Cook County Judge Says “No Way” to Reapportionment Reform

The Chicago Tribune headline on the latest effort to make legislative district line drawing less political.

The Chicago Tribune headline on the latest effort to make legislative district line drawing less political.

The last time that attorney Mike Kasper was involved in McHenry County affairs was when the Mike Madigan reapportionment committee held its first meeting, which was at Marengo High School. Here Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks is advised by Mike Kasper.

When the Mike Madigan reapportionment committee held its first meeting, it was at Marengo High School. Here Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks is advised by Mike Kasper, the attorney who just thwarted a referendum to take the power to draw the maps out of the direct hands of the Democrats who control the Illinois General Assembly.

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s attempt to take away absolute power from Mike Madigan and John Cullerton in the drawing of legislative lines has been stopped by a Cook County judge.

The Chicago Tribune story can be found here.

The Governor’s statement on the decision is below:

Statement on Redistricting Referendum

 CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner issued the following statement on a Cook County judge’s decision regarding the redistricting referendum on the November ballot:

Crystal Lake is in three state rep. and three state senate districts.

Crystal Lake is in three state rep. and three state senate districts as a result of the map drawn by Mike Madigan with the support of Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks.  In the new map, Franks arranged to have the Spring Grove precincts he lost to John O’Neill taken out of his new district.  County Board Chairmen propose county board district lines.

“Today’s ruling is a harsh reminder that the political system in Illinois is in need of major reforms. I hope the decision to deny voters the chance to consider the Independent Map redistricting referendum is appealed and reversed.

“Independent redistricting is badly needed in our state. A stunning two-thirds of incumbents will be running unopposed in November. That’s certainly not because the politicians in charge are doing such a good job in Springfield. It means the system is broken.

“Legislators in power could have placed the Independent Maps referendum directly on the ballot and avoided this court decision. Instead, they chose to play politics in an effort to protect their own power.

“That is wrong.

“We have it backwards in Illinois.

Voters should be able to choose their elected officials through an independently-drawn map that ensures competitive elections. Instead, we have politicians choosing their voters, putting politics ahead of people.

“Independent Maps has strong support from both Democrats and Republicans. It has strong support from non-partisan good government groups.  So this ruling is a definitely a setback for the people of Illinois.

“If this decision remains in place, it will prove that we need to put political reform at the top of our legislative agenda. We need to fix our broken political system to ensure taxpayers win instead of the insiders.”

McHenry 4-Year Old Overheated in Family Car

A press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:

Heat Related Injury Investigation

Holly Court, McHenry, is near the outdoor theater.

Holly Court, McHenry, is near the outdoor theater.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at approximately 1530 hrs, members of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Holly Ct. In unincorporated McHenry to assist McHenry Fire Protection District with a child unresponsive in a car.

Deputies arrived approximately 5 minutes later and found Fire District personnel tending to a 4-year old girl.

Preliminary investigation indicates the girl overheard conversations about going to her Grandma’s house for dinner. The girl went outside and climbed into the car without anyone’s knowledge.

The family began looking for the girl approximately 15-20 minutes later and found her in the car unresponsive.

The mother immediately removed her from the car and called 911.

Fire District personnel transported the girl to Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center McHenry. Medical staff continued treating the girl and transferred her to Lutheran General Hospital for further treatment.

At this time the incident is under investigation and the family is cooperating.

Information will be updated as appropriate.

Jack Franks 25,071 Taxpayer-Financed Newsletter

As mentioned yesterday, State Rep. Jack Franks used taxpayer money to print 25,071 newsletters.

It is no coincidence that it is arriving while he is kicking off his campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman.

Today, let’s look at the biggest part–a letter to “Dear Neighbor”:

State Rep. Jack Franks used the Legislative Printing Unit to print this letter at no cost to his legislative office.

State Rep. Jack Franks used the Legislative Printing Unit to print this letter at no cost to his legislative office.

The letter is not about his leader Mike Madigan having had success in Springfield with his supermajority of Democrats.

I’ll be interested in the comments people have after they read it.

The mailing, incidentally, is supposed to be distributed only in his district. If you live outside and receive one, please let folks know.

District 1 Democrat Knocking on Doors

District 1 Democratic Party candidate for McHenry County Board Kerri Barber is knocking on doors.

