Althoff-Franks Law Ends Pension Benefits for Future County Board Members

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff: New law ends pensions for future county board members Springfield, IL… Future county board members will no longer be eligible for pension benefits, and those currently enrolled in the retirement system are … Continue reading

Dems Seek to Replace District 4 County Board Candidate for Second Time

The Democratic Party Precinct Committeemen from McHenry County Board District 3 met Sunday morning at 9 at the Hidden Pearl Cafe in McHenry. The meeting was held to replace caucused candidate Patrick Arnold, who was slated in early August, but … Continue reading

Another County Board Democrat Drops Out

It wasn’t because he wasn’t willing to run. It was because he lived on the wrong side of the street of the McHenry County Board District 4 boundary line. Patrick Arnold filed his withdrawal papers on Monday. The Democrats found … Continue reading

Proposed Changes in County Employee Health Care Plans

Here’s are the changes in health plans being proposed to the McHenry County Board’s Human Services Committee on Thursday: 2017 Changes to Medical Plans, Cost Sharing Percentages, and Incentives Changes to Current Plans BCBS HMOBA Increase Office Copays (Primary and … Continue reading

Franks Plans 10% Cut to Conservation District and 708 Mental Health Board Tax Take

State Rep. Jack Franks is promising to cut McHenry County government’s tax levy by 10% on the first day he takes office. That, of course, ignores the requirements of the Open Meetings Act for 48-hour notice, a requirement, if elected, … Continue reading

Two Promises Jack Franks Won’t Keep

Readers already are aware of two promises that State Rep. Jack Franks did not keep. McHenry County Blog first revealed his term limit pledge on October 30, 2013, complete with Northwest Herald articles and two personal testimonies from 1998 Jack … Continue reading

Yvonne Barnes Gets Special Finance Committee Meeting on Valley Hi Finances

At the beginning of Thursday’s McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the property tax levied for the Valley Hi Nursing Home. He pointed out that the nursing home … Continue reading

Contributions to Democratic Party County Board Candidates

Having found big money going from Vince Foglia to Republican County Board candidates, I decided to look at what Democrats have received. Reports must be made if a candidate raises or spends $5,000, so a lot of campaigns, especially local … Continue reading

Dawn L. Pruchniak Set for 708 Mental Health Board Appointment

Next Tuesday, the McHenry County Board will recommend Dawn L. Pruchniak for membership on the 708 McHenry County Mental Health Board. Kathleen Kuchta tendered her resignation effective June 28th. Her term was up January 1, 2017, but she moved out of state. … Continue reading

County Board to Distribute Left Over Grant Money

The McHenry County Board is set to distribute $70,516.24 in unallocated Community Development Block Grant money and $34,415.24 in unallocated Community Development and Housing Grant funds at its meeting on Tuesday. You can see the recommendations of the Community Development … Continue reading

NWH Reader Wonders What Happened with IMRF Probe of McHenry County Board Pensions

The following letter to the editor of the Northwest Herald is reprinted with permission of its author, Cary resident Rachael Lawrence: In February, Jack Franks and IMRF Director Louis Kosiba met with the Northwest Herald regarding County Board members meeting the … Continue reading

Walkup Calls for Abolition of Valley Hi Tax

During the public comment period before the McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning, Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the Valley Hi tax. Walkup led the fight last year to zero … Continue reading

$2.75 Million Request for Valley HI Surfaces, Even Though $42 Million in Bank

This morning, the McHenry County Board’s Public Health and Human Services Committee considered a recommending that property owners be taxed $2.75 million for the Valley Hi Nursing Home next year. That’s the amount in the budget document considered and passed … Continue reading

18-Year Politician Jack Franks Rolls Out Hit Piece Calling Mike Walkup “Typical Politician”

Last night at the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach, almost 18-year State Rep. Jack Franks’ supporters were passing out a new piece of literature. It could be called the anti-Mike Walkup piece, as you can see below: Unlike Jack … Continue reading

CL Park Police Doesn’t Get the Memo

Today I called Crystal Lake Park District Jayson Herbster to complain about State Rep. Jack Franks distribution of ice cream at the band concert. Obviously Franks would be campaigning for McHenry County Board Chairman, because his district covers the western … Continue reading