McHenry County depends on the State of Illinois and the Federal Government for authority and financial assistance to carry out its responsibilities and to effectively meet the needs of 307,409 (2013) county residents. In light of the recovering economic climate, it is vital that McHenry County maintain strong, working relationships with its state and federal legislators.
The McHenry County Legislative Program provides recommendations on a variety of issues that are significant to McHenry County. It is essential that McHenry County be able to govern without restrictions from various state and federal laws, statutes, and public acts slowing down changes necessary for the protection and enhancement of McHenry County residents.
While McHenry County is well aware of the current ongoing financial condition within the State of Illinois, McHenry County continues commitment to conservative fiscal management while providing superior services for residents. McHenry County wishes to emphasize the importance of the ability to create more effective governance and sound municipal financing.
The McHenry County Legislative Policy states:
Support legislation granting additional permissive authorities for counties.
Support legislation allowing counties to expand non-property tax revenue sources.
Oppose unfunded mandates imposed by the state or federal government.
Oppose legislation that would reduce the existing authority of county government.
Oppose legislation that erodes the existing County revenue base.
Support legislation that benefits the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of McHenry County
McHenry County has procured the services of a lobbyist firm, The National Group, LLP, to pursue the county’s objectives with the Federal Government.
Specifically, The National Group, LLP has been contracted to assist McHenry County in developing and executing a government relationship plan, which includes assessing its long-range federal initiatives, establishing priorities among its projects, and developing a strategic plan for expanding its government outreach activities. The National Group, LLP’s duties may also include the following when appropriate: conducting an extensive inventory of the county’s resources; developing the concept for agreed-upon initiatives; formulating a comprehensive plan and timetable for the initiatives, preparing the outline of a proposal for the initiatives; assisting in the preparation of supporting documentation for the initiatives; developing legislative strategies concerning the initiatives; serving as liaison to government agencies as necessary; and monitoring and reporting on government programs relevant to the initiatives and other possible areas of interest to the County.
The term of McHenry County’s contract with The National Group, LLP is from June 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. The National Group, LLP is compensated at a rate of $7,500.00 per month.
Federal Lobbyist Contacts:
The National Group, LLP
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006