Text of the Overturning of Jack Franks’ FOIA Denial of His Inaugural Speech

Here is the latest evidence that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is not living up to his promise to be transparent.  (Sentences in paragraphs have been separated to make them easier to read.) ATTORNEY GENERAL March 23, 2017 Via … Continue reading

Batnick-Skillicorn-McSweeney Introduce Bill to Allow Comptroller to Withhold Legislative Pay

A press release from State Representatives Mark Blatnick and Allen Skillicorn: Batinick, Skillicorn file legislation to give Comptroller greater discretion following court ruling on legislator pay SPRINGFIELD – In response to the recent court ruling authorizing the prioritization of state … Continue reading

Franks Loses Second Freedom of Information Request Denial Appeal

For the second time since he has taken office as McHenry County Board Chairman, a Jack Franks’ denial of a Freedom of Information request from McHenry County Blog has been overturned. The first sentence of the latest missive from the … Continue reading

Wonder If the NW Herald Got Misled by Jack Franks’ Patronage “Communications Specialist”

Took a look through a Freedom of Information request with what Jack Franks’ “Communications Specialist” got from the State Treasurer’s Office that led to the Northwest Herald’s February 24th story that, what, $134,000 of county money was lying unclaimed in … Continue reading

Realtor Terry Pounds Comments Negatively on McHenry Township Assessments

Realtor Terry Pounds offered the following commentary on a property tax relief bill that State Rep. David McSweeney has introduced Saturday: House Bill 358 permanently freezes property tax rates in Illinois for all units of government beginning in tax year … Continue reading

Taxpayer Candidates for McHenry Grade School Board Holding Corkscrew Pointe Fundraiser Thursday Night

An announcement about a fundraiser Thursday night for the team of candidates seeking to lower McHenry Grade School District 15 taxes: “We want to lower your taxes vote the lower half of the candidates (appearing third and forth on the … Continue reading

District 155 Announces 13 Layoffs

Thirteen teachers were “honorably dismissed” as of the end of the 2016-2017 school year by the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board of Education on Tuesday night Declining enrollment is the reason. The cuts will have least affect on … Continue reading

Lakewood Literature Distributed by Paul Serwatka Surfaces

You can see the campaign literature of Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka, running for Village President against a write-in candidate, along with three candidates his Lakewood Tax-Fighter Team support below: Outgoing Village President Erin Smith has reportedly sent letters to … Continue reading

Plan to Help Veterans in the Court System

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney: Veteran’s Assistance Commission, TLS Veterans, and the State’s Attorney’s Office to Launch Veterans Track Program On March 20, 2017, the Veteran’s Assistance Commission (VAC), TLS Veterans (TLS), and the State’s Attorney’s Office will … Continue reading

Kelly Liebmann Takes County Board to Task over Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires

Here is what former McHenry County Board member candidate Kelly Liebmann said to the County Board last night: The inappropriate and improper hiring of the Chairman’s Executive Assistant and Communications Specialist must be addressed post haste. The avoidance of communication … Continue reading