Internal Support Committee Discussing Hiring and Rules

Look at the agenda for Wednesday’s 8:15 meeting agenda below: Go to New Business, item 8 and you will read: “Discussion on the County Board Rules, Electronic Voting Rules and Electronic Voting Training” What you won’t find after the work … Continue reading

Jack Franks Gives Himself a Vote on New Committee Appointed for End Run Around Traditional Rules Committee

Observations from a Friend of McHenry County Blog on McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ latest effort to take power away form the Republican majority on the County Board: Our Emperor ‘n Chief or, if you prefer, County Bully, is … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Democratic Party Patronage Communication Specialist’s Early Work Product

On January 12th, I filed the following Freedom of Information request with McHenry County: Under the FOIA I request documents showing the work product of the new Communications Specialist. Please also include copies of all emails and other electronic transmissions … Continue reading

Tax Relief Mirage vs Tax Relief Reality

Last November, the all-Republican County Board refused to kill the Valley Hi tax levy. Having done so would have eliminated the tax. There is still time to do that or something milder suggested by new District 4 Board member Craig … Continue reading

More Commentary on Jack Frank’s Usurpation of County Board Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: To:          Taxpayers and County Board members: Ladies and gentlemen, we do have a serious problem! At no time in the history of McHenry County have we had someone in county government with … Continue reading

Illinois Blogger Calls Jack Franks a “Thug Pol” for Blocking Freedom of Information Requests

From Marathon Pundit. Re-published with permission. Illinois Democratic thug pol moves to silence blogger Illinois Democratic thuggery reaches far beyond Chicago. Take for instance Jack Franks of rural Marengo in McHenry County northwest of the city. When he was a … Continue reading

Jack Franks Moves to Limit McHenry County Blog Reporting

Friday afternoon McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made a move to cut the timely release of information that will lead to stories I suspect a number of McHenry County Blog readers would find of interest. Let me first show … Continue reading

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