County Board Members Use Letter Against Township Abolition by Referendum Bill to Try to Scuttle Bill

Below is the letter that McHenry County Board member and former Grafton Township Supervisor Jim Kearns circulated among his colleagues. All signed it but Yvonne Barnes, Michael Rein and Craig Wilcox. The letter, addressed to the State Senate, was handed … Continue reading

John Jung to Lead Dorr Township GOP

Three Township Republican Central Committees elected officers Wednesday night. Today, we will look at the results in Dorr Township, which is comprised mainly of Woodstock and Bull Valley. Karen Tirio, who was elected Secretary of the McHenry County GOP, had … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Allies Focus on Criticizing Michael Rein

As predictable as wet sidewalks during a thunderstorm was a hit piece against one of McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ harshest critics, Woodstock’s Michael Rein. Here’s what allies of THE CHAIRMAN calling themselves the “Illinois Integrity Fund”have sent out: … Continue reading

Commenter’s Take on Some County Board NWH Interviews

Camp Lake spent time listening to Northwest Herald interviews of some running for the McHenry County Board in the Republican Primary Election. Here are his/her reactions: Listening to the NWHerald interview: *Ersel [Schuster] is honest in that the tax decrease … Continue reading

Local Pro-Lifers Offer Endorsements

The McHenry County Pro-Life Victory Fund has issued its endorsements to its Pro-Life mailing list. Getting the boost were the following: Congressmen Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren State Senate candidate Craig Wilcox McHenry County Clerk Joe Tirio McHenry County Board … Continue reading

John Jung and Lesli Melendy Team Up in District 5 County Board Race to Defeat Michael Rein

Incumbent John Jung and challenger Lesli Melendy have teamed up to know incumbent Michael Rein off the McHenry County Board. Rein is the only one in District 5–whether Democrat or Republican–who challenges McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks (D-Marengo). … Continue reading

Jack Franks Wanted to Have Cal Skinner Arrested

We’re back to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ paranoia. He thinks he is important enough that someone would want to kill him. [Cue canned laughter.] He pretends that he was scared for his life (and his family’s) when a … Continue reading

Second Democrat Files for McHenry County Board in District 5

Former Green Party candidate for McHenry County Board Frank Wedig has been joined by Carlos Acosta on the Democratic Party ticket in District 5. They will face off against the winners in the GOP primary, where the following are running: … Continue reading

The McHenry County Board Minority’s Argument Against Granting Jack Franks Retroactive Approval for His Patronage Hire

McHenry County Blog reported in a timely fashion the names of those McHenry County Board members who voted to approve the highly irregularly hired patronage employees by Jack Franks last Christmas, but they seem worth posting against they are again before … Continue reading

Franks’ Patronage Push Loses in First County Board Committee

The patronage employees that Jack Franks hired without County Board authorization around Christmas last year did not received a reprieve in the Internal Services Committee yesterday. After Franks prevailed upon County Administrator Peter Austin to exceed the hiring authority granted … Continue reading

GOP Members of County Board Seek Two Special Meetings Wed. Night

A press release about the call for special McHenry County Board meetings by Republican County Board members: Special Meetings, McHenry County Board Two Special Meetings of the McHenry County Board have been called by Republican members for Wednesday, August 23, … Continue reading

Jack Franks Seeks Leasing Agent for Valley Hi Nursing Home Without County Board Involvement

In a move of which no McHenry County Board member attending State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally’s fundraiser last night was aware, Jack Franks has asked for Requests for Proposals to lease Valley Hi, the County nursing home. One member of the … Continue reading