The effort of less than half of Republicans on the McHenry County Board to rein in Democratic Party McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks failed Thursday.
There were two issues.
The first was Jack Franks’ Christmas season patronage hiring of two former campaign workers without gaining the required permission of the McHenry County Board.
Prior to Board members considering the resolution on the agenda, Franks frothed falsely that he was like every other countywide elected official.
Former electoral opponent Mike Walkup set those attending straight by pointing out that other countywide elected officials were mentioned in the Illinois State Constitution, while the Office of County Board Chairman was not.
After most of the first resolution’s proponents put forth their arguments (Chuck Wheeler’s blinking light was ignored by Franks), Joe Gottemoller moved to turn the motion on its head.
That was amended by Larry Smith to send the revised version to three committees.
Human Services Committee Chairman Yvonne Barnes wanted some direction to the committees, but none was given.
The effect of the motion was to delay the decision, which the minority who called the Special Meeting has been trying to surface at the County Board level since January, even further.
The new touted tote board did not work.
John Heisler, among others, had problems.
The process took much longer than a voice vote would have.
But it did serve one purpose.
It allowed Franks to see who was voting how.
When I sort out who voted how, I’ll add the information.
The second resolution called for making public McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Opinions which scuttlebutt says backs up the contentions of those calling the Special Meeting that the County Board, not the County Board Chairman does the hiring.
Below you can see the photo I took of the voting. Note that two proponents, Jim Heisler and Donna Kurtz did not have their votes recorded.