Franks Not Serious Enough about Government Consolidation to Attend Half of Meetings

The Local Government Consolidation Task Force Report recommendations are out and it has lots of detail regarding the proceedings, which you read here. One person who did take a look at the report was Jack Franks’ 2014 opponent Steve Reick. … Continue reading

Local Government Consolidation Report Issued

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force Issues Final Report to Governor Task force makes 27 recommendations for streamlining local government, empowering communities & saving taxpayer dollars OAK BROOK – Illinois Lieutenant … Continue reading

Twp. Consolidation Folks Robocall

The people seeking to put township consolidation on the ballot are making robocalls to encourage people to call wavering County Board members to vote, “Yes.” While I imagine they are making the calls in each McHenry County Board district where … Continue reading

Schofield Reports Township Consolidation Task Force Conclusions

McHenry County Board Township Consolidation Task Force Chairwoman Carolyn Schofield made her report to the County Board Tuesday morning. She presented fourteen slides, which you will see below. Not much of the information was new. She said the Task Force … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 7

The McHenry County Board’s Township Consolidation Task Force met the Tuesday before last and for the past week I have been trying to let people know what happened. Yesterday, a bit of the meeting, which was fairly boring, compared to … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 5

After Algonquin Township Road Commissioner finished his comments, Preston Rae, the Supervisor of the most sparsely-populated township in McHenry County spoke. “No mater who we consolidate with, we lose our representation.” The Alden Township man told of how people communicated … Continue reading

Public Feedback Sought on Township Consolidation

There will be a Township Consolidation Task Force Open House on Tuesday, August 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. here at the County Administration building. Four maps will be displayed. Three show possible consolidations The fourh will show the current seventeen … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 4

One of the main participants in the McHenry County Board’s Township Consolidation Task Force meeting last Tuesday was Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller. When he first spoke he told of hearing that McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller had … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 3

Wonder Lake’s Craig Pfannkuche, a retired South High School history teacher and often Greenwood Town Meeting Moderator, urged more people to attend township meetings. “I am very pleased with the services provided by township government.” Identifying himself as a Road Commissioner … Continue reading

Rauner Out to Make FPD Consolidation Easier

Below is an amendatory veto from Governor Bruce Rauner: Veto Message for HB 219 To the Honorable Members of The Illinois House of Representatives, 99th General Assembly: Today I return House Bill 219 with a specific recommendation for change. Current … Continue reading

No Cost-Benefit Analysis on Township Consolidation, Just Data Dump – Part 2

Ev Evertsen, former Supervisor of Hartland Township, pointed out that the map showing township roads, which was requested at the first meeting, had not been provided. Then he compared Hartland Township’s budget with that of McHenry County government. “My township … Continue reading