Jack Franks Threatens Effective County Board Opponent, Chuck Wheeler – Part 2

Ah, Executive Sessions.

Those secret meetings that make elected officials think they are more important than their constituents.

Boards can go behind closed doors for all sorts of reasons, but, in most cases, they don’t have to.

Consider discussion of court cases.

The last Algonquin Township Board did not kick the public out when it discussed the tax protest suit that was filed against it and the Road District.

Let’s look at the County Board Rule cited by attorney Franks that County Board members can’t talk about what goes on in Executive Session.

Regardless of what the Rule says, there is no law saying that people can’t reveal what is discussed in a secret meeting of a governmental body.

Crystal Lake Park Board member Leona Nelson was charged with that in a civil suit and, lo and behold, the park district attorney dropped that count from the suit.

The only thing keeping public officials from revealing something said in an Executive Session is peer pressure.

No Board Rule can do that.

Note that Franks cites no sanction for violating the Rule in County Board Rules or in state law.

Then there is the question of who informed Franks that Wheeler was in the 708 Mental Health Board meeting.

If is were Yensen, did she break the County Board Rule that Franks says that Chuck Wheeler broke by telling what happened during the top secret, hush, hush meeting?

And, by the way, did Wheeler tell anyone what happened at the meeting in question?

Franks cited no evidence of that.

Then there is the question of what motivated Democrat Franks’ attack on Republican Wheeler?

Wheeler’s attendance in an Executive Session of the Mental Health Board is not the only example of a County Board member who was not an official “liaison” to a subsidiary board who has been allowed to sit in on an Executive Session.

Will Franks write similar letters to those other County Board members threatening them with criminal prosecution?

He does favor equal protection under the law, doesn’t he?

Well, maybe not.

Franks sought special consideration of the hiring of his two patronage workers.

If he made an attempt to follow the County Board Rules, it is not evident.

Consider what Wheeler has done to irritate Franks.

He led the fight to prevent Franks’ appointing–Paula Yensen (the only Democrat; what a coincidence)–from being Chairman of the Board’s Public Health Committee.

Then, his fellow Republicans had the audacity to select Wheeler as Chairman of that same committee (to which the McHenry County Mental Health Board reports).

Jack Franks patronage worker wore Franks campaign stickers at the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.  Chuck Wheeler took this photograph.

Next, Franks was not able to obtain the Chairmanship of the Human Relations Committee for Yensen.  

Wheeler was one of those opposing putting a minority party member in charge of majority party members.

Wheeler blew the whistle on Franks’ patronage worker Oliver Serafini (official title–“Communications Specialist”) when he wore Jack Franks’ campaign stickers at the McHenry Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.

And Franks probably thinks Wheeler had something to do with State Rep. Steve Reick’s withdrawal as a County Board liaison.

Or could it be that Democrats just don’t like conservative blacks to hold public office?

After all, Democrats are the self-proclaimed “protectors” of people of color.

That reminds me of how Democrats attacked Chinese-American Perry Moy when he ran for re-election in 2006 after challenging Franks for State Representative.

My article was entitled,

Racist Bashing of Perry Moy

Dare to challenge Jack Franks and expect retribution.

(Franks does like to demonize those who oppose him. I’m told he said I was anti-Semitic during his County Board interview at the Northwest Herald.  Hard to know why my name came up.  And, Franks apparently does not know that my daughter is Jewish.)

In short, Wheeler is not one of the Republicans who will roll over and play dead.


Jack Franks Threatens Effective County Board Opponent, Chuck Wheeler – Part 2 — 32 Comments

  1. That’s probably because Jack offers soooooooooo much crud to write about!!

    Franks makes it easy for anyone to question him and his actions

  2. Edgar County Watchdogs

    Closed Meetings – The truth about what can be shared!

    by Kirk Allen

    February 14, 2015

    “Read what the Illinois Appellate court’s position on this is.

    “There is nothing in the Act that provides a cause of action against a public body for disclosing information from a closed meeting.”

    (read page 9, paragraph 609 of this Illinois Appellate Case)

    “There is no provision in the constitution or the Open Meetings Act which expressly authorizes public bodies to sanction their members for revealing what went on during a closed meeting, and there is clearly no constitutional provision from which one may imply such powers.”

    (Click here for AG Opinion- see page 3).”


  3. The piece that was used against Perry Moy was very similar to a piece used, I believe that same year, against Tammy Duckworth.

    Both were black and white pictures which distorted the facial features to emphasize racial characteristics.

    Duckworth complained about hers as I recall.

  4. After all the Anti-Semitic posts that Cal allows and entertains, this is what he has been holding off posting for a week? “Jack Franks is a racist.”


    Also, Wheeler’s executive session debacle waived attorney-client privilege.

    Therefore, the employee who was being reviewed would be able to depose Wheeler and discovery everything said and open the county to potential liability.

    So, yeah, he should be held accountable.

  5. Has the State’s Attorney been consulted on the attorney client waiver claim.

  6. This is your part 2.

    This dear Cal is called jumping the shark.