Here is what she is handing out:

District 1 County Board member Kerri Barber's walk piece.

District 1 County Board member Kerri Barber’s walk piece.

This particular piece has a nice note, so apparently the homeowner was not found at home.

Republican candidates for the office are Yvonne Barnes and Tom Wilbeck.

Harvard Police Ready to Be Dunked

With all the stories about tension between police and citizens, the Harvard Police Department has come up with a bonding idea I haven’t seen before.

Harvard PD KrauseHarvard PD ButonHarvard PD Leard

Can anyone imagine a better way to humanize police officers than Harvard has come up with?

The following is the Department’s press release about its August 2nd National Night Out celebrationL

National Night Out

Ducker Middle School Teacher Mrs. Willemarck prepares to hit the water.

Ducker Middle School Teacher Mrs. Willemarck prepares to hit the water in McHenry

As a reminder, the Harvard Police Department is hosting National Night Out on Tuesday 08-02-16 from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm at the Harvard Moose Family Center Outdoor Pavilion (22500 W. Route 173). Complimentary hot dogs and water will be provided along with:

  • A Chance to Meet and Greet Harvard’s First Responders,
  • Balloon Sculpting,
  • Juggling Show,
  • Fire Truck Display,
  • Bouncy House,
  • Comedy Show,
  •  Free Door Prizes and
  • A Dunk Tank!

Some of the participants in the Dunk Tank include Chief Krause, Det. Leard and Officer Burton, who will retire that night! If anyone else would like to be involved, please reach out to Officer Burton ([email protected]).

This event is open to everyone, parking, food, water and participation is free.

The event is sponsored by the Harvard Community Partnership Coalition, Harvard State Bank, Harvard Moose Lodge, City of Harvard, Walmart, J’s Lanes, Northwest Rescue-Critical Care Transport, Harvard Savings Bank and the Harvard Fire Department.

Harrison Withdraws from Being Democrat Running for State’s Attorney

As Jack Franks is sending out 25,071 copies of a taxpayer-finance newsletter, he has apparently gotten rid of one of his problems.

I’ve been told that Franks was none too happy to be paired with Jim Harrison, the candidate slated for McHenry County State’s Attorney.

Today, Harrison withdrew.

Jim Harrison is no longer running for McHenry County State's Attorney against Patrick Kenneally.

Jim Harrison is no longer running for McHenry County State’s Attorney against Patrick Kenneally.

Whoever designed the following graphic will now have to revise it to make it relevant:

An image provided by reader "Observer" of Jack Franks ("I'll tax you!!) and Jim Harrison ("I'll sue you!!").

An image provided by reader “Observer” of Jack Franks (“I’ll tax you!!) and Jim Harrison (“I’ll sue you!!”).

Franks Buys Daily Herald Internet Ad

Embedded in an article in the Daily Herald about how mainstream media articles about Donald Trump got more and more negative as his Primary Election campaign got better and better results is the ad you see below:

Jack Franks ad on the internet at the Daily Herald web site.

Jack Franks ad on the internet at the Daily Herald web site.


There is a link to the property tax part of Jack Franks’ web site in the ad.

Jack Franks Contributions

State Representative Jack Franks is good at getting headlines and at raising money.

The Northwest Herald headline from early June of 2014 about Jack Franks' promise not to run for McHenry County Board Chairman.

The Northwest Herald headline from early June of 2014 about Jack Franks’ promise not to run for McHenry County Board Chairman.

In the second quarter of this year, he reported having raised $45,754.91.

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

He spent $35,108.55 during those three months, so he managed to increase his campaign fund total to $572,376.31.

No one things he will spend anywhere near that amount in his campaign for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship.

With some thinking he might be planning to use the McHenry County office as a stepping stone to statewide office, it would be logical for him to minimize the money spent locally to that which he thinks is necessary to win the office.

Seen below are the contributors and amounts given to Jack Franks campaign fund, which still lists him as a candidate for State Representative. No mention is made of the office he is now seeking.

The largest contributor at $5,000 is a firm of attorneys. there are a couple of other lawyer contributions as well.

Thirty-four is my count the number of organizations that lobby legislators writing checks to Franks.

Eight McHenry County businesses are listed as having given money.

Seven union locals are represented among Franks’ contributors.

The state’s two electric utilities are listed as contributors (Ameren and Commonwealth Edison). Franks voted for legislation to allow them to raise their electric rates without Illinois Commerce Commission approve.

