County Board - Jack D. Franks, County Board Chairman

County Board Committees & Related Agencies

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STANDING COMMITTEES


FINANCE & AUDIT
Agencies of the: Auditor; County Clerk; Treasurer; Board of Review; Supervisor of Assessments; Recorder and Associate County Administrator - Finance.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: the annual budget process (including presentation of the annual appropriation and levy ordinances); financial reporting: loan fund activities; and conduct of the public audit; McHenry County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC); Visit McHenry County.

 

The Finance & Audit Committee analyzes and monitors the financial position of the County. The Committee reviews the annual budget policy and proposed budget; approves all financial resolutions from departments; reviews and approves McHenry County Loan fund requests; reviews internal and external audits and assists Administration with maintaining the financial strength of the county.

Chairman Michael Skala
Vice-Chair Mary McCann
Member Michael Vijuk
Member John Reinert
Member Kelli Wegener
Member Chris Christensen
Member Stephen Doherty
Member Larry Smith
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

Agencies of the: County Administrator; County Board; McHenry County Council of Governments; Public Building Commission.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: Purchasing, Information Technology; Administration; Human Resources, Facilities, and collective bargaining, coordinate with the Law & Government/Liquor Committee and oversee County communication program with residents. Also, stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to construction, remodeling, maintaining and improving County owned facilities.

 

The Administrative Services Committee attends to suggested changes to Human Resources, reviews the Purchasing Ordinance, IT (generally), technical maintenance contracts, County liability insurance programs, building security (except for the Government Center) and investigates new technology opportunities. It also reviews, recommends, monitors and provides oversight for construction projects and capital improvements to County owned or leased facilities and properties. This Committee is actively involved in monitoring of construction projects and contracts to ensure that projects adhere to authorized budgets, timelines and key performance benchmarks and considers change orders as may be required or appropriate. In addition, the Administrative Services Committee reviews options and makes recommendations regarding future facility and space needs. The Administrative Services Committee also provides general oversight to matters related to routine and non-routine maintenance of County facilities, grounds and systems.

 

Any standing authority, responsibility or duty vested in the former Management Services Committee, Facilities Committee, Internal Support and Facilities Committee and Human Resources Committee shall be assumed by the Administrative Services Committee.

Chairwoman Michele Aavang
Vice-Chair John Jung
Member Yvonne Barnes
Member Suzanne Ness
Member Carolyn Schofield
Member Lori Parrish
Member Kay Bates
Member Carlos Acosta
Law & Government/LIQUOR

Agencies of the Circuit Court Clerk; Courts (including Court Administrator; Jury Commission, and the Law Library); Public Defender; State's Attorney; Court Services; Sheriff; Emergency Management Agency (EMA); Coroner; Fox Waterway Agency (FWA); and Merit Commission.

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to: ETSB (E-9-1-1); applicable fire protection districts; Local Emergency Planning Committee; the betterment of public safety; the legislative processes at the State and Federal level which affect McHenry County; foster an environment where intergovernmental relation and communication is prioritized; coordinate with the Internal Support & Facilities Committee and oversee County communication program with residents.

 

The Law & Government/Liquor Committee recommends appointments to several fire protection districts; reviews expenditures over $30,000, grants, contracts and annual budgets for the State's Attorney Office, Public Defender, Courts, Coroner, EMA, Sheriff and Circuit Clerk; reviews collective bargaining agreements for the Coroner, Sheriff and Clerk as needed.

 

On behalf of the McHenry County Liquor Commissioner, the Law & Government/Liquor Committee reviews new liquor license applications and grants or denies licenses as may be deemed appropriate in accordance with the McHenry County Liquor Control Code and adjudicates complaints and/or alleged violations in accordance with the McHenry County Liquor Control Code.

 

For documents and applications related to liquor, raffles or coin-operated amusement devices, please visit our Liquor Licenses page.

Chairman Bob Nowak
Vice-Chair Michele Aavang
Member Thomas Wilbeck
Member Jeffrey Thorsen
Member Kelli Wegener
Member Chuck Wheeler
Member John Jung
Member Carlos Acosta
Planning, Environment & Development

Stewardship for matters pertaining to the Regional Planning Commission; Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP); Historic Preservation Committee; facility planning areas; environmental and agricultural issues/concerns. Agencies reporting to this Committee: Planning and Development and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

 

The Planning, Environment & Development Committee recommends appointments to the Housing Commission, ZBA and Historic Preservation. The Committee reviews and recommends revisions to building and development ordinances including the UDO, energy codes, building codes, and plumbing codes; attends to policy matters related to personnel, permitting, process, and flow for the Planning and Development Department; reviews zoning map amendments and resolutions related to Historic Preservation. It also attends to matters pertaining to the: McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD); Northwest Water Planning Alliance, Stormwater Management Commission; Groundwater; McHenry County Soil and Water Conservation District; Solid Waste Management; Fox Waterway Agency; Illinois and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies; Illinois and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); Agricultural Conservation Easement and Farmland Protection Commission; applicable drainage districts; Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan; Environmental Health Advisory Committee; Environmental/Resource Conservation activities including Internal Facility Operations and External Leadership.

