McHenry County Board Candidates Answer Seven Questions – Return of Title X

Instead of finding a quote from each of the nine District 1,2 and 3 candidates for McHenry County Board who were featured in the McHenry County League of Women Voters Forum, let’s take a look at their answers to one … Continue reading

County Board Candidates from Districts 1, 2 & 3 on Display Tonight at MCC

The McHenry County League of Women Voters will hold a forum for County Board candidates running in Districts 1, 2, and 3 on Monday, October 8th. In District 1 the following are candidates: Republican Bob Nowak Republican Christopher Spoerl Democrat … Continue reading

County Board Candidates from Districts 1, 2 & 3 on Display Monday, October 8th

The McHenry County League of Women Voters will hold a forum for County Board candidates running in Districts 1, 2, and 3 on Monday, October 8th. In District 1 the following are candidates: Republican Bob Nowak Republican Christopher Spoerl Democrat … 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

Readers Continue to Mine the Special Meetings and Post-Meeting about Patronage Employees & Valley Hi

Under yesterday’s article putting up part of the transcript of the August 23rd Special Meetings called by eight McHenry County Board members to consider the future for Valley Hi and eliminating the positions from which Jack Franks’ patronage employees have … Continue reading

Franks Makes Progess on Lowering Number of Committees

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks made significant progress in convincing Board members to lower the number of committees from twelve to seven. Can’t imagine why readers might be intereste, but here’s an attempt to list the proposal: Finance Internal … Continue reading

Jack Franks Temporary Rules Committee

There is a provision in the McHenry County Board Rules that allows its Chairman to appoint ad hoc committees. It was designed, according to one member of the Management Services Committee who was there when the language was added, to … Continue reading

The County Board IMRF Question Copy

The following was first published the day before the March 15th Primary Election, but, in view of the County Board meeting of last night, I think it is worth repeating: I have been so inundated that two topics that deserve … Continue reading

The County Board IMRF Question

I have been so inundated that two topics that deserve thoughtful consideration haven’t been covered. One of them is the practice of McHenry County Board members getting pensions. David Stieper and Andrew Gasser brought up the topic during the 2014 … Continue reading

Committee Votes Down Maintenance Workers Contract

Last Tuesday, the McHenry County Board’s Facilities Management Committee could not muster a majority to recommend the maintenance workers union contract with Operating Engineers Local 150. The vote was 2-2 with three members absent. Voting in favor were Jim Heisler, … Continue reading

Township Consolidation Dead – Updated with Public Comment

Led by McHenry County Board Chairman Joe Gottemoller, thirteen members tacked the lid on the coffin of the township consolidation movement. During the lengthy public comment period, in which the opponents of township consolidation dominated the podium, County Board members … Continue reading

County Board Supports Governor’s Turnaround Agenda

You’ll be hearing more about the contents of the following resolution, which passed the McHenry County Board on a 16-5 vote Thursday morning. Voting against the resolution were Tina Hill Mary McCann Anna May Miller Mike Skala Bob Nowak The … Continue reading

Munaretto Fails to Get County Real Estate Contract

Former McHenry County Board member Marc Munaretto failed to get a contract to handle real estate deals with the County at Tuesday night’s meeting. This was the second time the resolution to approve him made it to the Board floor. … Continue reading

Gasser Defeat of Chirikos Means GOP Controls All Seats on County Board

In District 1 after about 3,150 early and absentee ballots were added to in-person ballot results from last night, newcomer Andrew Gasser of Fox River Grove defeated incumbent Democrat Nick Chirikos of Algonquin by 382 votes. That increased his 169 … Continue reading

County Board May Have No Democrats

There are now two Democrats on the McHenry County Board: Nick Chirikos Paula Yensen With 20,000 absentee and early votes still missing, Republicans are ahead in all districts where Democrats are on the ballot. With three precincts outstanding, candidates for … Continue reading

NWH Endorses Chirikos, Gasser, Gottemoller & Kopsell

The Northwest Herald started rolling out its endorsements Friday. For District 1 on the McHenry County Board, the paper endorsed the incumbent Democrat and the non-incumbent Republican: Nick Chirikos (D-Algonquin) Andrew Gasser (R-Fox River Grove) Odd man out was incumbent … Continue reading