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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Our View: Election help can only help

Does McHenry County really need state election officials to supervise upcoming elections in the spring and fall of 2020? The answer probably is yes. On Tuesday, State. Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, and County Board Chairman Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, lent their support to calls for the Illinois State Board of Elections [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]

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]

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]

County Board committee rejects Conservation District’s budget proposal

WOODSTOCK – A $28 million spending plan introduced by the McHenry County Conservation District is in limbo after the county Finance and Audit Committee rejected the proposal Thursday and the county board chairman said he will not advance the budget as it currently reads. The budget drew criticism from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who [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]

McHenry County Board chairman Jack Franks delivers State of the County address

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks delivered the State of the County address Thursday and described 2018 as “a year of efficiencies.” Delivering his second address since taking office, the Marengo Democrat highlighted tax reduction, slashed term limits and a shrinking County Board size as the pillars of a successful year. “McHenry County [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]

McHenry County Board approves referendums to impose term limits

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday to push two binding referendums to the November ballot that could impose term limits on board members and the chairman. At a special meeting at the county chambers in Woodstock, board members voted, 18-3, to advance a referendum to the ballot that would limit elected members to [Read More]

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OPINION: Don’t look to Springfield for reform this year; look to McHenry County

By BRETT ROWLAND Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly have shown little resolve in addressing some of the state’s most critical issues in the past six months. Lawmakers threw some minor reform measures into the state budget they passed in May. The big stuff — pension reform, high taxes — didn’t get touched. With [Read More]