Former County Board Member Urges Members Not to Give Away Power

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster offers this opinion on the proposed ceding of legislative power to next year’s at-large elected County Board Chairman: Past McHenry County Board Chairman, Tina Hill, State Representative Jack Franks and current County Board Chair, … Continue reading

County Board Doesn’t Seem to Understand Separation of Powers

Having read Kevin Craver’s article about the changes in the County Board’s rules after the 2016 at-large election of a McHenry County Board Chairman, I have concluded that were we in the 1770’s most members would have been Loyalists to … Continue reading

County Board Members Sound Off on Nepotism

During Public Comment at the February 17th County Board Meeting Joe Alger addressed the Board. He started off by saying that many people in the community are upset about the Clerk hiring her husband and he sees this as a … Continue reading

Jack Franks Angling for State Comptroller, GOP Fight for State Rep. Seat Imminent

I think State Rep. Jack Franks has decided to run for State Comptroller in 2016. Why? He didn’t show up at the College of DuPage Board meeting to chastise six of the seven Trustees who were about to approve a … Continue reading

The Hammerand Request – Getting Stranger and Stranger

After the Tuesday, January 6th meeting of the McHenry County Board, Northwest Herald reporter Kevin Craver thought the the refusal of the McHenry County Board to allow District 4 member John Hammerand was the biggest story of the night. That … Continue reading

Gottemoller’s Committee Spoils for His Supporters

The last article on McHenry County Board Committee assignments by newly-elected Chairman Joe Gottemoller focused on what those who supported his opponent Jim Heisler ended up. This will look at how the winners were rewarded.  Again requests that were granted … Continue reading

Gottemoller Committee Assignments – To the Winners Go the Spoils

Newly-elected McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller has a chance to build a coalition for an at-large race for County Board in the fall of 2016, but he decided to please his current supporters instead. (See “Joe Gottemoller’s Quandary.”) Gottemoller … Continue reading