McHenry County

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An outspoken Democratic state representative says he's running for McHenry County board chairman instead of seeking re-election. 

  State Rep. Jack Franks first took office in 1999 and has often clashed with his own party. McHenry County Democratic Party officials chose him Sunday to fill the ballot vacancy for board chairman. He'll have to collect 270 signatures to get his name on the November ballot. 

In a statement, Franks says he won't seek re-election for the General Assembly. Party leaders have until late August to find a replacement. 

McHenry Sheriff / First Electronic Newspaper / McHenry County Blog

A McHenry County newspaper won a five-figure settlement against the sheriff's office over a Freedom of Information Act violation. 

On top of a $5,000 civic penalty, Judge Thomas Meyer ruled the McHenry County Sheriff's office has to pay about $80,000 in attorneys fees for First Electronic Newspaper publisher Pete Gonigam's lawyer. 

Brandy Quance is the assistant state's attorney in McHenry County who represented the sheriff's office in the case. She said the ruling was based on another disclosure of information in the report. 

Three McHenry County police officers and a Sheriff's deputy were honored last week by the County’s Chiefs of Police Association.

Gilbert Hueramo, Victoria Gwizdak, Lisa Knebl and  Eric Luna received Officers of the Year awards for helping in saving the lives of two sheriff's deputies in October after both were allegedly shot by Scott Peters.

A number of local governments across Illinois are getting money to inspect pollution-control facilities and to investigate complaints about illegal dumping.

McHenry County Faces Water Shortage

Jan 8, 2014

Groundwater resources could become strained in one northern Illinois county. The Illinois State Water Survey says McHenry County faces that problem over the next three to four decades.

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