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

County Employee Changes Jack Franks Campaign Sign in Mid-Afternoon of Work Day

On Tuesday, November 7th, shortly after 2:40 in the afternoon, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ assistant Kevin Craver was spotted changing the  sign of Franks’ Route 14 campaign office. The man he replaced was Oliver Sarifini, who had previously … Continue reading

Jack Franks Bows to GOP Wishes That Shannon Teresi Be Appointed County Auditor

Shortly after McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer annpunced her retirement, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks appeared in a Northwest Herald article announcing that he wanted to abolish the office. In the same article former Crystal Lake Grade School Board … Continue reading

Leslie Schermerhorn Miffed at Jack Franks’ Arbitrary Refusal to Put Student Safety Measure on County Board Agenda

McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Education Leslie Schermerhorn is not a happy camper at McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ refusal to put a contract to hire a fingerprinting vendor contract on the Board agenda even though the Public Health … Continue reading

Shannon Teresi Seeks Support in Campaign to Replace Pam Palmer as County Auditor

The top person in the McHenry County Auditor’s Office after the retirement of Pam Palmer on January 5th is Shannon Teresi. Palmer’s replacement will be appointed by McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks. His only restriction is that the person … Continue reading

Retired County Auditor’s Top Assistant Shannon Teresi Announces Candidacy for Fall Election

A press release from former McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer’s top assistant: SHANNON TERESI, A SHINING EXAMPLE OF GOOD GOVERNMENT, RUNNING FOR THE MCHENRY COUNTY AUDITOR POSITION [CRYSTAL LAKE, ILLINOIS, FEBRUARY 2018]— Shannon Teresi, a Republican candidate and Crystal Lake … Continue reading

Shannon Teresi Campaigning for County Auditor Appointment

McHenry County Auditor Pam Palmer resigned last month. Her top assistant was Shannon Teresi, the woman now running the office. She has an impressive resume, published previously. Last night she attended McHenry County Board member Michael Rein’s Woodstock fundraiser. That’s … Continue reading

Cary Grade School Board Alumni Caucus Likely on Next McHenry County Board

Chris Christensen was the first person who had served on Cary Grade School District 26 to serve on the McHenry County Board. He was appointed to replace Nick Provenzano when Provenzano resigned to become the District honcho for Congressman Randy … Continue reading