Illinois Leaks Spreads McHenry County Board Message Favoring Veto of House Bill 171 Statewide

Illinois Leaks, a publication of the Edgar County Watchdogs, has really taken an interest in McHenry County. First it was McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks and, next, former Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller. After twenty of twenty-four members … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Members Oppose Jack Franks Legislative Power Grab

Most of the people who will be directly affected by Jack Franks attempt to grab the power to appoint McHenry County Board committee chairmen and select which committees on which all members will serve have weighed in on the question. … Continue reading

Steve Reick Reminds Us of Voters’ Rejection of County Executive Form of Government

Here’s a man who believes those who don’t remember history might well relive it. State Rep. Steve Reick has posted the following on his web site: Putting the Brakes on County Board Chairman Excesses I’ve written the following letter to … Continue reading

If HB 171 Signed, Jack Franks Would Have More Power of the County Board Than Mike Madigan Has In the Illinois House

I’ve been thinking about the bill that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks prevailed upon the Democrats in the legislature (and too many Republicans in the Senate) to give him total power over committee appointments. In the Illinois House, Mike … Continue reading

Steve Reick Calls Out Franks on Springfield End Run Around County Board Rules

Look at this commentary State Rep. Steve Reick posted on his web site: If At First You Don’t Succeed, Go to Springfield to Get Your Way In 2012 the voters of McHenry County voted down a referendum which would have … Continue reading

Redux of Jack Franks’ Tax Freeze Bill Passes House, Failure Again Predicted in Senate

First to the headline above. When he was State Representative Jack Franks passed a property tax freeze bill.  At the time I predicted that the Senate would not follow suit.  It was just a “headline bill.”  (See “A Property Tax … Continue reading

Legislature Passes Bill To Give Jack Franks Total Power Over Appointment of Committee Chairmen and Membership

After 43-3-3 approval of a Jack Franks-initiated bill in the Illinois Senate, in lickty-split action this week in Springfield, Democrats in the Illinois House pushed House Bill 171, originally introduced az a shell bill by House Speaker Mike Madigan, through on … Continue reading

Add Tithers and Those Who Contribute a Lot to Charity to the “Big Loser” List That Started with High Real Estate Taxpayers

Our CPA tells us that the big losers in the Republican tax plan will be those who make significant charitable contributions. That sounds like the type of people who supported Donald Trump’s election. Add in those who have high property … Continue reading

Commentary on Bill to Give Jack Franks More Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster, who is running for McHenry County Board in District 6. Who is Behind This Legislative Imitative? OR: Do Our County Board Members Understand the Unintended Consequences? In today’s political climate, one would … Continue reading

McConnaughay Introduces Bill to Increase Power of County Board Chairman

Just took a look at Senate Bill 2243, legislation introduced by State Senator Karen McConnaughay on October 18th. It does the following: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that with the advice and consent of a majority of the county board, … Continue reading

County Historical Preservation Commission Accuses Franks of “Cowardice” for Kissing Up to Chinese Motorola Buyer

The following comes from McHenry County Historical Preservation Commission Chairman Jim McConnell in a comment under the story: McHenry County Historical Commission Chairman Justifies Coventry House Support by McHenry County Board “County Board Chairman Jack Franks wrote a letter yesterday … Continue reading

Northwest Herald Learns of Monday Meeting Subject Before County Board Members

Reader Nob caught a story on the Northwest Herald web site saying the McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting tomorrow morning at 10:30 will not only discuss next year’s budget, but will also consider consolidating the Lake in … Continue reading

McHenry County Historical Commission Chairman Justifies Coventry House Support by McHenry County Board

A letter from James G. McConnell to McHenry County Board members about the historic house on the old Motorola property in Harvard: County Board Chairman Jack Franks County Board PED Committee Members County Board Members City of Harvard Mayor Michael … Continue reading

The McHenry County Board Minority’s Argument Against Granting Jack Franks Retroactive Approval for His Patronage Hire

McHenry County Blog reported in a timely fashion the names of those McHenry County Board members who voted to approve the highly irregularly hired patronage employees by Jack Franks last Christmas, but they seem worth posting against they are again before … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Committee Misses Chance to Talk about Jack Franks’ Latest Doomed Crusade: Eliminating Pensions for Elected Countywide Officials

Further evidence that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks cares nothing about eliminating IMRF pensions for countywide officials is the cancellation of tomorrow’s Human Relations Committee meeting. The first indication was that Franks introduced no bill to abolish such elected … Continue reading

Gravel Pit Company Gives Franks $2,500 Four Days Before Citizens Come to Complain about Expansion

At Tuesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Board, citizens from the Spring Grove-Fox Lake area appeared to object to additional gravel pits in their area. One of those who spoke mentioned the Thelen Sand and Gravel company. Hearing the name … Continue reading