Jack Franks Wants Public Officials to Work for their Pension

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]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

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]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

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]

Robocall: Algonquin Township highway commissioner ‘squandered’ tax dollars on ‘political vendetta’

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has launched a robocall urging thousands of Algonquin Township residents to pressure the township board to put a referendum on the November ballot giving voters the choice to eliminate the highway department at the polls. The heart of the Marengo Democrat’s call was an attack on Algonquin [Read More]

Guest Column: Continuing to fight to cut your property tax bills

WOODSTOCK – When property tax bills went out earlier this month, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction in knowing that the McHenry County Board did its part for taxpayers by reducing its levy by 11.2 percent. Many taxpayers saw their bills dip, but many did not. While we lowered our levy like I promised [Read More]

Committee to discuss reducing size of McHenry County Board

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation will meet to discuss reducing the County Board’s size after the 2020 U.S. Census. Board Chairman Jack Franks will reconvene the committee at 5 p.m. Tuesday to debate the matter. “McHenry County’s voters spoke loud and clear in a 2016 referendum that the [Read More]

McHenry County Board invites school districts to discussion on cutting property taxes

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has invited officials from nine area school districts to open a discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. In March, voters approved an advisory referendum asking school districts to cut their property tax levies by 10 percent. The discussions follow on the [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman pushes for elimination of Algonquin Township Highway Department

May 4, 2018 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks would like to see the Algonquin Township Highway Department abolished. That was the message of a letter he sent to officials of McHenry County’s most populous township Thursday morning, urging trustees to put a binding referendum to voters in the November election asking whether they would [Read More]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

McHenry County Board invites school districts to discussion on cutting property taxes

May 2, 2018 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has invited officials from nine area school districts to open a discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. In March, voters approved an advisory referendum asking school districts to cut their property tax levies by 10 percent. The discussions follow on [Read More]

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks pushes for property tax cuts, consolidation

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has a message for Springfield politicians: Wake up. That was the sentiment of an address he delivered at the County Board’s Tuesday night meeting, where Franks pushed for Illinois leaders to focus on cutting property taxes and consolidating local governments to stop the population from hemorrhaging. “It won’t be long [Read More]