Notes on Jack Franks’ “Public Not Welcome” Meeting with Educators

Bottles of water with Cut 10 sticker affixed that was handed out at the Crystal Lake South High School Town Hall Meeting.  No mention was mad there that Franks was only talking about cutting the County’s levy.

Here are some participant notes about yesterday’s command performance performance:

Jack Franks wanted to impart the message that we need to lower property taxes and that schools were the largest part of everyone’s tax bill.

He talked about excess fund balances.

He offered the County’s assistance in building budgets and looking for ways to save money.

He asked if districts can share services and administrators.

I wonder if he talked about keeping the ability to raise taxes even after a bond issue was paid off.



Notes on Jack Franks’ “Public Not Welcome” Meeting with Educators — 60 Comments

  1. Just more grandstanding from a cheap suit who’s first act as a County Chair was to hirer patronage workers.

  2. Although the schools have undoubtedly been loose in their spending (see Bleachergate), the real problem is that the state has not been paying its share towards education as seemingly mandated in the state constitution.

    “The State has the primary responsibility for financing
    the system of public education.”
    (Source: Illinois Constitution.)

    This forces local schools to raise property taxes which fall unfairly on some who no longer have the income they once had but still own their homes.

    Other states have much lower property taxes and fund their schools more from other sources.

    This is a fairer way to do things as the taxes will more closely reflect current incomes and ability to pay.

    However, ironically, the very people who seem to complain the most about property taxes are the same ones who raise a ruckus as soon as anyone talks about raising other forms of taxation, even if coupled with a property tax reduction.

    When anyone suggests a “tax swap” to do this they are the ones who complain that they are losing “local control”.

    You can’t have it both ways.

    Schools need to tighten their belts but the rest of us need to be realistic as well.

  3. There was a court case trying to enforce the interpretation you make, but the courts decided it was advisory, not mandatory.

  4. I know that Cal.

    That’s why I said “seemingly mandated”.

  5. Insofar as the county showing others how to do it, the vaunted “tax savings” by the county this year were entirely composed of taking advantage of previously planned reductions, ie:

    SHERIFF: Bill Prim’s streamlining efforts that started when he took over the Nygren run office resulted in saving $250K;

    CLERK OF COURT: Similar efforts to take advantage of technology and allow for staff reductions by attrition saved over $100K;

    IT DEPT: Tech. advancements saved $100K.

    VALLEY HI: County took advantage of the alternate year “look back” to save 2.25 Million. This will be put back next year.

    LITIGATION: Settlement of some large litigation and workers compensation claims (Sheriff deputies shot in stand off) allowed 900K to be taken out of reserves and put back into the budget.

    BOND PAYOFF: Retirement of a previous bond for road work saved 5 Million/year.

    TOTAL: 8.6 Million

    None of this, I repeat, NONE OF IT, was the result of anything the current Chairman or Board initiated and will not be repeated for next year.

    Meanwhile, 5 Million needs to be spent immediately on the courthouse parking lot so Cal can stop complaining about the potholes.

  6. Cindy, here is why we are “funding this at all”


    A fundamental goal of the People of the State is the
    educational development of all persons to the limits of their
    The State shall provide for an efficient system of high
    quality public educational institutions and services.
    Education in public schools through the secondary level shall
    be free. There may be such other free education as the
    General Assembly provides by law.

  7. You can start circulating petitions to run for school board right after the Fall General Election.

  8. Meanwhile, start going to school board meetings in your local school district.

    Analyze their budgets and make specific suggestions for reductions.

    Maybe suggest dropping football and basketball…

    You are paying for that.

  9. The only potholes I remember complaining about were on Russel and they were on a Woodstock city street.

  10. Known? You are missing my point entirely as to why we are funding this at all. I was NOT asking. It was a philosophical why. You are still in the false paradigm mindset.

  11. That’s right Cindy. I live the Real World. The one where there are, you know, “laws”.

    So given the Real World and it’s pesky laws and constitutions, what can we really do about property taxes?

    Here is a suggestion:

    (1) Run candidates for local school boards who will be more tax conscious and SUPPORT THEM by volunteering to walk precincts, put up signs, send money, hold coffees, write letters. It’s a simple matter of TURN OUT. All you need to do is get some more Republican voters who are over age 50 but don’t usually vote in Consolidated Elections to start going to the polls. It takes work. Sorry.

