County Board Member Larry Smith Goes Full-Bore Free Enterprise in Opposition to Government Subsidized Solar Farms

At last Thursday’s McHenry County Board Committee of the Whole meeting, District 6 member Larry Smith was not shy about his opposition to solar farms on prime farmland. He doubled down at the McHenry County League of Women Voters Candidates’ … Continue reading

County Board District 4, 5 & 6 Candidates Up Thursday, October 11th

Half of the McHenry County Board District’s candidates had their chance to present credentials and answer questions on Monday. Thursday at 7 at McHenry County College,, the McHenry County League of Women Voters will offer the other candidates for the … 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

John Jung to Lead Dorr Township GOP

Three Township Republican Central Committees elected officers Wednesday night. Today, we will look at the results in Dorr Township, which is comprised mainly of Woodstock and Bull Valley. Karen Tirio, who was elected Secretary of the McHenry County GOP, had … Continue reading

Local Pro-Lifers Offer Endorsements

The McHenry County Pro-Life Victory Fund has issued its endorsements to its Pro-Life mailing list. Getting the boost were the following: Congressmen Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren State Senate candidate Craig Wilcox McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio McHenry County Board … Continue reading

John Jung and Lesli Melendy Team Up in District 5 County Board Race to Defeat Michael Rein

Incumbent John Jung and challenger Lesli Melendy have teamed up to know incumbent Michael Rein off the McHenry County Board. Rein is the only one in District 5–whether Democrat or Republican–who challenges McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks (D-Marengo). … Continue reading

John Jung Draws Both McHenry County Board Salary and Pension

Long-time McHenry County Board member John Jung is being paid not only by the McHenry County Board, but but by the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for past service. During the Fiscal Year ending in November, 2017, Jung’s compensation was $43,282.80. That … Continue reading

Second Democrat Files for McHenry County Board in District 5

Former Green Party candidate for McHenry County Board Frank Wedig has been joined by Carlos Acosta on the Democratic Party ticket in District 5. They will face off against the winners in the GOP primary, where the following are running: … Continue reading

Patrick Kenneally Fundraiser at Three Oaks Recreation Area – Part 2

There was more mingling, but from the photos I took, it appears I was more interested in talking to  McHenry County Board members. Having been told Thursday night that a Request for Qualifications for a firm to seek companies interested … Continue reading

Resolution Submitted to Human Resourses Committee to Eliminate Patronage Positions

Below is resolution drafted by Craig Wilcox that has not yet been considered by the McHenry County Board Human Relations Committee, although submitted in June.  The Committee’s Tuesday meeting has been cancelled by Chairman John Jung. RESOLUTION RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE … Continue reading

Continuing Problems Getting Meeting Called to Oust Jack Franks’ Patronage Employees

Remember the article about Peter Austin, County Administrator, and John Jung, Human Resources Chairman, not complying with County Board Rules? Well, it seems to be happening again.. After the May 23rd HR meeting both Jung and Austin refused to schedule … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Hires Fail HR Committee Test – Part 3

This is Part 3.  Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 is here. Michael Rein wondered if most jobs were not advertised on the internet and advertised. “That’s correct,” County Administrator Peter Austin replied, [but] it varies for the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Choices for Committee Chairmen Emerge from County Committee on Committees Meeting

The McHenry County Committee on Committees held its meeting today and the following Finance& Audit – Mike Skala (District 5) Internal Support and Facilities (formerly Management Services) – Yyonne Barnes (District 1) Law and Government – Michele Aavang (District 6) … Continue reading

Committee on Committees Members Announced

The McHenry County Board gets recommendations from its Committee on Committees as to who will serve as committee chairmen and members. In past years, the recommendations were just that. The McHenry County Board Chairman made the final selections. This past … Continue reading

County Board Considering Health Coverage Changes

Almost two hours was spent by the McHenry County Human Services and Finance & Audit Committees discussing proposals for next year’s health coverage for non-union employees. At issue was about a $20 million budget item. Under proposals outlined by Cheryl … Continue reading

Committee Unanimously Approves End to County Board IMRF Pensions

Every member of the Human Resources Committee voted to abolish Illinois Municipal Retirement Pensions for County Board members starting in December. Outside the meeting members expressed the opinion that this will make the IMRF requirement for work logs go away. … Continue reading

County Board Moves to Preempt Jack Franks on Pension Issue by Pulling Out of IMRF

Appearing today on the agenda of the Human Resources Committee is a resolution to take McHenry County Board members out of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. State Rep. Jack Franks, in his run-up to a candidacy to take over the … Continue reading