Jack Franks' backflip on opposing Com Ed rate hikes was announced last night on Twitter.

Jack Franks’ back flip on opposing Com Ed rate hikes was announced the day before the vote on Twitter by ABC’s Charles Thomas..

Gambling opponent (see “morally wrong” quote from Daily Herald at link) Franks accepted a contribution from Caesars Entertainment Operating Company of Los Vegas.

I see only three contributions from individuals.

None of the Host Committee on his latest Chicago fundraiser gave enough money to have their names listed as donors.  That was the second Chicago fundraiser for 2016.

$5,000 – Peck Ritchey, LLC, Chicago 60603

$2,500 – American Heritage Protective Svc, Inc, Alsip
$2,500 – Intren, Inc., Union

$2,000 – Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, Springfield
$2,000 – H S Crocker Co Inc, Huntley

$1,500 – Alliance Contractors Inc, Woodstock
$1,500 – Ameren, St. Louis, MO
$1,500 – Illinois BANKPAC, Springfield

$1,000 – American Council of Engineering Companies of IL PAC, Springfield
$1,000 – AT&T Services Inc, Chicago 60606
$1,000 – BNSF Railway Company, Fort Worth, TX
$1,000 – Ed’s Rental, Crystal Lake
$1,000 – Globetrotters Engineering Corp, Chicago 60606
$1,000 – Great Lakes Medicaid, Chicago 60607
$1,000 – Illinois Laborers’ Legislative Comm, Springfield
$1,000 – Illinois Pipe Trades PAC, Springfield
$1,000 – Illinois Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, Countryside
$1,000 – Realtor Political Action Committee, Springfield

$550 – Christopher Mullen Realty Tax LLC, Chicago 60602
$500 – Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Las Vegas
$500 – Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, Chicago 60609
$500 – Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Chicago 60611
$500 – ComEd PAC, Chicago 60605
$500 – Fast Eddies Car Was & Detail Centers, McHenry
$500 – Harris & Harris, Chicago 60604
$500 – Harry Caray’s, Chicago 60654
$500 – IL Professional Land Surveyors Assoc PAC, Springfield
$500 – IL Society of Professional Engineers Inc PAC, Springfield
$500 – Illinois Architects PAC, Springfield
$500 – Illinois Construction Industry PAC, Springfield
$500 – Illinois State Medical Society PAC, Chicago 60602
$500 – Local 399 Political Education Fund [Operating Engineers] Chicago 60616
$500 – Pickering & Associates LLC, Elgin
$500 – Policemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois PAC, Springfield
$500 – SUAAction [State Universities Annuitants Association], Springfield
$500 – Southern Wine & Sprits of America, Inc., Miramar, FL
$500 – The Roosevelt Group, Chicago 60607
$500 – Thomson Weir, LLC, Springfield

$400 – Timothy V Keough, Lakewood

$350 – CHEM PAC, Des Plaines

$300 – Timothy V Keough
$300 – Dan Shomon Inc, Chicago 60603
$300 – Illinois Optometric Assoc PAC, Springfield

$250 – American Airlines PAC, Washington, DC
$250 – Baxter & Woodman Inc, Crystal Lake
$250 – Boilmakers-Blacksmiths Local #1, Chicago 60608
$250 – CAR of Illinois Affiliated w/IL Automobile Dealers Assoc, Springfield
$250 – Chas. Herdrich & Son, Inc., McHenry
$250 – Citizens for [Chicago Adlerman Brendan] Riley, Chicago 60654
$250 – Continental Airlines Empl For A Better America PAC, Houston, TX
$250 – Credit Union Political Action Council, Naperville
$250 – George T & Beth J Drost, Arlington Heights
$250 – McHenry Heating & Air, Inc, McHenry
$250 – IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund, Washington, DC
$250 – Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Assoc, Springfield
$250 – Peoples Gas, Chicago 60601
$250 – Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, Waukegan
$250 – Bruce A & Sharon L Scott, Woodstock
$250 – Underground Contractors Assoc PAC, Itasca

$200 – Lowder Governmental Solutions, Springfield

Franks received $1,250 from individuals and businesses in amounts less than $150.01, plus $400 from Political Action Committees under than amount, plus $4.91 in “Other Receipts.”

