Binding referendum considered to determine future of McHenry County Coroner’s Office

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Coroner’s Office has been under fire in recent weeks after the release of two evaluations highlighting numerous operational errors. During an ad hoc committee meeting Wednesday, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said that these problems will not be solved by choosing coroners via election, especially when state law allows [Read More]

Franks challenges McHenry County to make tax cuts permanent next fiscal year

WOODSTOCK – After having voted to reduce McHenry County’s property tax levy by about $18 million over the past two fiscal years, the County Board was issued a challenge Tuesday by Chairman Jack Franks. Instead of issuing tax abatements, Franks recommended establishing permanent tax cuts this budget year. “Homeowners and business owners deserve a tax [Read More]

GUEST COLUMN: Coroner’s office mess the result of multiple failures

McHenry County taxpayers should be infuriated with the top-to-bottom dysfunction at the Coroner’s Office. Dual reports delivered since the departure of the former coroner paint a damning portrait of an office that is so broken that it cannot faithfully execute its statutory duties. The office tasked with determining cause of death and treating the bereaved [Read More]

Evaluation of McHenry County Coroner’s Office highlights lack of operational oversight

WOODSTOCK – A third-party evaluation of the McHenry County Coroner’s Office after the resignation of former Coroner Anne Majewski characterized the department as being in an “abhorrent and dysfunctional state.” The report, which was conducted by Dr. Dennis Kellar, highlighted a number of deficiencies, including a lack of security and quality assurance of fluid and tissue [Read More]

Applications for $15M Valley Hi rebate open for McHenry County residents

WOODSTOCK – Online applications for McHenry County residents to collect a portion of a $15 million rebate of Valley Hi Nursing Home surplus funds went live Friday. The online portal, which can be found at mchenrycountyil.gov, allows homeowners to apply to recoup almost 30% of the McHenry County government’s share of last year’s property tax bill. About [Read More]

County Board committee rejects Conservation District’s budget proposal

WOODSTOCK – A $28 million spending plan introduced by the McHenry County Conservation District is in limbo after the county Finance and Audit Committee rejected the proposal Thursday and the county board chairman said he will not advance the budget as it currently reads. The budget drew criticism from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who [Read More]

Jack Franks Wants Public Officials to Work for their Pension

Editorial: MCCD budget fuss could have been avoided

WOODSTOCK – Leaders at the McHenry County Conservation District must create a workable budget that doesn’t require an increase in property taxes. They have the resources to do so; they have done it in the past, and they should commit to doing it next year, and for as long as possible. Without such commitments from local [Read More]

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]