Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 2

Part 1 can be read here. Continuing the questioning of McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin, Human Resources Board member Craig Wilcox said, “You exercised an authority that the County Board is responsible for, that we do spell out in [your … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 1

A bare majority of the McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee refused to rubber stamp McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ hiring of two patronage employees at its Wednesday meeting. By a 4-3 vote, HR Committee members voted down a … Continue reading

Fight Over McHenry County Board Rules Fight Continues

First, what Ersel Schuster found in the audio recording of the last Internal Support & Facilities Committee meeting. The saga continues over the McHenry County Board’s Rules How much more honest it would have been had the new chairman entered … Continue reading

Still No McDOT Work Product for Jack Franks McDOT Ghost Employee

A Friend of McHenry County Blog filed a Freedom of Information request with the McHenry County Department of Transportation. He asked for “any documents that show Oliver Serafini worked at the Department of Transportation in February 2017.” Here’s the reply … Continue reading

State Rep. Steve Reick Resigns from Jack Franks’ Appointments

McHenry County Board Chairman appointed State Rep. Steve Reick to two County Board liaison spots at the last meeting: EMA Coordinating Council Local Emergency Planning The rumor mill has it that a number of Republicans were not too happy with … Continue reading

Jack Franks Loses Freedom of Information Request Denial

As soon as I learned about the two Jack Franks patronage hires, I filed a Freedom of Information request asking for their photographs. Both had to have pictures taken for government identification purposes. I received the following reply, along with … Continue reading

County Human Resources Committee Arises from the Dead and Talks about Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires

Written by former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: County Board Members Find Their Spine Kudos’ to the re-established County Board Human Resources Committee (HR) members. At the most recent HR meeting most members spoke to the elephant in the … Continue reading

Half-Paid from McDOT Funds, Franks Patronage Worker Gets Department Tour

A Friend of McHenry County Blog filed a Freedom of Information Request with county government on February 2nd asking for “any documents that show Oliver Serafini worked at the Department of Transportation this January.” You can read the reply below: … Continue reading

Jack Franks Patronage Worker Caught Wearing Campaign Stickers at McHenry Expo Booth for McHenry County Government

McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler visited the McHenry Expo Saturday. He learned that the McHenry County Board booth has now become the Jack Franks’ re-election booth. It was manned by his patronage hire Oliver Serifini and Scott Hartman. “Serifini … Continue reading

Franks County Board Liaison Picks Include Non-County Board Members

Former County Board member Ersel Schuster shares her opinion on the consistency show by County Board members in following its rules. County Board Picks & Chooses Rules They’ll Apply For those of you who took the time to attended or … Continue reading

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