Oliver Serafini, “Communications and Public Policy Impresario”

That’s what new patronage hire Oliver Serafini has at the top on his LinkedIn page. While his job previous to becoming McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ “Communications Specialist” was with the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, before that he … Continue reading

Internal Support Committee Discussing Hiring and Rules

Look at the agenda for Wednesday’s 8:15 meeting agenda below: Go to New Business, item 8 and you will read: “Discussion on the County Board Rules, Electronic Voting Rules and Electronic Voting Training” What you won’t find after the work … Continue reading

Jack Franks Gives Himself a Vote on New Committee Appointed for End Run Around Traditional Rules Committee

Observations from a Friend of McHenry County Blog on McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ latest effort to take power away form the Republican majority on the County Board: Our Emperor ‘n Chief or, if you prefer, County Bully, is … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Democratic Party Patronage Communication Specialist’s Early Work Product

On January 12th, I filed the following Freedom of Information request with McHenry County: Under the FOIA I request documents showing the work product of the new Communications Specialist. Please also include copies of all emails and other electronic transmissions … Continue reading

Tax Relief Mirage vs Tax Relief Reality

Last November, the all-Republican County Board refused to kill the Valley Hi tax levy. Having done so would have eliminated the tax. There is still time to do that or something milder suggested by new District 4 Board member Craig … Continue reading

More Commentary on Jack Frank’s Usurpation of County Board Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: To:          Taxpayers and County Board members: Ladies and gentlemen, we do have a serious problem! At no time in the history of McHenry County have we had someone in county government with … Continue reading

Illinois Blogger Calls Jack Franks a “Thug Pol” for Blocking Freedom of Information Requests

From Marathon Pundit. Re-published with permission. Illinois Democratic thug pol moves to silence blogger Illinois Democratic thuggery reaches far beyond Chicago. Take for instance Jack Franks of rural Marengo in McHenry County northwest of the city. When he was a … Continue reading

Jack Franks Moves to Limit McHenry County Blog Reporting

Friday afternoon McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made a move to cut the timely release of information that will lead to stories I suspect a number of McHenry County Blog readers would find of interest. Let me first show … Continue reading

Rauner Gives Jack Franks New Power

There was a tie vote at the last meeting of the McHenry County Board. It was whether to “buy now, get approval later, ask forgiveness” vote, to put it in the words of Huntley Board member Jim Kearns. Should the … Continue reading

Paula Yensen Withdraws Name from Consideration for Human Resources Committee Chairman

With Republican County Board members disturbed that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has hired two Democratic Party patronage workers without County Board authority, a majority was not satisfied that Human Resources would be chaired by Democrat Paula Yensen. Seeing … Continue reading

Employment Papers for Jack Franks’ Democratic Party Patronage Hires

Besides the letters previously published, below is the paperwork for the two people Jack Franks and Peter Austin hired as personal assistants to Chairman Franks. Note that no previous County Board Chairman needed an Executive Assistant or a Communications Specialist. … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires for Executive Assistant & Communications Specialist

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, with the concurrence of County Administrator Peter Austin, has hired his former legislative assistant Bridget Geenen of Lake in the Hills for $54,000 a year. When she worked for the State of Illinois she … Continue reading

Jack Franks Signs His Tax Increase Resolution

Perhaps you remember the $80,000 real estate tax increase resolution. There have been 111 comments on the article, probably a record. Denial that taxes will increase because of the resolution were made. How can one believe that taxes weren’t hiked … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Agenda Item to Raise Real Estate Taxes Sees Nineteen County Board Members Vote Approval

Discussion showing that far too many McHenry County Board members don’t understand the property tax system ended with nineteen County Board members, including many who campaigned Taxes will be increased $80,000.against increasing real estate taxes, voting to increase next year’s … Continue reading

“Tax Fighter” Jack Franks Puts Tax Hike on County Board Agenda

McHenry County Board Chairman and State Representative Jack Franks is about to chair his first substantive County Board meeting. In the agenda package as item 48 (page 529 of 721) that Franks published is the following tax hike increase  (note … Continue reading