Franks Makes Progess on Lowering Number of Committees

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made significant progress in convincing Board members to lower the number of committees from twelve to seven. Can’t imagine why readers might be intereste, but here’s an attempt to list the proposal: Finance Internal … Continue reading

Rules Writer Comments on Jack Franks’ Proposed Revisions

Ersel Schuster served on the McHenry County Board committee–Management Services–that has written the Rules that new Chairman Jack Franks wants to amend without reference to that committee. She has looked at the proposed changes and has these comments for current … 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

Craig Wilcox Sees No Reason Committee Selection Committee Can’t Meet, Warns of Quid Pro Quo Perception

Comments from newly-elected McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox: Thank you Mr Chairman, I appreciate your words on “Focusing on outcomes, and not politics” and “Putting the politics aside” so in regards to that, I just wanted to address the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Temporary Rules Committee

There is a provision in the McHenry County Board Rules that allows its Chairman to appoint ad hoc committees. It was designed, according to one member of the Management Services Committee who was there when the language was added, to … Continue reading

Committee on Committees Members Announced

The McHenry County Board gets recommendations from its Committee on Committees as to who will serve as committee chairmen and members. In past years, the recommendations were just that. The McHenry County Board Chairman made the final selections. This past … Continue reading

Jeff Thorsen Most Likely Headed for County Board Vice Chairmanship

Newly-elected McHenry County Board member Jeff Thorsen seems headed to be elected the Vice Chairman of the County Board. Thorsen, who was appointed to replace Ken Koehler when Koehler was appointed to the Metra Board, is a former long-time Crystal … Continue reading

Catching Up on Jack Franks’ (Out of County) Contributions

Occupied by other stories toward the end of the General Election season, McHenry County Blog fell behind in reporting big ($1,000 or more) contributions to State Rep. and Countty Board Chairman candidate Jack Franks. Below is what was reported since … Continue reading

Tryon-McConnaughay Bill Gives Franks More Power as McHenry County Board Chairman

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: Legislation that prohibits a countywide-elected county board chair from serving simultaneously as a county board member sent to Governor Rauner SPRINGFIELD—In response to a situation that arose in McHenry County earlier this … Continue reading