Jack Franks/Peter Austin/John Jung Won’t Allow Craig Wilcox’ Special Meeting on Firing Franks’ Patronage Employees

The following email was sent to Human Resources Chairman John Jung and McHenry County Administrator Peter Austin:

Call for Human Resources Cmte meeting on June 13, 2017

Oliver Serafini’s McHenry County employee identification card showing he works for the Department of Transportation as well as for the County Board Chairman.

Mr. Jung, Mr. Austin, Mr. Wilcox (District 4),

Pursuant to the fact the Chair of the Human Resources Committee and the McHenry County Administrator seem to disagree with the recorded intent of the Human Resources Committee members at the May 23, 2017 meeting, please accept this e-mail and its’ replies to validate the desire of committee members.

It is the intent of the majority of the committee to exercise their ability to call for a Human Resources

Committee meeting under Article I, Section 3-Standing Committees. The rules state:

“Standing committee meetings shall be called by:

Bridgett Geenen’s McHenry County employee identification card.

A. The Committee Chairman;
B. The County Board Chairman;
C. The McHenry County Board; or
D. A majority of the members of the standing committee.”

Therefore, under sub-section D, a majority of the members are calling for a Human Resources Committee to be scheduled for 8:30am on Tuesday, June 13th to discuss the agenda item of the attached resolution.

This matches, and reiterates, the consensus reached at around the 1 hour 30 minute mark of the Human Resources Committee recording of the May 23, 2017 meeting.

Pursuant to States Attorney opinion provided Feb 1, 2017 titled: “Questions regarding committee agenda and scheduling”, it is expected, despite disagreement from the Committee Chair and County Administrator as to the “worthwhile nature of the meeting”, that both are expected to abide by the County Board rules, the States Attorney opinion, and in their authority and responsibility to the majority of the committee members shall schedule this meeting and ensure it occurs as all other committee meetings.


Craig Wilcox

At the meeting Wilcox said he would offer the following resolution:



WHEREAS, the position of Temporary Project Manager, #18001116 became vacant on August 12, 2016; and

WHEREAS, the position of Utility Coordinator, #82003699 became vacant on May 3, 2013; and

WHEREAS, according to the 2016 Budget Salary Administration Policy which purpose is to insure McHenry County’s compensation processes and procedures are administered fairly and consistently; and

WHEREAS, R-200210-12-196 requires the elimination of departmental roster positions vacant in excess of 90 days; and

WHEREAS, by accomplishing this task, McHenry County will reduce payroll expenses in an amount greater than $166,000; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois, that it hereby approves, authorizes, and directs the Director of Human Resources to revise the County’s Departmental Roster by updating and eliminating the Temporary Project Manager, #18001116 and Utility Coordinator, #82003699 positions effective July 1, 2017.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, by this County Board of McHenry County, Illinois, that it hereby approves, authorizes, and directs the County Administrator to terminate funding for the Temporary Project Manager, #18001116 and Utility Coordinator, #82003699 positions effective July 1, 2017.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the County Clerk is hereby authorized to distribute a certified copy of this Resolution to the Director of Human Resources; the County Auditor; the Associate County Administrator-Finance; and the County Administrator.

DATED at Woodstock, Illinois, this 20th day of June, A.D., 2017.

Jack D. Franks, Chairman
McHenry County Board

Mary E. McClellan, County Clerk


Jack Franks/Peter Austin/John Jung Won’t Allow Craig Wilcox’ Special Meeting on Firing Franks’ Patronage Employees — 13 Comments

  1. It’s about time, will be very interesting.

    What is John Jung’s point in opposing this?

    Is he now allied with Mr. Franks?

  2. One of many issues is if position # 18001116 (Temporary Project manager) and position # 82003699 (Utility Coordinator) are Rutan exampt.

    Rutan exempt = political hires allowed.


    Other questionable government hiring practices in Illinois:

    Illinois Department of Transportation – see ShakmanIllinois.com

    Cook County – see CountyShakman.com

    Northern Illinois University – see Edgar County Watchdogs

  3. any reason given by austin/franks/jung for not complying with board rules?

  4. Jung was always … I mean ALWAYS a bagboy caddy for the Jourdan gang!

    Now he’s showing how abased he really is!!!

  5. Another upcoming event is the June 20, 2017 County Board meeting at which there is scheduled to be a vote vote on the 151 page McHenry County 2017 – 2022 Transportation Program.

