Jack Franks – Labor Unions’ Million Dollar Man – Part 25

Still in those unions with names stating with “Illinois,” commenter Mark looks at the Operating Engineers’ part of the enormous amount of money donated to Lying Jack Franks from unions. This union is variously identified in campaign disclosure reports, so … Continue reading

Bartman Reports Help from Farm Bureau and Operating Engineers Local 150

Reported today  to the Illinois State Board of Elections is $1,887.46 from the Illinois Farm Bureaus Political Action Committee, Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR Fund, for a mailing $1,595 for signs from International Union Operating Engineers 150-PAC … Continue reading

Unions Kick in $16,000 More for Bartman Campaign

Democratic Party State Rep. candidate John Bartman reports today that three unions have contributed $16,000 more to his campaign to defeat Republican Steve Reick. The details are below: $10,000 – IUOE [International Union of Operating Engineers] LOCAL 150 LOCAL AREA … Continue reading

Legislative Committee Adding Anti-Union Language to Legislative Agenda Thursday

You may remember the unhappiness of McHenry County Board members for being called out by Local 150 of the Interanation Union of Operating Engineers for allegedly violating the Open Meetings Act when Governor Bruce Rauner came to the Woodstock Opera … Continue reading

Local 150 Submitted No Legal Bill for $25,000 Payout

Remember the $25,000 in legal fees that the McHenry County Board voted to pay Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers to go away on its Open Meetings violation lawsuit? Here’s the guts of the authorizing resolution: “…the Chairman … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading

Local 150 & Democrats vs. Republicans Tonight at 7

That might be the promo for a story on the TV news, if McHenry County had TV news. Actually, last night in Hebron we did have a TV news camera from ABC Channel 7. Tonight at 7 at the McHenry … Continue reading

County Board Agrees to Repeal Resolution Supporting Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda

Yesterday McHenry County Blog was the first to reveal that McHenry County taxpayers will be shelling out $25,000 in legal fees to Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Now, let me follow the Northwest Herald in telling … Continue reading

Althoff Makes Top Donations List

The Illinois Sunshine Project keeps track of big political contributions. In its top donations in the last week feature, the Chicago Land Operaters Jt Labor Management PAC is cited for kicking in $52,900 to State Senator Pam Althoff’s campaign fund. The … Continue reading

Althoff Gets $52,900 from Operating Engineers-Linked PAC

You may remember the $40,000 contribution from State Senator Pam Althoff to State Rep. candidate Carolyn Schofield about two weeks before the election. Less than a week after the election, a Political Action Committee headed by James M. Sweeney, the President-Business … Continue reading

County Board Vents at Jack Franks and IMRF Exec.

The Thursday night meeting of the McHenry County Board consisted mostly of criticizing Democratic Party State Rep. and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Executive Director Louis W. Kosiba had been invited to the meeting. No one used the word “pawn” to … Continue reading

Operating Engineers’ Endorsements

For McHenry County, the Operating Engineers are endorsing the following countywide offices: McHenry County Offices Recorder: Joni Smith State’s Attorney: Patrick Kenneally McHenry County Board: Dist. 1: Kerri Barber Dist. 1: Anna May Miller Dist. 2: Dominique Miller Dist. 3: … Continue reading

Finance Committee Moves Facilities Department Worker’s Local 150 Contract to Board Floor

At its Thursday meeting the McHenry County Board’s Finance and Audit Committee came up with a majority to recommend Board approval of the Local 150 International Operating Engineers contract for employees of the County’s Facilities Department. The vote was 4-1, … Continue reading

Finance Committee Taking Another Go at Approving Local 150 Contract

The first time the proposed contract between McHenry County and Local 150 International Union of Operating Engineers Facilities Department came before the Finance and Audit Committee it stalled because of a tie vote. The vote was 2-2. Jim Heisler and … Continue reading

Salaries of County Local 150 Union Maintenance Workers

A reader asked about the salaries of the Operating Engineers Local 150 union bargaining union whose contract was rejected by the Facilities Management Committee. Here they are: Maintenance Technician I            $18.70 Maintenance Technician II           $20.25 Maintenance Technician III          … Continue reading

Joni Smith Picks Up $2,000 from Local 150, $1,000 from Title Company

McHenry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Joni Smith has scored two contributions of a thousand dollars or more during the final quarter of 2015. The first was $2,000 from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 PAC. The second was … Continue reading

County Highway Workers Contract

Here are the guts of the McHenry County Transportation Department contract terms with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, Public Employees Division. This is what is being shown the Count Board: The collective bargaining agreement between the Local 150 … Continue reading

McConnaughay and Tryon Criticized for Road Fund Diversion

Part of the deal to cope with the gaping hole that Illinois Democrats passed onto Republican Governor Bruce Rauner resulted in the raiding of various earmarked funds. The Road Fund was one of them. The Democrats have raided it repeatedly … Continue reading