Jack Franks Aims to Abolish McHenry County Coroner and Hand Control to Lake County

According to an article in the Champaign News-Gazette by Jim Dey, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to hand over the McHenry County Coroner’s duties to the Lake County Coroner. Strangely (and inaccurately), Franks claims credit in the article … Continue reading

GOP Recommends Either Dave Stieper or Ralph Sasso to Replace Andrew Gasser on County Board

A press release from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado: County Board Vacancy District 1 The McHenry County Republican Party is excited to announce our two candidate nominees for the County Board vacancy in District 1. Mr. Gasser served … Continue reading

A Strategy for Eliminating Township Government in Municipalities

There is little doubt that township government provides little service to folks in cities and villages. Assessment of property is the only function that touches every home and business owner. True, municipalities receives a portion of road taxes, but obviously, … Continue reading

County Treasurer Still Waiting for Big Money “Found” by Jack Franks’ Patronage Employees

Back in March, I wondered if the Northwest Herald had been mislead by McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ patronage employee Oliver Serafini. The Northwest Herald reported on February 24th that $134,000 of county money was lying unclaimed in Springfield … Continue reading

Franks Enters Republican Politics More Overtly Than Attending GOP Fund Raisers

Based upon his position as McHenry County Board Chairman, Democrat Jack Franks has the statutory authority to nominate a replacement for recently-resigned Republican County Board member Andrew Gasser. Gasser resigned to devote his efforts to his new position as Algonquin … 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

Reapportionment the Best Reason to Re-Elect Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner is ramping up his campaign for re-election. TV ads, fly-arounds, visits with local chambers of commerce, tours of factories, etc. But, why would Republicans want to re-elect him? In McHenry County Rauner showed no concern for the … Continue reading

Attorney General Public Access Division Asks County Government to Justify Lack of Response to Freedom of Information Request

After the Illinois Attorney General’s Office confirmed that McHenry County Blog was a member of the “news media” under the Freedom of Information Act, I filed a request with McHenry County. I asked for “copies of all work product for the … Continue reading

County Board Member Andrew Gasser Stepping Down to Take Highway Commissioner Post

At the end of the last McHenry County Board meeting, McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser announced that he would resign prior to taking office as Algonquin Township Road Commissioner on May 15th. He said he “didn’t want to be … Continue reading

Attorney General Rules McHenry County Blog “News Media” for Purposes of Freedom of Information Requests

The Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office has ruled that McHenry County Blog is to be considered “media” under the Freedom of Information Act. McHenry County Blog is now the only blog in Illinois certified as a … Continue reading

Encouraging County Board Members Not to Approve Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires

During the Human Resources Committee meeting this past week, McHenry County Board member Michele Aavang mentioned that she had received some post cards from constituents urging her to support Jack Franks’ efforts to make county government more efficient. I haven’t … Continue reading

Harvard Resident Trashes Franks’ Hiring of Patronage Employees

The following letter to the Northwest Herald by William Matteson is published with his permission: County hires were unfair It never crossed my mind that Jack Franks intended to corrupt McHenry County government when he stated during his campaign, “I … Continue reading

Should the Public Be Allowed to See Advice from the State’s Attorney to the County Board about its Relationship with the New Chairman?

Informed listener Ersel Schuster shares her take on the McHenry County Board’s Internal Support and Facilities Committee meeting: 4/12/17 McHenry County’s Internal Support & Facilities (ISF) meeting While listening to the ISF committee meeting audio it was stated that a … Continue reading