McHenry County’s rewritten ethics ordinance advances

McHenry County’s rewritten ethics ordinance could go before the County Board by April, board Chairman Jack Franks said in a statement. The new ordinance would allow municipalities in McHenry County to opt in and adopt the ordinance, too, which would allow those governments to use the county-established Ethics Commission to hear and make judgments on [Read More]

Our View: Thumbs-up to returning taxpayers money from Valley Hi

Thumbs-up: To McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ efforts to refund $15 million from Valley Hi Nursing Home reserves. The county-operated nursing home in Woodstock has more than two years of reserve funding, Franks said, adding that the surplus is a result of overtaxation. We agree that qualifying residents – ones who took the homestead [Read More]

McHenry County Board pushes $15 million Valley Hi property tax rebate

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is angling to refund $15 million from Valley Hi Nursing Home reserves to eligible residents. Siphoning $15 million from Valley Hi’s $40 million surplus would leave the county-operated nursing home in Woodstock more than two years of reserve funding, Franks said. The chairman contends that the Valley [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks delivers State of the County address

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks delivered the State of the County address Thursday and described 2018 as “a year of efficiencies.” Delivering his second address since taking office, the Marengo Democrat highlighted tax reduction, slashed term limits and a shrinking County Board size as the pillars of a successful year. “McHenry County [Read More]

McHenry County Board adopts spending plan with $9.8M in tax cuts

The McHenry County Board has passed a fiscal 2019 budget that includes more than $9.8 million in tax cuts. Of that amount, $7.53 million comes from abatements and $2.3 million comes from permanent reductions in the county’s property tax levy. “In 2018, we voted to give $8 million back to the taxpayers, and next year, [Read More]

McHenry County Board proposes fiscal 2019 budget with $9.8M in tax cuts

McHenry County officials have proposed a 2019 budget that includes more than $9.8 million in tax cuts. Of that amount, $7.53 million come from abatements and $2.3 million come from permanent reductions in the county’s property tax levy.  “For the second straight year, we’re offering taxpayers meaningful relief by reducing almost $10 million from our [Read More]

McHenry County Board votes to reduce to 18 members

The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday night to reduce its size by 25 percent. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks characterized the 19-3 vote adopting an ordinance to reduce the size of the board from 24 to 18 members as a victory for government officials and residents alike. “I’m ecstatic,” Franks said. “This shows how [Read More]

McHenry County Board approves referendums to impose term limits

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday to push two binding referendums to the November ballot that could impose term limits on board members and the chairman. At a special meeting at the county chambers in Woodstock, board members voted, 18-3, to advance a referendum to the ballot that would limit elected members to [Read More]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

OPINION: Don’t look to Springfield for reform this year; look to McHenry County

By BRETT ROWLAND Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly have shown little resolve in addressing some of the state’s most critical issues in the past six months. Lawmakers threw some minor reform measures into the state budget they passed in May. The big stuff — pension reform, high taxes — didn’t get touched. With [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

McHenry County Board to vote on term-limit referendum for November ballot

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will discuss putting a binding referendum to voters in the November election asking whether the government should impose term limits. Those limits would be two four-year terms for the chairman and three four-year terms for board members, said McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who is drafting a resolution [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

County Board Chairman Jack Franks Receives Civility Award from Bar Association

WOODSTOCK – The Northwest Suburban Bar Association presented McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks with its President’s Award for Civility. Franks, D-Marengo, received the award at a June 14 ceremony for his long record in both the Illinois House of Representatives and the County Board of working across party lines to find common ground in a [Read More]

Guest Column: Continuing to fight to cut your property tax bills

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]