Painters & Glaziers Unions Endorses Frank Haney

For Immediate Release

Local Painters Union Supports Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman

Winnebago County: Frank Haney, candidate for Winnebago County Board Chairman, is announcing the support of the Painters District Council #30 Painters and Glaziers Local Union #607. This Trades Union support is added to the endorsement of the Operating Engineers Local 150, Laborers Local #32 as well as a growing number of private-sector and elected leaders. A running list of endorsements can be found at www.FrankHaney.Biz.

“The Painters and Glaziers are pleased to announce our support of Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman. I know Frank both personally and professionally and I have a lot of respect and trust in Frank’s commitment to the community. We are particularly pleased with Frank’s non-partisan, community-oriented approach to this office,” said John Penney, Business Representative.

“Economic development is a key element to primary job growth, reducing crime, and the long-term health of our community. Frank Haney is committed to providing the type of government environment that will help spur growth in the county and the region to help working families earn livable wages and benefits. His ability to work with other people will ensure that projects will move forward and not be hampered by personalities”, said Penney.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of the Painters and Glaziers. Our trades unions and a highly skilled workforce are critical success factors in a 21st Century economy. I could not be more excited about the momentum and the broad-base of support we have seen for our campaign since starting on this journey last September,” said Frank Haney.


My Thoughts On The Recent Committee Proposal

Below is the text from my recent letter to the editor…..

A new ordinance to establish an Executive Committee of the Winnebago County Board was introduced in the Operations Committee meeting. Here are five things you need to know:

1. It is a power grab. This change would drastically shift governance oversight from a 20-member board to a few board members. It would weaken the majority of the board members. It would also shift administrative and executive duties to a sub-group of part-time board members. The well-documented problems at the county (FBI investigation, IT issue, sauna, chocolates, etc.) did NOT occur because of the committee structure or because the board has fewer powers of oversight compared with other boards. Turning the legislative branch into the executive branch of county government will create more of a mess, not less of one.

2. The timing is bad. Why establish a fundamentally new organizational structure just ahead of a new board and new chairman taking office? Why not when the FBI investigation of the county began over a year ago? Why not two or three years ago? Why not wait until post-election and entrust the new team to come together and align on how to best serve taxpayers and what specific changes to make? This overreach is also a distraction from focusing on the budget gap in FY ’16 and FY ’17.

3. Illusion of reform. Shoving reform-minded board members and the next chairman to the side will be lauded as reform but will only ensure business as usual. It would be the new way to do back-room deals. Here is how I would describe this: complete disregard for best practice, conflict of interest, political retribution and more of the same good ol’ boy politics.

4. It violates state statute. Calling this an executive committee is disingenuous. The actual language reflects something quite different. I had an attorney review the proposed document and was informed this violates state statue. Specifically, the sections on the appointment process, reporting process, and part of the negotiation language do not pass legal muster.

5. Back room deals. The State’s Attorney’s Office indicated that their office was NOT consulted before this was introduced in an open meeting as is best practice in public entities. Instead, Paul Nicolosi and Gino Gulluzzo of Hinshaw Consulting were brought into the fold to help Gary Jury, John Guevara, and Eli Nicolosi. Please note: Hinshaw Consulting has accumulated a considerable amount of billable hours from no-bid contracts for consulting from the county and other taxing entities. If this work is being done pro bono, why would Mr. Nicolosi have such a vested interest in helping concentrate power in the hands of a few district-elected board members? Lastly, if the goal of these proposed changes was improved transparency, then why not actually act in a transparent manner in the process?

My request is simple and will ultimately serve the current and future boards well:

  1. Let the voters decide first.  
  2. Do not make structural changes to the County Board or Administrative process until after the election. This includes revised versions of the ordinance.  
  3. Do not replace top leadership positions until after the election.
  4. Committee appointments for the next term should not be made until after the election.
  5. Focus on the closing the multi-million dollar budget gap.
  6. A public report out of any proposed year over year changes to the chairman’s budget prior to its passage.
  7. After the election, a large number of changes will need to be made; one of which may be a re-look at board structure. All options should be considered. Of course a strong, engaged, and informed board is needed. I welcome that and that is why a rushed, sloppy effort is self-serving and exposes hidden agendas.

