Jack Franks’ Personal Agenda & Secret Legal Opinion Trumps State’s Attorney’s Opinion re Committee Chairman’s Control of Committee Agendas – Part 2

The Committee then proceeded to complain about the lack of availability of meeting agenda packet information to Committee Chairman Aavang . MIchele Aavang, chairing the meeting, agreed that agendas have not been readily available in a timely fashion. She also stated she … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Members Oppose Jack Franks Legislative Power Grab

Most of the people who will be directly affected by Jack Franks attempt to grab the power to appoint McHenry County Board committee chairmen and select which committees on which all members will serve have weighed in on the question. … Continue reading

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

Legislature Passes Bill To Give Jack Franks Total Power Over Appointment of Committee Chairmen and Membership

After 43-3-3 approval of a Jack Franks-initiated bill in the Illinois Senate, in lickty-split action this week in Springfield, Democrats in the Illinois House pushed House Bill 171, originally introduced az a shell bill by House Speaker Mike Madigan, through on … 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

Talk about Replacing Missing Committee Members at McHenry County Board CoW Meeting

The issue that drew the most discussion at the McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting was Chairman Jack Frank’s suggestion to allow for the substitution of members on committees. When first surfaced this idea on December 5th, Franks … Continue reading

Wholesale Cancellation of County Board Committee Meetings

Early yesterday afternoon, newly-installed McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks cancelled a raft of County Board committee meetings, as you can see below: During his first County Board meeting, Franks announced that what would have been considered at such meetings … Continue reading

Walkup-Gottemoller Tift

From the McHenry County Board tape of Tuesday’s meeting during the consideration of allowing the at-large elected Chairman to make all committee appointments: The following ensued after Mike Skala and Anna Mae Miller introduced an amendment to the proposed Board Rules … Continue reading

Suburban Republicans, Led by Mike Tryon, Seek Re-Instatement of Mass Transit Committee

The following letter was sent to House Speaker Mike Madigan after he abolished the Mass Transit Committee.  It was signed by last year’s Republican Spokesman, Mike Tryon, plus members Patti Bellock, Mike Fortner, David Harris, Jeanne Ives, Ron Sandack, Ed Sullivan and … Continue reading

Gottemoller’s Committee Spoils for His Supporters

The last article on McHenry County Board Committee assignments by newly-elected Chairman Joe Gottemoller focused on what those who supported his opponent Jim Heisler ended up. This will look at how the winners were rewarded.  Again requests that were granted … Continue reading

Tina Hill’s Committee on Committees’ Recommendations for Committee Assignments

The McHenry County Board’s Committee on Committees met today and made the following recommendations for committee assignments and chairmanships and vice chairmanships. Click to enlarge either image. Recommendations for other Board assignments follow: Can you spot any changes from the … Continue reading