Crystal Lake Taxpayers Owe Tens of Millions to the Crystal Lake Police and Fire Pension Funds

Commenter Mark does a lot of research, which he shares under various stories. Today, inspired by Mayor Aaron Shepley’s endorsement of Democrat Jack Franks, he looks at Crystal Lake city finances. Does endorsing Franks mean the Crystal Lake City Council … Continue reading

Democratic Party-Controlled Illinois Supreme Court Disses Remap Vote

No big surprise here. Mike Madigan poured big money to elect Justice Thomas Kilbride over a decade ago. He won what was a Republican district. Republicans counter-attacked in the southern most district and took it away from St. Clair County … Continue reading

Letter Writer Cites Pattern of Dummy GOP Jack Franks Opponents

The following letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald is published with the permission of the author, Adam Liebmann: Stop at Nothing In 2004, the Northwest Herald reported, “Political newcomer Ed Beard announces that he is dropping out of … Continue reading

Aaron Shepley Lends Name to Jack Franks’ Campaign

Aaron Shepley, the man that McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon appointed as Vice Chairman of Community Outreach, Aaron Shepley is listed as introducing State Rep. Jack Franks’ at at Crystal Lake Town Hall Meeting announced on Franks’ Facebook … Continue reading

Franks Plans 10% Cut to Conservation District and 708 Mental Health Board Tax Take

State Rep. Jack Franks is promising to cut McHenry County government’s tax levy by 10% on the first day he takes office. That, of course, ignores the requirements of the Open Meetings Act for 48-hour notice, a requirement, if elected, … Continue reading

Two Promises Jack Franks Won’t Keep

Readers already are aware of two promises that State Rep. Jack Franks did not keep. McHenry County Blog first revealed his term limit pledge on October 30, 2013, complete with Northwest Herald articles and two personal testimonies from 1998 Jack … Continue reading

NWH Reader Wonders What Happened with IMRF Probe of McHenry County Board Pensions

The following letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald is reprinted with permission of its author, Cary resident Rachael Lawrence: In February, Jack Franks and IMRF Director Louis Kosiba met with the Northwest Herald regarding County Board members meeting the … Continue reading

18-Year Politician Jack Franks Rolls Out Hit Piece Calling Mike Walkup “Typical Politician”

Last night at the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach, almost 18-year State Rep. Jack Franks’ supporters were passing out a new piece of literature. It could be called the anti-Mike Walkup piece, as you can see below: Unlike Jack … Continue reading

CL Park Police Doesn’t Get the Memo

Today I called Crystal Lake Park District Jayson Herbster to complain about State Rep. Jack Franks distribution of ice cream at the band concert. Obviously Franks would be campaigning for McHenry County Board Chairman, because his district covers the western … Continue reading

Walkup Gets Under Franks’ Skin

In a press release run nowhere but on McHenry County Blog, GOP candidate for County Board Chairman Mike Walkup called his opponent State Rep. Jack Franks “Lying” Jack Franks. It apparently set Franks off. The release compared the Democratic National … Continue reading