In addition, Franks received $97 in in-kind, that is, non-cash contributions.

Reick Looking for Paid Interns

Ryann Rooney and her sister Erin were at the Grand Opening.

Saturday’s lead off photo at State Rep. candidate Steve Reick’s Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening was one of intern John O’Neill.

Now, McHenry County Blog learns that more interns are being sought.

And, they will be paid.

Any recent high school grads or college students (18+) looking for summer work should contact Ryann Rooney at [email protected] for more information.

Library Seeks Nov. $30 Million Advisory Referendum

The Crystal Lake City Council will be asked to put a November advisory referendum on the ballot at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Careful readers will remember that the Crystal Lake Library have been holding meetings.

The June meeting was billed as

“What about the money?”

Crystal Lake is unlike most other libraries in McHenry County.

The yard sign campaign of the Crystal Lake Library District was evident in 2014 on Dole Avenue.

The yard sign campaign of the Crystal Lake Library District, still continuing, was evident in 2014 on Dole Avenue.

It is not a separate tax district governed by elected trustees.

It is part of Crystal Lake City government.

Because Crystal Lake is more than 25,000 people, it is a “Home Rule” unit.

That means, the City Council could approve borrowing enough money to build a library or an addition without asking voter approval.

But, in this day of a middling economy and McHenry County’s being the 29th highest taxed county in the United States (out of more than 3,000 counties), City Council members probably are not willing to go out on a limb to put taxpayers in debt.

Especially, with three council members–Ralph Dawson, Brett Hopkins and Cameron Hubbard–on the ballot next April.

Proposed relocation of the library as seen in the spring 2015 Crystal Lake Library newsletter.

Proposed relocation of the library as seen in the spring 2015 Crystal Lake Library newsletter.

In any event, Library backers are asking an advisory referendum be put on the ballot during the largest voter turnout election of the cycle.

If it passes, one might imagine that next spring the Council will be asked to put a binding referendum on the ballot.

There are two elections next spring.

The first will be the Republican Primary Election for township office.

To the best of my knowledge, only Algonquin Township Republican Precinct Committeemen have voted to hold such a primary.

However, four years ago, all four townships overlaying parts of Crystal Lake–Algonquin, Dorr, Grafton and Nunda–held primary elections.

Here is what the council members will be reading:

Background

The Crystal Lake Public Library Board of Trustees and Executive Director conducted four community engagement sessions to discuss their proposal for a possible library expansion.

The Crystal Lake Public Library is a semi-autonomous municipal corporation organized under the Local Library Act [75 ILCS 5/1-1 et seq.] and is governed by a Board of Library Trustees, appointed by the City of Crystal Lake Mayor with City Council approval. Day-to-d(‘ly operations are managed by an Executive Director hired by the Library Board of Trustees.

The Crystal Lake Library Board of Trustees does not have the ability to issue debt. Any library organized under the Local Library Act can only issue bonds with the permission of corporate authorities of the City.

Based on the outcome of the community engagement sessions, at their June 29, 2016 meeting, the Crystal Lake Library Board voted unanimously to recommend to the City Council that a new 75,000 square foot Library be built at the current location with the following wording for the Advisory Referendum ballot question:

The question the Library wants to have on the Crystal Lake ballot in November.

The question the Library wants to have on the Crystal Lake ballot in November asks if Crystal Lakers are wiling to pay $132 more each year to build a new library.

Representatives from the Crystal Lake Library will be in attendance at the July 19th City Qouncil meeting to formally request that the City Council adopt an ordinance authorizing the Crystal Lake Public Library expansion advisory question to be placed on the November 8, 2016.

Financing Options:

City staff contacted PMA Securities, the City’s financial advisor, to dete1mine the impact of a bond if an advisory referendum is successful.

The attached information includes various debt scenarios and their impact to individual property owners. The presentation has a summary of each option by amount and term.

The summary includes the estimated debt service, estimated tax rate increase, and estimated payment increase for homes valued at $100,000, $200,000 and $300,000.

This is the house on the Crystal Lake Avenue side of the Library that would be torn down.

This is the house on the Crystal Lake Avenue side of the Library that would be torn down under the new plan.

The above analysis is only for the capital improvement portion of the proposed library expansion.

A larger library facility will require additional operating costs.

In 2014, the Library contracted with Ehlers and Associates to conduct a financial analysis.