 

The Planning, Environmental & Development Committee will also sit as the McHenry County Pollution Control Facilities Committee to meet as called by the Chairman of the McHenry County Board in accordance with the McHenry County Regional Pollution Control Facility Siting Ordinance.

Chairman Larry Smith
Vice-Chair Carolyn Schofield
Member Bob Nowak
Member John Reinert
Member TBD
Member Pamela Althoff
Member Paula Yensen
Member Jim Kearns
PUBLIC HEALTH & Community SERVICES

Agencies of the: Board of Health (Health Department); Regional Superintendent of Schools; Valley Hi; Veterans Assistance; 708 Mental Health Board; Workforce Network Board; Community Development & Housing Grant Commission and Senior Services Grant Commission.

 

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to the budget, expenditures, and new revenues received through grants for: Board of Health; Mental Health Board; Regional Office of Education; Valley Hi Operating Board; Veterans' Assistance Commission; Senior Services Grant Commission; TB Board; Workforce Network and the Workforce Network Board.

 

The Committee recommends appointments to the Board of Health, Mental Health Board, McHenry County Housing Authority Board, Valley Hi Operating Board, TB Board, Community Development & Housing Grant Commission, Senior Services Grant Commission and Workforce Network Board.

Chairman Chris Christensen
Vice-Chair Paula Yensen
Member Michael Vijuk
Member Suzanne Ness
Member Lori Parrish
Member Kay Bates
Member Chuck Wheeler
Member Mary McCann
transportation
Agencies of: McHenry County Division of Transportation

Stewardship/liaison for matters pertaining to the: township road districts; CMAP; IDOT; RTA; METRA; PACE; Illinois Department of Aviation; and all other relevant transportation agencies.

 

The Transportation Committee annually reviews and updates the County's five year transportation plan to identify near term transportation priorities and funding sources for the County. The Committee reviews and updates as necessary all MCDOT ordinances and policies such as the Access Management Ordinance and speed limit policies. The Transportation Committee oversees the maintenance and preservation of all McHenry County Division of Transportation assets (pavement, storm sewers, rights of way and equipment).

Chairman Jim Kearns
Vice-Chair Thomas Wilbeck
Member Yvonne Barnes
Member Jeffrey Thorsen
Member TBD
Member Pamela Althoff
Member Stephen Doherty
Member Michael Skala

AD HOC COMMITTEES

Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Accessibility
Chairman Jack D Franks
Member Michele Aavang
Member Yvonne Barnes
Member TBD
Member Bob Nowak
Member John Reinert
Member Michael Skala
Ad Hoc Committee on Governmental Consolidation
Chairman Jack D Franks
Member Kay Bates
Member TBD
Member John Jung
Member TBD
Member TBD
Member Mary McCann
Member Bob Nowak
Ad Hoc Committee on Tax Reduction
Chairman Jack D Franks
Member Michele Aavang
Member Yvonne Barnes
Member Chris Christensen
Member TBD
Member John Jung
Member Jim Kearns
Member Bob Nowak
Member Michael Skala
Member Larry Smith
Member Chuck Wheeler
Member Thomas Wilbeck

OTHER COMMISSIONS

STORMWATER Management COMMISSION
Member Yvonne Barnes
Member Jeff Thorsen
Member TBD
Member TBD
Member TBD
Member Jim Kearns
SENIOR SERVICE GRANT COMMISSION
Member Paula Yensen
Member Chuck Wheeler
Member Thomas Wilbeck
Member John Reinert
Member Chris Christensen
Member TBD
Member Jim Kearns

COUNTY BOARD LIAISON MEMBERS

GROUP liaison member
Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) Michele Aavang
Board of Health Mary McCann
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) Carolyn Schofield
Community Development & Housing Grant (CDHG) Larry Smith
Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Council Ralph Webster
Economic Development Michael Skala
Ethics Commission Michele Aavang
Fox Waterway Joseph Remke
Gravel Advisory Bob Paddock
Housing Authority Sue Miller
Local Emergency Plan Ralph Webster
McHenry County Conservation District (MCCD) Robert Nowak
Mental Health (708) Paula Yensen
Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA) Larry Smith
Veterans Assistance Tom Wilbeck
Valley Hi Cemetery Board TBD
Valley Hi Operating Board Chris Christensen
Visit McHenry County
 John Jung
Workforce Network Board
Kay Bates
Youth Council Kay Bates