The McHenry County Board Minority’s Argument Against Granting Jack Franks Retroactive Approval for His Patronage Hire

McHenry County Blog reported in a timely fashion the names of those McHenry County Board members who voted to approve the highly irregularly hired patronage employees by Jack Franks last Christmas, but they seem worth posting against they are again before … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ County Official Pension Elimination Issue Tabled at Franks’ Request

The McHenry County Board tabled discussion on eliminating pensions for countywide elected officials without discussion from anyone except Chairman Jack Franks. No discussion. Just a hurried voice vote. But immediately after County Board member Mike Walkup gave an explanation of … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Push Loses in First County Board Committee

The patronage employees that Jack Franks hired without County Board authorization around Christmas last year did not received a reprieve in the Internal Services Committee yesterday. After Franks prevailed upon County Administrator Peter Austin to exceed the hiring authority granted … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seems to Be Saying that If He Can’t Have a Pension as County Board Chairman, No Countywide Officials Should Get One

Appearing apparently from the head of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is a resolution for next Wednesday’s Human Resources Committee that would end pensions for all countywide officials. Franks certainly wants citizens to think that he led, whether he … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Leasing Agent for Valley Hi Nursing Home Without County Board Involvement

In a move of which no McHenry County Board member attending State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s fundraiser last night was aware, Jack Franks has asked for Requests for Proposals to lease Valley Hi, the County nursing home. One member of the … Continue reading

A Strategy for Eliminating Township Government in Municipalities

There is little doubt that township government provides little service to folks in cities and villages. Assessment of property is the only function that touches every home and business owner. True, municipalities receives a portion of road taxes, but obviously, … 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

After Withdrawing from Lakewood Village President Race, Santowski Files as Write-In

Lakewood was the write-in sensation two years ago, when Paul Serwatka ran first as a write-in in his race for Village Trustee. He campaigned against the Tax Increment Financing District and the SportsPlex at the southern intersection of Routes 47 … Continue reading

Questioning Jack Franks Patronage Hire End Run Around the County Board

Listened to a little of the end of the McHenry County Internal Services Committee recording and discovered a couple of the members are none too happy that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has hired to patronage employees without County … Continue reading

The County Board Winners Get Sworn In

There are so many aspects of the December 5th McHenry County Board meeeting that there will be stories coming for a while. One that was overshadowed by the activies of newly-elected Chairman Jack Franks was the swearing in of the … Continue reading

Statement of Candidacy Discrepancies Bring Early Drama to GOP Township Primaries

Elections have several phases. First there is the intimidation phase. When opponents or potential opponents hear that one is running for office, they enlist people whom they think can influence you to call or meet with you to convince you … Continue reading

Walkup Running for Nunda Township Supervisor Against Lee Jennings and Kate Williams

Mike Walkup, the man who was a leading proponent for the consolidation of township government, has filed nominating petitions for Nunda Township Supervisor. Walkup comes off a November election defeat by Jack Franks for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship. He … Continue reading

Messages the Democrats Didn’t Get Out – District 3

Continuing to show you the side of the mailing designed by the McHenry County Democratic Party, today we look at the message about District 3 County Board candidates. This piece was delivered to some households, but apparently not to many, … Continue reading