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Striking a balance between

control in Springfield,

control in City Hall and resident control.

The Situation

It has been announced that the City will be doing a special census in the hopes that our populatipn has grown beyond 25,000. This will enable Home Rule powers for our City Council

The issues as we see them, in summary.


While Home Rule has some positive aspects, we have the following concerns:

  1. The City may raise taxes beyond existing, non-home rule caps.
  2. The City may create new taxes and/or fees.
  3. The City may incur more debt.


...and the City can do all this (and more) without resident involvement or approval.


We are in the process of drafting a proposal that is very similar to one developed by the Village of Downers Grove. At a high level, it requires an opportunity for resident involvement when issues arise that can inpact taxes and fees. When the draft is complete, we willpost it here for comment.

Supporting resources



Take Action

Attend the Next Meeting


When: Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 PM

Where: City Hall, 121 Calhoun St, Woodstock, IL


Be prepared to speak, even if all you say is that you oppose or support the proposal.



Contact the City Council


Dr. Brian Sager

811 Regina Court

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 338-4302

Term: 2013 - 2017


Council Members

Daniel Hart

415 Washington Street

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 321-4481

Term:  2015-2019


Maureen Larson

1266 Gerry Street

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 308-8866

Term:  2015-2019


Mark S. Saladin

1267 Amber Court

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 790-3864 (C)

Term:  2015-2019


Joseph Starzynski

348 South Hayward

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 245-4954 (C)

Term: 2013-2017


RB Thompson

626 E. Calhoun Street

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 714-4056

Term:  2013-2017


Michael A. Turner

1254 Gerry Street

Woodstock, IL 60098

(262) 422-5663 (C)

Term:  2013-2017


Latest News from the Blog

Resident Files Complaint Against Woodstock School District 200 Fund Transfer

Joe Tirio - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Woodstock Resident files a complaint against D200 for improper notice and questions basis of interfund transfer.


Read the complete story at the Woodstock Independent:

D200 Revisits Superintendent Contract and Pay Increase

Joe Tirio - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

On May 10th, Woodstock's D200 School Board passed a resolution to provide Superintendent Moan a 7% increase and to extend his contract (which had about a year left in it). It is my belief that the agenda was inadequate and I have filed a Request for Review with the Attorney General's office for this and the stated public comment requirement on the agenda "There will be a sign-up sheet for the public to identify their name, address, phone number, name of the organization you represent (if any) and a brief description of the topic to be addressed" which is in violation of an existing Attorney General's binding opinion . This last item (requiring address etc. in order to speak) has been brought to the board's attention previously.


The agenda for tonight's meeting includes a revisit to Mr Moan's contract.


When I saw this, I launched a poll asking the respondents the following...


  • - Should Mike Moan receive a 7% raise? (Yes or No)
  • - What kind of pay adjustment should he receive? ( 5% increase,  3% increase,  Zero increase,  3% DECREASE,  5% DECREASE,  Other)
  • - Your zip code (free text)
  • - Add your comments here (free text)





The vast majority of the respondents say that he should either receive no increase or receive a decrease. The most compelling part is the comment section.


I sent an email to all the board members and provided them with summary and raw data and have attached the same below.


We are asking residents and members of the public to attend the School board meeting and voice your opinions on the matters at hand.



Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 PM


Clay Academy


112 Grove St, Woodstock, IL 60098




Related Resources:


Northwest Herald article

Woodstock Independent Article

Poll summary

Complete poll data



We're a group of local citizens concerned about our community and hoping to make a difference by:

  • increasing awareness of critical public policy
  • creating ways to make it easier for the public to become involved
  • shining a light on waste, corruption and the thoughtless spending of our tax dollars