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

Jack Franks’ County Official Pension Elimination Issue Tabled at Franks’ Request

The McHenry County Board tabled discussion on eliminating pensions for countywide elected officials without discussion from anyone except Chairman Jack Franks. No discussion. Just a hurried voice vote. But immediately after County Board member Mike Walkup gave an explanation of … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Lobbying County Board Members Behind Closed Doors Criticized

Former McHenry County Board member and District 6 candidate Ersel Schuster’s take-away from last Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting: Transparency? A very telling, and otherwise interesting bit of information surfaced during the 10/12/17 McHenry County Board’s Committee of the … Continue reading

Five Countywide Elected Officials in IMRF Pension Program, Four Not

Since the subject of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions will be discussed at tomorrow night’s McHenry County Board meeting, I think folks might be interested in seeing which ones are currently participating in pension program.  They follow: Not on the … Continue reading

Edgar County Watchdogs Ratchet Up Criticism of Jack Franks’ Statements of Economic Interest, File Criminal Complaint

The following article is re-printed with the permission of Illinois Leaks: McHenry County Board Chair Jack Franks – Ethics problem growing – BY KIRK ALLEN ON OCTOBER 12, 2017 • ( 2 COMMENTS ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –It’s a crime to willfully file a false or … Continue reading

Another Democrat–Sharon Fairley–Announces Run for Attorney General, Jack Franks Stops Talk about Candidacy

Capitol Fax prints the press release from Sharon Fairley announcing her candidacy for the Democratic Party nomination for Attorney General. Yesterday, McHenry County Board Chairman rolled up any potential run for the office by telling the Northwest Herald and the … Continue reading

Craig Wilcox Proposes Legal Approach to Accomplish Jack Franks’ Illegal Proposal to Abolition Pensions of Countywide Elected Officials

A press release from McHenry County Board members Craig Wilcox, who is running for the GOP nomination for State Senate: Wilcox: Alternative Pension Solution More Binding McHENRY, IL – Retired Air Force Colonel and current McHenry County Board Member Craig … Continue reading

Jack Franks Acting Like the Boss of All County Employees

Found this story on LyingJackFranks.com, a campaign web site that seems to have legs. Its title is “Lying Jack Franks Using ‘County Employee Surveys’ As a Means to Indoctrinate County Workers On Taxpayer Dime” It seems, according to County Board … Continue reading

Franks Push for Patronage Employees’ Approval Gains Victory in Second Committee

It’s now 2-1. The McHenry County Board’s Internal Services Committee dissed McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ push to legitimize the two patronage positions which were irregularly filled by County Administrator Peter Austin Christmas time last year. Then, the Human … Continue reading

IMRF Says Franks’s Proposed Pension Revocation Action for Countywide Elected Officials Illegal and Unconstitutional

In an October 2, 2017, letter from Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund Executive Director Louis Kosiba, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is told that removing countywide elected officials is unconstitutional “It cannot be abrogated by a belief that a certain … Continue reading

Franks Gets What He Wants on Patronage Employee Hire from Human Resources Committee

Cut 10, add 2. That’s what the County Board seems likely to do. The levy will be cut 10% (after an all-Republican Board raised the levy 4% a year ago), but added will be two employees not in the this … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Proposal to Kill Pensions of Countywide Elected Officials Fails for Lack of a Second

In the Human Resources Committee this morning the most ballyhooed issue was one from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks to eliminate pensions for those countywide officials specifically mentioned in the 1970 State Constitution. Franks proposal, of course, got coverage … Continue reading

Will County Board Concluded It Could NOT Take Away Countywide Elected Officials’ Pensions, as Jack Franks Is Proposing

v In another attempt to grab headlines, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has proposed a resolution to prevent current countywide elected officials from participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension program According to the Will County State’s Attorney’s … Continue reading