McHenry County’s rewritten ethics ordinance advances

McHenry County’s rewritten ethics ordinance could go before the County Board by April, board Chairman Jack Franks said in a statement. The new ordinance would allow municipalities in McHenry County to opt in and adopt the ordinance, too, which would allow those governments to use the county-established Ethics Commission to hear and make judgments on [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman pushes Wilcox to fix property tax exemption for disabled vets

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is putting pressure on state Sen. Craig Wilcox to fix a 2015 law that has allowed the disabled veteran to pay no property taxes on his $455,000 McHenry home. On Thursday, Franks wrote a letter to Wilcox asking the senator to lead the way to amend the Homestead exemption [Read More]

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Jack Franks guest column: Why Valley Hi rebate should go to homeowners

This column originally appeared in the Northwest Herald. Valley Hi Nursing Home, which you help subsidize with your property taxes, has amassed a $40 million fund reserve. That’s enough to cover almost four years of its operations. I am certain that I could count the number of McHenry County households that have enough in savings [Read More]

Our View: Thumbs-up to returning taxpayers money from Valley Hi

Thumbs-up: To McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ efforts to refund $15 million from Valley Hi Nursing Home reserves. The county-operated nursing home in Woodstock has more than two years of reserve funding, Franks said, adding that the surplus is a result of overtaxation. We agree that qualifying residents – ones who took the homestead [Read More]