Watching Chairman Jack Franks Disrespecting County Board Members

The following was written by former member and, now, candidate for the McHenry County Board: Again, County Board Rules… be Damned! Nauseating. That is the nicest word that can be used to define one more spectacle witnessed during the 9/14/17 … Continue reading

Democrats in Algonquin Parade

Yesterday Republicans in Algonquin’s Founders Day Parade were featured. Today we look at the Democrats. Behind the banner was a young man carrying a “Thank You Bernie” sign, plus one opposed to the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement being pushed by … Continue reading

Jesse White Graces Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade

For the second time I can remember, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White drove the van for his Jesse White Tumblers at Crystal Lake’s 4th of July Parade. When the Tumblers came down Dole Avenue toward the First United Methodist … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 30

State Rep. Jack Franks is after more Chicago money. You might think he is running for State Representative. Wait a minute. He is. Of course, all the reporters covering the McHenry County Board chairmanship announcement said that Franks was leaving … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Hubris – Part 1

“Hubris” is “excessive pride or self-confidence.” Synonyms include arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, self-importance, egotism, pomposity, superciliousness, superiority The antonyms is humility. In Greek tragedy hubris is excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods, which leads to downfall. “I’m … Continue reading

Politicians Appear at Crystal Lake’s Independence Day Parade

A statewide official, two congressmen, one county official, three candidates for McHenry County Sheriff, three County Board members and Crystal Lake City Council members were spotted at Sunday’s 4th of July Parade. I spotted signs for two state legislators, but … Continue reading

McHenry County Romney Alternate Delegate on Jack Franks’ Fundraising Host Committee

A friend of McHenry County Blog has forwarded an invitation to Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks’ September 29th fundraising breakfast at Donley’s Wild West Town. The Jesse White Tumblers will perform. As usual Franks provides a list of those who … Continue reading

Illinois Secretary of State – The Office that Keeps on Giving

The employees aren’t paid that much. People really need drivers’ licenses. Some people have a hard time getting one. Is that a recipe for corruption or what? Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office sent the following  press release about corruption in … Continue reading

The Politicians at Crystal Lake’s July 4th Parade

OK. You got me. It’s July 3rd. And it wasn’t sweltering hot.  I found the shade most of the hour and a half 90-something entry parade. The biggest political entry was Congressman Joe Walsh’s. He followed Congressman Don Manzullo and … Continue reading

Special Interests for Jack Franks Mainly Unions, but “Sheriff of McHenry County” on List

The invitation is out for State Rep. Jack Franks October fund raiser. That’s the one where he solicited all over McHenry County and beyond building a political base for his anticipated run for the United States Congress in 2012. As … Continue reading

County Fair Politicians

The McHenry County Fair is a place that a politician can meet a lot of people. I loved working them while I was running for County Treasurer and in that office from 1966-70. Not to mention the 16 years I … Continue reading

Who’s on the Jack Franks’ Bandwagon?

State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo), obviously preparing for a statewide run before campaign contribution limits take effect, reported raising $1,319,769.37 during the first half of 2009. (In case you are interested in what he spent during the last six months, … Continue reading

No Need for Jesse to Flip

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White refused to sign Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of paperwork for Roland Burris as United States Senate. Now the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that White’s signature is not needed. White had maintained that his … Continue reading

No Need for Jesse to Flip

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White refused to sign Governor Rod Blagojevich’s appointment of paperwork for Roland Burris as United States Senate. Now the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that White’s signature is not needed. White had maintained that his … Continue reading