Franks Replies to School Superintendents’ Counteroffer to Meeting Request

Yesterday, McHenry County Blog published the press release McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks released about his invitation to nine school superintendents and board presidents to meet with him on Thursday. The superintendents said a number had scheduling conflicts, but … Continue reading

School Superintendent’s Reply to Jack Franks’ Command Performance, aka, Publicity Pop

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks posted the following press release after it was published in the Northwest Herald. Franks asked for a meeting right after property tax bills would be received. Problem with that is Franks would have had … Continue reading

Strategy for Taking Control of School Boards Back from the Teachers’ Union

Commenter Swampbuggy offers this sage advice for how to cut property taxes: Right now the Teacher’s Union has discovered that you can run teachers for the school boards and then call all the parents and union members to come out … Continue reading

Palatine School Board Conflict of Interest Article Catches Attention for CL High School Board Similarity

Crystal Lake High School Board Members Set Relatives’ Salaries A Friend of McHenry County Blog read an article in the Daily Herald concerning the conflict of interest in having relatives of school employees negotiating their salaries. Having relatives of school … Continue reading

NWH Points Out District 155 High School Board Candidates Endorsed by Teacher Union

In its article on the Crystal Lake High School District 155 Board election Friday, the Northwest Herald did something I have not seen done before. It identified which candidates were endorsed by the teacher union. In my precinct letter, I … Continue reading

Rauner Comments on Chicago,Cook County Property Tax Bills; Silent on Bill That, If Signed, Would Hike School Taxes Outside of Chicago

From Governor Bruce Rauner: Statement from Governor Rauner on Property Tax Bills  SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner issued the following statement as many homeowners throughout Illinois face a deadline today to pay property taxes: “Illinois residents are being hit with record … Continue reading

No Law Keeps Officials from Revealing What Happens in Secret Sessions

Illinois Leaks (Edgar County Watchdog) has an article laying out the basis for why public officials can talk about what they discuss in Executive Sessions. the title pretty much tells it all: Closed Meetings – The truth about what can … Continue reading

CL & McHenry High School Board Candidate’ Petitions Challenged.

Thanks to another new element on McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s web site, one can find the names of school board candidates who have had their petitions challenged. There are three high school candidates in addition to the three Harrison … Continue reading

Those Interested Enough in Running for School Board to Pick Up Petitions

Petitions for school boards are being handed out by the McHenry County Clerk’s Office this year. Those getting them have an opportunity to sign their names and put other information on a legal pad. You see the results from earlier … Continue reading