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

“Nunc Pro Tunc,” After the Face Purchasing Approval

You can read the last substantive item on the Tuesday McHenry County Agenda below: Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of a Used 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck Nunc Pro Tunc for the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency in FY2016. There are … Continue reading

Yvonne Barnes Wins County Board Seat with Less than $5,000, Tom Wilbeck Spends $6,285

Financial reports have been filed by District 1 County Board candidates and the top vote-getter spent less than $5,000. That’s the “magic number” under which a candidate does not have reveal how much money was raised and spent. Spending less … 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

Will New Transportation “Lock Box” Constitutional Amendment Prohibit Payment of Jack Franks’ Press Aide from McDOT Money?

As I was reflecting on the end run that newly-sworn in McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is trying to pull on the taxpayers of McHenry County, it occurred to me that there may be a road block in the … 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

Cary Grade School Board President Says County Tax Hike Wipes Out D26 Tax Cut

Posted under this article by Cary Elementary School Board President Scott Coffey: Between the audio of the meeting and some of these comments, I’m finding it difficult to find a factually correct statement. They’re either flat out wrong or exactly … 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

Talk about Replacing Missing Committee Members at McHenry County Board CoW Meeting

The issue that drew the most discussion at the McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting was Chairman Jack Frank’s suggestion to allow for the substitution of members on committees. When first surfaced this idea on December 5th, Franks … Continue reading

County Board Member Takes a Look at Jack Franks’ Proposed Rule Changes

From retired McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster\: While reviewing the 12/20/16 McHenry County Board Agenda… I could not help but notice the first 3 (of 48) items under “new and unfinished business:” “13. NEW AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS COUNTY BOARD Resolution … Continue reading