Legislature Passes Bill To Give Jack Franks Total Power Over Appointment of Committee Chairmen and Membership

After 43-3-3 approval of a Jack Franks-initiated bill in the Illinois Senate, in lickty-split action this week in Springfield, Democrats in the Illinois House pushed House Bill 171, originally introduced az a shell bill by House Speaker Mike Madigan, through on … Continue reading

Commentary on Bill to Give Jack Franks More Power

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster, who is running for McHenry County Board in District 6. Who is Behind This Legislative Imitative? OR: Do Our County Board Members Understand the Unintended Consequences? In today’s political climate, one would … Continue reading

McConnaughay Introduces Bill to Increase Power of County Board Chairman

Just took a look at Senate Bill 2243, legislation introduced by State Senator Karen McConnaughay on October 18th. It does the following: Amends the Counties Code. Provides that with the advice and consent of a majority of the county board, … Continue reading

County Historical Preservation Commission Accuses Franks of “Cowardice” for Kissing Up to Chinese Motorola Buyer

The following comes from McHenry County Historical Preservation Commission Chairman Jim McConnell in a comment under the story: McHenry County Historical Commission Chairman Justifies Coventry House Support by McHenry County Board “County Board Chairman Jack Franks wrote a letter yesterday … Continue reading

Northwest Herald Learns of Monday Meeting Subject Before County Board Members

Reader Nob caught a story on the Northwest Herald web site saying the McHenry County Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting tomorrow morning at 10:30 will not only discuss next year’s budget, but will also consider consolidating the Lake in … Continue reading

McHenry County Historical Commission Chairman Justifies Coventry House Support by McHenry County Board

A letter from James G. McConnell to McHenry County Board members about the historic house on the old Motorola property in Harvard: County Board Chairman Jack Franks County Board PED Committee Members County Board Members City of Harvard Mayor Michael … Continue reading

The McHenry County Board Minority’s Argument Against Granting Jack Franks Retroactive Approval for His Patronage Hire

McHenry County Blog reported in a timely fashion the names of those McHenry County Board members who voted to approve the highly irregularly hired patronage employees by Jack Franks last Christmas, but they seem worth posting against they are again before … Continue reading

Orville Brettman Attacks Mary McClellan’s Polling Place Consolidation

McHenry County Board candidate Orville Brettman, running in District 6 as a Republican, has produced a graphic attacking Republican County Clerk Mary McClellan’s plan to drastically consolidate polling places. The graphic is being distributed on Facebook. As reported before, this … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Committee Misses Chance to Talk about Jack Franks’ Latest Doomed Crusade: Eliminating Pensions for Elected Countywide Officials

Further evidence that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks cares nothing about eliminating IMRF pensions for countywide officials is the cancellation of tomorrow’s Human Relations Committee meeting. The first indication was that Franks introduced no bill to abolish such elected … Continue reading

Nunda Township Trustee Ed Dvorak Resigns

Re-elected in April, Nunda Township Trustee Ed Dvorak has resigned from the Board. A long-time public servant, he previously served on the Lakewood Village Board as Nunda Township Road Commissioner on the McHenry County Board I hope to get a … Continue reading

Gravel Pit Company Gives Franks $2,500 Four Days Before Citizens Come to Complain about Expansion

At Tuesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Board, citizens from the Spring Grove-Fox Lake area appeared to object to additional gravel pits in their area. One of those who spoke mentioned the Thelen Sand and Gravel company. Hearing the name … Continue reading

McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s Precinct Polling Place Consolidation Plan Brings Republicans and Democrats Together

During Public Comment at Tuesday’s McHenry County Board meeting, County Clerk Mary McClellan came into harsh criticism from both a Democratic and a Republican Party Precinct Committeeman. First up was long-time Barrington Hills Republican Precinct Committeeman Lou Anne Majewski. Having … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ County Official Pension Elimination Issue Tabled at Franks’ Request

The McHenry County Board tabled discussion on eliminating pensions for countywide elected officials without discussion from anyone except Chairman Jack Franks. No discussion. Just a hurried voice vote. But immediately after County Board member Mike Walkup gave an explanation of … Continue reading