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]

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 chairman reflects on meeting with schools about tax levy cuts

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks invited officials from several area school districts to an open discussion about what districts can do to lower their property tax levies. The discussion came on the heels of the County Board reducing its levy by 11.2 percent. Franks, D-Marengo, released a statement about the meeting, which took place [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]

Franks will shake up county government

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT To the Editor: I entered County Board chairman candidate Jack Franks’ Crystal Lake Town Hall meeting as an undecided voter and left as an enthusiastic Franks supporter. I was impressed with Mayor Aaron Shepley’s introduction and endorsement and learned most every mayor, all Republicans, also have endorsed Franks. [Read More]

Jack Franks: “I can’t in good conscience ask people for more money when I see our government doing the same thing over and over”

Illinois State Representative Jack Franks (D-Marengo) joins Justin to talk about why he’s resigning to run for McHenry County board chairman. Representative Franks discusses the current gridlock in Springfield, how his decision to resign will impact the balance of power, the importance of being bipartisan, the big issues facing McHenry County, his strategy to get [Read More]