Jack Franks Threatens Effective County Board Opponent, Chuck Wheeler – Part 1

You might guess that having spent most of my government service in the legislative branch that I identify with it most closely. (Yes, I know I was in the Executive Branch when I worked in the Executive Office of the … Continue reading

Hiding the County’s Outside Auditors’ Critical Findings

On Thursday, February 26th, McHenry County’s outside auditing firm will report its findings to the Finance and Audit Committee. State law allows such meetings to be held in secret. Note the word “allows.” There is no mandate in State law. … Continue reading

No Law Keeps Officials from Revealing What Happens in Secret Sessions

Illinois Leaks (Edgar County Watchdog) has an article laying out the basis for why public officials can talk about what they discuss in Executive Sessions. the title pretty much tells it all: Closed Meetings – The truth about what can … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Excluding Taxpayers from Audit Presentation

McHenry County’s Finance and Audit Committee is going to hear the report from the outside auditors on Lincoln’s Birthday (the 12th to those readers who don’t have the day off), but the public won’t be allowed in on the discussion. … Continue reading

MCC Board Holds Secret Retreat

Perhaps the title should be “MCC Board Holding Secret Retreat” because as I write this McHenry County Board members, President Vicky Smith and Illinois Community College Association facilitator Gary Davis are meeting in the college’s Shah Center in McHenry. The … Continue reading

McHenry County College Signals Condemnation of Neighboring Property

On the agenda for this Thursday night’s meeting of the McHenry County College Board of Trustees is a resolution concerning condemnation. Can’t, that is, don’t want to, let the public in on the details, so first the Board is scheduled … Continue reading

Former County Board Member Lou Anne Majewski Files Open Meetings Complaint Against County Board

Former McHenry County Board member Lou Anne Majewski filed an Open Meetings complaint against the McHenry County Board for going into closed session to discuss a resolution drafted by a county board committee.  Majewski says Chairman Ken Koehler said the … Continue reading

District 300 Secret Meeting About School Safety, Opps, Graduation Location, Returns with a Twist

Remember when District 300’s outgoing Board President Mary Fioretti justified the closed door meeting to rent the Sears Centre for Graduation on the grounds of safety? David Fitzgerald of the Northwest Herald discovered this violation of the Opening Meetings Act … Continue reading

District 300 Secret Meeting About School Safety, Opps, Graduation Location, Returns with a Twist

Remember when District 300’s outgoing Board President Mary Fioretti justified the closed door meeting to rent the Sears Centre for Graduation on the grounds of safety? David Fitzgerald of the Northwest Herald discovered this violation of the Opening Meetings Act … Continue reading