The attached Ehlers financial analysis addresses approximately $122,510 in additional operating costs.

Because the Crystal Lake Library is a component unit of the City of Crystal Lake, the Library carmot issue debt on its own. Instead, any bond issuance would need to be approved by the City Council.

Below are the next steps assuming that an advisory referendum question would be placed on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

Library election schedule 7-16

An advisory referendum, which is allowed under the State Election Code, is strictly advisory and
has no legal effect if adopted or rejected.

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Four years ago, the cost was said to be about $21 million.  The cost is estimated to be $132 per year for a $200,000 home.

The median sales price for homes in Crystal Lake for Apr 14 to Jul 13 was $206,750 based on 204 home sales.

Rauner Signs Bath Salts Ban

As the Republican National Convention kicks off, Republican Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was in Illinois signing a bill about bath salts.  His press release follows:

Governor Rauner Signs Legislation to Curb Sale of Addictive Bath Salts

Synthetic cathinone use remains a growing problem in Illinois

 TAYLORVILLE – Governor Bruce Rauner today signed Senate Bill 210 which creates the Bath Salts Prohibition Act to help curb the growing number of people selling and consuming synthetic cathinones, popularly known as “bath salts”.

Bruce Rauner at the McHenry County Republican Headquarters while running for office.

Bruce Rauner at the McHenry County Republican Headquarters while running for office.

“Bath salts have been on the rise here in Illinois and are being sold under the disguise of normal products,” said Governor Rauner. “This bill will help counteract the growing number of synthetic cathinones producers and help our communities, especially those in rural Illinois, combat this epidemic.”

Bath salts are chemically similar to amphetamines, cocaine, and MDMA, and they produce effects such as paranoia, hallucinations, increased sociability, panic attacks and excited delirium. They are often sold disguised as common bath salts and have been sold in convenience stores, smoke shops and similar businesses. They are known to be addictive.

“This bill is a small step towards tackling what remains a devastating issue in our communities. These highly addictive synthetic drugs continue to wreak havoc on our communities and throughout the country,” said Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Raymond), sponsor of the legislation.  “It is my hope that this new law will limit access and spark discussions on how we can continue to crack down on this epidemic.”

Senate Bill 210 states that a person may not sell, or offer for sale, any bath salts in a retail establishment in Illinois. It is a Class 3 felony if the Act is violated, resulting in a potential fine not exceeding $150,000. In addition to any penalty that may be imposed for a violation of the Act, the unit of local government that issued a retailer’s license for the retail establishment who violated the Act may revoke that retailer’s license.

Use of bath salts has been on the rise across the country for the last decade. Two variations of the drug were outlawed in the United States in 2012, but new chemical compounds have been introduced.

SB 210 goes into effect on January 1, 2017.

Lakewood Sends Press Release Announcing Sale of Turnberry Country Club

A press release from the Village of Lakewood:

Village Announces Purchase of Turnberry Country Club On behalf of the Village of Lakewood, Village President Erin Smith is pleased to announce the recent purchase of Turnberry Country Club by First Leap Holdings, LLC

“We have been fortunate that Wintrust has been such an outstanding member of our business community as it has continued to maintain and operate Turnberry Country Club in a professional manner during this period of transition,” said President Smith.

“Our community owes them a debt of gratitude.”

Erin Smith

Erin Smith

On behalf of the Village of Lakewood, Village President Erin Smith is pleased to announce the recent purchase of Turnberry Country Club by First Leap Holdings, LLC.

The principal of First Leap Holdings, LLC is Sundeep Oberoi.

In addition to his software company,

Mr. Oberoi has a significant real estate portfolio, including a nine hole golf course in DeKalb, IL.

His associate, Mr. Rahul Singh, will provide primary management and oversight of the operations of Turnberry Country Club, which will continue to be run by Kemper Sports.

Mr. Singh has fifteen years of business experience in software development, as well as managing substantial business assets, including 200,000 square feet of commercial and residential space and 275 acres of land.

Included within the commercial real estate assets are a 36,000 square foot fitness center and two golf courses, both of which have a club house, full bar, and banquet facilities.

Consistent with his experience with high quality recreational experiences and the critical role that recreation plays in our lives, Mr. Singh is also a nationally ranked squash player.

“As the new owner, I plan to schedule an open house in the very near future,” said Mr. Sundeep Oberoi.

