Editorial: Valley Hi Nursing Home rebate plan should be approved

For McHenry County taxpayers, the time has arrived to have tax money returned. On Tuesday, the McHenry County Board will get its opportunity to vote on doing just that. If you live in the county, now is the time to tell your County Board representatives that you want in. In 2002, taxpayers in the county [Read More]

Guest column: It’s time to move on Valley Hi tax refund

The verdict is in – the McHenry County Board can responsibly refund $15 million of Valley Hi Nursing Home’s $40 million surplus back to taxpayers, and expand rehabilitation services, while simultaneously ensuring its future economic viability. Valley Hi Administrator Tom Annarella, in a Jan. 25 letter to County Board members, called the proposed rebate “a [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]

McHenry County Board chairman pushes Wilcox to fix property tax exemption for disabled vets

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is putting pressure on state Sen. Craig Wilcox to fix a 2015 law that has allowed the disabled veteran to pay no property taxes on his $455,000 McHenry home. On Thursday, Franks wrote a letter to Wilcox asking the senator to lead the way to amend the Homestead exemption [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks guest column: Why Valley Hi rebate should go to homeowners

This column originally appeared in the Northwest Herald. Valley Hi Nursing Home, which you help subsidize with your property taxes, has amassed a $40 million fund reserve. That’s enough to cover almost four years of its operations. I am certain that I could count the number of McHenry County households that have enough in savings [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 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]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting draws response from McHenry County Board chairman

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks spoke out Saturday after a deadly shooting spree at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 people dead. “My heart is broken for the worshippers and police officers wounded and killed in today’s attack,” said Franks, who is Jewish. “Several years ago, a hate-filled coward mindlessly slaughtered African-American worshippers in a [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]

Jack Franks Wants Public Officials to Work for their Pension

McHenry County Board chairman attacks recorder’s spending of office dollars

WOODSTOCK – The battle between McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks and Recorder Joe Tirio continues to brew. The latest shot arrived this past week in the form of a news release from Franks’ office, calling for “increased scrutiny” of Tirio’s spending of dollars out of the recorder’s automation fund – a surplus of about [Read More]