County Board meets with state lawmakers to share legislative wants

WOODSTOCK – No furniture was broken, punches thrown or authorities called when McHenry County Board members and state Rep. Jack Franks were in the same meeting room.

The County Board committee in charge of its dealings with state and federal lawmakers met Thursday morning with many of its representatives in Springfield to share what it would like to see done by the General Assembly.

And Franks, D-Marengo, who many on the board see as a busybody interfering in county business, had some ideas as to what he would like to see the County Board do.

Thursday's meeting to share the county's legislative priorities was also a meet and greet for two very changed groups. More than one-third of the County Board is new, as is the county's representation in Springfield and Washington because of post-census redistricting.

Accepting the Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee's invite were former County Board member and new state Rep. Barbara Wheeler, former Kane County Board Chairwoman turned state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, veteran Sen. Pam Althoff, and Franks. Veteran Rep. Mike Tryon and freshman David McSweeney had prior commitments.

Read more about it in Friday's Northwest Herald or on NWHerald.com

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