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

Algonquin Township’s Anti-Nepotism and Partonage Resolution

Reprinted from Illinois Leaks with the Edgar County Watchdogs’ permission: Algonquin Township – The Circus Tent is getting bigger BY KIRK ALLEN ON AUGUST 8, 2018 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Once again the big top has open for the circus show.Tonight … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Board to Consider Nepotism & Patronage Hiring Tonight

Algonquin Township Clerk Karen Lukasik no longer broadcasts meetings and she doesn’t publish details of what will be considered on an agenda yet, but Township Supervisor Chuck Lutzow’s office sent the following resolutions which are on that agenda. Why his … Continue reading

McConnaughay Seeks Probe of Madigan Patronage Power

A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay: McConnaughay calls for independent investigation into Rep. Cassidy’s allegations Springfield, IL… State Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) joins several other lawmakers in calling for an investigation following the recent allegations made by … Continue reading

Support for Referendum to Put McHenry Township Road District Under Township Board

A letter to the Northwest Herald, reprinted with permission of its author, Ned Neumann: McHenry Township Road District Patronage Compared to the First Richard Daley’s Empire If a study is ever conducted to show the financial ramifications associated with consolidating townships, … 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

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 Push for Patronage Employees’ Approval Gains Victory in Second Committee

It’s now 2-1. The McHenry County Board’s Internal Services Committee dissed McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ push to legitimize the two patronage positions which were irregularly filled by County Administrator Peter Austin Christmas time last year. Then, the Human … Continue reading

Franks Gets What He Wants on Patronage Employee Hire from Human Resources Committee

Cut 10, add 2. That’s what the County Board seems likely to do. The levy will be cut 10% (after an all-Republican Board raised the levy 4% a year ago), but added will be two employees not in the this … 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

NWH Offers Balanced Story on Confrontation Over Jack Franks’ Patronage Employees & Opposition to Sharing Legal Opinions with Public

Northwest Herald headline: McHenry County Board chairman’s hires under fire Here’s what Google brought up concerning the Northwest Herald’s story about Thursday’s McHenry County Board Committee of the Whole meeting: McHenry County Board chairman’s hires under fire Northwest Herald WOODSTOCK – … Continue reading

NWH Takes Note of Jack Franks’ Patronage Hires and Thursday Meeting to Eliminate Those Improperly Filled Positions

In his ninth month as McHenry County Board Chairman, the Northwest Herald has taken notice that Jack Franks has made “political hires.” It’s in a story about the Special Meeting called Thursday by a minority of Republicans on the County … Continue reading

Special Meeting Calls Draw More GOP Sponsors

Republicans on the McHenry County Board not under the sway of Democratic Party Board Chairman Jack Franks have filed calls for Special Board Meetings on Thursday after the Committee of the Whole Meeting and the next Tuesday after the Regular … Continue reading