Susan Handelsman Offers Possible Redress for Jack Franks’ Patronage Hiring

From a comment this week by Woodstock’s Susan Handlesman: This case is illustrative of the condition of which Illinois taxpayers should be keenly aware: There is no practical enforcement policy for Illinois law, County or Municipal Code, or any other … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 3

Lake in the Hills Sanitary District attorney Derke Price argues that the case cited by the State’s Attorney’s brief in support of voiding the annexation into Kane County is an interpretation of the wrong sanitary district act. Patrick Kenneally’s attorneys … Continue reading

County GOP Now Recommending Franks’ Choice to Replace Gasser on County Board

Former Cary Grade School President Christopher Spoerl has gotten a big boost in his desire to serve on the McHenry County Board. For whatever reason, Spoerl did not submit his name for consideration when the Republican Party was interviewing potential … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 2

On June 20, 2017, the McHenry County Board passed a resolution “purportedly appointing Eric Hansen…and Kyle Kane.” Price then lists the problems: County boards have no authority to make appointments to sanitary district boards, rather it is the Chairman who … Continue reading

The LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 1

No consideration was given by Judge Thomas Meyer to the brief filed the day he entered an injunction preventing the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District from purchasing Kane County land. No harm, no foul, I guess, because the District … Continue reading

County Board Applicant Chris Spoerl’s Replies to Jack Franks’ Questionnaire

Since there are a lot more readers than member of the McHenry County Board, here is what McHenry County Board Chairman asked of all candidates for appointment to Andrew Gasser’s seat, plus Chritopher Spoerl’s replies. Spoerl is the one nominated … Continue reading

County Board Applicant David Stieper’s Replies to Jack Franks’ Questions

Since McHenry County Board members were not provided with answered questionnaires for the Republican Party recommendation (one, Ralph Sasso, having withdrawn from the process because of the overly personal nature of the questions), that of the remaining GOP pick, David … Continue reading

Scott Coffey Sings Chris Spoerl’s Praises for County Board

This testimonial from current Cary School District Board President Scott Coffey appeared under the article reporting that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has nominated Chris Sproel to replace Andrew Gasser on the County Board.  Chris Spoerl’s Role in Righting … Continue reading

An Example of Why the Advice, “Be Careful What You Post on Facebook,” Is Good Advice

This 4th of July weekend, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks posted a photo of himself with a big pike. He, his father and Democratic Party poohbahs go fishing in Canada the end of each June. Nothing wrong with that, … Continue reading

LITH Sanitary District Trustee Point-Counterpoint

As I take a look at the moves and counter moves involved in the fight over who has the right to appoint the $6,000 a year Lake in the Hills Sanitary District Trustees, I’m taken back to my favorite course … Continue reading

Victor Franks Distributes $12,000 a Year Spoils to Fellow Democrats

“Follow the money.” That’s the advice Woodward and Bernstein adopted during the Watergate Scandal. I figured that might still be good advice with regard the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District scuffle. There are three trustees who govern the Sanitary … Continue reading

The Resume Bob Miller Sent to County Board Members in His Attempt to Replace Andrew Gasser

Here is the resume that former Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner sent with his letter requesting appointment to the McHenry County Board to replace current Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser: 5-26-17 Bob Miller Sends Letter Seeking Support for County Board … Continue reading

Franks Enters Republican Politics More Overtly Than Attending GOP Fund Raisers

Based upon his position as McHenry County Board Chairman, Democrat Jack Franks has the statutory authority to nominate a replacement for recently-resigned Republican County Board member Andrew Gasser. Gasser resigned to devote his efforts to his new position as Algonquin … Continue reading

Does McHenry County Need Paid Lobbyists or Will Our Congressmen & Their Staffs Suffice?

A piece written by for McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: Federal Lobbyists Not Needed It is difficult to believe those elected to represent us, at all levels of government, did not get the resounding message of the 2016 election. … Continue reading

Jack Franks Tries to Avoid the Heavy Lifting in Budget Cutting by Forming Still Another Special Committee

The following was written by former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: Resolution establishing an ad hoc committee to reduce taxes by 10% During the campaign leading up to the 2016 general election, then candidate for County Board Chairman Jack … Continue reading

Attorney General Public Access Division Asks County Government to Justify Lack of Response to Freedom of Information Request

After the Illinois Attorney General’s Office confirmed that McHenry County Blog was a member of the “news media” under the Freedom of Information Act, I filed a request with McHenry County. I asked for “copies of all work product for the … Continue reading