Jack Franks “Bridles” at Dennis Miller’s Suggestion of Term Limits

At about 10:45 yesterday morning I caught a little of Dennis Miller’s nationally broadcast interview of McHenry County State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo). Apparently Miller made a pitch for term limits. And Franks, considering a run for Congress after reapportionment, … Continue reading

More Tom Hanahan Rememorances, This Time from his Republican State Senator, Jack Schaffer

when I saw the Chicago Tribune editorial on McHenry County’s former Democratic State Representative Tom Hanahan, I sent his and my former State Senator Jack Schaffer an email asking for his memories. It gave me two of the five belly … Continue reading

Johnsburg Democratic Party State Rep. Tom Hanahan Dies – Part 2

The last Democrat to serve in the Illinois House before Jack Franks died in Arizona April 3rd. This is the second installment of some of my memories of Tom, who died of cancer in Prescott, Arizona, on April 3, 2009. … Continue reading

Johnsburg Democratic Party State Rep. Tom Hanahan Dies – Part 1

After activist Pat Quinn got his Cutback Amendment to the Illinois Constitution passed in 1980, Johnsburg Democratic Party State Rep. Thomas J. Hanahan didn’t stick around McHenry County. He moved to Park Ridge. I don’t know if that happened before … Continue reading

Recreating the Repealed Personal Property Tax – Part 1

First it was Republican Governor George Ryan who decided that increasing drivers license fees was the way to finance his Illinois FIRST in 1989. I didn’t support that bill because it took about 56% of its money from the six-county … Continue reading

Northwest Herald County Board Candidate Questionnaire

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog published the Daily Herald’s county board questionnaire. Today, take a look at the Northwest Herald’s. I like to look at candidate questionnaires probably because I enjoyed tilting with editorial boards at election time. Often their questionnaires, … Continue reading

Northwest Herald County Board Candidate Questionnaire

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog published the Daily Herald’s county board questionnaire. Today, take a look at the Northwest Herald’s. I like to look at candidate questionnaires probably because I enjoyed tilting with editorial boards at election time. Often their questionnaires, … Continue reading