A letter published in the Northwest Herald from Wonder Lake’s Adam Liebmann re-published here with the author’s consent:
Enjoy the Show
After a 98 years, Ringling Brothers’ “Greatest Show on Earth” is ending.
Never fear, McHenry County residents, there’s a circus in town, and the ringleader is County Board Chairman Jack Franks.
The Jan. 17, 7 p.m. County Board Meeting was a tiresome, 4+ hour spectacle of unprofessionalism from Franks at the kick off.
The meeting started 10 minutes late, disrespecting all those in attendance.Many residents were forced to stand the entire meeting because extra space was not opened up to accommodate residents.
It took until 8:38 for the board to adopt the agenda.
Board members were awestruck when Franks introduced his parliamentarian, the hiring or costs of which were never relayed to or approved by the board.
This hiring was in addition to two former campaign workers Franks hired as personal staff prior to revealing either position to the public or board members.
Throughout the night, Franks repeatedly made snide remarks about an earlier vote that didn’t go as Franks wanted.
Franks also could not resist but to continually rebuff board members; both during and at the conclusion of members’ comments.
Do these demonstrations inject the prestige of the office into everyday dealings with the public, employees, and associates?
Some said Franks would bring the Chicago political machine and Springfield politics to McHenry County. If you want to see it in action, no ticket needed for the main event.
I hope you enjoy the show.