County Board Chairman candidate Franks to host five town hall meetings this week

Democratic McHenry County Board candidate Jack Franks will hold five town hall meetings throughout the county in the coming days to highlight his plan to cut property tax bills by 10 percent.

Franks, of Marengo, will hold meetings in Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Woodstock, McHenry and Huntley, all of which will be introduced by the mayor or village president who has endorsed his campaign. He is running in the first-ever election for chairman against Republican County Board member Michael Walkup, R-Crystal Lake.

According to his campaign, he will explain how, if elected, he plans to reduce the county’s tax levy, as well as use ballot initiatives and the “bully pulpit” to force other county taxing bodies to do the same.

“This is the first time in history that the McHenry County Board chairmanship will be decided by the voters of McHenry County. Given the historic nature of this election, McHenry County residents deserve the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates in an open forum, and I am happy to provide the voters that opportunity,” Franks said.

The first meeting starts at 7 p.m. Monday at Crystal Lake South High School, introduced by Mayor Aaron Shepley. Algonquin Village President John Schmitt will open the second one at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Algonquin Eastgate Library, followed by a 7 p.m. forum Wednesday at Woodstock North High School introduced by Mayor Brian Sager, and 7 p.m. Thursday at the McHenry Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4600, opened by Mayor Sue Low. The last one starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at Huntley High School, introduced by Village President Chuck Sass.

Data compiled by the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation places McHenry County’s property tax burden as the 29th highest by county in the U.S. Other studies put Illinois’ overall property tax burden as either the highest or second highest of all 50 states.