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]

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]