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

Republican Political Activists Gather for Steve Reick Pig Roast

The bargain fundraiser of the year at $10 was State Rep. Steve Reick’s Saturday afternoon House of Lawrence Pig Roast. There wasn’t a Patsy Cline tribute singer this year, but there was convivial conversation. County Board candidate Orville Brettman talked … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Lobbying County Board Members Behind Closed Doors Criticized

Former McHenry County Board member and District 6 candidate Ersel Schuster’s take-away from last Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting: Transparency? A very telling, and otherwise interesting bit of information surfaced during the 10/12/17 McHenry County Board’s Committee of the … 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

Watching Chairman Jack Franks Disrespecting County Board Members

The following was written by former member and, now, candidate for the McHenry County Board: Again, County Board Rules… be Damned! Nauseating. That is the nicest word that can be used to define one more spectacle witnessed during the 9/14/17 … Continue reading

Ersel Schuster Promotes Candidacy for McHenry County Board, Other GOP Candidates Present Selves, Too

At the NorWest Township Republican Party meeting last night at the Woodstock Public Library, former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster announced her candidacy for the 2018 election. There were other candidates as well. State Rep. Steve Reick talked of … Continue reading

Reflecting on Oliver Serafini’s Short Tenure as Jack Franks’ Patronage “Communications Specialist”

Another view of County government from former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: And the Games Continue… So, one of the McHenry County Board Chairman’s patronage hire, “Olie,” has resigned his more than questionable position as “McDOT’s, utilities coordinator.” Would it … Continue reading

Does McHenry County Need Paid Lobbyists or Will Our Congressmen & Their Staffs Suffice?

A piece written by for McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: Federal Lobbyists Not Needed It is difficult to believe those elected to represent us, at all levels of government, did not get the resounding message of the 2016 election. … Continue reading

Jack Franks Tries to Avoid the Heavy Lifting in Budget Cutting by Forming Still Another Special Committee

The following was written by former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: Resolution establishing an ad hoc committee to reduce taxes by 10% During the campaign leading up to the 2016 general election, then candidate for County Board Chairman Jack … Continue reading

Another View of the Human Resources Committee Meeting on Patronage

The following was written by former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: 4/12/17 McHenry County’s Internal Support & Facilities (ISF) meeting: There is no greater insult to voters/taxpayers than public officials who think their responsibility is to their own personal … Continue reading

Another View of the Human Resources Committee Meeting Last Wednesday

I wasn’t the only one to listen to the McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee meeting last week. You can read my take Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster gives her take below: … Continue reading

Fight Over McHenry County Board Rules Fight Continues

First, what Ersel Schuster found in the audio recording of the last Internal Support & Facilities Committee meeting. The saga continues over the McHenry County Board’s Rules How much more honest it would have been had the new chairman entered … Continue reading