Democrats Concentrate on Ray Flavin’s Campaign, Ignore Jack Franks in Second Parade

Watching for things political in the Lake in the Hills Parade on Saturday morning brought a surprise. The Democrats came first behind a banner of McHenry County State’s Attorney candidate Ray Flavin. All were wearing tee shirts supporting Flavin’s candidacy. … Continue reading

IMRF Probe of McHenry County Board Members Fizzles

Tuesday night at his Town Hall Meeting in Algonquin, Democratic Party McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Jack Franks spoke harshly about McHenry County Board members taking pensions “for part-time work.” He told of the Governor’s signing of his bill to … Continue reading

The Question Jack Franks Would Not Answer at His Woodstock Town Hall Meeting

Jack Franks, running for McHenry County Board Chairman, professes to be transparent and accountable. The transparency is wonderfully symbolized in the fish bowl from which he draws questions written on three by five inch note cards. I had a question … Continue reading

Franks Almost Agrees with Walkup that Valley Hi Tax Should Be Abolished

At his second Town Hall Meeting, held at the Eastgate Library in Algonquin, State Rep. Jack Franks was asked whether he favored a zero levy, knowing that it would eliminate the tax for Valley Hi forever. Franks, running for the … Continue reading

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