McSweeney Introduces Bill to Give Jack Franks Tremendously More Power, Abolish Independently-Elected Auditor’s Office, Power of County Board Pretty Much Disappears

McHenry County, from a structural viewpoint, has a weak County Board Chairman. Under House Bill 3317, sponsored by State Rep. David McSweeney, that would change drastically. Jack Franks would become the most powerful County Board Chairman outside of Cook County. Here … Continue reading

Could Leverage Over Other Countywide Elected Officials Be the Reason Jack Franks Wants County Board Governor Power?

Since State Rep. David McSweeney shared with the Northwest Herald part of the contents of his bill to reshape McHenry County government by providing Chairman Jack Franks with line item veto power, albeit with a Board veto override power to … Continue reading

Leslie Schermerhorn Emails to State’s Attorney & County Board Members

McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Education Leslie Schermerhorn is in a fight with some on the County Board, including Chairman Jack Franks, over her budget. Last week, she asked McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally for an opinion in the … Continue reading

Cutting County Taxes Without Cutting Spending: Use Savings

How is that possible, you ask? By taking money McHenry County has in the bank and spending it. That is apparently what McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks intends to do next year. Here is the relevant policy change passed … Continue reading

Another Installment in Bob Miller $43,000 Deferred Sick Time Payment

Permission to reprint this article has been given by Illinois Leaks, where it first appeared: Algonquin Township Road District – No budgeted item, no legal payment! BY KIRK ALLEN ON MAY 11, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) – Keep it simple! … Continue reading

Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

Governor Bruce Rauner outlined his budget today. Governor urges pension reform, $1 billion tax cut FY19 budget to fund top priorities through expense control, cost shifts SPRINGFIELD (Feb. 14, 2018) — Gov. Bruce Rauner today urged the Illinois General Assembly to make … Continue reading