Will Illinois Integrity Fund Frontmen, Jack Franks Face More Court Action?

Will Illinois Integrity Fund Fronts, Jack Franks Face More Court Action? A friend of McHenry County Blog that knows all of the candidates has told me that several have been interviewing numerous lawyers in the Chicagoland area with an eye … Continue reading

Winnebago County Board Considering Requiring Administrator to Report to County Board, Rather Than to Chairman

Some of those elected to the Winnebago County Board want to take some power away from the  Republican County Board Chairman, elected at-large just like in McHenry County. In an article in today’s Rockford Register-Star entitled, “No consensus on Winnebago … Continue reading

New Kane County Board Member Attacks Health Benefits for Part-Time Colleagues

New Kane County Board member Mohammad Iqbal, a new Democrat, is pushing to end health care benefits for his part-time colleagues. That was one of his campaign issues. “Several members have boosted their salary with health and dental insurance benefit packages … Continue reading

Jack Franks Hypocrisy re Double-Dipping: Bad for Thee, OK for Me

It can be dangerous to put something on the internet. Why? Because it never disappears. Consider the email that then-State Representative Jack Franks sent to constituents on December 24, 2013. Here is how it begins: Fighting Against Sweetheart Deals ‘Double-dipping’ … Continue reading

Comparing Chicago’s Weak Mayor Form of Government with McHenry County’s Weak Chairman System

An editorial in the Chicago Tribune uses a study by former Alderman Dick Simposon (now a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus), Marco Rosaire Rossi and Thomas Gradel to comment on the “pliable” Chicago Aldermen. Instead of being a … Continue reading

The Tight Noose of Leaders

The following article about how House Speaker Mike Madigan controls what happens in the House of Representatives spurs me to make some comparisons of how McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is emulating his techniques: Rules Committee: Where thousands of … Continue reading

Consolidating Power – Part 2

Beginning in December 2016, a series of AD HOC Committees have been called. The highly questionable interpretation of that simple RULES statement is being deliberately bastardized by one person, allowing wholesale changes to the county board’s business, purpose, and members … Continue reading

Consolidating Power – Part 1

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster reflects on the Rules changes passed by the McHenry County Board Tuesday night: And the Answer is… Dictatorship Since my last post the following question was asked: “What proposed McHenry County Board Rules … Continue reading

Notes on the McHenry County Board’s Committee on Committes Meeting – Part 2

Here are the notes that former 14-year member of the McHenry County Board Ersel Schuster took while listening to the early December meeting of the Committee on Committees: JF: I would like to reflect on the fact that we have … Continue reading

Notes on the McHenry County Board’s Committee on Committees Meeting – Part 1

Here are the notes that former 14-year member of the McHenry County Board Ersel Schuster took while listening to the early December meeting of the Committee on Committees: 12/4/18 – Ad Hoc Cmte. Kate [Bates], Carolyn [Schofield], mike [Skala], paula … Continue reading

Republicans Search for Mike Walkup Replacement

From McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen: The County Board Chairman has just announced the vacancy in Board District 3 of the seat previously occupied by Mike Walkup. As some of you know, Mr. Walkup tendered his resignation effective … Continue reading

Steve Doherty Appointed to Replace Craig Wilcox on the County Board

Last night the nomination of Democratic Party McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks to replace Franks’ critic Republican Craig Wilcox, who resigned to take Pam Althoff’s State Senate seat, was approved with 19 out of 22 possible votes. Abstaining were … Continue reading

Mike Skala Elected Vice Chairman of McHenry County Board

Grafton Township Republican Party Chairman Mike Skala has been elected Vice Chairman of the McHenry County Board for the next two years. The position of Vice Chairman of the McHenry County Board has been a largely ceremonial position for the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Set to Ignore GOP District 4 County Board Replacement Recommendation

With the retirement of McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox to assume Pam Althoff’s seat in the Illinois State Senate McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has the statutory duty to appoint a replacement. The only checks on this power … Continue reading