Comparing What Different Types of Tax Districts Did To Us This Year – Corrected Version

Comparing tax takes from last year to what will be requested this year, one finds the following. [Last night I entered a couple of wrong numbers.] … 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

McHenry County Government Has Third Highest Average Salary

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has calculated average salaries paid by Illinois county governments. McHenry County came in third highest: Ten Counties with the Highest “Average Salary” for Employees … Continue reading

Eric Ruth Follows in Father’s, Grandparents’ Footsteps to Be Elected Grafton Township Supervisor, Poznanski Re-Elected Road Commissioner, Watson Snags Clerk Post

Following in his father Chuck’s and his grandparents Millie and Howard Ruth’s footsteps Eric Ruth won the Republican nomination for McHenry County’s Grafton Township Supervisor in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Ruth decisively defeated Joseph Holtorf. Incumbent Road Commissioner Tom Poznanski won … Continue reading

Final Unofficial Results Show Incumbents Win in Nunda Township

They weren’t on the same slate, but Lee Jennings was re-elected Supervisor, Appointed Assessor Mark Dzemske won a full-term and incumbent Mike Lesperance won another four years as Road Commissioner. Results posted on election night by the McHenry County Clerk … Continue reading

Final Unofficial Results Show Lutzow for Supervisor, Gasser for Road Commissioner and Lukasik for Clerk in Algonquin Township

The McHenry County Clerk posts the following results for 5,013 (number of votes for Supervisor) Algonquin Township ballots under the heading “Unofficial Results – All Precincts Reporting”: Supervisor CHARLES A LUTZOW, JR (REP) 2,630 52.46% ELLEN BRADY MUELLER (REP) 2,366 … Continue reading