“We want to engage the members, neighbors, and larger community in an open dialogue about how to build on the strengths of the club and craft a vision to shape a strategy and direction for the facility. It is our goal to have Turnberry Country Club serve as the golf and social destination for McHenry County and the greater northern Illinois area.”

Turnberry Country Club is located at 9600 Turnberry Trail, Village of Lakewood IL.

Established in 1972 by Arthur McIntosh, Turnberry Country Club boasts a 30,000 square foot French Normandy style clubhouse, a renovated 3,900 square foot banquet room, and four tennis courts.

Its crown jewel is the E. Lawrence Packard designed par 72 golf course. It has hosted a U.S. Open Qualifier and was also the site of the Illinois Open.

The course, with multiple tees, allows golfers of all abilities to have a rewarding experience.

In addition to his software company, Mr. Oberoi has a significant real estate portfolio, including a nine hole golf course in DeKalb, IL.

His associate, Mr. Rahul Singh, will provide primary management and oversight of the operations of Turnberry Country Club, which will continue to be run by Kemper Sports.

Mr. Singh has fifteen years of business experience in software development, as well as managing substantial business assets, including 200,000 square feet of commercial and residential space and 275 acres of land.

Included within the commercial real estate assets are a 36,000 square foot fitness center and two golf courses, both of which have a club house, full bar, and banquet facilities.

Consistent with his experience with high quality recreational experiences and the critical role that recreation plays in our lives, Mr. Singh is also a nationally ranked squash player.

“As the new owner, I plan to schedule an open house in the very near future,” said Mr. Sundeep Oberoi.

“We want to engage the members, neighbors, and larger community in an open dialogue about how to build on the strengths of the club and craft a vision to shape a strategy and direction for the facility.

It is our goal to have Turnberry Country Club serve as the golf and social destination for McHenry County and the greater northern Illinois area.”

Turnberry Country Club is located at 9600 Turnberry Trail, Village of Lakewood IL.

Established in 1972 by Arthur McIntosh, Turnberry Country Club boasts a 30,000 square foot French Normandy style clubhouse, a renovated 3,900 square foot banquet room, and four tennis courts. Its crown jewel is the E. Lawrence Packard designed par 72 golf course. It has hosted a U.S. Open Qualifier and was also the site of the Illinois Open.

The course, with multiple tees, allows golfers of all abilities to have a rewarding experience.

Recap of Reick Spending to Stay on Ballot, Fend Off Madigan-Franks Stalking Horse

A re-statement of the Steve Reick campaign’s campaign disclosure for the first quarter of the year–the time when fake GOP candidate Jeffrey Lichte was being pushed by Mike Madigan and Jack Franks allies–has been filed.

The House Republican Organization and allies provided significant in-kind (that is) non-cash support to the State Reick for State Representative effort.

Jeffrey Licthe remains appropriately faceless.

Jeffrey Licthe remains appropriately faceless.

John Bartman

John Bartman

To keep Reick on the ballot, the HRO paid attorney John Fogarty $20,348.00.

Challenging an opponent’s right to be on the ballot is a time honored tactic to drain money from an opponent’s campaign.

He it been successful, fake Republican Jeffrey Litche, last seen wearing a Jack Franks tee shirt and driving Jack Franks parade entry in the Wonder Lake Independence Day Parade would be the rollover and play dead opponent to Jack Franks replacement for State Rep. on the ballot John Bartman.

The rest of the expenditures were spent to counter the over $50,000 spent in direct mail and radio advertising by House Speaker Mike Madigan and Jack Franks allies to denigrate Reick and drive Republican voters to cast ballots for Lichte.

Majority Strategies of Ponte Vedre, Florida, has been paid $10,751.59.  No indication of what the firm did for the money provided Reick on behalf of the House Republican Organization.

Next highest vendor was Jordan, Ross & Rose Advertising of Northfield.  Radio advertising cost $2,990.  An additional $6,848 was spent through the firm by Reick’s campaign fund.

Cherry Communications of Tallahassee was paid $1,385.15 for advocacy calls.

Compass Consulting of Western Springs was also paid $485 for advocacy calls.

An ad in the Woodstock Independent cost $820.

Public House of Woodstock got $160 for meals for the campaign committee.

The total spent to counter the one week Madigan onslaught was $37,091.21.

