Reflecting on Character Assassination

From the keyboard of former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: Character Assassination – DC to McHenry County Many lessons could be learned from witnessing the US Senate Hearings on, now “Justice” Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court. What began … Continue reading

Two Days Before County Budget Rolllout and Bottom Line Still Missing

The McHenry County Board’s Finance Committee gathered for a long meeting on Tuesday, but a huge chunk of next year’s budget is still missing. What will the levy be? That’s the unanswered question. Committee members were told that a paper … Continue reading

McHenry County Refuses to Cite State Statute That Would Allow $100 Rebate to Some Homeowners for Past Valley Hi Overtaxation

A Freedom of information request was made of McHenry County government for statutory authorization to send $100 checks to all homeowners, except those who do not claim Homestead Exemptions. Here is the disingenuous reply: McHenry County Administration is in receipt … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Inspector General Power Grab Fails to Gain Approval of Finance Committee

While I have not listened to the audio of yesterday’s McHenry County Finance Committee, I have been told that Chairman Jack Franks’ effort to fund a newly-conceived “Inspector General” did not make the cut for next year’s budget. It is … Continue reading

Joe Gottemoller Get Campaign Reporting Done Early

It’s only four days into the fifteen day filing period for campaign finance filing, but McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller, running for re-election, has finished that chore. Here are the contributions he reports by name (those over $150): $250 … Continue reading

Franks Seeks Applicants to Replace Craig Wilcox on the County Board – Two-[Week-INCORRECT] Year Term

With the resignation of McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox to take Pam Althoff’s seat in the State Senate, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is seeking replacement applicants. Here is his press release: McHenry County Seeking Qualified Applicants for … Continue reading

Further Critique of Jack Franks’ Plan to Send $100 Checks to Most, But Not All, Homeowners

The $100 checks, said to be refunds of part of the almost $40 million surplus built up by past County Boards after the nursing home building bonds were paid off under the “If we don’t take it, we’ll lose it … Continue reading

NWH Endorses All Republicans Who Appeared for Interviews

In its Editorial Board endorsements, Jack Franks, who seems to have enormous influence on the placement of articles, struck out. Not one Democrat running for the McHenry County Board was endorsed. Franks’ allies who trashed McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe … Continue reading

Jack Franks Criticized for Loss of Temper

From former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster: Here We Go Again… Drunk With Power and Self Importance! For all intents and purposes… it appears we are once again, forced to witness the “county emperor’s” irrational impulses as he stomps … Continue reading

Jack Franks Gets to Appoint Another Repubican County Board Member

With the resignation of McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox to assume Pam Althoff’s State Senate seat, there is a District 4 vacancy on the County Board. The replacement has to be a Republican and be approved by the County … Continue reading

Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn Protests Jack Franks’ Flying Off the Handle to & Threatening Safe School Principal

Read the following September 28, 2018, 1:58 PM email from Regional Superintendent of Schools Leslie Schermerhorn to McHenry County Board members and tell me that McHenry County Board member Jack Franks doesn’t have an anger control problem: Happy Friday County … Continue reading

Is McHenry County Board Courting a Class Action Suit on Flat Rate $100 per Household Valley Hi Rebate?

Come October 16th the McHenry County Board will be voting on whether to draw down the incredible Valley Hi Nursing Home surplus of about $40 million by an amount equal to $100 per household. $8.8 million in checks would be … Continue reading