Steve Reick Calls Out Franks on Springfield End Run Around County Board Rules

Look at this commentary State Rep. Steve Reick posted on his web site: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Go to Springfield to Get Your Way In 2012 the voters of McHenry County voted down a referendum which would have … Continue reading

Commentary on Bill to Give Jack Franks More Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster, who is running for McHenry County Board in District 6. Who is Behind This Legislative Imitative? OR: Do Our County Board Members Understand the Unintended Consequences? In today’s political climate, one would … Continue reading

McConnaughay Introduces Bill to Increase Power of County Board Chairman

Just took a look at Senate Bill 2243, legislation introduced by State Senator Karen McConnaughay on October 18th. It does the following: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that with the advice and consent of a majority of the county board, … Continue reading

Republishing the LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 1

Originally published on July 12th, the following is the first part of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District’s reply to McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks’ suit to allow his picks to take over the LITH Sanitary District. Parts … Continue reading

County GOP Now Recommending Franks’ Choice to Replace Gasser on County Board

Former Cary Grade School President Christopher Spoerl has gotten a big boost in his desire to serve on the McHenry County Board. For whatever reason, Spoerl did not submit his name for consideration when the Republican Party was interviewing potential … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 2

On June 20, 2017, the McHenry County Board passed a resolution “purportedly appointing Eric Hansen…and Kyle Kane.” Price then lists the problems: County boards have no authority to make appointments to sanitary district boards, rather it is the Chairman who … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 1

No consideration was given by Judge Thomas Meyer to the brief filed the day he entered an injunction preventing the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District from purchasing Kane County land. No harm, no foul, I guess, because the District … Continue reading

County Board Applicant Chris Spoerl’s Replies to Jack Franks’ Questionnaire

Since there are a lot more readers than member of the McHenry County Board, here is what McHenry County Board Chairman asked of all candidates for appointment to Andrew Gasser’s seat, plus Chritopher Spoerl’s replies. Spoerl is the one nominated … Continue reading

County Board Applicant David Stieper’s Replies to Jack Franks’ Questions

Since McHenry County Board members were not provided with answered questionnaires for the Republican Party recommendation (one, Ralph Sasso, having withdrawn from the process because of the overly personal nature of the questions), that of the remaining GOP pick, David … Continue reading

LITH Sanitary District Board Reverses Kane County Annexation…or Not

The elephant in the Lake in the Hills Village Board room, so to speak, was the law that determines who appoints members of the LITH Sanitary District. I sponsored it in the early 1970’s. When the new 1970 State Constitution … Continue reading

LITH Sanitary District Trustee Point-Counterpoint

As I take a look at the moves and counter moves involved in the fight over who has the right to appoint the $6,000 a year Lake in the Hills Sanitary District Trustees, I’m taken back to my favorite course … Continue reading

Tiffany Davis Designated to Replace Retiring Circuit Court Judge Charles Weech

Judge Charles Weech is retiring this September after serving on the Circuit Court since being elected in 2006. Prior to that he was an appointed Associate Circuit Court Judge beginning in March of 2001. Before his judicial appointment Weech was … Continue reading

Franks Enters Republican Politics More Overtly Than Attending GOP Fund Raisers

Based upon his position as McHenry County Board Chairman, Democrat Jack Franks has the statutory authority to nominate a replacement for recently-resigned Republican County Board member Andrew Gasser. Gasser resigned to devote his efforts to his new position as Algonquin … Continue reading

GOP Seeks Applicants to Fill Gasser Spot on County Board

McHenry County Reublican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado asks those who wish to replace District 1 County Board member on the County Board to submit the following to her: Resume and brief summary of political participation outlining involvement over the past … Continue reading

State Rep. Steve Reick Resigns from Jack Franks’ Appointments

McHenry County Board Chairman appointed State Rep. Steve Reick to two County Board liaison spots at the last meeting: EMA Coordinating Council Local Emergency Planning The rumor mill has it that a number of Republicans were not too happy with … Continue reading

Erin Smith Appointing Jason McMahon to Fill Ken Santowski Village Board Spot Without Asking Residents If They Would Like To Serve

In Lakewood Village President Erin Smith’s winter newsletter she announced that she would be recommending that Jason McMahon take retiring Village Trustee Ken Santowski’s spot. Since there is over two years left on Santowski’s term, I figured that she would … Continue reading