Reapportionment the Best Reason to Re-Elect Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner is ramping up his campaign for re-election. TV ads, fly-arounds, visits with local chambers of commerce, tours of factories, etc. But, why would Republicans want to re-elect him? In McHenry County Rauner showed no concern for the … Continue reading

5% Increase in Skinner Tax Bill for County Government

I got a preview of my tax bill and discovered that the amount going to McHenry County government this year is going from $795.10 to $834.49. That’s a 4.2% increase. Most of that came from the fourteen Republicans who voted … Continue reading

McHenry County Government Bans McHenry County Blog from Free WiFi Internet Access

Here’s a chuckle for readers. Those in charge of keeping dangerous information out of the eyes of county employees and visitors seem to have banned McHenry County Blog through the free WiFi offered at County buildings. Those wishing to know … Continue reading

Attorney General Rules McHenry County Blog “News Media” for Purposes of Freedom of Information Requests

The Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office has ruled that McHenry County Blog is to be considered “media” under the Freedom of Information Act. McHenry County Blog is now the only blog in Illinois certified as a … Continue reading

Wonder If the NW Herald Got Misled by Jack Franks’ Patronage “Communications Specialist”

Took a look through a Freedom of Information request with what Jack Franks’ “Communications Specialist” got from the State Treasurer’s Office that led to the Northwest Herald’s February 24th story that, what, $134,000 of county money was lying unclaimed in … Continue reading

Jack Franks Loses Freedom of Information Request Denial

As soon as I learned about the two Jack Franks patronage hires, I filed a Freedom of Information request asking for their photographs. Both had to have pictures taken for government identification purposes. I received the following reply, along with … Continue reading

McHenry County Under Jack Franks Denies McHenry County Blog Part of News Media

According to a statement filed with the Public Access Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, McHenry County Blog is not a member of the media. You can read the reply to the Public Access Counselor’s request below: The letter … Continue reading