Category Archives: Cost of Government

McSweeney’s “Frank(s)enstein

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is on record as supporting Representative David McSweeney’s Township consolidation bill (H.B. 4637), saying that “We want to be a laboratory for the state.” This may make for a good sound bite, but in … Continue reading

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Shifting Education Costs the Other Way: Onto the State

In my last post, I said that the pension cost shift that the Governor proposed in his budget address is nothing but an attempt to balance the State’s budget on the backs of property taxpayers, and that I would not … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the Party of Small Government?

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.”  -Thomas Jefferson “I want to run McHenry County…being an executive able to really change fundamentally the structure of government.”  -Jack Franks “The Download” WGN Radio … Continue reading

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Let Voters Decide on Township Road Districts

That’s the headline of an article written by Jack Franks published in today’s Northwest Herald, a headline with which I am in full agreement. . Franks goes on, however, to fully distort what I’m trying to accomplish with the trailer … Continue reading

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So What? It’s Not My Money.

“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money.” –  Everett Dirsken When you’re as broke as we are here in Illinois, you don’t have that much margin for error. That’s what leads us to … Continue reading

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