GOP Recommends Either Dave Stieper or Ralph Sasso to Replace Andrew Gasser on County Board

A press release from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado: County Board Vacancy District 1 The McHenry County Republican Party is excited to announce our two candidate nominees for the County Board vacancy in District 1. Mr. Gasser served … Continue reading

Republican Orville Brettman Running for McHenry County Board in District 6

A press release from Orville Brettman announcing his candidacy for the McHenry County Board: ORVILLE H. BRETTMAN ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR McHENRY COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT A Genuine Conservative Republican Pledges to Bring Community & Business Experience, Sound Judgment, and Know-How to … 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

5% Increase in Skinner Tax Bill for County Government

I got a preview of my tax bill and discovered that the amount going to McHenry County government this year is going from $795.10 to $834.49. That’s a 4.2% increase. Most of that came from the fourteen Republicans who voted … Continue reading

County Board Member Andrew Gasser Stepping Down to Take Highway Commissioner Post

At the end of the last McHenry County Board meeting, McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser announced that he would resign prior to taking office as Algonquin Township Road Commissioner on May 15th. He said he “didn’t want to be … Continue reading

GOP Seeks Applicants to Fill Gasser Spot on County Board

McHenry County Reublican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado asks those who wish to replace District 1 County Board member on the County Board to submit the following to her: Resume and brief summary of political participation outlining involvement over the past … Continue reading

Encouraging County Board Members Not to Approve Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires

During the Human Resources Committee meeting this past week, McHenry County Board member Michele Aavang mentioned that she had received some post cards from constituents urging her to support Jack Franks’ efforts to make county government more efficient. I haven’t … Continue reading

Should the Public Be Allowed to See Advice from the State’s Attorney to the County Board about its Relationship with the New Chairman?

Informed listener Ersel Schuster shares her take on the McHenry County Board’s Internal Support and Facilities Committee meeting: 4/12/17 McHenry County’s Internal Support & Facilities (ISF) meeting While listening to the ISF committee meeting audio it was stated that a … Continue reading

Another View of the Human Resources Committee Meeting on Patronage

The following was written by former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: 4/12/17 McHenry County’s Internal Support & Facilities (ISF) meeting: There is no greater insult to voters/taxpayers than public officials who think their responsibility is to their own personal … Continue reading

Jack Franks Threatens Effective County Board Opponent, Chuck Wheeler – Part 1

You might guess that having spent most of my government service in the legislative branch that I identify with it most closely. (Yes, I know I was in the Executive Branch when I worked in the Executive Office of the … Continue reading

Franks’ Two Patronage Workers Rejected for Second Time by HR Committee

The McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee voted 4-2 to reject the approval of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ two patronage employees at its meeting Wednesday morning. Those voting against approving the hiring were Jim Heisler Donna Kurtz Michael … Continue reading