NWH Notes County Tax Cut Not 11.2%, But 9.5% Without Mentioning Jack Franks’ Name

A couple of Friends of McHenry Count Blog sent me a Northwest Herald article entitled, “Board’s 11.2-percent property tax cut drops to 9.5 percent” One commented, “Funny I don’t see a quote from Franks!?” The reporter wrote that after the … Continue reading

County Clerk Candidate Joe Tirio Moves Forward Toward Learning Which Jack Franks Allies, aka, Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund, Sent Out Post Cards Calling Him a Crook with a Secret Slush Fund

Judge Kevin Costello put McHenry County Recorder of Deeds and County Clerk candidate Joe Tirio one court date away form bring able to find out who is behind the anonymous Illinois Integrity Fund. Thursday afternoon there was a hard-fought battle … Continue reading

McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Calls for Opposition to Jack Franks’ Getting Board Permission to Buy Giveaway Items

An email from McHenry County Republican Chairman Diane Evertsen: Stop giving away our money!! It would appear our current County Board Chairman would like all of us to pay for giveaway items with his – or any other -political name … Continue reading

The Jack Franks’ Sign Story That the Northwest Herald Did Not Think Newsworthy

Here’s a story about a public employee changing a sign at Jack Franks’  Route 47 campaign office that the Northwest Herald did not think worthy of a story, let alone a front page story: County Employee Changes Jack Franks Campaign … Continue reading

What Is the Law Allowing Purchase of Political Giveaways?

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: McHenry County – Jack Franks’ “political trinket” resolution conflicts with law. BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 20, 2018 • ( 1 COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –We covered McHenry County Chairman Jack Franks’ political resolution in this article that would allow county board members … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Taxpayer Money to Finance Name Identification Enhancement

Illinois Leaks’ headline nails this effort by McHenry County Board member Jack Franks to use taxpayer money and manpower to advance his political interests. The names of County Board members and how to contact them is below their article. Jack … Continue reading

Mike Madigan Faces Federal Lawsuit that Could Have Been Filed against Jack Franks

When Jack Franks was running for re-election in 2016 (before he dropped out to run for McHenry County Board Chairman), an identified Democrat filed for State Representative in the Republican Primary Election to run against Steve Reick. House Speaker Mike … Continue reading

Bad Math at the Chicago Tribune and Northwest Herald

The Sunday before last, the Chicago Tribune’s main editorial had an error regarding the McHenry County tax levy cut this year. Here is the paragraph in the editorial about McHenry County: Did the Tribune depend upon a press release from … Continue reading

Northwest Herald “Reporter” Ed Komenda Praised for Unflattering Photography on Private Facebook Page

It is no secret that the Northwest Herald has it in for Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser.  The local rag has put Gasser on the cover no less than eight times with drama filled headlines, click bait bylines, and … Continue reading

Jack Franks Files Freedom of Information Requests with School Districts Asking for Seven Years’ Data

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, having met with some school district officials privately June 6th, has sent our Freedom of Information requests seeking the following information from each school district for 2010 through 2017: The total number of district … Continue reading

The Silence of the Franks

Jack Franks as State Representative and McHenry County Board Chairman has posed as a strong supporter of consolidation of governments. Let’s take a look at his record on the subject. Franks lives in the Marengo area where, probably the only … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Points to Examples of Fake News in Northwest Herald

Illinois Leaks, the publication from Edgar County Watchdogs covers more news about Algonquin Township than the Northwest Herald. This article, which started with a comment by Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Andrew Gasser under the NWH’s article on last week’s Township … Continue reading