Valley Hi rebate checks to be mailed Friday

WOODSTOCK – The checks are coming. Valley Hi rebate checks are scheduled to be sent out in the mail Friday. About 60% of homeowners eligible to claim a portion of a $15 million rebate of surplus funds from the Valley Hi Nursing Home, which was approved by the McHenry County Board in April, submitted application [Read More]

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]

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McHenry County officials requesting State Board of Elections support during 2020 elections

WOODSTOCK – Over the past few years, McHenry County has been subjected to multiple election errors, including technology failures and incorrect ballots. To ensure these problems don’t crop up in the 2020 primary and general elections – which are shaping up to have record turnouts – McHenry County officials are looking toward the Illinois Board [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]

Over 35,000 McHenry County residents have applied for Valley Hi rebate

WOODSTOCK – Although there still is more than a month to apply for a rebate of Valley Hi Nursing Home surplus funds, more than 35,000 people already have submitted applications, according to a news release from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks. Eligible homeowners will have until July 31 to apply for a portion of [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman says Republican Party’s coroner pick not qualified, an attempt to politicize office

WOODSTOCK – A total of nine candidates, including a former McHenry County Board member, have applied to replace former McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski, who resigned in March to address ongoing health complications. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said whoever the board ends up appointing to serve as county coroner will be eminently qualified [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]

Franks calls McHenry County Conservation District executive director’s contract ‘egregious’

WOODSTOCK – The executive director of the McHenry County Conservation District could earn more than $200,000 in annual compensation, plus benefits, next fiscal year due to a number of lucrative provisions in a contract that first was established in 2010. Elizabeth Kessler’s current contract began with a salary of $143,574, with built-in increases of 2% after [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]

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]