Employment Papers for Jack Franks’ Democratic Party Patronage Hires

Besides the letters previously published, below is the paperwork for the two people Jack Franks and Peter Austin hired as personal assistants to Chairman Franks. Note that no previous County Board Chairman needed an Executive Assistant or a Communications Specialist. … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires for Executive Assistant & Communications Specialist

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, with the concurrence of County Administrator Peter Austin, has hired his former legislative assistant Bridget Geenen of Lake in the Hills for $54,000 a year. When she worked for the State of Illinois she … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Reick and Skillicorn for State Rep.

The Northwest Herald has decided to endorse Republicans Steve Reick and Allen Skillicorn from State Representative over Democrats John Bartman and Nancy Zettler. The endorsement of Reick mentions that Bartman worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation, but does not … 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

Algonquin Township Republican Party to Vote on Nepotism & Patronage

In a move that seems antithetical to a political party the Algonquin Township Republican Central Committee will consider a policy statement on nepotism and patronage at its upcoming 7:30 May 10th meeting at Republican Headquarters next to Joseph’s Market in … Continue reading

Corruption in the Dan Walker Administraton

My first public meeting was in the Algonquin Township Garage. It was about putting roads in the Silver Lakes, an unincorporated subdivision. I was in college (1960-65) and my father suggested I might find it of interest. Larry Lee was … Continue reading

Governor Decentralizes Patronage

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Governor Signs Executive Order 15-16 to Improve Hiring Process in State Agencies SPRINGFIELD – Governor Bruce Rauner signed Executive Order 15-16 today to remove a layer of government bureaucracy in hiring civil-service positions … Continue reading