  7. In this sunshine blog, the race card is out of bounds…unless used by racists to accuse democrats of somehow being racist. Entertaining nonsense you will only find if you dare to cyber-navigate the sunshine parallel universe of libertarian compassionate conservatism…tic, tock, tic, tock…

  8. It’s one thing to make baseless allegations when you are a candidate for office.

    It is another when you are the Chairman of the County Board.

    One would think that a person in such a position would make sure of where he stands legally before making allegations and threatening County Board Members,….. or proposing illegal actions against elected officials regarding their pensions.

    Both could cause the County to be sued.

  9. Mike “Swampbuggy” Walkup, did you check with the AG to see if the county could be sued for you not checking with the AG to see if the county could be sued because Franks may not have checked with the AG to see if Wheelers actions could get the county sued?

  10. Moderate you go too far…….I cringe when you comment.

    When you attack like that the validity of your comments are without merit.

    Try taking the high road like Mark and the point(s) you are trying to make may have some impact.

  11. Cal, you nailed it!

    Dems love to use minorities, but according to their code “they better know their place.”

    After all they are the party of the KKK.

  12. The KKK again. Hmmmm… What political party loves the confederacy? Flip a coin…tic, tock, tic, tock…

  13. Ellen,

    In this single post. Franks and Democrats have been accused of being racist, kkk members, “putting blacks in their place.”

    And you tell me to take the high road?

    Your argument is without merit.

  14. Moderate/Angel if the shoe fits wear it!

    History has proven blacks were first oppresed by the racist Jim Crow democrats of the south not the republicans.

    Democrats supported slavery and Republicans opposed it.

    The confederates and KKK were mostly all southern democrats who opposed Lincoln’s (a republican) civil war.

    One hundred years later LBJ (a democrat) started welfare system to “keep them in their place forever” which continues to this day.

    Aid to women with dependent children is nothing but an extension of slavery replacing the family with financaial dependency on the government.

    The key was to be eligible for the program the father of the family could not reside in the home making receipents dependent on the government not the family.
    There’s plenty of merit to Ellens statements.

  15. And Moderate and Angel are so stupid that they are dangerous. What makes you think they have the ability to understand what you are “Just Sayin”?

  16. Moderate, I’m with Ellen–sometimes you go too far, though associating the Dems (any party, actually) with the KKK is equally pathetic.

    That Cal didn’t remove your shocking comment says as much as about his character as it does about your inability to mature when you disagree.

    It’s 2017 and some still like to place the race card.

    It’s ok that maybe Franks just doesn’t like Wheeler.

    Preach it, OingoBoingo.

  17. Enough of history lessons. Please take a look at the southern strategy of the republican party that allowed for almost complete control of the southern states. Let’s come back to the present, that is, 2017. Name the president who dared stating “there is fine people on both sides” referring to the horrendous march of openly racist white nationalists and members of the KKK and the people who stood to them. No need to flip a coin here. We know you too well…tic, tock, tic, tock…

  18. Compassionate conservatives love to go back to the 1860’s but somehow are unable to refer to the 1960’s and more recent history like the 2010’s in their history lessons. Next, a statement from David Duke, a guy who tronald chump kind of remembers but not always remembers, but everybody in this country remembers very well.

    “Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is calling Donald Trump’s electoral victory “one of the most exciting nights of my life.”

    Duke, a white nationalist who unsuccessfully ran for Louisiana Senate, tweeted early Wednesday that his supporters played a major part in paving Trump’s road to the presidency.

    “Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!” he wrote.

    Trump faced criticism early on in his candidacy for failing to denounce the KKK and disavow Duke, who had endorsed Trump for president.” Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  19. Nice argument, Angel.

    Can you explain how this makes Trump a proponent, supporter, whatever of the KKK?

    I mean, if Cardinal Bernard Francis Law of Boston Archdiocese infamy came out and said that Angel R. Llavona was a helluva guy and I’m glad to see him teaching our youth, does it follow that you are a pedophile under his protection?

    Just asking.

  20. Nice try at deflecting the argument at issue with a personal provocation. I’m used to this cheap tactic from other sunshine commenters. The KKK and white nationalists are openly racist. It is inexcusable and very telling not to condemn them in the year 2017. And our current president of the United States, a republican, was unable to do so in a timely manner, even though an act of domestic terrorism happened during that event at Charlottesville in which one counter-protester was murdered by one sympathizer of the KKK and white nationalists. Why were David Duke and other white nationalists and far-right racists celebrating and applauding the president’s behavior after the march? This is not a hypothetical scenario. It happened a couple of months ago. No sexual assault here, although our president just announced his support to no other than Roy Moore in Alabama…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  21. Wow, Moderate is obsessed with Cal!

    LOL bet he- she’s hoppin’ mad all over the place! LOL

  22. Angel, the Poster Boy . . . you belong to a special kind of Union.

    The Union protects pedophiles, liars, cheats, and crooks.

    I am sure the poster’s on this blog have more to add on what they have seen, in the schools.

    So please, clean up your own house.

  23. People, please ignore the trolls that are deranged nitwits. They have no ability to do anything but distract us from our mission. United we can clean this swamp. Never forget the power you have. We hired some fools. We learned. Now roll up your sleeves and take your county back.

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