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]

Committee continues discussion of cutting members from McHenry County Board

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board members met this week to continue ongoing discussions about reducing the size of the board. The essence of the Tuesday night meeting came down to the biggest question of a debate that’s been brewing across the county for months. “What’s the magic number?” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked, [Read More]

Robocall: Algonquin Township highway commissioner ‘squandered’ tax dollars on ‘political vendetta’

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has launched a robocall urging thousands of Algonquin Township residents to pressure the township board to put a referendum on the November ballot giving voters the choice to eliminate the highway department at the polls. The heart of the Marengo Democrat’s call was an attack on Algonquin [Read More]

Committee to discuss reducing size of McHenry County Board

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation will meet to discuss reducing the County Board’s size after the 2020 U.S. Census. Board Chairman Jack Franks will reconvene the committee at 5 p.m. Tuesday to debate the matter. “McHenry County’s voters spoke loud and clear in a 2016 referendum that the [Read More]

McHenry County Board invites school districts to discussion on cutting property taxes

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has invited officials from nine area school districts to open a discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. In March, voters approved an advisory referendum asking school districts to cut their property tax levies by 10 percent. The discussions follow on the [Read More]

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]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

McHenry County Board invites school districts to discussion on cutting property taxes

May 2, 2018 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has invited officials from nine area school districts to open a discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. In March, voters approved an advisory referendum asking school districts to cut their property tax levies by 10 percent. The discussions follow on [Read More]

Editor’s Desk: Stopgap budget already has an $8 billion pricetag

• Dan McCaleb is executive editor of Northwest Herald. Email him at dmccaleb@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Dan_McCaleb. Turns out Reps. David McSweeney and Jack Franks were right.  The temporary budget approved late last month by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is a disaster. At the request of McSweeney, [Read More]