Craig Wilcox Proposes Legal Approach to Accomplish Jack Franks’ Illegal Proposal to Abolition Pensions of Countywide Elected Officials

A press release from McHenry County Board members Craig Wilcox, who is running for the GOP nomination for State Senate: Wilcox: Alternative Pension Solution More Binding McHENRY, IL – Retired Air Force Colonel and current McHenry County Board Member Craig … Continue reading

Joe Walsh Promotes Craig Wilcox for State Senate

On the same day that McHenry County Assessor Mary Mahady announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for State Senate, Republican candidate Craig Wilcox was holding a fundraiser for the same office. Wilcox, a Republican member of the McHenry County … Continue reading

NWH Takes Note of Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires and Thursday Meeting to Eliminate Those Improperly Filled Positions

In his ninth month as McHenry County Board Chairman, the Northwest Herald has taken notice that Jack Franks has made “political hires.” It’s in a story about the Special Meeting called Thursday by a minority of Republicans on the County … Continue reading

14 (13 GOP) County Board Members Boycotting Special Meetings on Patronage Hiring & Valley Hi Give Franks Victory

With only nine members answering the roll call Tuesday night (and a tenth arriving a little late), McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks was able to avoid a vote on two resolutions that would overturn his decisions. The first was … Continue reading

GOP Members of County Board Seek Two Special Meetings Wed. Night

A press release about the call for special McHenry County Board meetings by Republican County Board members: Special Meetings, McHenry County Board Two Special Meetings of the McHenry County Board have been called by Republican members for Wednesday, August 23, … Continue reading

Resolution Submitted to Human Resourses Committee to Eliminate Patronage Positions

Below is resolution drafted by Craig Wilcox that has not yet been considered by the McHenry County Board Human Relations Committee, although submitted in June.  The Committee’s Tuesday meeting has been cancelled by Chairman John Jung. RESOLUTION RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Leasing Agent for Valley Hi Nursing Home Without County Board Involvement

In a move of which no McHenry County Board member attending State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s fundraiser last night was aware, Jack Franks has asked for Requests for Proposals to lease Valley Hi, the County nursing home. One member of the … Continue reading

Joe Walsh Holds Summer Shindig

I’ve been to a couple of former Congressman, now WIND Talk Show Host Joe Walsh’s summer and fall political rallies. There were many more cars at this one than any previous event. I took photos of the crowd from the … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 3

This is Part 3.  Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 is here. Michael Rein wondered if most jobs were not advertised on the internet and advertised. “That’s correct,” County Administrator Peter Austin replied, [but] it varies for the … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 2

Part 1 can be read here. Continuing the questioning of McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin, Human Resources Board member Craig Wilcox said, “You exercised an authority that the County Board is responsible for, that we do spell out in [your … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 1

A bare majority of the McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee refused to rubber stamp McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ hiring of two patronage employees at its Wednesday meeting. By a 4-3 vote, HR Committee members voted down a … Continue reading

Tax Relief Mirage vs Tax Relief Reality

Last November, the all-Republican County Board refused to kill the Valley Hi tax levy. Having done so would have eliminated the tax. There is still time to do that or something milder suggested by new District 4 Board member Craig … Continue reading