GOP Members of County Board Seek Two Special Meetings Wed. Night

A press release about the call for special McHenry County Board meetings by Republican County Board members: Special Meetings, McHenry County Board Two Special Meetings of the McHenry County Board have been called by Republican members for Wednesday, August 23, … Continue reading

Resolution Submitted to Human Resourses Committee to Eliminate Patronage Positions

Below is resolution drafted by Craig Wilcox that has not yet been considered by the McHenry County Board Human Relations Committee, although submitted in June.  The Committee’s Tuesday meeting has been cancelled by Chairman John Jung. RESOLUTION RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE … Continue reading

State’s Attorney Said to Have Opined County Board Can Eliminate Positions Labeled by Critics as “Patronage Hires”

That’s the hot rumor of the answer to a question that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked of McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally. Advice I’ve heard that is given to beginning attorneys: “Never ask a question you don’t … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Leasing Agent for Valley Hi Nursing Home Without County Board Involvement

In a move of which no McHenry County Board member attending State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s fundraiser last night was aware, Jack Franks has asked for Requests for Proposals to lease Valley Hi, the County nursing home. One member of the … Continue reading

Republishing the LITH Sanitary District’s Case – Part 1

Originally published on July 12th, the following is the first part of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District’s reply to McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks’ suit to allow his picks to take over the LITH Sanitary District. Parts … Continue reading

Chuck Wheeler – a Dangerous Enough County Board Member to Merit an Anonymous Hit Piece

McHenry’s Chuck Wheeler is another McHenry County Board member that Democrats are targeting. His four-year term is up next year. He was subject to a hit piece last month, which is below: The piece is put out by “Drain Swamp … Continue reading

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