NWH Poll Shows Opposition to Jack Franks’ Legislative Power Grab

The Northwest Herald doesn’t tell how many people answer their daily questions, but last Friday the question was

What do you think of the proposed bill that would give the McHenry County Board Chairman the power of appointment?

The results did not please Franks.

They were

  • Good idea – 20%
  • Bad idea – 56%
  • Not sure – 24%

The question was about the Jack Franks-inspired House Bill 171.

It would take away from the County Board the selection of who gets to serve on what committees.

Current County Board rules now have a Committee on Committee making such assignments, with each District having one member selected by and from among the four district board members (or, if a tie, by the senior member).

Under the legislation Franks wants Governor Bruce Rauner to sign, Franks would make all such appointments.

Franks is joined in support of the legislation by the Lake County Board Chairman, a Republican, so no prediction can be made on whether the Governor will support Republicans in McHenry County or its Democratic Party County Board Chairman and the Republican Lake County Board Chairman.


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NWH Poll Shows Opposition to Jack Franks’ Legislative Power Grab — 16 Comments

  1. “Franks is joined in support of the legislation by the Lake County Board Chairman, a Republican, so no prediction can be made on whether the Governor will support Republicans in McHenry County or its Democratic Party County Board Chairman and the Republican Lake County Board Chairman.“

    Of course they’re in support of it.

    They want the power rather than letting districts being represented by their county board members.

    The fact that Lake Co chairman ‘supports It’ or not is moot.

    If Rauner passes this, that will be his third strike against the people within memory for the low attention span public.

    His political career over.

  2. First of all, to say a Republican Chairman is also in support of it, signifying that old Bruce will be torn, is ridiculous!

    As of late, he’s proven he doesn’t care about Republicans!

    Let’s see if he cares about the process.

    We don’t want one Jack-wipe having all the power whether he’s LyingJackFranks or a power grabbing Republican. We have county board members- let THEM do the jobs they were elected to do.

    Don’t sign it Bruce! ( unless you’re a tired of politics and want to hand this state over to your Republican opponent Jeanne Ives (or Democrat fat billionaire Prickster)

  3. RINO Rauner won’t be the Republicans next candidate for governor
    so expect him to do even more damage to the party, the state and
    the citizens of Illinois.

    He will then be free to go on many vacations with his good buddy Rahm,
    and to that I say good riddance and go Jeanne Ives !

  4. I wonder why the guy in Lake County is weighing in on this at all.

    Doesn’t the Lake County Board still pick the Chair?

    I know there has been talk of Lake County going to a directly elected Chair, but any guy who publicly supports this bill and then runs for Chair might seem a bit power hungry to the voters.

  5. Here is wording from the Bill:

    “Creation of standing committees by
    chairman; appointment of members. With the advice and consent
    of a majority of the county board, a county board chairman
    elected by the voters of the county shall: (1) create standing
    committees; and (2) appoint members and chairpersons to
    standing committees. This Section applies to counties having a
    populati300,000 and 900,000.”

    The wording in the bill would seem to still have a mechanism for
    County board members to “control” what the chairman wants to do
    because of “advice and consent of a majority of the county board”.

    Are there at least 13 members of the Board who can be relied upon
    to carefully scrutinize the proposals that the chairman would want
    to make regarding kinds of committees and members? Yes, no?

    One has to wonder why this Bill even got started in the Illinois
    Legislature. Who were the people in the Legislature that wanted
    this Bill and what were their motivations for creating it? What was
    the “proof of the need” for this Bill?

    People should remember that this current chairman was the person
    who introduced the Democratic presidential candidate, who turned out
    to be the worst ever president of the US, to McHenry County Democrats
    back in 2007. Not a good record.

  6. I disagree, bred. That was NOT the worst ever person to run for President. That was the biggest criminal in history to run.

  7. @bred winner

    You wrote: Are there at least 13 members of the Board who can be relied upon
    to carefully scrutinize the proposals that the chairman would want
    to make regarding kinds of committees and members?

    Ya think?

    First good laugh of the New Year!

  8. Not to be picky but Cal, your numbers don’t add up to 100% for the poll and are different than the numbers in the graphic at the right.

  9. You all realize these “online” polls are utterly worthless, right?

  10. Joke brings up a good point about polls in general. Recall that in the fall of 2016, polls said that Hillary Clinton had the presidential election all locked up. The mostly left wing media was also predicting a rout by Hillary over Trump in electoral votes.

  11. Looked at links that Steve Reick provided re HB 171. Its good that politicians are limited to only making incredibly complex and misleading legislation. Can anyone imagine if politician types were engineering our cars, trucks, airliners, bridges, communications systems, etc. how screwed up these would be. We would still be in horse and buggy days if they interfered or tried to take over technology.

  12. joek? It’s like reading horoscopes. It is all fun and games distractions. BTW Cal, you have to click on the voted button to see how many supposed people voted. Another thing joek wouldn’t trust. For good reason.

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