McHenry County Under Jack Franks Denies McHenry County Blog Part of News Media

According to a statement filed with the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, McHenry County Blog is not a member of the media.

You can read the reply to the Public Access Counselor’s request below:

The letter above was accompanied by the one below from the Public Access Division:

How should I reply?

Are there stories you have read on McHenry County Blog, but not elsewhere?

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Subsequently,  I’ll publish three of the opinions referenced in the McHenry County letter.


McHenry County Under Jack Franks Denies McHenry County Blog Part of News Media — 12 Comments

  1. When there’s an appeal to the “plain language” meaning of a statute you can be sure

    (1) that there isn’t any case law on the matter and

    (2) the language probably isn’t plain.

    Only three months ago, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review joined the Seattle Post Intelligence, Cincinnati Post and Madison (WI) Capitol Times as online-only newspapers.

    AOL’s Huffington Post, on the other hand, never had a print edition to abandone in the first place.

    (Neither did my own First Electric Newspaper, a member of the Illinois Press Association while I could afford the dues.)

    When 38 percent of Americans “often” get their news via the Internet (Pew study, 2016) what constitutes a “news medium” has become a can of worms.

    It’s one the County is ill-advised to try to open.

  2. Re: ” a can of worms. It’s one the County is ill-advised to try to open.”

    Pete is correct.

    I smell another lawsuit coming which will cost the taxpayers close to or more than seven figures.

    But then what do we expect?

    The voters put a lawyer in the Chair.

  3. There was a disruption in the FORCE, I saw it before my eyes, a whole post about FOI was removed!

    Wow baby.

  4. It was scheduled for tomorrow and posted in error on Friday.

    It will be back up on Saturday.

  5. The fascistic tactics of the DEMOCRAT party to control any and all
    information that may jeopardize their power is on display for all to see.

    Problem is that so many people just don’t care or are so ill educated that they are
    incapable of grasping this fact.

    BTW, how much has your home devalued ?

  6. Democrats don’t control FOIA.

    FOIA officers do.

    The statutes exist irrespective of what a Democrat wants to do.

  7. lol I love it – Skinner is trying to post on the weekend so more people comment and trying to drive a negative narrative.

    What. A. Shmuck.

    He doesn’t care about good government.

  8. So Moderate, what makes you think that FOIA officials aren’t DEMOCRATS who are
    obeying the law and then are forced by lawsuit to release requested info ?

    Like that’s NEVER happened before, right ?

    You really do post some moronic garbage.

  9. Abe,

    You are right.

    All FOIA officers who were hired prior to Franks taking office are actually democratic operatives who are deliberately enforcing the recurrent requester statute because Skinner is a Republican.

    With Milo gone, Breitbart should hire you within the week for your astute understanding of politics.

    A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”).

    Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.

    Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual,[citation needed] occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic.

    In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and sometimes professionally edited.

    MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic.

    The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media.

    Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

    By definition the internet NWH site is also a blog that allows comments.

  11. McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler reported that Scott Hartman (who self reports his title as Deputy County Administrator and FOIA Officer in the letter above), was at the County booth with Oliver Serafini at the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Expo on February 25, 2015.

    That’s when items (stickers, nail files) with Jack Franks political campaign markings (JF logo, Franks wave) were distributed from the government table.

    That hasn’t been reported in the Northwest Herald.

    So Mr. Hartman allows Jack Franks political campaign items to be distributed from the county government table, but puts the muzzle of Frequent Requester on someone who FOIA’s information about Jack Franks and the county.

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