The following comes from McHenry County Historical Preservation Commission Chairman Jim McConnell in a comment under the story:
McHenry County Historical Commission Chairman Justifies Coventry House Support by McHenry County Board
“County Board Chairman Jack Franks wrote a letter yesterday to the attorney for Edward Harvard Holdings, purporting to apologizing for my advocacy encouraging the County Board to move forward with enforcement of its ordinance landmarking Coventry Farmstead.
“Let me be clear:
I do not apologize for my advocacy – that is what the County Board appointed me to do.
Chairman Franks has no authority to apologize foe me.
“I do not understand the cowardice of Chairman Franks and the PED Committee in repeatedly delaying action on the Commission’s recommendation for enforcement.
“If they are against enforcement, they should vote down our recommendation.
“If they favor preservation, they should vote in favor of enforcement.
“Further postponement is an act of cowardice, and completely unwarranted in the face of Edward Harvard Holdings’ empty promises of investment in the former Motorola campus.”
“The people of Harvard and McHenry County are going to end up with a demolished landmark and a windswept, crumbling, vacant industrial complex.”