Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 3

This is Part 3.  Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 is here. Michael Rein wondered if most jobs were not advertised on the internet and advertised. “That’s correct,” County Administrator Peter Austin replied, [but] it varies for the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Choices for Committee Chairmen Emerge from County Committee on Committees Meeting

The McHenry County Committee on Committees held its meeting today and the following Finance& Audit – Mike Skala (District 5) Internal Support and Facilities (formerly Management Services) – Yyonne Barnes (District 1) Law and Government – Michele Aavang (District 6) … Continue reading

Committee on Committees Members Announced

The McHenry County Board gets recommendations from its Committee on Committees as to who will serve as committee chairmen and members. In past years, the recommendations were just that. The McHenry County Board Chairman made the final selections. This past … Continue reading

County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

Committee Unanimously Approves End to County Board IMRF Pensions

Every member of the Human Resources Committee voted to abolish Illinois Municipal Retirement Pensions for County Board members starting in December. Outside the meeting members expressed the opinion that this will make the IMRF requirement for work logs go away. … Continue reading

County Board Moves to Preempt Jack Franks on Pension Issue by Pulling Out of IMRF

Appearing today on the agenda of the Human Resources Committee is a resolution to take McHenry County Board members out of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. State Rep. Jack Franks, in his run-up to a candidacy to take over the … Continue reading

No Talk on Ending IMRF for County Board Members

The McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee will meet Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 8:15 AM, but there is nothing on the very sparse agenda concerning ending Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions for County Board members. Committee members will discuss a … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

Strip Joint Regulation

There aren’t any strip joints in McHenry County right now, but note was made during the Unified Development Ordinance debate by Wonder Lake’s John Hammerand that it language was not good enough. Deputy County Administrator Scott Hartman brought up the … Continue reading

Raising Elected Officials Salaries – Not!

The Human Resources Committee held a meeting on April 2nd which I attended. The reason was the following agenda item: Discussion on Establishing Elected Officials’ Salaries During public comment time, former Board member Kathy Bergan-Schmidt encouraged members to “drop the … Continue reading

County Board’s Legislative Goals Unveiled, Sales Tax Hike Included

McHenry County Board Legislative Committee members will discuss the County’s legislative wish list for the incoming General Assembly on Friday morning at 8:15..  (The draft is here.) Some, but not all of the proposals are reproduced below: Top request is … Continue reading

Legislative Committee Missing Opportunity to Weigh in on MCCD Non-Referendum Bond Bill

A majority at the last meeting of the McHenry County Finance Committee asked that the incoming Legislative Committee take up the question of whether the County Board should endorse or opposed the enactment of Pam Althoff’s and Mike Tryon’s bill … 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

County Board Eliminates Chance of MCCD Bond Bill Opposition

When the McHenry County Conservation District was actively promoting its two tax hike bills, it asked the McHenry County Board for its endorsement of them. Articles on this attempt to raise McHenry County real estate taxes below include one about … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading