Jack Franks’ $2 Million Pension

In two years, when Jack Franks turns 55, he can start receiving his pension from the State of Illinois. He stands to collect $2.3 million. As of June 30, 2016, he contributed about $139,000. The taxpayers will foot the bill … Continue reading

Other Entries in CL Parade with Political Overtones

So far, McHenry County Blog has looked at five portions of the Independence Day Parade: Jesse White Jack Franks Patrick Kenneally Democrats Republicans Let’s look at other things with a political tinge. The first I noticed was the squad car … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 7 – Running for County Auditor, Precinct Committeeman, Calling the Meeting that Led to McHenry County College Copy

In honor of the anniversary of my father’s 100 birth year, I continue this series about his life: In 1963, my mother and I attended the Illinois Crime Commission’s summer hearings held in the old county board room at what … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 4 – Sewer Grates, Miles River Yacht Club, Slot Machines, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Copy

This is the fourth in a serialization of my father’s biography. Previous parts can be found below on McHenry County Blog. One of Dad’s inspirations for running for office involved an unresponsive city government. Plunk, plunk, plunk. I can hear … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 3 – First House, Elected President of the Easton, Maryland, Town Council Copy

Previous parts of this biography can be found below on McHenry County Blog. I am running them again because my father would have been 100 on June 8th, if he hadn’t been a smoker. (His mother lived to be 96.) … Continue reading

Centegra’s Huntley Hospital Pretty Much Finished as Permission to Build Finalized

Here’s the headline from the Cook County Reporter article on the Ottawa Appellate Court decision giving Centegra final approval to build its new hospital in Huntley: In an Illinois replication of the Stalinist approach to economic growth, those wishing to … Continue reading

Kenneally Meets with Woodstock Voters on Groundhog Day.

McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally is met residents at the Moose Lodge dinner in Woodstock on Friday evening, January 29, 2016. It was part of Woodstock’s Groundhog Day festivals.: Not only did they meet Woodstock residents, but Kenneally and … Continue reading

Additional Security for County Board Meetings

The McHenry County Board apparently thinks its members are not safe enough when meeting. Recently they have had a couple of Woodstock Policemen at their meetings. Perhaps it was the large number of people from Coral Township who showed up … Continue reading

Corruption in the Dan Walker Administraton

My first public meeting was in the Algonquin Township Garage. It was about putting roads in the Silver Lakes, an unincorporated subdivision. I was in college (1960-65) and my father suggested I might find it of interest. Larry Lee was … Continue reading

Term Limits for Legislative Leaders 13 Years after Proposed

My first press conference in the 2002 Libertarian Party campaign for Governor against chickenhearted Rob Blagojevich and Jim Ryan focused on Term Limits for Legislative Leaders. Below, you can see the poster that my Lt. Gov. candidate Jim Tobin and … Continue reading

The Awful FRG Train-School Bus Accident

October 25, 1995–twenty years ago. What an awful day. That was the day of the Fox River Grove school bus-Metra train collusion. Substitute driver unfamiliar with the route. Mercifully, I remained blissfully ignorant of the morning crash until about noon. … Continue reading