County Board Members Use Letter Against Township Abolition by Referendum Bill to Try to Scuttle Bill

Below is the letter that McHenry County Board member and former Grafton Township Supervisor Jim Kearns circulated among his colleagues. All signed it but Yvonne Barnes, Michael Rein and Craig Wilcox. The letter, addressed to the State Senate, was handed … Continue reading

Republican Leaders and County Board Put Pressure on Rauner to Veto McSweeney Township Abolish by Referendum Bill, If Passed

Comments are filtering out about what occurred at the handpicked and screened Republicans allowed to meet with Governor Bruce Rauner last Saturday. It is evident that at least GOP Chairman Diane Evertsen (whose husband was Hartland Township Supervisor) and County … Continue reading

Shannon Teresi Gets GOP Fall Ballot Nod for McHenry County Auditor

On Tuesday, Chief Deputy Auditor Shannon Teresi was voted Board to serve out the remaining months of retired County Auditor Pam Palmer’s term by the McHenry County Board. She was nominate by Democratic Party Board Chairman after GOP members made it … Continue reading

Valley Hi Daily Room Rate Increases — Another Broken Promise From Jack Franks

The content creator of www.lyingjackfranks.com has updated the website with a new posting on the increase in Valley Hi room rates. https://www.lyingjackfranks.com/single-post/2018/01/15/Valley-Hi–Another-Broken-Promise-By-Lying-Jack-Franks This item could not have been placed on agendas without Chairman Jack Franks’ approval. Minutes from the December … 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

“Tax Fighter” Jack Franks Puts Tax Hike on County Board Agenda

McHenry County Board Chairman and State Representative Jack Franks is about to chair his first substantive County Board meeting. In the agenda package as item 48 (page 529 of 721) that Franks published is the following tax hike increase  (note … Continue reading

Franks Makes Progess on Lowering Number of Committees

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made significant progress in convincing Board members to lower the number of committees from twelve to seven. Can’t imagine why readers might be intereste, but here’s an attempt to list the proposal: Finance Internal … 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

Jack Franks Temporary Rules Committee

There is a provision in the McHenry County Board Rules that allows its Chairman to appoint ad hoc committees. It was designed, according to one member of the Management Services Committee who was there when the language was added, to … Continue reading

Dem Mailing Surfaces

The McHenry County Democratic Central Committee had about $28,000 in the bank so I figured there was enough for a countywide mailing. Here is the post card mailed in County Board District 6: The Democrats say that Grafton Township Supervisor … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Second Lawyer Democrat

With endorsements completed yesterday for the McHenry County Board, in its District 5 picks, the Northwest Herald has endorsed its second Democrat who is a lawyer.  (The first was District 3’s Diane Johnson, a former Crystal Lake Grade School Board … Continue reading

Grafton Township GOP Opts for February Township Primary Election

Last Wednesday night, the Grafton Township Republican Central Committee voted to hold a primary election next February to select candidates who will represent the part in April, according to Township Republican Chairman Jeff Thorsen. Not many people vote in a … Continue reading

Shift of GOP Power Evident in Mike Tryon Endorsement Piece

Of course, the 2014 Republican Party Convention showed that a significant shift in power had occurred when Sandra Salgado was selected over outgoing Chairman Mike Tryon’s choice–Mark Daniel. But, those in control during the Al Jourdan legacy years still were … Continue reading

Township Highway Commissioners Recommend County Board, Countywide Candidates

The McHenry County Township Highway Commissioners Association (17 members) placed a quarter page ad in the tabloid Northwest Herald on Friday listing County Board candidates and countywide candidates in the Republican Primary Election. Here they are: For the McHenry County … Continue reading