Will Illinois Integrity Fund Frontmen, Jack Franks Face More Court Action?

Will Illinois Integrity Fund Fronts, Jack Franks Face More Court Action? A friend of McHenry County Blog that knows all of the candidates has told me that several have been interviewing numerous lawyers in the Chicagoland area with an eye … Continue reading

Daily Herald Puts Pressure on County Board Members Getting Health Insurance

In an editorial today, the Daily Herald calls for an end to health benefits for suburban county board members. Kane County Democratic Board member Mo Iqbal brought up the subject two years after Republican Chairman Chris Lauzen got no positive … Continue reading

Winnebago County Board Considering Requiring Administrator to Report to County Board, Rather Than to Chairman

Some of those elected to the Winnebago County Board want to take some power away from the  Republican County Board Chairman, elected at-large just like in McHenry County. In an article in today’s Rockford Register-Star entitled, “No consensus on Winnebago … Continue reading

New Kane County Board Member Attacks Health Benefits for Part-Time Colleagues

New Kane County Board member Mohammad Iqbal, a new Democrat, is pushing to end health care benefits for his part-time colleagues. That was one of his campaign issues. “Several members have boosted their salary with health and dental insurance benefit packages … Continue reading

Discussing Selection of Committee Chairmen, Chicago City Council and McHenry County Board

With Alderman Ed Burke under pressure to resign as Chairman of the Chicago City Council Finance Committee, the following comment by Alderman John Arena in The Daily Line might stir some thought on the McHenry County Board: “The decision on … Continue reading

Comparing Chicago’s Weak Mayor Form of Government with McHenry County’s Weak Chairman System

An editorial in the Chicago Tribune uses a study by former Alderman Dick Simposon (now a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus), Marco Rosaire Rossi and Thomas Gradel to comment on the “pliable” Chicago Aldermen. Instead of being a … Continue reading

GOP Seeks Candidates to Replace Mike Walkup in District 3

A press release from the McHenry County Republican Party: GOP Seeking McHenry County Board Vacancy Applicants for District 3 McHenry County, Ill. – McHenry County is seeking qualified candidates to apply to succeed County Board member Michael Walkup, who resigned … Continue reading

The Tight Noose of Leaders

The following article about how House Speaker Mike Madigan controls what happens in the House of Representatives spurs me to make some comparisons of how McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is emulating his techniques: Rules Committee: Where thousands of … Continue reading

Consolidating Power – Part 2

Beginning in December 2016, a series of AD HOC Committees have been called. The highly questionable interpretation of that simple RULES statement is being deliberately bastardized by one person, allowing wholesale changes to the county board’s business, purpose, and members … Continue reading

Consolidating Power – Part 1

Former McHenry County Board member Ersel Schuster reflects on the Rules changes passed by the McHenry County Board Tuesday night: And the Answer is… Dictatorship Since my last post the following question was asked: “What proposed McHenry County Board Rules … Continue reading

Notes on the McHenry County Board’s Committee on Committes Meeting – Part 2

Here are the notes that former 14-year member of the McHenry County Board Ersel Schuster took while listening to the early December meeting of the Committee on Committees: JF: I would like to reflect on the fact that we have … Continue reading

Notes on the McHenry County Board’s Committee on Committees Meeting – Part 1

Here are the notes that former 14-year member of the McHenry County Board Ersel Schuster took while listening to the early December meeting of the Committee on Committees: 12/4/18 – Ad Hoc Cmte. Kate [Bates], Carolyn [Schofield], mike [Skala], paula … Continue reading

Republicans Search for Mike Walkup Replacement

From McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen: The County Board Chairman has just announced the vacancy in Board District 3 of the seat previously occupied by Mike Walkup. As some of you know, Mr. Walkup tendered his resignation effective … Continue reading

Steve Doherty Appointed to Replace Craig Wilcox on the County Board

Last night the nomination of Democratic Party McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks to replace Franks’ critic Republican Craig Wilcox, who resigned to take Pam Althoff’s State Senate seat, was approved with 19 out of 22 possible votes. Abstaining were … Continue reading

McHenry County Board Committee Recommendations (Corrected)

Correction: My eyes were not working well enough yesterday when I copied the following information from item 14.2a in tonight’s McHenry County Board Agenda.  Most of my mistakes were in the Public Health Committee. = = = = = On … Continue reading