Here are the comments of Woodstock resident Richard Rostron to the McHenry County Board:
“My name is Richard Rostron.
“I live here in Woodstock.
“I’ve risen to the difficult task of recommending that the same precautions employed in the state capital, whereby, Chairman Franks is required to have a State Police escort while on the capital grounds, that those precautions are also reasonable here on McHenry County government property.
“I recognize that, so far, these are merely allegations of criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, official misconduct, stalking and aggravated battery.
“However, I would point out that both Speaker Madigan’s office and the Illinois State Police have referenced “sufficient probable cause” in regards to these allegations.
“I would also point out that, while I understand that Chairman Franks has denied the allegations, when similar allegations are brought, for instance, against a teacher, it is seen as prudent to put the teacher in question on administrative leave.
“That seems an equally prudent course of action for the McHenry County Board to consider.
“But, in the interest of safety and financial security for County employees and elected officials, as well as for Chairman Franks, himself, insisting on an escort for the Chairman while on County government property is the minimal precaution that should be taken.”