    The proposed plan is currently available on the County Transportation website, listed as “Draft 2017-2022 Transportation Program”


    The Five Year Program is December 1, 2017 through November 30, 2022 (FY 2018 – FY 2022) and includes County, State, and Federal revenues.


    The County FY begins December 1.

    The State FY begins July 1.

    The Federal FY begins October 1.


    The county approves a new 5 year plan is approved annually (or just about every year).


    “Base Levy – The levy in the County Bridge Tax fund and in the Matching Tax fund that is considered the minimum de facto starting point for projectoins for each year in the 5-Year-Program based on the county board approved annual budget.”


    Proposed County Expenditures from County Revenues (does not include Federal or State revenues) is $151.6M ($151,600,000).


    Proposed expenditures highlighted in the report:

    – $52.75M for capacity and operational changes to Randall Road, from Harnish Drive to Acorn Lane / Polaris Drive ($35.75M from county funds).

    – $5.94M for the last annual payment to retire the debt service for the 2007 issuance of $50,000,000 in debt certificates (bonds).

    – $39.1 million for an interchange at Illinois Route 23 and Interstate 90 ($8 million from County funds).


    The plan includes site pictures, equipment pictures and breakdown by project.

  6. Greetings blog,
    I am Markobot, the automatically posting robot.

    I post stories after Mark does that are entirely unrelated to the topic of conversation, but related to McHenry County.

    McHenry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 308,760,[2] making it the sixth-most populous county in Illinois. Its county seat is Woodstock.[3]

    McHenry County is one of the five collar counties of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. Long known as a center of agriculture and recreation, it has more recently experienced rapid rates of suburbanization and urbanization, but remains primarily agricultural and rural.

    In 2012, the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge was established and encompasses parts of McHenry County.

    McHenry County was formed in 1836 out of Cook and LaSalle counties. The county was named for Major William McHenry, an Indian fighter who died in Vandalia in 1835.

    McHenry County originally stretched all the way east to Lake Michigan, with the county seat centrally in McHenry, but in 1839, the eastern townships of the county were carved out to form Lake County.

  7. The fact that Oliver Serafini has his time split with Transportation Division is in interesting.

    The Transportation is involved in road construction projects.

    Companies involved in road construction, including IUOE Local 150, have contributed substantially to the Jack Franks PAC.

    Jack Franks’ friend John Bartman (both are Marengo residents) works for an IUOE Local 150 affiliate named IIIFFC as a prevailing wage monitor, and was the Democrat candidate for 63rd District State Representative, when Jack Franks stepped down to run for County Board Chair.

    Transportation and road construction projects are substantial government costs.

    One could cut the county property tax levy 10%, with the intent, stated or otherwise, to issue general obligation bonds to fund transportation / road construction in a future year, with payments spread over says 5, 7, or 10 years.

    That frees up money in the current budget and kicks costs down the road.

    In such a case the issue becomes, how sustainable is that 10% property tax levy cut.

    One of the most important documents a watchdog can obtain is the debt service schedule including rows for each year and columns for principal, interest, and total, for the life of existing bonds.

    Taxpayer friendly property taxing districts will prominently display such a debt service schedule on its website.

    Another important document is the approved budget.

    The County finally posted the 343 page final budget for FY 2017 (December 1, 2016 – November 1, 2017) on its website in the last 30 days or so, with the transmittal letter dated November 15, 23016.

    Prior to that the county had posted the 198 page Draft budget with a document containing a subject of “Fiscal Year 2017 Proposed Budget” dated October 18, 2016 in the “Transmittal Letter” placeholder.


  8. Jackie performed this little end around because the position roster wasn’t cleaned up and updated so there were two positions he could twist to his own ends.

    All work against this type of corruption is worthy however this working against it need to make sure Jack is trapped.

    Are there any other open positions these two hires may slip into?

    Crush Jackie by getting ahead of him.

    So far the Board is a minimum of three steps behind.

  9. Re: “Why do we even have Board Rules in McHnery County anymore?”

    Same reason we have immigration laws that are ignored.

    Laws are only enforced on honest people.

  10. The Edgar County Watchdogs blog contains hundreds of stories of local units of government not following state law or local board rules.

    It is not unusual in Illinois for counties, cities, towns, school districts, townships, etc. to not follow state law or local rules.

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