    (2) Support a Graduated State Income Tax (gulp) but tie it to amending the school aid formula to give more money to suburban school districts. If conservatives can get behind this and combine with the liberals who want the graduated tax, it could work. The new Governor, JBP, will be pushing for the tax anyway.

    (3) Have legislation passed to prevent teachers from running for school board in the same districts that they or their spouses work for, or at least prevent them from voting on teacher contracts if either they or their spouses would be affected.

    (4) Remove taxpayer funding for school sports. (Those Fields of Dreams and huge gymnasiums cost a lot of money). Schools can raise the funds for those from private donations and contributions from parents whose children are participating the sport.

    (5)Stop voting for politicians who make false promises to reduce property taxes that they can’t fulfill given the unit of government they are running for.

    (6) Eliminate townships.

  12. Known? You are in an imaginary world if you think there are laws. They have lied to all of us. Those “laws” are only to act against you. (Has nothing to do with real criminal behavior.) Your plat might have been helpful sixty years ago. You are WAY behind the actual times. Your six items at this time in history will go nowhere and will do nothing.

  13. Try robbing a bank and see if the “laws” are real or not.

  14. Known? You JUST proved my point! Do you NOT understand how to read for comprehension?

  15. What’s the crooked deal Jacko doesn’t want normal people to hear of?

  16. Cindy:

    There is no “Plan Nine From Outer Space” or whatever else you are calling it.

  17. Known? (No such thing as outer space – but then that’s really off topic.) Start at about 17:50 and just listen for a few minutes! You are thinking antiquated solutions while they have you cornered.

  18. I listed to about 20 minutes and was dying laughing.

    I truly feel bad these people think the Rothschilds are trying to upend all governments and force us into some weird corporate dystopian state.

    The really sad point is that the crux of their argument is victimhood.

    “You are powerless to do anything to stop the global takeover. Simply sad.”

  19. I would like to congratulate Cal Skinner for his fostering of academic discourse on the relative arguments for and against the existence of outer space. All who have commented here will in the future be cited as nothing short of Plato, Aquinas, and Chomsky levels of intellectual ability.

  20. None of those intellectuals come even close to our very own McHenry County second coming of William F. Buckley, Jr. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwww…

  21. Well, well now. I had no idea I was talking to so many narcissists. Shut my mouth wide open! Your derision shows extreme lack of critical thinking. Victimhood is the penchant of the totally brainwashed progressive snowflake culture who are deeply empty and unhappy. Projection causes you to claim that others are doing this while you are the actual perpetrators of victimhood beliefs. (None of those people in that amateurish video were victims. Every one of them was standing up to bullies!) Your gaslighting tactics do nothing to erase the real world problems. You have severe emotional problems if you think you can ridicule the truth or anyone that tries to show you the way out of a predicament. Your cognitive dissonance is metering in the bright red zone while you make excuses for not searching out the truth for yourselves. In your governmental indoctrinated world no one is poisoning your food, your air or your water? In your fantasy world Satan doesn’t exist and everything is rainbows and unicorns if you can only ignore facts. I suppose your derision extends to all truth. You are rendering yourselves to being nothing more than brainwashed simpletons. No thank you. I am not a sheeple. I have much more to say on the subject but you have all stopped reading already.

  22. Cindy, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  23. Please Satan, write some more. Educate the masses. De-brainwash us. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwwwww…

  24. Spotlight? How apropos that you would use a quote from the criminal “legal” system to try to dis me. Get behind me Satan!

  25. It’s actually from Billy Madison you dimwitted, foolish, cave trolling, gaslighting, good for nothing, non-voting, pension taking leach. I have seen warts more congenial than you. Your life is a disappointment and insignificant. The fact you spend it watching stupid videos like the one above only contributes to how sad everyone on this blog should feel for you. You are lost, and yet you lash out. You are literally like a possum in the daylight. Get close and you hiss and scream and yell to get away. Most powerfully, you freeze and you stay in place, ideologically, not growing, not learning and yet calling everyone stupid, or dimwits, or idiots.

    I pity you. I pity you because you go to a website that believes the earth is flat. I pity you because you think Alex Jones is intelligent. I pity you because of how lost you are, how misinformed you are, and yet how strongly you believe in this bullshit.

