What Happened in County Board Cutback Consideration that Displeased Chairman Jack Franks

Ersel Schuster reports on the McHenry County Board’s 25% cutback resolution: One More Step Taken to Control McHenry County Government The September 18, 2018 McHenry County Board meeting brought to conclusion the long-discussed issue of reducing the size of the … Continue reading

Joe Tirio Cleared in Campaign Finance Complaint from Active Jack Franks’ Supporter

It doesn’t take a political expert to figure out that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks does not want Joe Tirio elected McHenry County Clerk. Consider that Tirio’s campaign for Recorder of Deeds was based on the theme of consolidating … Continue reading

Jack Franks Sneaks $98,000 Inspector General in Supplemental Budget for Tuesday Night Meeting

Although approved by no committee of which I am aware, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has put $98,000 in the supplementary budget for next year. If approved, the position of Inspector General would be under the people who need … Continue reading

Democratic McHenry County Board Member Paula Yensen Uses “Slush Fund” to Criticize Joe Tirio, the Same Way the Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund Did in Anonymous Primary Hit Pieces

Former McHenry  County Board member Ersel Schuster gives her take on the interaction of Republicans on the McHenry County Board with Democratic Party Board Chairman Jack Franks after his strident criticism of Recorder of Deeds (and, more importantly, GOP County … Continue reading

No Support Found for Jack Franks’ Inspector General Power Grab

Yesterday I sent an email to all McHenry County Board members asking if they supported Jack franks proposal to create an Inspector General. As you know, if you read this article entitled, “County Auditor Shannon Teresi Attacks Jack Franks’ Inspector … Continue reading

Job Description of Jack Franks’ Inspector General

Here is what was presented on Jack Franks’ behalf by McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin: = = = = = If you would like to contract your County Board members, their email addressed are below: <[email protected]>, Chris Christensen <[email protected]>, Christopher … Continue reading

Jack Franks Cover-Up of Member Walk Out from Committee of the Whole Meeting Today in Response to His Unfair Criticism of Joe Tirio

Earlier today (2:30), I showed what happened when one clicked on the media” button for the McHenry County Board’s September 13, 2018, meeting. That’s today. Just in case you are just reading this article, here is what showed up: It’s … Continue reading

County Board Members Walk Out of Meeting As Jack Franks Chastizes Joe Tirio

Following up on the Illinois Integrity (sic) Fund smear campaign of Joe Tirio after its printer’s loss in court last week, I’m told that McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ comments were so off the wall that Board members walked … Continue reading

County Auditor Shannon Teresi Attacks Jack Franks’ Inspector General Proposal as Duplicative, Waste of Taxpayers Money

Yesterday McHenry County Blog revealed in an article by former County Board member Ersel Schuster the second step in the plot of Board Chairman Jack Franks to get rid of an independently elected County Auditor. Step one was when Franks … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Further Concentration of Power

The following information about McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ seeking a new patronage employee to be called an “Inspector General” was gleaned from the audio of the last Internal Services Committee meeting by former Board member Ersel Schuster.  Nothing … Continue reading

District 1 Democrat Michael Vijuk Follows David Stieper and Andrew Gasser on Getting Rid of Health Insurance for Board Members

Trying to straighten my office up a little, I found this piece of literature from District 1 McHenry County Board candidate Michael Vijuk : The platform points are pretty general. I see only one of four statements for which he could … Continue reading

Cutting County Taxes Without Cutting Spending: Use Savings

How is that possible, you ask? By taking money McHenry County has in the bank and spending it. That is apparently what McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks intends to do next year. Here is the relevant policy change passed … Continue reading

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

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

Craig Wilcox Asks about Mike Walkup’s McHenry County Board Law and Government Committee Absences

Not quite sure what brought me to the June 4th minutes of the McHenry County Board’s Law and Government Committee minutes, but this paragraph under “Member Comments” caught my attention: Mr. Wilcox noted this is the fifth committee meeting that … Continue reading

Jack Franks Called Out for Not Moving to Eliminate Health Benefits for County Board Members

The following letter to the Northwest Herald is from Greenwood Township Trustee Kelly Liebmann and is printed here with her permission: County Board Size a Political Battle It is easy to control, manipulate, reward, and fund the campaigns of a … Continue reading

GOP Will Pick Fall Auditor Candidate Wednesday

Five people applied for the post of McHenry County Auditor, which became vacant when Pam Palmer retired. Tuesday McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks will offer the name of Chief Deputy Auditor Shannon Teresi as Palmer’s replacement through the rest … Continue reading