Foglia Sents Checks to Republicans

The man who built Sage Products and his wife are writing some big checks to McHenry County Republicans. Here’s what shows up for the fall election: $10,000 – Republican Central Committee of McHenry County $10,800 – Committee for Michael Walkup … Continue reading

Walkup Calls for Abolition of Valley Hi Tax

During the public comment period before the McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning, Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the Valley Hi tax. Walkup led the fight last year to zero … Continue reading

18-Year Politician Jack Franks Rolls Out Hit Piece Calling Mike Walkup “Typical Politician”

Last night at the Crystal Lake Park District’s Main Beach, almost 18-year State Rep. Jack Franks’ supporters were passing out a new piece of literature. It could be called the anti-Mike Walkup piece, as you can see below: Unlike Jack … Continue reading

CL Park Police Doesn’t Get the Memo

Today I called Crystal Lake Park District Jayson Herbster to complain about State Rep. Jack Franks distribution of ice cream at the band concert. Obviously Franks would be campaigning for McHenry County Board Chairman, because his district covers the western … Continue reading

Walkup Gets Under Franks’ Skin

In a press release run nowhere but on McHenry County Blog, GOP candidate for County Board Chairman Mike Walkup called his opponent State Rep. Jack Franks “Lying” Jack Franks. It apparently set Franks off. The release compared the Democratic National … Continue reading

Walkup Reflects on Franks’ “I want to run McHenry County” Ambition

Jack Franks’ Republican opponent for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship wrote the following comment under the article about the ambition Franks’ revealed on Justin Kaufmann’s WGN radio show on Wednesday night: Here is how county government and the county chairman position … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ $2 Million Pension

In two years, when Jack Franks turns 55, he can start receiving his pension from the State of Illinois. He stands to collect $2.3 million. As of June 30, 2016, he contributed about $139,000. The taxpayers will foot the bill … Continue reading

Republicans Get Chance to Caucus in Replacement for Provenzano

So far this election season, the Democratic Party has been the one slating new or replacement candidates for various offices. The meetings have been held behind closed doors. Time will tell if the Republican Precinct Committeemen from McHenry County Board … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Literature Surfaces at McHenry Parade

A four-color leaflet promoting Mike Walkup’s campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman was distributed at McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade last Sunday. The front also points out that Walkup led the fight to cut $3 million from the property tax levied … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 2

Yesterday, I told you most of what happened to me before the parade (one surprise to come later). Today, let’s look at the politicians courting voters in the McHenry Fiesta Days Parade. I had to walk through these poms each … Continue reading

Pols on Parade in McHenry – Part 1

Or I could entitle this, “My very hot Sunday at the Fiesta Days Parade.” It started at a reception for Congressman Randy Hultgren hosted by Perry Moy, the owner of Plum Garden. Touring the room, I found lots of Republican … Continue reading

Franks Leads with 10% Property Tax Cut Promise

In an email blasted out by Jack Franks for his County Board Chairmanship campaign, He promises to cut county government’s property tax levy by 10% the first day he is in office. That would be during the first week of December, if … 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

Jack Franks Files Statement of Withdrawal for State Rep. Race

For those of you tired of my beating the drum of Jack Franks having said he was going to withdraw, but not filing the necessary paperwork, that series of articles is now over. This appeared on the Illinois State Board … Continue reading