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]

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]

Amid leadership changes, Franks proposes shifting McHenry County auditor duties

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]

Our view: Taxing bodies should follow McHenry County Board in cutting property tax levies by 10 percent

      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]

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McHenry County reduces levy 11.2%, asks other taxing bodies to follow

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]

McHenry County talks 2018 budget, 11.2 percent cut in property tax levy

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks on Monday applauded fellow board members and county employees for developing a 2018 budget that includes an 11.2 percent reduction in the county’s property tax levy. “It was a wonderful, collaborative effort,” Franks said at a Committee of the Whole meeting. “This happened because we planned and [Read More]