McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks took another shot at getting rid of health benefits for County Board members.
The campaign was started by Republican primary candidate Dave Stieper in 2014, as you can see from the campaign mailer below:
When Franks put the issue on last month’s Committee of the Whole agenda without committee approval, Board members killed the issue.
But as with the pig named Napoleon in the book “Animal Farm,” Franks was determined to show the lesser animals who was boss.
He allowed health benefit resolutions, one of which seems to have been written by Franks’ personal assistant former Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver, to be place on the agenda of the Administrative Services Committee without the permission of Chairwoman Michele Aavang.
Showing the coordination between Franks and the NWH were two big articles on the resolutions.
During the meeting Aavang said, she “has no control over the agenda.”
This has been an issue in several other instances.
One was Franks’ refusal to allow the Personnel Committee to consider his improper hiring of two patronage workers shortly after taking office.
Yvonne Bares has similar problems with Franks agenda authoritarianism.
One Committee member questioned how an individual board member could put something on the agenda, that not being allowed per Board Rules.
Yet, Democrats Carlos Acosta and Michael Vijuk pulled it off.
One County Board member said, “I hope people realize that there is such much more to what is going on here than what they see publicly. I have always had an issue with bullies and this is no different. I think some of these issues are discussions that need to be had but using bully tactics to get them passed is not in the best interest of our constituents.”
“Animal Farm” is a critique of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, “a brutal dictatorship built on a cult of personality,” according to Wikipedia.
As the book concluded,
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”