Should the Public Be Allowed to See Advice from the State’s Attorney to the County Board about its Relationship with the New Chairman?

Informed listener Ersel Schuster shares her take on the McHenry County Board’s Internal Support and Facilities Committee meeting:

4/12/17 McHenry County’s Internal Support & Facilities (ISF) meeting

Patrick Kenneally

While listening to the ISF committee meeting audio it was stated that a State’s Attorney opinion has been released to county board members addressing questions raised at the last Human Resources (HR) Committee meeting.

It was also stated that the response was not available to the public.

This was mentioned because the SA’s opinion, responding to HR Committee, would be important to the ISF Committee.

The requested SA’s opinion was to address questions regarding the relationship between the county board and the county board chairman.

These questions would have a direct impact to the ISF Committee’s deliberations.

Since the questions presented to the SA were discussed in open session, one must question the rationale for secrecy.

When the county board established the referenda question for the chairman elected at large, it was never intended the job of the chairman would be any different from how it had been handled in the past.

The only difference was that the chairman would be elected by the public rather than his/her colleagues.

It should not be difficult to conclude that the chairman would not have the authority to make any demands.

This person was elected knowing what the referenda and the Board Rules said.

You could say that he did fully understand the extent of his authority.

Jack Franks

Taking a hard look at everything going on around this issue, you could say that is exactly why, upon being sworn into office, Jack Franks

  • immediately cancelled all meetings
  • personally re-wrote the Board Rules
  • then justified his actions by claiming he had “called board members” and that he had a consensus supporting his action.

All this to avoid the transparency of open discussion and to make those he did not contact believe he had a majority to carry it off.

Should the board ultimately decide to travel down this road, giving the chairman more authority than was intended, it would have the effect of a back-door-implementation of an “executive” chairman.

It would ultimately be considered a “shell game” as the public, having said NO to the “executive” position, would have been completely mislead by their elected officials.


Comments

Should the Public Be Allowed to See Advice from the State’s Attorney to the County Board about its Relationship with the New Chairman? — 23 Comments

  1. I voted for Kenneally – so I have a vested interest in what he is saying!

  2. Why would you expect anything other than a shell game where Jack Franks is concerned.

    How many times does he have to openly lie before the people realize what he really is.

  3. The lowly residents are not privy to information that would describe how our county government is supposed to work and interact.

    Not very transparent.

  4. Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 6:36 am said:
    Notice that the guy who made the death threats is no longer posting? When is Cal going to give up the name to law enforcement so we can stop wasting resources on the investigation?

  5. Considering the leaks of late we might potentially see the States Attorney’s memo. Realistically, probably not.

    This got me to thinking about the difference between the two.

    And so; another story.

    The Difference Between ‘Potentially’ And ‘Realistically’

    A young boy went up to his father and asked him, ‘Dad, what is the difference between ‘potentially’ and ‘realistically’?’

    The father thought for a moment, then answered, ‘Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Then ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars, and then ask your brother if he’d sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Come back and tell me what you learn from that.

    So the boy went to his mother and said ‘Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?’

    The mother replied ‘Of course I would! We could really use that money to fix up the house and send you kids’ to a great University!’

    The boy then went to his sister and asked ‘Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?’ The girl replied ‘Oh my Gawd! I LOVE Brad Pitt. I would sleep with him in a heartbeat, are you nuts?’

    The boy then went to his brother and asked ‘Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?’ ‘Of course’ the brother replied. ‘Do you know what a million bucks would buy?’

    The boy pondered the answers for a few days and then went back to his dad.

    His father asked him, ‘Did you find out the difference between potentially’ and realistically’?’

    The boy replied, ‘Yes, ‘Potentially’ you and I are sitting on three million dollars.

    But ‘realistically’, we’re living with two hookers and a gay guy

  6. Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:37 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 6:36 am said:
    Notice that the guy who made the death threats is no longer posting? When is Cal going to give up the name to law enforcement so we can stop wasting resources on the investigation?

  7. Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:58 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:37 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 6:36 am said:

    Notice that the guy who made the death threats is no longer posting?

    When is Cal going to give up the name to law enforcement so we can stop wasting resources on the investigation?

