Chris Christensen Opens County Board Campaign Fund with $9,300

About-to-be appointed District 3 McHenry County Board member Chris Christensen has filed his first campaign finance report with the Illinois State Board of Elections. It says he has $9,300 so far. Two entities made contributions of $1,000 or more: $2,000 … Continue reading

Kathy Bergan Schmidt Steps Up to the District 3 County Board Plate

Former McHenry County Board member Kathy Bergan Schmidt has agreed to run for the McHenry County Board in place of Kenneth Miller, who died last Friday. Schmidt served one term, but was defeated when she ran for re-election four years … Continue reading

Jack Franks Chickens Out of His Second League of Women Voters’ Forum

Two years ago State Rep. Jack Franks skipped the McHenry County League of Women Voters Forum. He was running against Steve Reick. Last night Jack Franks chickened out of his second League of Women Voters event. One could be excused … Continue reading

Jack Franks Breaks Transparency, Accountability Pledges at Town Hall Meetings

Woke up this morning reflecting on Jack Franks’ reported refusal to engage in public debate tonight at McHenry County College with his Republican opponent for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship with Mike Walkup.  (All the other county candidates for contested … Continue reading

Chris Christensen Rolls Out Yard Sign

At the Nunda Township Republican Party Picnic on Saturday, newly-slated Republican District 3 County Board candidate Chris Christensen brought his yard sign. Christensen is replacing Nick Provenzano on the fall ballot. Provenzano resigned to assume a full-time job with Congressman … Continue reading

Chicken Jack Franks Ducks Debate with Mike Walkup

A member of the McHenry County League of Women Voters told me today that State Rep. Jack Franks is expected to be a no-show at Monday nights candidate forum. For some reason, “Chicken George” from “Roots” came to mind. Although … Continue reading

Franks Taken to Woodshed for Refusal to Debate Walkup

The following is reprinted from the Prairie Star Sentinel with permission.  The blog is about politics. It features news and opinions with emphasis on issues facing Illinois, and extra emphasis on McHenry County. ‘Lying Jack Franks’ Chickens Out of Forum In … Continue reading

County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

Franks Desire to “Run McHenry County” Surfaces in Daily Herald Letter

A letter to the Daily Herald from Cary’s Chris Lawrence, which is published with permission of the author: Franks running for Dictator of McHenry County Jack Franks doesn’t want to be McHenry County Board Chairman, Franks wants to be Dictator of … Continue reading

Franks’ “I’ll Cut Your Property Tax” Pitch from 18 Years Ago

In 1998, when Jack Franks had dark hair, he wrote a long op-ed piece for the Northwest Herald for October 26th, right before the fall election when he beat appointed incumbent Mike Brown. The paper spread it across its entire … Continue reading

Steven Willson Does County Board’s Homework on Randall/Algonquin Road Intersection

An analysis of the need for improving the intersection of Randall and Algonquin Roads by bond analyst Steve Willson, a resident of Lakewood: Randall/Algonquin: How Big and How Much? The decision as to whether or by how much the Randall/Algonquin … Continue reading

Republicans in the Lake in the Hills Parade

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog showed the Lake in the Hills Parade entry for Democrats. Today, let’s look at Republicans. An old truck carrying a sign for GOP State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally was first. Right behind off to the north … Continue reading

County Board IMRF Law Reverberates Around the State

The new state statute authored by State Rep. Jack Franks as part of his campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman is making waves across Illinois. I’ve noticed stories in two counties so far: Madison County, near St. Louis Will County … Continue reading