Internal Support Committee Discussing Hiring and Rules

Look at the agenda for Wednesday’s 8:15 meeting agenda below: Go to New Business, item 8 and you will read: “Discussion on the County Board Rules, Electronic Voting Rules and Electronic Voting Training” What you won’t find after the work … Continue reading

“Nunc Pro Tunc,” After the Face Purchasing Approval

You can read the last substantive item on the Tuesday McHenry County Agenda below: Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of a Used 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck Nunc Pro Tunc for the McHenry County Emergency Management Agency in FY2016. There are … Continue reading

Yvonne Barnes Wins County Board Seat with Less than $5,000, Tom Wilbeck Spends $6,285

Financial reports have been filed by District 1 County Board candidates and the top vote-getter spent less than $5,000. That’s the “magic number” under which a candidate does not have reveal how much money was raised and spent. Spending less … 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

McClellan Gains Support for Rapid Election Software Payment

“Houston, we have a problem,” began McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s presentation of the Finance Committee of the County Board Wednesday. She explained that she could not conduct the February 28th township primary elections without the voting software from Dominion Voting … Continue reading

Thanks to Four County Board Members

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster takes time to thank those County Board members who voted against raising the County’s tax levy: A belated, but nevertheless grateful “thank you” to Yvonne Barnes Andrew Gasser Jeff Thorsen Craig Wilcox for … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Agenda Item to Raise Real Estate Taxes Sees Nineteen County Board Members Vote Approval

Discussion showing that far too many McHenry County Board members don’t understand the property tax system ended with nineteen County Board members, including many who campaigned Taxes will be increased $80,000.against increasing real estate taxes, voting to increase next year’s … Continue reading

Jack Franks Choices for Committee Chairmen Emerge from County Committee on Committees Meeting

The McHenry County Committee on Committees held its meeting today and the following Finance& Audit – Mike Skala (District 5) Internal Support and Facilities (formerly Management Services) – Yyonne Barnes (District 1) Law and Government – Michele Aavang (District 6) … 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

Committee on Committees Members Announced

The McHenry County Board gets recommendations from its Committee on Committees as to who will serve as committee chairmen and members. In past years, the recommendations were just that. The McHenry County Board Chairman made the final selections. This past … Continue reading

Messages the Democrats Didn’t Get Out – District 1

The Sunday before the election I was wondering where the Democrats mail was. You may remember that McHenry County’s Democratic Party accepted some big checks ($32,400 to be precise) from a very, very liberal Chicago millionaire in mid-October and then gave … Continue reading

McHenry County Pro-Life Victory Endorsements

The following endorsement mailing came from the Pro-Life Victory Committee, the political arm of Right to Life, McHenry County. Those endorsed in McHenry County follow: Donald Trump – President Peter Roskam – 6th District Congress Randy Hultgren – 14th District … Continue reading

NWH Endorses in County Board Districts 1 & 2, 1 Dem, 3 GOP

The Northwest Herald rolled out endorsements for two McHenry County Board districts today. In District 1 incumbent Yvonne Barnes, a Republican challenger Kerri Barber, a Democrat In District 2 appointed incumbent Jeff Thorsen, a Republican challenger John Reinert, a Republican … Continue reading

Yvonne Barnes Gets Special Finance Committee Meeting on Valley Hi Finances

At the beginning of Thursday’s McHenry County Finance and Audit Committee McHenry County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup called for the abolition of the property tax levied for the Valley Hi Nursing Home. He pointed out that the nursing home … Continue reading

Pols in the Algonquin Parade – Part 1

While McHenry’s Fiesta Days Parade was blistering hot last Sunday, Algonquin’s Founders Day Parade Saturday had a pleasant temperature, was cloudy and had a good breeze. In short, the day was comfortable. I parked near Port Edward, where dignitaries ate … Continue reading

County Board Blanches Open Meetings Act Suit Boil

Using a cost-benefit approach, an 18-4 vote of the McHenry County Board settled a suit brought by Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act when the majority of a … Continue reading