McHenry County Board Cuts Six Seats

Bob Roberts
September 18, 2018 - 8:06 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The McHenry County board has voted to reduce its size by six seats. 

As originally drafted, the measure did not say how new County Board districts would be drawn. A last-minute amendment keeps the six-district structure, but now there will be three members instead of four from each district.

Chairman Jack Franks, a former state lawmaker from Woodstock, calls Tuesday’s bipartisan vote a victory for taxpayers.

“We don’t have to be a freak show, like Springfield’s been for years. There’s change in the air,” he said.

The change won’t take effect until 2022, after the next election.

Franks has estimated McHenry County taxpayers will save $350,000 annually.