Cash contributions included

  • $7,500 from the House Victory Fund
  • $1,000 from Gary Rabine of Johnsburg
  • $200 from Allen Skillicorn, State Rep. campaign fund

The campaign reported the following debts:

  • $4,900 to Liberty Outdoor Advertising of Crystal Lake
  • $1,680.75 to One Zero Charlie of Woodstock

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Here are the Mike Madigan allies who donated to protect Jack Franks from a real Republican Party opponent this fall:

  • 3-8-16 IPACE (Illinois Education Association PAC), Springfield – $12,500
  • 3-9-16 SEIU Healthcare, Chicago – $5,000
  • 3-9-16 llinois Trial Lawyers Assoc. PAC, Springfield – $15,000
  • 3-10-16 IHCA (Illinois Health Care Association) PAC, Springfield – $5,000
  • 3-10-16 Aperion Care Inc., Skokie – $1,250
  • 3-10-16 Illinois Federation of Teachers COPE, Westmont – $5,000
  • 3-11-16 Illinois State AFL-CIO, Springfield – $2,000
  • 3-11-16 KFT Services LLC, Lincolnwood – $1,250
  • 3-11-16 Legacy Healthcare Financial Services, Lincolnwood – $1,250
  • 3-12-16 Heritage Enterprises, Inc., Bloomington – $1,250
  • 3-22-16 International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 2, Chicago – $3,000

Most of the money to defeat Reick went through a last minute pop-up committee called “Government for the People.”

Valley Hi Board Discussing Scabies Wednesday

The Valley Hi Operating Board will meet at 8:30 AM to discuss scabies infections among patients and staff.

(You can find general information on the problem here.)

Attorney and medical expert Jack Franks, running for the Chairmanship of the McHenry County Board has decided to make the outbreak a campaign issue.

The following was found on Facebook Sunday night:
Franks scabies 1Franks scabies 2Franks scabies 2
Franks scabies 5

Free Pets from Animal Shelter Saturday, July 23rd

A press release from the McHenry County Health Department:

“Clear the Shelters Day” set for Saturday, July 23 at MCAC

McHenry County Animal Control waiving adoption fees for this event

Crystal Lake Ill. – McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center (MCAC) will participate in “Clear the Shelters” Day on Saturday, July 23, waiving adoption fees for all adoptable, cats and dogs over the 6 months of age from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Lorenzo

Lorenzo, the cat.

MCAC joins over 400 shelters across the Country and 20 throughout Chicagoland in this national event.

“Our goal is finding homes for all of our animals, so not only is there not an adoption fee, but adopted pets go to new owners already spayed or neutered, micro chipped, treated for parasites, fleas and ticks and vaccinated with age appropriate vaccines, including the rabies shot,“

said Maryellen Howell, Manager of McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption Center.

Pongo

Pongo, the cat.

In 2015 “Clear the Shelters Day” led to over 19,000 pets going home with new families. McHenry County Animal Control successfully found homes for 22 animals, joining the shelters across the country that completely “cleared the shelter”. The national goal this year for “Clear the Shelters Day” is to find homes for 20,000 furry friends. MCAC hopes you will help them clear their shelter again this year!

Echo, the cat.

Echo, the cat.

For more information visit www.nbcchicago.com, www.mcdh.info or call MCAC at 815- 459-6222. McHenry County Animal Control & Adoption is located at 100 North Virginia Street in Crystal Lake.

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ECHO – Female (spayed) Brown tabby Domestic Shorthair mix, approx. 2 years old

Echo was found as a “stray” and not claimed. This beautiful, petite girl is now hoping to find a forever home. She is a bit timid, but she is a very sweet kitty. She loves to play and be petted and even likes belly rubs! She is doing well with other cats at the shelter with a proper, slow introduction. Echo is spayed, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations. She has been at the shelter since 04/12/16.

LORENZO – Male (neutered) Brown tabby Domestic Shorthair, approx. 1.5 years old

Lorenzo was found as a “stray” and not claimed. He is a playful, attention-loving kitty. This cute guy is super friendly and energetic. He gets along well with other cats and lives peacefully with our other kitties at the shelter. Lorenzo is neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

PONGO – Male (neutered) Black & White Domestic Mediumhair, approx. 4 years old

Pongo was brought in as a “stray” and not claimed. He is a playful, super sweet kitty. He gets along well with other cats and currently lives peacefully with another adoptable cat (Maria – a three-year-old female). Pongo is neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccinations.

