Watch What Happened at Last Thursday’s County Board Meeting on Jack Franks’ Patronage and Opposition to Releasing State’s Attorney’s Opinions that Reportedly Contradict His Position

Take a look for yourself at the Special Meeting called by minority Republicans to try to rein in McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ patronage hiring, plus making public McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Opinions that reportedly support the position that … Continue reading

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

NWH Offers Balanced Story on Confrontation Over Jack Franks’ Patronage Employees & Opposition to Sharing Legal Opinions with Public

Northwest Herald headline: McHenry County Board chairman’s hires under fire Here’s what Google brought up concerning the Northwest Herald’s story about Thursday’s McHenry County Board Committee of the Whole meeting: McHenry County Board chairman’s hires under fire Northwest Herald WOODSTOCK – … Continue reading

NWH Takes Note of Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires and Thursday Meeting to Eliminate Those Improperly Filled Positions

In his ninth month as McHenry County Board Chairman, the Northwest Herald has taken notice that Jack Franks has made “political hires.” It’s in a story about the Special Meeting called Thursday by a minority of Republicans on the County … Continue reading

Readers Continue to Mine the Special Meetings and Post-Meeting about Patronage Employees & Valley Hi

Under yesterday’s article putting up part of the transcript of the August 23rd Special Meetings called by eight McHenry County Board members to consider the future for Valley Hi and eliminating the positions from which Jack Franks’ patronage employees have … Continue reading

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

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

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

Chuck Wheeler – a Dangerous Enough County Board Member to Merit an Anonymous Hit Piece

McHenry’s Chuck Wheeler is another McHenry County Board member that Democrats are targeting. His four-year term is up next year. He was subject to a hit piece last month, which is below: The piece is put out by “Drain Swamp … Continue reading