    Or maybe, maybe you are an elaborate piece of performance art designed to take down the blog by scaring away legitimately smart commentators and intelligent analysts of local politics. But that’s probably giving you too much credit.

    Cindy, have you ever noticed that Cal has not once agreed with you?

    Have you ever noticed he has never once said you are right!

    Cindy, have you ever noticed that Cal has not one time said that your beliefs in Alex Jones, or Natural News, or that bullshit YouTube video above, are correct?

    Don’t believe me, call and ask him, “Cal, do you believe that the Rothschilds are trying to reshape the country and overtake local democracy?” Do it. Ask him. Ask your hero if he thinks you are right. Please.

    Maybe then you can find a conspiracy site to go crawl into and die ideologically as your brain rots from flat earth conspiracies, lizard people fantasies and the belief in Agenda number 21.

  26. What’s wrong with Satan? I carefully read and analyze her posts. She is slooooooowly de-brainwashing me and setting me free with truthiness. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…

  27. We should all take up a collection for Cindy. Obviously her tin foil hat needs recalibrating.

    “What is the frequency Kenneth”?

  28. Spotlight is sputtering. I must be over the pedophile target catching so much hatred from just one useful idiot. Fill your accusation posts with lies and foam on. It is mind-boggling how much untruth you have in your fantasy world. Your vehement emotional reaction shows your true persona.

    Your lies are not limited to the many false accusations you lambaste with. Not able to comprehend what you read, dreary? Let me correct a few of your vicious assertions here:

    I have voted my whole adult life.

    I have NEVER taken a pension from anyone and NEVER stated as much.

    Websites don’t tell you the earth is flat. The Bible does that! God clearly stated so. Try reading Genesis.

    I have great respect for Cal. He is an honorable man doing what he believes is his life’s work. I would never expect him to endorse anyone. He also has great patience because he does not chasten fools that are totally disrespectful of HIS BLOG. (P.S. I would never out Cal by repeating anything he has ever said to me in private. It is none of anyone’s business.)

    Algonquin is an ICLEI city. So much for your Agenda 21/30 being untrue!

    I have NEVER touted Alex Jones and actually stated many times that I CANNOT abide his voice. (BTW fool, he is controlled opposition in case you care.)

    You have no idea what I have spent my life doing. (You presume a lot of garbage. See projection under psychology.)

    You certainly think you are more important than everyone else, being that you want to silence others and tell them where they should go and what they should do. (Was that a death threat?) Do you regret being a nincompoop for all to see here? Probably not smart enough to see how truly banal and shrill you now appear to others.

  29. I wonder why Frankendoodle doesn’t just do his job?

    Consolidation talk all while he triples the cost of his own office and sticks the taxpayers with two more pensions!

    Typical Democrat spender wants to throw his weight around and grab headlines while accomplishing nothing.

    Remember his 9 terms in Springfield?

    He didn’t do a thing to make IL a better place and didn’t do a thing for Taxpayers!

    He has no jurisdiction over other taxing bodies and he’s sure no example.

  30. Thank you Satan! Stay tuned…tic, toc, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  31. Thank you Spotight for possibly shutting her down for a while. I sit back listening for different points of views on the main issues in our county/state and I find it difficult with only negativity without a solution.

    Sounds like Monday morning quarter back time.

    I am sure I will I will be attacķed tomorrow, but thanks anyway.

  32. Thank you Spotight for possibly shutting her down for a while. I sit back listening for different points of views on the main issues in our county/state and I find it difficult with only negativity without a solution.

    Sounds like Monday morning quarter back time.

    I am sure I will I will be attacķed tomorrow, but thanks anyway.

  33. Russellville? His job is to annihilate McHenry County. He’s doing a remarkable job!

  34. Thanks for the clarification Cindy that the earth is flat. How were you a teacher?

  35. You are being too harsh.

    He did pass a bill allowing citizens to participate in local government without having developers, for instance, the ability to win suits against them in zoning disputes.

    I used it as part of my reply to the Northwest Herald when it sued me.