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Rachael Carbajal took at least two of the three photos above.

State House GOP Funding Two Staffers Now

Ryan Jordon at work during Steve Reick's Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening.

Jordan Ryan at work during Steve Reick’s Campaign Headquarters Grand Opening.

State Rep. candidate Steve Reick now reports in-kind contributions for two young folks now.

Rooney, Ryan + finance Chris Goulet

Ryann Rooney (on the right) and fiancé Chris Goulet

In the latest report of contributions over $1,000, the House Republican Organization says it paid

  • $1,580.29 for Jordan Ryan
  • $1,163 for Ryann Rooney

Must be interested when someone yells, “Ryan(n),” in the office.

Franks Folks Distribute Color Palm Card

You can see the first color literature of Democrat Jack Franks’ campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman below:

Franks lit 7-16 color side 2

Jack Franks hits the “tax fighter” theme, although so far he has not claimed to have lowered any local property taxes in 18 years of representing McHenry County.

This piece is the size small enough to fit into a business envelope.

One almost has to have a magnifying glass to figure out what the photos are about.

Jack Franks' campaign piece talks of opposing all tax increases, cleverly ignoring the huge tax increase bill he introduced this term.

Jack Franks’ campaign piece talks of opposing all tax increases, cleverly ignoring the huge tax increase bill he introduced this term.  People wait for Franks to come up with corruption in McHenry County he has fought while he earn legislative pension credits for 19 1/2 years at his part-time job.

In the upper right hand corner of the side seen above, note the Northwest Herald article about one of Jack Franks’ “headline bills.”

Headline bills are those everyone knows are not going to pass, ones that are only introduced in an attempt to get a headline.

The tactic works regularly with the NWH.

Also of interest is Franks claim about job creation.

The Illinois Manufacturing Association certainly does not agree, as you can see from the graphic below:

The Illinois Manufacturing Association selected this photo of Jack Franks to use when it criticized the Democrat for introducing a really large tax increase bill.

The Illinois Manufacturing Association selected this photo of Jack Franks to use when it criticized the Democrat for introducing a really large tax increase bill.

Dorr Township GOP Leader Tees Off on Democrats’ Secrecy

The following letter is published with the permission of author Joe Monack, who is Dorr Township Republican Central Committee Chairman.  I was originally published in the Northwest Herald on Saturday>

Democrats not so democratic

By now, everybody is familiar with “superdelegates.”

The sign outside the closed Democratic Party meeting when Jim Harrison was slated to run for McHenry County State's Attorney.

The sign outside the closed Democratic Party meeting when Jim Harrison was slated to run for McHenry County State’s Attorney.

In the presidential election, about 15 percent of the total delegates in the Democratic Party are these unelected “superdelegates” that can vote any way they want, regardless of how their state voted.

The percentage of delegates who are unelected party insiders is more than double the Republican Party.

There are efforts to lower the amount of superdelegates or get rid of them altogether.

The reason is simple: the process undermines democracy.

I contend that this kind of anti-democratic election fixing is not only a problem for Democrats at the national level, but that it has permeated into the Democratic Party at the local level, as well.

Just look right here in McHenry County.

Democrats have 12 candidates slated to run for County Board.

Of them, only five were actually on the ballot for Democratic primary voters.

Their state rep candidate was not on the ballot either. Nor was their County Board chairman candidate or recorder candidate.

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bisseltt closed the Woodstock Library meeting room door at about 9:15 Saturday morning.  Over an hour later John Bartman emerged to talk about his slating for State Representative in place of incumbent Jack Franks.

Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bisseltt closed the Woodstock Library meeting room door at about 9:15 Saturday morning. Over an hour later John Bartman emerged to talk about his slating for State Representative in place of incumbent Jack Franks.

Apparently, it is the rule, not the exception, of the McHenry County Democratic Party to bypass the primary process. There are a few possible explanations.

One is that they are sloppy and low-energy.

The other is that they want to delay scrutiny.

Their website asks, “Are you tired of ‘insider politics.’ ”

I believe people are tired of insider politics.

Unfortunately, the McHenry County Democratic Party seems to enjoy insider politics.