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

GOP Seeks Candidates to Replace Mike Walkup in District 3

A press release from the McHenry County Republican Party: GOP Seeking McHenry County Board Vacancy Applicants for District 3 McHenry County, Ill. – McHenry County is seeking qualified candidates to apply to succeed County Board member Michael Walkup, who resigned … 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

McHenry County Board Committee Recommendations (Corrected)

Correction: My eyes were not working well enough yesterday when I copied the following information from item 14.2a in tonight’s McHenry County Board Agenda.  Most of my mistakes were in the Public Health Committee. = = = = = On … 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

Carlos Acosta on ICE Detention: Before and After His Election

Yesterday McHenry County Blog pointed readers to the Chicago Sun-Times article about the money received from the Federal government for housing illegal aliens. In it, newly-elected McHenry County Board member Carlos Acosta is indirectly quoted as saying, “asked whether the … Continue reading

Four Democrats Being Sworn In as McHenry County Board Members Today

It’s the first Monday in December. That’s when newly-elected county officials are sworn in statewide. The biggest news is the addition of four Democrats to the McHenry County Board. The total is now five, plus County Board Chairman Jack Franks. … Continue reading

Keeping County Health Insurance While Drawing State Pension Gets Jack Franks $150 a Month

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog reported that former State Rep. Jack Franks began drawing his legislative pension of $,885.19 a month. At age 55, retired legislators are allowed to start drawing their retirement benefits. A second state retiree benefit is health … Continue reading