McHenry County Board adopts spending plan with $9.8M in tax cuts

The McHenry County Board has passed a fiscal 2019 budget that includes more than $9.8 million in tax cuts. Of that amount, $7.53 million comes from abatements and $2.3 million comes from permanent reductions in the county’s property tax levy. “In 2018, we voted to give $8 million back to the taxpayers, and next year, [Read More]

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting draws response from McHenry County Board chairman

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks spoke out Saturday after a deadly shooting spree at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead. “My heart is broken for the worshippers and police officers wounded and killed in today’s attack,” said Franks, who is Jewish. “Several years ago, a hate-filled coward mindlessly slaughtered African-American worshippers in a [Read More]

McHenry County Board proposes fiscal 2019 budget with $9.8M in tax cuts

McHenry County officials have proposed a 2019 budget that includes more than $9.8 million in tax cuts. Of that amount, $7.53 million come from abatements and $2.3 million come from permanent reductions in the county’s property tax levy.  “For the second straight year, we’re offering taxpayers meaningful relief by reducing almost $10 million from our [Read More]

McHenry County Board votes to reduce to 18 members

The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday night to reduce its size by 25 percent. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks characterized the 19-3 vote adopting an ordinance to reduce the size of the board from 24 to 18 members as a victory for government officials and residents alike. “I’m ecstatic,” Franks said. “This shows how [Read More]

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McHenry County Board chairman attacks recorder’s spending of office dollars

WOODSTOCK – The battle between McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks and Recorder Joe Tirio continues to brew. The latest shot arrived this past week in the form of a news release from Franks’ office, calling for “increased scrutiny” of Tirio’s spending of dollars out of the recorder’s automation fund – a surplus of about [Read More]

McHenry County Board approves referendums to impose term limits

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday to push two binding referendums to the November ballot that could impose term limits on board members and the chairman. At a special meeting at the county chambers in Woodstock, board members voted, 18-3, to advance a referendum to the ballot that would limit elected members to [Read More]

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OPINION: Don’t look to Springfield for reform this year; look to McHenry County

By BRETT ROWLAND Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly have shown little resolve in addressing some of the state’s most critical issues in the past six months. Lawmakers threw some minor reform measures into the state budget they passed in May. The big stuff — pension reform, high taxes — didn’t get touched. With [Read More]

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EDITORIAL: Consolidation victory

CHAMPAIGN – The government consolidation movement is slowly — far too slowly — getting off the ground in Illinois. But it would be unrealistic to be optimistic that the force of changes will ultimately triumph over the forces of reaction. Still, it’s important to celebrate victories, even though they are rare. So here we go. [Read More]

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McHenry County Board to vote on term-limit referendum for November ballot

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will discuss putting a binding referendum to voters in the November election asking whether the government should impose term limits. Those limits would be two four-year terms for the chairman and three four-year terms for board members, said McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who is drafting a resolution [Read More]

Committee continues discussion of cutting members from McHenry County Board

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board members met this week to continue ongoing discussions about reducing the size of the board. The essence of the Tuesday night meeting came down to the biggest question of a debate that’s been brewing across the county for months. “What’s the magic number?” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked, [Read More]

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County Board Chairman Jack Franks Receives Civility Award from Bar Association

WOODSTOCK – The Northwest Suburban Bar Association presented McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks with its President’s Award for Civility. Franks, D-Marengo, received the award at a June 14 ceremony for his long record in both the Illinois House of Representatives and the County Board of working across party lines to find common ground in a [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman reflects on meeting with schools about tax levy cuts

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks invited officials from several area school districts to an open discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. The discussion came on the heels of the County Board reducing its levy by 11.2 percent. Franks, D-Marengo, released a statement about the meeting, which took place [Read More]