  8. An authentic journalist, committed to justice and the truth, never surrenders to the pressure of revealing his/her sources of information. Thank God for our sunshine blog, model of brave journalism and pride of all good residents of beautiful McHenry county. Sunshine blogger, please persevere in your sacred mission until Jack Franks completely falls and we finally get all 24 republicans in our county board. Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  9. @ Moderate:

    “When is Cal going to give up the name?”

    What part of NEVER are you not grasping?

    So you and Angel will both just have to leave the room and go scream in the hall.

    Don’t forget your pink hats!

  10. Classy. Long live civil discourse of ideas where a plethora of different opinions and points of view are always welcome and embraced for the sake of democracy. My compassionate conservative friends always there to make us proud. 2018, are you here yet? Tic tock, tic tock…

  11. Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 12:36 pm said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:58 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:37 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 6:36 am said:

    Notice that the guy who made the death threats is no longer posting?

    When is Cal going to give up the name to law enforcement so we can stop wasting resources on the investigation?

  12. @Moderate

    Who made death threats?

    I never saw any here.

    All I saw here was an obvious joke that a thin-skinned, drama queen county board chairman decided to blow way out of proportion.

  13. You Republican State’s Attorney Disagrees:

    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 2:02 pm said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 12:36 pm said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:58 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:37 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 6:36 am said:

    Notice that the guy who made the death threats is no longer posting?
    When is Cal going to give up the name to law enforcement so we can stop wasting resources on the investigation?

  14. Thanks for the brilliant explanation. To my compassionate conservative friends, a written death threat in this sunshine blog is just a joke blown out of proportion. However, Jack Franks’ letter to Mr. Wheeler warning about potential civil action is an abominable threat. Thanks for the lesson on tough conservative love. Tick, tock, tic, tock…

  15. I guess the white haired Elvis Wanna-be Franks desperately needs drama to grab headlines.

    He’s certainly not getting press by doing anything good!

    Notice ‘Moderate’ is much like that too.

    Stomping its feet not getting enough attention at home, apparently. LOL

  16. Re: “then justified his actions by claiming he had “called board members” and that he had a consensus supporting his action.”

    When did calling the board members (one by one) to get consensus become an exception to the Open Meetings act?

    If the “round mound” discussed the topic with a quorum of the Board, he is in violation of the Open Meetings Act.

    How many other topics has the “round mound” discussed with a quorum of the board outside the ear of the public?

    Why has the Attorney General not been brought into the fray?

    Is the “round mound” above the law?

    (5 ILCS 120/1.02) (from Ch. 102, par. 41.02)
    Sec. 1.02. For the purposes of this Act:
    “Meeting” means any gathering, whether in person or by video or audio conference, telephone call, electronic means (such as, without limitation, electronic mail, electronic chat, and instant messaging), or other means of contemporaneous interactive communication, of a majority of a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business or, for a 5-member public body, a quorum of the members of a public body held for the purpose of discussing public business.

  17. Relative to “death threats”, none were not made on this blog but they were made on a locally controlled ‘private’ Facebook page.

  18. “None were not made on this blog” Correct! I am glad my compassionate conservative friends are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Sunshine blogger, thanks for your service to this county, state, and country. 2018, are you here yet? Tic, tock, tic, tock…

  19. Connect the Dots: http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2017/03/23/of-weasels-chickens-and-county-government/

    Klaatu Barrada Nikto said:

    I know a fellow who specializes in terminating weasels of all kinds.
    His prices are very reasonable. $5,000 each.
    If you need it to look like an accident $10,000 each.
    Let me know on this blog.

    Then Cal said on 03/23/2017 at 8:10 pm:
    One can run a campaign for that.

    That’s a commenter making a death threat and Cal endorsing the death threat. Despicable.

    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 2:34 pm said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 2:02 pm said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 12:36 pm said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:58 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 10:37 am said:
    Moderate on 04/14/2017 at 6:36 am said:

    Notice that the guy who made the death threats is no longer posting?
    When is Cal going to give up the name to law enforcement so we can stop wasting resources on the investigation?

  20. The reference to seeking the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s letter to the board regarding the hiring of Mr. Serafini and Ms. Geenen are at about the 48:00 minute point of the audio.

    ++++++++

    The county audio needs improvement so everyone speaking can be heard.

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