Letter Writer Points to Jack Franks as a Hillary Clinton Delegate

The following letter by Chris Lawrence to the Northwest Herald is published with permission of the writer: Franks serves Chicago elite Jack Franks is a super-delegate for Hillary Clinton who attracts rich Chicago and Cook County lawyers and politicians to fund … Continue reading

Walkup Rolls Out New Palm Card; Franks Emails Photos of It

Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup distributed his new literature at Bill Prim’s Union, Illinois, fundraiser Thursday night. It created something of a stir. The most recent Mike Walkup campaign literature says, So, you think Jack Franks  is … Continue reading

Campaign Advice for Steve Reick and Mike Walkup

From commenter “Priest”: Mike and Steve, you cannot intellectualize your way to winning any political seat except by accident. You both are running in a year which favors your winning for many reasons historical, political, economic, psychological and sociological. This … Continue reading

Peter Roskam Revs Up GOP Precinct Committeemen

Congressman Peter Roskam, who represents Algonquin Township in McHenry County, treated Republican Precinct Committeeman to a light breakfast at GOP Headquarters next to Joseph’s Market in the Crystal Lake Plaza Saturday morning. In a really good ice breaker Roskam asked … Continue reading

Thumbs Down to Northwest Herald’s Silence on Who Skipped the League of Women Voters’ Candidates’ Forum

Each Saturday, the Northwest Herald has followed the example of the Daily Herald and published a series of  “Thumbs Up” and “Thumbs Down” in place of an editorial. Today McHenry County’s paper of record said, “Thumbs Down,” to candidates who … Continue reading

Chris Christensen Opens County Board Campaign Fund with $9,300

About-to-be appointed District 3 McHenry County Board member Chris Christensen has filed his first campaign finance report with the Illinois State Board of Elections. It says he has $9,300 so far. Two entities made contributions of $1,000 or more: $2,000 … Continue reading

Mike Walkup’s Talks of Jack Franks “Lies” at the League of Women Voter’s Forum the Democrat Stiffed

Here’s the five-minute talk that Republican County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup gave Monday at the League of Women Voters event that Democrat Jack Franks refused to attend: Mike Walkup’s Address to the League of Women Voter’s Forum This is … Continue reading

GOP Precinct Committee Trashes Jack Franks for Refusal to Debate Mike Walkup

This scorching comment from Republican Precinct Committeeman John Radke appeared under the story about Jack Franks stiffing the McHenry County League of Women Voters: Where was Franks? The empty seat was as empty as his promises. What is Jackie boy … Continue reading

Jack Franks Chickens Out of His Second League of Women Voters’ Forum

Two years ago State Rep. Jack Franks skipped the McHenry County League of Women Voters Forum. He was running against Steve Reick. Last night Jack Franks chickened out of his second League of Women Voters event. One could be excused … Continue reading

Jack Franks Breaks Transparency, Accountability Pledges at Town Hall Meetings

Woke up this morning reflecting on Jack Franks’ reported refusal to engage in public debate tonight at McHenry County College with his Republican opponent for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship with Mike Walkup.  (All the other county candidates for contested … Continue reading

Chicken Jack Franks Ducks Debate with Mike Walkup

A member of the McHenry County League of Women Voters told me today that State Rep. Jack Franks is expected to be a no-show at Monday nights candidate forum. For some reason, “Chicken George” from “Roots” came to mind. Although … Continue reading

Republicans Raise Money, Heard Candidates, Soldier

The McHenry County Republican Party held its annual fundraiser at a hanger on the north side of the Lake in the Hills Airport. It’s a low expense affair with, presumably, the hanger donated and eats and drinks provided by Crystal … Continue reading

Franks Taken to Woodshed for Refusal to Debate Walkup

The following is reprinted from the Prairie Star Sentinel with permission.  The blog is about politics. It features news and opinions with emphasis on issues facing Illinois, and extra emphasis on McHenry County. ‘Lying Jack Franks’ Chickens Out of Forum In … Continue reading

Ten Question Poll Focuses on McHenry County Races

Just got a call from an unidentified source asking ten questions: Registered voter or not? Gender (only two choices) Age (29 or younger, 30-44, 45-64, 65 or older) Party (Democrat, Republican, Independent) Opinion of State’s Attorney candidate Ray Flavin (Favorable, … Continue reading

Republicans in the Lake in the Hills Parade

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog showed the Lake in the Hills Parade entry for Democrats. Today, let’s look at Republicans. An old truck carrying a sign for GOP State’s Attorney candidate Patrick Kenneally was first. Right behind off to the north … Continue reading

County Board IMRF Law Reverberates Around the State

The new state statute authored by State Rep. Jack Franks as part of his campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman is making waves across Illinois. I’ve noticed stories in two counties so far: Madison County, near St. Louis Will County … Continue reading