Coroner Anne Majewski Working 80-100 Hours a Week,”Unnatural” Deaths Way Up

At the November 27th, 2017 Law & Government Meeting, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski requested additional funds from the Special Fund to pay for an increasing number of required autopsies. She reported an increase in “unnatural” deaths in McHenry County … Continue reading

Five Countywide Elected Officials in IMRF Pension Program, Four Not

Since the subject of Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pensions will be discussed at tomorrow night’s McHenry County Board meeting, I think folks might be interested in seeing which ones are currently participating in pension program.  They follow: Not on the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Aims to Abolish McHenry County Coroner and Hand Control to Lake County

According to an article in the Champaign News-Gazette by Jim Dey, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to hand over the McHenry County Coroner’s duties to the Lake County Coroner. Strangely (and inaccurately), Franks claims credit in the article … Continue reading

Campaign Finance Report Time

Campaign Disclosure Reports are not due to the State Board of Elections until midnight April 15th–Friday night. But, having just finished my quarterly torture, I started looking for reports from other local committees. Jack Franks, now running for only one … Continue reading

Coroner’s Contract with SIEU Ready for County Board

That’s what this meeting notice for January 5th indicates: The HUMAN RESOURCES and FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEES have scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. to discuss and consider a Resolution Authorizing a Contract Agreement … Continue reading

Prim Assigns Deputy’s Death Probe to Outside Agency

A press release from McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim: The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has officially requested that the McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team (MIAT) conduct the investigation into the death Monday of Deputy Dwight Maness and MIAT has … Continue reading

Countywide Electives To Be Paid $104,750

The McHenry County Board will set salaries for all the countywide officials up for election this fall except the State’s Attorney. $104,750 is what the following will be paid each year of their term: County Auditor Circuit Clerk Coroner Recorder … Continue reading

Comparing County Government Efficiencies

This comes from a report submitted to the Management Services Committee of the McHenry County Board: Bellwether Benchmarking McHenry County participated in a Multi-County Benchmark comparison to assess the performance of departments and operations. Seven Illinois counties participated in the … Continue reading

Salary Freeze for Countywide Officials

The Human Services Committee has the setting of salaries on the agenda of its next meeting. The most important line on the memo accompanying the resolution follows: Impact on Budget (Revenue; Expenses, Fringe Benefits):  None That means the following will … Continue reading

Framing the Lantz Trial

As anyone who watched the press coverage of the Blagojevich trials observed, attorneys for the defendants tried their best to talk directly to potential jurors through the media. While McHenry County doesn’t have television for that task, defense attorney Mark … Continue reading

15 Year Old Jose Esquivel Drowns in Haligus Road Pond

These three press releases tell what officials have released. First form the Crystal Lake Fire Department: Next from Dr. Anne Majewski, Coroner of McHenry County: Majewski sent a second release identifying the youth as Jose A. Esquivel. … Continue reading