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

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

Daily Herald Endorses Wilcox over Malady for State Senate

The Daily Herald has endorsed former Republican McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox, recently appointed to replace Pam Althoff in the State Senate, over Democratic Party McHenry Township Assessor Mary Malady. Here’s part of the endorsement: Mahady would like to … Continue reading

County Board Discussing Cutting Real Estate Tax Levy from $71.8 to $69.8 Million

The McHenry County Board put next year’s real estate tax levy at $69,848,422. That is a reduction from this year’s $71,839,610. Last year the levy was $79,424,610.97. The County Board reduced it by about 9.5%, but some County Board members continued … 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

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

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

Jack Franks’ Inspector General Power Grab Fails to Gain Approval of Finance Committee

While I have not listened to the audio of yesterday’s McHenry County Finance Committee, I have been told that Chairman Jack Franks’ effort to fund a newly-conceived “Inspector General” did not make the cut for next year’s budget. It is … 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

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

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

County Board Candidate Lori Parrish’s Fundraiser

Overlapping McHenry County Board candidate Carolyn Schofield’s fundraiser Tuesday evening at Crystal Lake Brewing was one for Lori Parrish at the Bulldog Ale House. I met Parrish’s running mate, Joe Gottemoller, coming out of the establishment on his way to Schofield’s … Continue reading