For as long as the McHenry County Board has been meeting in its current room, there has been a press box where reporters can have a flat surface on which to take notes.
But, apparently no more.
Democrat Jack Franks has decided that reporters should have to sit in regular seats behind staff members.
The last meeting I sat there, I was told by County Administrator Peter Austin that what was heretofore the press box was now reserved for “honored guests.”
He asked why I was sitting there and I told him that it was because I was a member of the media.
Austin then asked who said so.
I told him the Illinois Attorney General.
He asked me if I had the documentation.
I told him I did.
I refused to leave and not only the building security, but the Woodstock Police were called.
This past week four signs showed up in the press box saying “County of McHenry Honored Guests.”
No one used the seats.
(I decided I wanted to be able to get better photos of Franks and sat in the front row of seats near the rostrum.)