NWH Runs Article about Chuck Wheeler’s Illinois Integrity Fund Suit


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In today’s Northwest Herald article about McHenry County Board member Chuck Wheeler’s suit against those behind three 2016 Republican Primary Election hit pieces, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is quoted as the source of Wheeler’s health benefits and mileage … Continue reading

Former County Board Candidates Orville Brettman & Ersel Schuster Sue Jack Franks, Illinois Integrity Fund, Breaker Press, Michael Noonan, Sean Renner & Associated Firms. plus Persons Unknown

Tuesday was a terrible, horrible, no good, exceedingly humiliating, very bad day for McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks. First Franks faced an uprising from County Board members for his role in State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to make him … Continue reading

Jack Franks on His Naked Power Grab in His Own Words

At Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board meeting Chairman Jack Franks could not wait his turn before trying to defuse the powder keg that introduction of St. Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to increase his power beyond that of any other county … Continue reading

Algonquin Township Legal Bills

In this article, republished with permission, Illinois Leaks looks at Algonquin Township legal bills: Algonquin Township & Road District – Legal Bills BY KIRK ALLEN ON JANUARY 31, 2019 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Legal bills in the Township of Algonquin and … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Critiques Northwest Herald on Reporting, Procedure for Sending Letter to the Editor

The following article from Illinois Leaks is published here with the publication’s permission: Northwest Herald – Communication brings clarity BY KIRK ALLEN ON JANUARY 19, 2019 • ( LEAVE A COMMENT ) McHenry Co. (ECWd) –Recent communications with Jon Styf have brought clarity on some issues … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Merits Attack by Northwest Herald Editor

Reprinted with permission from Illinois Leaks: NW Herald Editor Jon Styf pretends to report again… BY JMKRAFT ON JANUARY 14, 2019 • ( 3 COMMENTS ) ALGONQUIN TWP. (ECWd) – NWH’s Editor Jon Styf titled his latest piece: “What in the World is going on in … Continue reading

Northwest or Northworst – You Decide

Embattled Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Andrew Gasser has received a lot of flack for calling the Northwest Herald the “Northworst Herald”. He may have a point. The Edgar County Watchdogs just fact checked the latest article from the local rag … Continue reading

Illinois Leaks Critiques Northwest Herald Article on Attorney Robert Hanlon

Who is the better legal researcher, NWH reporter Ed Komenda or Illinois Leaks? Read the following article, reprinted with permission of Illinois Leaks, and make your own decision: Northwest Herald – Facts elude them once again. BY KIRK ALLEN ON JANUARY 7, 2019 … Continue reading

Politician Other Than Jack Franks Called a Weasel

The December 19, 2018, Tribune column by John Kass calls Rod Blagojevich a “weasel.” One definition I found says a weasel is “a deceitful or treacherous person.” The Kass column would be of passing interest to McHenry County residents except … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ 2000 Campaign Manager Revealed as Researcher for Joe Tirio Smear Pieces

With the threat of a stay in McHenry County’s gray bar hotel, Breaker Press President Richard Lewandowski spilled the beans regarding the identity of those behind the notorious hit pieces mailed against Joe Tirio’s McHenry County Clerk campaign. The printed … Continue reading

Cary Board Resolution Shines Light on Harassment Claims

New facts are now coming to light since the Cary Village Board approved a resolution this past Tuesday which repudiated an illegal investigation stemming from Trustee Ellen McAlpine’s claims of harassment from Trustee Jim Cosler. Tuesday’s special meeting was a … Continue reading

NWH Reveals Referendum Endorsements/Non-Endorsements

The new Editorial Board members at the Northwest Herald may be a bit different from those in past times. I remember the days when the NWH endorsed every tax hike referendum on the ballot. No longer. The two tax hike … Continue reading

Democratic Party District 2 McHenry County Board Candidate Suzanne Ness Running Excellent Ground Game

Wednesday, just before ten in the morning, I had my car radio tuned to WBEZ-FM and heard someone identify herself as “Suzanne” call in. Turns out it was McHenry County Board candidate Suzanne Ness, who is running as a Democrat … Continue reading

NWH Endorses All Republicans Who Appeared for Interviews

In its Editorial Board endorsements, Jack Franks, who seems to have enormous influence on the placement of articles, struck out. Not one Democrat running for the McHenry County Board was endorsed. Franks’ allies who trashed McHenry County Clerk candidate Joe … Continue reading