Joe Tirio Says He Will Serve as Both Recorder and Clerk, If Elected; State’s Attorney Says It’s OK

A press release from Joe Tirio: If elected, Tirio agrees to serve as Recorder without pay until offices are consolidated WOODSTOCK, IL – As election day looms near, some are asking what will happen to the Recorder’s office if Tirio … Continue reading

Mike Walkup Announces Resignation from County Board, Jack Franks Will Appoint Replacement

I was at the District 155 High School Board meeting Tuesday night and didn’t bother to listen to the concurrent McHenry County Board meeting tape. Had I, I would have heard District 3 County Board member Mike Walkup announce his … Continue reading

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

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

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

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