations and membership dues for associations are available. The county discloses that it hires lobbyists and provides the total amount spent on lobbying.[3]
  • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[16] Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[17]

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