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 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]
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]
Legendary WBBM Newsradio journalist Craig Dellimore interviewed me at length for the Oct. 1 edition of his At Issue program in which he interviews important state newsmakers. You can find the audio of the interview here. Listen to it on the WBBM website or download it to iTunes or your favorite app!
WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants to ax pensions for all countywide elected officials. On Oct. 17, he will submit a resolution to do so. “There can be no sacred cows when it comes to getting our nightmarish property taxes under control,” Franks said. If passed by the County Board, the resolution [Read More]
September 18, 2017 Some wonderful things are happening on the McHenry County Board. Since the election in November, a majority of practical, common-sense Republican members of the County Board have partnered with me, the Democratic chairman, to bring about true reforms and tax relief. The budget that the County Board will be voting on in a [Read More]
Aug. 24, 2017 The path is clear for McHenry County to move forward with the consolidation of the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District with the village of Lake in the Hills, officials said Thursday. Former sanitary district board President Shelby Key and Trustee Terry Easler, who opposed consolidation, have backed down from challenging the [Read More]