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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
As the McHenry County auditor’s office prepares for new leadership, County Board Chairman Jack Franks has proposed shifting the department’s responsibilities to put a greater emphasis on investigating waste and fraud. Under his plan, which will be considered by the county board next week, the accounting and financial reporting duties previously performed by the auditor [Read More]
Click here to watch my interview with the Illinois Channel about how the McHenry County Board and I have worked together to reduce our property tax levy and enact taxpayer-friendly reforms.
The Metropolitan Planning Council recently interviewed me as part of its Change Makers series, which highlights the efforts of elected officials to seek to modernize and transform local government to make it more efficient and more responsive. Click here to read the full interview.
Nov. 27, 2017 – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks kept his campaign promise of cutting the county’s property tax levy by 10 percent – if McHenry County government can do it, why can’t anyone else? There are too many public officials who are interested in protecting their own interests before thinking [Read More]
WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board authorized an 11.2 percent reduction to the property tax levy, and Chairman Jack Franks is calling on other local governments to follow suit. The county board last week unanimously approved levying $71.8 million in property taxes for 2017 — an $8 million decline over the previous year — which [Read More]