Calls & Emails Still Needed Supporting Gubernatorial Veto of House Bill 171

House Bill 171, a bill designed by former State Rep. Jack Franks to give McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks more power over the McHenry County Board than Mike Madigan has over the Illinois House, has been opposed by pretty much every Republican active in McHenry County politics.

Now it comes to the attention of McHenry County Blog that a Friend of McHenry County Blog has designed something for Facebook, which you can see below:

If you would like to advise the Governor of your position, you can do so here:

Or, if it is more convenient, call 217-782-0244.


Calls & Emails Still Needed Supporting Gubernatorial Veto of House Bill 171 — 16 Comments

  1. Why should RINO Rauner care about HB 171 as he won’t be reelected anyway ?

    He’s already sold out the taxpayers and the state so more of the same should be expected.

  2. I already called Governor Rauner and asked him to support and sign HB 171 into law. Governor Rauner himself replied he closely monitors and cares very much about the contents of this sunshine blog and the contributions of sunshine commenters. He shared his surprise after finding out some people may think this sunshine blog is completely laughable and irrelevant. Thank you sunshine blogger for your good work! Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  3. If it weren’t for this blog, no one would know anything about this bill.

    Even former Chairman Joe weighed in on why it was a supremely bad idea in his quote to the NWH.

    Not only would this bill allow the Chairman to select who would be on what committees, but it will allow him to decide what those committees should be, ie. whether or not they should even exist.

    Franks was quoted as saying it is ‘purely political” and that all he wants is to be able to select the “best” people.

    Given his track record on appointments to his “ad hoc” committees, those would be his “yes” people and the rest of the Board would become irrelevant.

    This was the reason the Board went to the popular election of the Chairman in the first place.

    It was to avoid having a Chairman dole out committee assignments based on who voted for him or her to become Chairman.

    Now, instead of those assignments going to those people who voted for the Chairman to become the Chairman, they will go to those who kiss the ring (or something else).

    It will have gone from bad to worse.

    And the kicker is that it will be a Democratic state legislature that is doing this to a Republican County Board.

    If Rauner doesn’t veto this, he will lose even more support in McHenry County from those people who are paying attention.

  4. Joe Gottemoller supports the bill doesn’t he?

    Just another reason to dump the sump.

  5. excerpt from above:

    We were tipped off during a meeting in Springfield Wednesday afternoon about a special meeting that was called in McHenry County.

    It was suggested we be there as we were assured County Chairman Jack Franks was going to show the board who was the boss.

    From the second Franks walked into the room it was clear; he was “Lord” over his self-proclaimed kingdom.

    He immediately instructed the County Administrator to remove a citizen from what was previously “press” seating.

    Cal Skinner with McHenry County Blog was sitting there and Franks wanted him removed.

    He instructed staff to get security and have him removed.

    Never mind the fact there was no shortage of seats in the room.

    He simply did not want that person sitting there because they had eliminated seating for the Press.

    Huh, eliminate seating for the press?

    Sounds much like what College of DuPage former President Breuder pulled.

    We all know how that worked out.

    Franks’ efforts were futile and the citizen blogger, the first to be considered “Media” by the Public Access Counselor, held his ground….and his seat.

    It was rather comical to see a grown man turn red with frustration that he didn’t get his way on that matter.

  6. The bill would still require “advice and consent” of the Board for any appointments but what if he just abolished all of the committees?

    Would that require Board approval or not?

    Also, what would be the effective date?

    If no date is stated it becomes law upon the Governor’s signature so Franks could take action before the Board reconvenes in December.

  7. Some history surrounding State Representative Jack Franks advocating the direct election of a political office to head McHenry County, and then once created, running for that office, and once elected, this blog post is another example of Jack Franks asking for a bigger budget and more power for the County Board Chair office.


    November 6, 2012 – Democrat State Representative Jack Franks advocates for the failed November 6, 2012 County Executive form of government referendum (with a voter elected County Executive),

    March 18, 2014 – State Representative Jack Franks advocates for the successful March 18, 2014 voter elected County Board Chair referendum (the county board had elected one of their own to be County Board Chair).

    June 6, 2014 – State Representative Jack Franks unsuccessfully advocates the County Board put two advisory referendums on the ballot:

    1. Change the makeup of the County Board from 4 members in each of the 6 districts, to 1 member in each of 16 newly created districts.

    2. Prohibit local units of government from increasing property taxes (property tax levy) if the value of property in that district (EAV) decreases.

    At that time Jack Franks said he would not run for County Board Chair.

    March 15, 2016 – Jack Franks is the winning unopposed candidate for Democrat 63rd District State Representative in the primary election.

    March 15, 2016 – Jeffery Lichte, a Democrat active in Jack Franks political campaigns, is the losing candidate for Republican 63rd District State Representative in the primary election.

    May 15, 2016 – Jack Franks announces he is a candidate for McHenry County Board Chair.

    June 7, 2016 – McHenry County Board votes to put an advisory question on the upcoming election ballot.

    “Shall the number of County Board Members be reduced from the current 24 members following the 2020 Decennial Census?”

    July 9, 2016 – John Bartman, a friend of Jack Franks and former leader of the McHenry County Democrat political party, is selected by the McHenry County Democrats to replace Jack Franks as candidate for 63rd District State Representative.

    November 8, 2016 – Jack Franks elected as McHenry County Board Chair.

    Noember 8, 2016 – Republican Steve Reick elected as 63rd District State Representative.

    November 8, 2016 – Advisory referendum passes to reduce the number of County Board members following the 2020 Decennial Census.

  8. Some examples of the bigger budget for the county board chair office, and hiked costs of the county board, and other changes:

    – Hire a Communications Specialist

    – Hire an Executive Assistant

    – Hire outside counsel as parliamentarian (who interprets board rules)

    – electronic board voting system

    Jack Franks also successfully advocated to change several County board rules and added ad hoc committees.

    Most of these changes were not presented to the voters, when Jack Franks advocated for a voter elected county board chair.

  9. @Swampbuggy..

    This bill does not allow for voting or consent of the County Board.

    When it was originally put through by Karen M. it did but that initial bill was changed and now needs no vote or consent.

    This is a power play and we shall see what happens who Governor Rauner sides with.

    If Rauner signs he will get very little support from Republicans in this County.

    Especially since 20 of 23 Republicans signed it!

  10. Gottemoller signed the petition to the Governor asking for a veto.

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