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]

Jack Franks, Lake County Board chairman pledge to use government consolidation power

Published: Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 11:06 p.m. CDT The Lake County Board chairman and the Democratic candidate who is seeking the McHenry County Board’s top seat are pledging to use a new law that allows both bodies to eliminate a handful of small units of government. State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, and Lake County Board Chairman [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks

Franks is tenacious

Published: Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT To the Editor: Congratulations to state Rep. Jack Franks on his tenaciousness. He promised to pass a law to allow McHenry County to finally get rid of unnecessary governmental bodies, and he delivered against strong odds. The McHenry County Board opposed Jack’s efforts, even using tax dollars to [Read More]

Gov. Rauner signs Jack Franks bill giving McHenry, Lake counties gov’t consolidation powers

Published: Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016 12:04 a.m. CDT A bill that would allow the McHenry County Board to eliminate a handful of small units of government, which sparked a political beef between two of the county’s lawmakers in Springfield, was signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. House Bill 229 grants to the McHenry and [Read More]