Attacking the Property Tax Problem

Rural Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman put the following together after reading about some of State Rep. Jack Franks’ bills. Tax Relief Bills Won’t Approach Solving the Problem Political proposals for property tax relief seem to focus on temporary freezes, along … Continue reading

American Conservative Union Praises Area Legislators

The American Conservative Union has rated Illinois legislators for their votes in 2015. Local legislators Dan Duffy and David McSweeney make the top bracket of the list. Karen McConnaughay and Barbara Wheeler gained recognition in the second tier. Democrat Jack … Continue reading

Illinois Counties with Potential Jack Franks’ County Board IMRF Problems Besides McHenry

Below is a list of counties where board members might have problems similar to those facing McHenry County Board members if someone like State Rep. Jack Franks raises the issue. I would imagine that in Democratic Party-controlled counties a Republican … Continue reading

Bianchi Asks Judge Whether Special Prosecutor Needed for Franks’ County Board IMRF Pension Elilgibility Allegations

When I heard that the McHenry County State’s Attorney had filed a motion concerning the County Board pension issue with Judge Thomas Meyer, I sent Lou Bianchi the following email: I have told that the office filed a motion with … Continue reading

Steve Reick Puts a Face on State Pension Problem, Promises Not to Take a Pension, If Elected

Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reick has been looking at the over $100 billion state pension problem since he first ran against Jack Franks two years ago. In January, he came up with a new approach, which is outlined below: … Continue reading

County Board Vents at Jack Franks and IMRF Exec.

The Thursday night meeting of the McHenry County Board consisted mostly of criticizing Democratic Party State Rep. and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba had been invited to the meeting. No one used the word “pawn” to … Continue reading

The County Board IMRF Question Copy

The following was first published the day before the March 15th Primary Election, but, in view of the County Board meeting of last night, I think it is worth repeating: I have been so inundated that two topics that deserve … Continue reading

Jack Franks Can’t Carry His County for Clinton, Aguilar Runs First in 14th Congressional District

This year, as in 2008, State Rep. Jack Franks was a big Hillary Clinton supporter. Had he supported fellow legislator Barack Obama, he probably could have been a Federal Judge by now (or at least a Magistrate Judge). When one … Continue reading

The County Board IMRF Question

I have been so inundated that two topics that deserve thoughtful consideration haven’t been covered. One of them is the practice of McHenry County Board members getting pensions. David Stieper and Andrew Gasser brought up the topic during the 2014 … Continue reading

Jim Durkin Supports Steve Reick in Johnsburg

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin came to the Johnsburg Community Club to make a pitch for nominating Steve Reick in the Republican Primary Election on Tuesday. The event was sponsored by the McHenry Township Republican Central Committee, chaired by … Continue reading