Opinions Cited by Jack Franks Freedom of Information Officer to Justify that McHenry County Blog Is Not Part of the News Media

Below are three of the opinions cited by Jack Franks’ Freedom of Information Officer to justify the assertion that McHenry County Blog is not part of the news media.

The first is dated February 13, 2015.

The second is dated May 27, 2015.

The third opinion is dated December 2, 1916.


Opinions Cited by Jack Franks Freedom of Information Officer to Justify that McHenry County Blog Is Not Part of the News Media — 31 Comments

  1. I thought freedom of information was supposed to be free to all so that we can keep tabs on government.

    What does this decision have to do with anything?

  2. The time and money spent on ‘opinions’ could be better used to give the taxpayers the information they request.

    B.S. such as above is the cause of the movement to “Drain the Swamp”.

  3. This Blog is not the media and cal is not a reporter.

    This blog is opinionated data that is sensored.

  4. The word Free is a oxymoron, nothing is free when dealing with the gov.

    Perhaps a $.10 a page like the library charges would be a resonable user fee.

    The Force be with you.

  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog

    A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (“posts”).

    Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page.
    Until 2009, blogs were usually the work of a single individual,[citation needed] occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic.

    In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and sometimes professionally edited.

    MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups, and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic.

    The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into the news media.

    Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

    By definition the internet NWH site is also a blog that allows comments.

  6. The very title of this law, “FREEDOM of Information Act”, clearly implies that
    the requested information must by law be available to the general public unless
    specific and legitimate legal reasons which meet the burden of proof to
    deny can be established.

    Such reasons have not been met.

  7. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

    Mahatma Gandhi

  8. Interesting that Cal says it’s Jack’s freedom of information act officer when Franks didn’t hire him – it’s the same one that we’ve always had for years!

    So, less than 100 days in and all the FOIA officers are ardent democrats and cogs in the machine? Lol

    Cal, you discredit yourself.

    Should have just removed he blog post and let it die.

    Your band of misfits may buy it – reasonable board members aren’t.

  9. He never said that, Molly.

    No one knows where that quote came from.

    But they know he did NOT say it.

    People, READ the act!

    It clearly says the public.

    Who do you imagine is the public?

    The useful idiots are taking the country down because you are letting them get away with (and actually enabling them) redifining the meaning of the word is.

    Nowhere does it say that you can have this, but you had better prove your bonifides to get this.

    Why are you so easily kowtowed into believing fairy tale versions of the truth?

  10. There wouldn’t be a need for all of this FOI minutiae, if you actually had a transparent government.

  11. Cindy,

    Like you are the resident expert in Ghandi?

    You claimed he is in hell!

  12. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -unknown

  13. Cal,
    Were you denied FOIA request in years past from McHenry County for being a frequent requester?

  14. Too bad we can’t FOIA Cal to make all of the blog’s funding sources public.

    In the interest of transparency of course.

  15. Those who wish to support McHenry County Blog financially can mail checks to

    McHenry County Blog
    c/o Cal Skinner
    275 Meridian St.
    Crystal Lake, IL 60014

  16. I voted against the FOI bill because I thought there should be no need for it.

  17. If you don’t think employees are bending to Jack Franks’ wishes, you have not read the stories about Peter Austin signing off on the two new patronage employees.

  18. How can you in one breath reference that you were vehemently opposed to and voted against FOIA, then broadly misconstrue the limits of FOIA that were built into the law?

    You continue to do yourself no favors by lying.

  19. Did you not read the bill before you voted on it?

    Because you would plainly be able to see you, Cal Skinner, fit the definition of a recurrent requester.

  20. Insofar as ‘news media’, where were all of those reporters today on the Woodstock Square?

  21. The Northwest Herald, Woodstock Independent and WGN-TV were present.

  22. Saying that McHenry County Blog is not part of the media, is both hilarious, and unfounded.

    This is where many get news of the day and opinion.

    Absolutely horrible to suggest that this isn’t part of the media.

  23. Cal can avoid this problem by submitting his FOIA requests anonymously (which is allowed by the law) from dummy email address.

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