We’re back to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ paranoia.
He thinks he is important enough that someone would want to kill him.
[Cue canned laughter.]
He pretends that he was scared for his life (and his family’s) when a joke about killing varmints was posted as a comment on McHenry County Blog.
What Franks was really saying was that he, like every other politician, fears ridicule most of all.
And the article and comment were really good ridicule.
I remember laughing when the Northwest Herald reporter called for my reaction.
Franks’ report of fearing for his life was that ridiculous.
In any event, today the local tabloid published an article about the results of a Lakewood Police investigation in which I was not contacted by my local Department.
The article prompted Woodstock’s Susan Handelsman to send me the following email:
Back when alleged Franks ‘death threat’ appeared on mchenrycountyblog.com and Franks obtained police and proprietorial attention and protection, the following ‘death threat’ came to light.
I called the States attorney, I called County Police.
No follow-up was ever performed to my knowledge.
Now a year later the article appears in NWH that great public tax dollar resources were committed to follow up on Franks’ alleged death threat.
It appears to me that public tax money is spent in direct correlation to the political power of those who receive personal benefit from public tax dollars spending which they direct…
and inversely correlated to those who attempt to watchdog politics at their own personal expense receiving no public funding.
Would the NWH publish a reader Poll with the two alleged death threats side by side to determine which reads as more credible a threat?
The one which was investigated at public expense, or the one which was ignored.
There should be no conflict of interest that (longtime NWH reporter Kevin Craver) was on the Facebook group of one alleged death threat, as he now occupies a County position with benefits arranged in violation of County Code at the time the positions were created, aided by Peter Austin, the County Administrator, who is being spearheaded as the sole authority to ok personal spending reimbursements for County Chairman.
Here is email from 2017 which prompted me to contact law enforcement, with no response:
(I am Susan Handelsman)
There is a local Facebook group, ‘Cary-Grove politics’ which shows that Kevin Craver (NWH) is a member.
It is a closed group.
I have received information that the following was recently posted on that site:
“Kill all the radicals”.
I am told the following names appear after that lead-in:
Andrew Gasser, Rachael Lawrence, Paul Serwatka, Philip Stephan, Richard Ritchie, Amy Fues Odom, Michael Rein, Scott Gessert, Kelly Liebmann, Steve Verr, Jan Riemann, Janet M. Szymkowiak, Erik John Sivertsen, Kevin Christopher McConville, Mark R. Jaeger, John Pletz, Donna Kurtz, Raphael J. Kamner, Scott Vetter, Barbara Gessert, Susan Handelsman, Diane Evertsen, and David Schenk
Maybe Kevin can do an expose?
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All of the names on the “Kill the Radicals” list seem to have been candidates for public office in
- Algonquin Township
- McHenry Township
- Greenwood Township
- McHenry Grade School District 15
- Crystal Lake High School District 155
- Woodstock Unit School District 200
- McHenry County College Board
Oh, yes, the name that the Lakewood Police came up with as having written the following is Schuster:
“I know a fellow who specializes in terminating weasels of all kinds. His prices are very reasonable. $5,000 each. If you need it to look like an accident[,] $10,000 each. Let me know on this blog…”
I did not check the accuracy of the quote.
If you want to do so, you can find it here
It is under the article, “Of Weasels, Chickens and County Government,” an parable by Diane Evertsen read by Kelly Liebmann to the McHenry County Board during public comment period.