Former County Board Candidates Orville Brettman & Ersel Schuster Sue Jack Franks, Illinois Integrity Fund, Breaker Press, Michael Noonan, Sean Renner & Associated Firms. plus Persons Unknown

Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, exceedingly humiliating, very bad day for McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks. First Franks faced an uprising from County Board members for his role in State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to make him … Continue reading

Steve Reick’s Arguments Against David McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill

A communication from State Rep, Steve Reick: The following is an email I sent to the members of the Illinois House, Republican and Democrat about HB348, a township bill that would have a devastating effect on McHenry County, and is … Continue reading

Jack Franks on His Naked Power Grab in His Own Words

At Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board meeting Chairman Jack Franks could not wait his turn before trying to defuse the powder keg that introduction of St. Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to increase his power beyond that of any other county … Continue reading

David McSweeney Transfers Sponsorship of Jack Franks’ Power Enhancement Bill, Franks Decides He Doesn’t Want People Thinking He Was Behind It

The major actors in the legislation that would make McHenry County Boar Chairman perhaps the most powerful county chairman in Illinois made major moves yesterday. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks disavowed his lust for power in the following statement … Continue reading

GOP Chairman Issues “Call to Action” Against McSweeney Bill to Give Jack Franks Almost Dictatorial Power

From McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen: Call To Action HB 3317 has been introduced in Springfield by Representative David McSweeney, after working with Mr. Franks. A copy of the Bill [can be found here] so that you can … Continue reading

GOP Recommends Joe Gottemoller to Fill Out Mike Walkup’s Term on County Board

A press release from the McHenry County Republican Party: Joe Gottemoller Endorsed by McHenry County Republican Central Committee for County Board Dist 3 McHenry County Republican Central committee endorses recently former County Board member Joe Gottemoller to fill the vacancy … Continue reading

McSweeney Introduces Bill to Give Jack Franks Tremendously More Power, Abolish Independently-Elected Auditor’s Office, Power of County Board Pretty Much Disappears

This article was published late Friday. I am putting it back on top because it represents the most audacious grab for virtually absolute power in county government that I can imagine. He could only make himself more powerful by having … Continue reading

More on Jack Franks’ Riding Roughshod over County Board Members’ Rights

KnowExtremist, a commenter, adds this bit of history of Jack Franks’ usurping County Board members’ authority: Additionally, the former Management Services committee, which was traditionally charged with Rules rewrites at the beginning of each new two year Board term, was … Continue reading

Is David McSweeney Bill Part of Jack Franks’ Plan to Cripple Two Female Elected Officials?

Thinking through the unintended and/or intended consequences of State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to provide McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks with line item veto power, I’ve come up with come up with another possibility. Remember how Franks wanted to … Continue reading

Could Leverage Over Other Countywide Elected Officials Be the Reason Jack Franks Wants County Board Governor Power?

Since State Rep. David McSweeney shared with the Northwest Herald part of the contents of his bill to reshape McHenry County government by providing Chairman Jack Franks with line item veto power, albeit with a Board veto override power to … Continue reading

Jack Franks Nominates Republican Joe Gottemoller, Who Lost Board Race, to Replace Mike Walkup on County Board

Former County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller was has been recommended for appointment to replace Mike Walkup, who resigned late last year. Gottemoller was bested for the opportunity to run against Franks for Board Chairman in the 2016 GOP Primary Election … Continue reading

Citizen Finds Favor with Woodstock Independent Editorial Trashing Joe Tirio

The following letter was published in the Woodstock Independent and is reprinted here with permission from it author Elliot Cassidy: Frivolous lawsuit attacks First Amendment Rights I want to thank the Independent for your recent Editorial about the frivolous lawsuit … Continue reading

Winnebago County Board Transfers Power from Chairman to Administrator – Updated

The Winnebago County Board decided to exercise its legislative power Thursday by stripping County Board Chairman Frank Haney of power a 12-8 majority thought he had abused. The Rockford Register-Star reported one Republican said the Chairman, a Republican elected at-large, … Continue reading