In his ninth month as McHenry County Board Chairman, the Northwest Herald has taken notice that Jack Franks has made “political hires.”
It’s in a story about the Special Meeting called Thursday by a minority of Republicans on the County Board who were thwarted last month when enough colleagues did not show up for the roll call of two meetings to constitute a quorum.
Both meetings were adjourned by Franks without public comment being allowed.
A visitor from Illinois Leaks, the publication of the Edgar County Watchdogs, nevertheless, spoke to thirty or so who remained after the meeting on illegalities occurring in McHenry County’s 911 Commission.
Franks tried to convince Board members, those in the audience and Assistant State’s Attorney Norm Vinton that an illegal meeting was occurring.
The article, quoting Craig Wilcox, reports, “The utility coordinator position became vacant on May 3, 2013, and the temporary project manager was vacated on Aug. 12, 2016. Both were filled in December.”
Franks continues to use a false argument one would think a attorney would know to be irrelevant.
He says the other countywide elected officials can hire whom they wish, so he, as a countywide elected official should be able to do so as well.
What he does not bother to reveal is that the other countywide elected officials positions were specifically created in the 1970 State Constitution.
The office of County Board Chairman was not.
The difference is what gives positions like the State’s Attorney, County Clerk, Sheriff, Recorder of Deeds, etc., the hiring power that Franks does not have.
The Special Meeting will be held immediately after the Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting, which starts at 9 AM on Thursday morning.