At Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board meeting Chairman Jack Franks could not wait his turn before trying to defuse the powder keg that introduction of St. Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to increase his power beyond that of any other county board chairman.
Here is what he said, as transcribed by a Friend of McHenry County Blog:
4:37 PM into the recording–
“Before we begin there is a matter I need to address… prior to the members comments.”
“Over the past week… and you got an email today, a number of board members have expressed their concerns with HB 3317 – ‘McHenry County Equitable Standards and Government Efficiency Law’ which was filed last Friday by State Representative David McSweeney.”
“And while I generally support any effort to advance good government here in McHenry County and elsewhere… I cannot support this bill.”
“While I provided input with Rep. McSweeney… when he reached out to me for my ideas… I did not write this bill for him… as it has erroneously stated in some circles.”
“I believe that not only should this bill include input from county board members so as to adopt the best practices but also that its provisions should be applied more universally.”
“I informed Rep. McSweeney that I would not be supporting this bill and then had a long discussion in which I expressed my deep concerns with Sam Yingling Chairman of the House Counties & Townships Committee….
“And he has agreed not to move the bill forward.”
“Chairman Yingling told me that his committee is developing an omnibus good government bill aimed at counties state wide.”
“I am going to make sure that McHenry County Board has a seat at that table.”
“I am announcing the creation of an ad hoc committee to offer ideas to Rep. Yingling’s committee regarding what the bill should include.”
Gottemoller, Althoff, Nowak, Reinert, Skala, Aavang, Schofield, and Wegener to be on this committee.
“I have also asked States Attorney Pat Kenneally to serve as well.”
“We will get you a date quickly to get that set up because I will need you to get to work quickly in order to get that to the general assembly.”
“A majority of this county board, together, we’ve accomplished so much… during my 2 years as chairman.”
“And, I firmly believe we will continue to do so… like refunding a portion of the Valley Hi surplus back to the taxpayers.”
“I couldn’t sit idle… while a piece of proposed legislation in Springfield stood to wreak with the relationship we have that has benefited the people that we represent… so that is all I have on that… and so with that lets vote to make this county board whole once again.”
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INTERESTING: While the audio indicates this last statement was the end of these comments… My notes indicate that Franks made the statement that… “he had no part in this bill.”
Note that the elected officer–County Auditor–Franks wants to replace with an Inspector General was not asked to serve on this, his latest handpicked special committee.
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Here is the Northwest Herald’s spin: