Lame Duck Planning and Development Expanding Government Tuesday

The agenda for the Planning and Development Committee is out.  On the agenda is to expand the P&D committee by 1.5 full time employees or FTEs.  Here is a link to the agenda on the McHenry County Board’s website. The … Continue reading

Franks Frames Issues for His County Board Campaign

Found on WLS-AM’s “Big” John Howell show was this statement from Jack Franks: “I had to do a real gut check to say ‘where can I do the best for the citizens of McHenry County’, and I thought I could … Continue reading

Gasser Urges Franks to Renouce $58,600 Pension

Turnabout, apparently, is fair play. During member comments at Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board member Andrew Gasser praised GOP County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup’s call for an end to pensions for County Board members. Gasser is one of the … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Big Survey

Don’t know how many people Chicago-base American Direction Group interviewers called, but Friday night, I was one. It’s a firm that touts its ability to target voters through research. And mobilize volunteers. The topics of the call were the Presidential … Continue reading

Valley Hi Consultant’s Report

Have to say I was disappointed with the Wipfli LLP Market Study Report presented at the joint meeting of the Valley Hi Operating Committee and Public Health and Human Services Committee. From the hour or so presentation and discussion I … Continue reading

Kane County State’s Attorney Says a Legislator Could Serve as County Board Chairman

With State Rep. Jack Franks putting out feelers to discover traditionally Republican support for a run for McHenry County Board Chairman, I thought the following opinion from the Kane County State’s Attorney might be of interest: … Continue reading

Democratic Party Tea Leaf?

Reading political tea leaves is something that lots of people do. This was passed on by a couple of McHenry County Board members. They noticed former two-term McHenry County Board member Paula Yensen in the audience at Friday’s meeting about … Continue reading

IMRF’s Attack on McHenry County Board Members

While state legislators were conferring about the statewide implications of the pension attack started by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and State Rep. Jack Franks, an April Fool’s Day letter was being sent from the Illinois … Continue reading

Tax Dollars Hardly Working

Every time I drive by McHenry County’s only Park and Ride lot at the intersection of Route 31 and Virginia Street Road, I wonder about its justification. Certainly there was government-owned land as the path of Virginia Street Road was … Continue reading

The Walkup Upset – Re-Posted Because Walkup’s Color on Map IDed Wrong

Last week I and commenters tried to answer the question, Why did Gottemoller Lose? in and under this article. Today examine this map and answer the question, Where did Walkup win? Which color represents each candidate? Remember, they are both … Continue reading