Mr. Postman, look and see… Is there a letter in your bag for me?

We need to let the County Board know that we object to the conditional use of this property as a solar complex. Nothing makes a politician sit up and take notice more than a letter. So… let’s write ‘em some.

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We don’t want to limit your creativity when it comes to writing letters, but we know that some folks may have a difficult time getting started. Below we’ve listed some tips and possible “topics” to get you going. If you’re looking for help, please choose one or more that resonate with your concerns. Make your letter “personal”… that’s what makes people listen.

Tip: Do You

We’ve probably said it WAY too much, but make your letter personal. Talk about how this solar complex will impact you. We’re all better writers when we speak from the heart.

Tip: Be Polite

Speaking from the heart is great - except when you’re angry. Be polite. Be respectful. You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.

Tip: Be Succinct

There are three “UP” rules for giving a great presentation:

  1. Stand up.
  2. Speak up
  3. Shut up.
Say what you need to say, say it succinctly, and be done. Those rules apply equally well to writing a letter.

Topics: Some Ideas

Some possible points to include in your letters:

  • What impact will this really have on property values?
  • Did you move to McHenry County for the rural atmosphere? Does this Solar Complex “fit” with that?
  • Long term implications: What happens if the site is sold?
  • Long term implications: What happens if Cypress Creek goes out of business?
  • What are the health issues associated with broken or degraded solar cells?
  • Why build this in the middle of a residential area when there are - literally - thousands of other places in McHenry County where it could be built?
  • All three villages with a planning interest in this property oppose it, saying it conflicts with their long-term plans.
  • How will having these solar cells blanketing this property impact water runoff and the current flooding issues?
Again: Please make your letter personal. Talk about your personal concerns, your worries, and how you think this will impact you.

Tips: Making Contact

Remember: “how” you make contact isn’t the important thing. What’s important is to let the County Board know how you feel… These tips apply equally well to:

  • Letters
  • Email
  • Phone calls


We’ve got a list of names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses for the County Board Members here.