Illinois Leaks Visits the McHenry County Board

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks, a publication of the Edgar County Watchdogs: McHenry County – Lord Franks – Republic or Kingdom? BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 25, 2017 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –We got tipped off during a meeting in … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District Consolidation Report by Village Staff

Some have expressed interest in the cost-benefit study regarding the Lake in the Hills Village Board’s assuming control over the LITH Sanitary District conducted by Lake in the Hills. It is difficult to find on the village web site, so … Continue reading

14 (13 GOP) County Board Members Boycotting Special Meetings on Patronage Hiring & Valley Hi Give Franks Victory

With only nine members answering the roll call Tuesday night (and a tenth arriving a little late), McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks was able to avoid a vote on two resolutions that would overturn his decisions. The first was … Continue reading

GOP Members of County Board Seek Two Special Meetings Wed. Night

A press release about the call for special McHenry County Board meetings by Republican County Board members: Special Meetings, McHenry County Board Two Special Meetings of the McHenry County Board have been called by Republican members for Wednesday, August 23, … Continue reading

Resolution Submitted to Human Resourses Committee to Eliminate Patronage Positions

Below is resolution drafted by Craig Wilcox that has not yet been considered by the McHenry County Board Human Relations Committee, although submitted in June.  The Committee’s Tuesday meeting has been cancelled by Chairman John Jung. RESOLUTION RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE … Continue reading

State’s Attorney Said to Have Opined County Board Can Eliminate Positions Labeled by Critics as “Patronage Hires”

That’s the hot rumor of the answer to a question that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked of McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Advice I’ve heard that is given to beginning attorneys: “Never ask a question you don’t … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Leasing Agent for Valley Hi Nursing Home Without County Board Involvement

In a move of which no McHenry County Board member attending State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s fundraiser last night was aware, Jack Franks has asked for Requests for Proposals to lease Valley Hi, the County nursing home. One member of the … Continue reading

Satus Quo in LITH Sanitary District Case with Judge Leaning Toward Jack Franks’ Position

Sitting through most of the 1:30 Wednesday hearing on whether McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks will be able to control the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District led me to offer, “Congratulation, Jack,” as he walked down the hall. … Continue reading

Reflecting on Oliver Serafini’s Short Tenure as Jack Franks’ Patronage “Communications Specialist”

Another view of County government from former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: And the Games Continue… So, one of the McHenry County Board Chairman’s patronage hire, “Olie,” has resigned his more than questionable position as “McDOT’s, utilities coordinator.” Would it … Continue reading

Republishing the LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 1

Originally published on July 12th, the following is the first part of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District’s reply to McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks’ suit to allow his picks to take over the LITH Sanitary District. Parts … Continue reading

NWH Reporter Kevin Craver Goes to Work for Jack Franks

Friday, “Communications Specialist” Oliver Serafini quit his Jack Franks patronage job. The resignation paperwork says he was the “Utilities Coordinator” for the McHenry County Department of Transportation. Nevertheless, his name did not appear on the June 16, 2017, organization chart … Continue reading