The community needs to watch the county very closely before and after the election, regardless of whom is elected chairman. Speak-up if unhappy. Remember: Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

Frank Haney

Candidate, Winnebago County Board Chairman

Note: Since the writing of this letter, the proposal was pulled from the County Board agenda for further review.

Other related articles:

Our View: Proposal undermines Winnebago County Board chairman, disregards voters’ voice

Winnebago County power shift not in sync with state law, County Board’s former legal counsel says

Our View: Power grab or poorly presented, it’s still a bad idea


Haney announces August 25th Event and Speaker

(Press Release)

Candidate for Winnebago County Board Chairman, Frank Haney, is announcing a luncheon event to be held at Franchesco’s Ristorante at 7128 Spring Creek Road in Rockford. The luncheon begins at 11:30am with a featured speaker DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin. Cronin is a recognized government reformer who served in the Illinois State Senate and House and now as DuPage County’s top executive.

Cronin will speak to the general issue of “Good Government” both achieving and maintaining government that is transparent, lean, and responsive to the citizens. Other county government executives have followed Cronin’s lead in this effort and that has caught the attention of Frank Haney as he seeks to reform Winnebago County’s government.

“Through his ACT (Accountability Consolidation and Transparency) initiative Chairman Dan Cronin has weighed in heavily on the reform front. His consolidation initiative has saved DuPage County nearly $80 Million. If elected Winnebago County Board Chairman, I will work to implement an agenda that streamlines and consolidates government functions wherever we find a cost savings to taxpayers,” said Haney.

“If we are to aspire to be “good stewards” of the taxpayer’s dollars we need demonstrate a willingness to consolidate and eliminate redundant spending on government infrastructure and services. DuPage County achieved significant savings through their ongoing consolidation efforts. In Winnebago County, for example, we have a need for increased public safety investment. Perhaps we can find the funds for this and other needs through streamlining, consolidation and cooperation amongst a number of government entities,” said Haney.

“I will speak to these issues as well as listening to the ideas that Chairman Dan Cronin has talked about and implemented in DuPage County. For more information go to my website at,” said Haney.

Let's Talk Good Gov't - August 25 - Social Media

Ian Linnabary Endorsement

We are in the midst of a great communal duality. Together, we are traveling down a calculated path of positive, transformational change, while we also struggle with issues related to widespread poverty, violent crime and the fiscal challenges we face at both the local and statewide levels.  We need leaders—just like Frank—who are committed to maintaining our progress toward true transformation as a means of addressing our challenges. 

Frank’s campaign has been one of inclusion and shared values. These themes are particularly refreshing in our current political climate. All too often in modern politics, campaign rhetoric does not translate into commensurate governance. I know Frank will honor his pledge to usher in a new era of accountable, collaborative, and transparent government.  

Ian Linnabary

President, Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners, Chairman, Winnebago County Regional Tourism Facility Board, Secretary, City of Rockford Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, Co-Lead, Transform Rockford Healthy Lifestyles Spoke Team, Partner, Reno & Zahm LLP




Winnebago County Host Fee Dollars

I was recently asked what I thought about how future Host Fee dollars should be spent. These are the dollars collected from the landfill when other communities pay to dump their garbage here.

Regarding purpose, I support the idea that fees be directed toward economic development initiatives. This includes but is not limited to development projects (Ex: MRO), workforce (RVC Aviation Maintenance Program expansion), tourism (Ex: Reclaiming First) and other spends that lend themselves to long-term economic growth, primary jobs, and growth of our tax base.

I do NOT support, under any circumstances, that fees be redirected to the general fund during tough budget years (they are all tough) and used as part of the operational budget.