GOP Members of County Board Seek Two Special Meetings Wed. Night

A press release about the call for special McHenry County Board meetings by Republican County Board members: Special Meetings, McHenry County Board Two Special Meetings of the McHenry County Board have been called by Republican members for Wednesday, August 23, … Continue reading

State’s Attorney Sets Local Government Official Training Session

A press release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney: McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office to Present Seminar For Elected Officials Patrick D. Kenneally, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that his office will be conducting a free seminar … Continue reading

Franks Loses Second Freedom of Information Request Denial Appeal

For the second time since he has taken office as McHenry County Board Chairman, a Jack Franks’ denial of a Freedom of Information request from McHenry County Blog has been overturned. The first sentence of the latest missive from the … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 1

A bare majority of the McHenry County Board’s Human Resources Committee refused to rubber stamp McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ hiring of two patronage employees at its Wednesday meeting. By a 4-3 vote, HR Committee members voted down a … Continue reading

Jack Franks Moves to Limit McHenry County Blog Reporting

Friday afternoon McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made a move to cut the timely release of information that will lead to stories I suspect a number of McHenry County Blog readers would find of interest. Let me first show … Continue reading

First Frank’s Transparency Failure

In an email that newly-sworn in McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks sent before taking office, he promised, “We will be the most efficient, transparent and effective County in the Nation.” This afternoon, I have been searching for the Rules … 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

Trying to Get Searchable District 200 Documents on the Internet

I have had my problems with internet documents posted by both McHenry County College and McHenry County government They posted documents which could not be searched. MCC was “afraid” someone might copy them and, then, alter them. The documents also … Continue reading

Cost to Record MCC Meetings

Comment has been made about how costly it is to record public meetings. The College uses UStream to stream/archive video at board meetings (Committee of the Whole and Regular Board of Trustees Meeting). This cost is approximately $99/month for this … Continue reading

Provenzano Calls for FOIA Application to County Grant Recipients

A statement given by McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano to the Finance and Audit Committee Thursday morning: When I was first elected to the County Board I had the opportunity to help shepherd through the first ever Ethics Ordinance in … Continue reading

Transparency – Following the Money

The Chicago Sun-Times ran an article yesterday that took three years to write. It was about how UNO, the charter school outfit backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan, spent money provided by governments. Since UNO doesn’t operate in our back … Continue reading