  36. One bill is not much to show for 18 years in Springfield when you are in the majority party.

  37. @Linda –
    I think what is most trouble with Cindy is the fact that she is so confident in her ignorance. She’s kind of like a baby that has soiled their diaper: They are fussy and don’t want to be changed, even though they are sitting in poop and you know they would feel better if they got a change, but the way the baby sees it, it’s their mess and they want to sit in it to avoid the change. Cindy would rather sit and fester and get bedsores in her own, shitty knowledge bubble than being challenged or change.

  38. Satan, that analogy deserves a sharp response, full of parallel universe facts. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwww…

  39. I’m very pleased to announce that Cindy has STFU and not said anything on the blog for 24 hours. We are very lucky and may everyone who comments please relish in the sound of silence.

    No conspiracy theories.
    No loony Agenda 21.
    No Alex Jones.

    We are so lucky.

  40. I dare to disagree.

    No crazy derailed entertainment means no fun and goes against the most sacred principles of this sunshine blog. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwww…

  41. Spotlight wins. They are THE BIGGEST moron on the blog. Congratulations, for not understanding ANYTHING and continually showing your lack of common intelligence. You are the biggest winner. (Or would that be loser?) Anyway, congratulations and kudos for being number ONE.

  42. Thanks possum Cindy; it means a lot to know you care. After all, I model my self worth based on what conspiracy theory believing crazies, like yourself, think of me.

    Glad to have you back. I was worried you may have been abducted by aliens and had experiments done on you.

    Or, do the aliens leave the flat planets alone and only stick to round ones? I forget.

    Your help in deciding this matter would be most helpful.

  43. Are the aliens conservative or liberal? Please elaborate. This means a lot to me. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  44. Angel is looking very good right now. At least he is NOT blathering. Oh, never mind.

  45. Persecution is ugly. The deeply insecure Rosa K (Moderate/Spotlight) has reappeared. I cannot imagine having to live a life of such incredible negativity. She has such terrible issues that we should all pray for her to be released from those demons. May she attain the peace that passes all understanding. …For this cause, God will send them a spirit of disillusion… While the spirit of slumber is put on those that stubbornly refuse to believe the truth, others are awake and receiving discernment and truth. I love my neighbors enough to want to warn them and show them the way to truth no matter what the persecution. I will never bow to Satan. He can only follow me.

  46. From the video:

    “They drove through Coffee Park and there are large scoop-outs on the ground. The first rain filled up the ponds. They went to the vector control meeting to find out what will happen with mosquitos. There is early larva production. This will cause west nile. There are divots all over the county. West Nile is a weaponized disease. Misquotos. Weaponized. Just like lime disease on Plum Island after WWII in project Paper Clip. We are being assaulted by direct energy and smart meters but now BUGS!!”

    THE BUGS ARE COMING TO GET US CINDY!! STAY INSIDE!!! DON’T LEAVE YOUR HOUSE! COMMENT ON THE BLOG!!! Do you have any more crazy crap to share with the class?

    How do you allow this person to live in their delusion? It’s sad, just sad, that you allow Cindy to blither on like a mindless fool.

  47. Thank you Satan leader (as you point our Satan follows you)! I’m kneeling as I pray for the release of those demons…whatever that means…stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwwww…

  48. I would commend this movie to Cindy if she hasn’t already seen it:

    Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 American independent black and white science fiction film, written, produced, directed, and edited by Ed Wood, that stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Vampira (Maila Nurmi).

    The film also posthumously bills Bela Lugosi as a star (silent footage of the actor had actually been shot by Wood for another, unfinished film just prior to Lugosi’s death in August 1956).

    Plan 9 from Outer Space was released theatrically in 1959 by Distributors Corporation of America (then credited as Valiant Pictures).

    The storyline concerns extraterrestrials who are seeking to stop humanity from creating a doomsday weapon that could destroy the universe.

    The aliens implement “Plan 9,” a scheme to resurrect the Earth’s dead, referred to as “ghouls.”

    By causing chaos, the aliens hope the crisis will force humanity to listen to them.

    If not, the aliens will then destroy mankind with armies of the undead.

    Plan 9 from Outer Space played on television in relative obscurity until 1980, when authors Harry Medved and Michael Medved dubbed it the “worst film ever made” in their book The Golden Turkey Awards.

    Wood and his film were posthumously given two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Director Ever and Worst Film.

    It has since been retroactively described as “The epitome of so-bad-it’s-good cinema”[2] and has gained a cult following.[3]

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