Who are we on our best day?

Who are we on our best day?
As a region? A county? A county government? A county board? As individuals?

Here is the video from our 14 Days Out Rally on Wednesday, October 26 at the Prairie Street Brewhouse. Special thanks to Chris Manuel for hosting and Jason Warner for putting together the video. Also, great to get a Cubs win that night!

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REALTORS Support Frank Haney

Click here for the recent release from the Illinois REALTORS Political Action Committee. Below is an excerpt:

The Illinois REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees encourage you to vote for Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman and REALTOR® Dan Patlak for Cook County Board of Review Commissioner, District 1 on Nov. 8.

Haney and Patlak have been identified by their local associations and by RPAC as REALTOR® champions. In other words, they are for business, private property rights, low taxes and economic growth. Their bids to get elected are termed Opportunity Races.

A lifelong resident of the Rockford area, Haney started his political career with his election to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees in 2013. He’s served on several committees, and colleagues elected him board chair in 2014 and 2015.

He’s also volunteered with several causes and organizations, including:

  • Next Rockford (past peer-elected facilitator, strategy team and member) – engage Rockford’s next generation of leaders to advocate improvements in education, business environment and urban development;
  • Transform Rockford;
  • Rockford Area Economic Development Council (board of directors);
  • Carpenter’s Place (board of directors);
  • YMCA Strong Kids Campaign;
  • Red Cross;
  • Sharefest;
  • Next Rockford Boots & Coats Drive.

For more information about Haney, visit his campaign website: http://www.frankhaney.biz/.

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ACT Initiative: 19 Reforms for Winnebago County Government

act-initiative-logo-social-mediaVision: Become the most accountable, collaborative, and transparent unit of government in the state of Illinois.

Local government needs to re-align to better serve taxpayers in the 21st Century through professionalization and best practice. It will take a team effort including staff, board, elected officials, and the community to develop and enact the best changes for taxpayers.

As Chairman, I will report out to the community on the following during my first year in office.

1. Restructure the County Administrative Leadership Team. Includes but is not limited to positions that impact other county departments such as County Administrator, Deputy County Administrator, CFO, HR Director, and full-time IT Director.

2. Implement the Winnebago County Government Report Card. Healthy organizations regularly take part in strategic planning to be intentional about goals and thorough in their analysis. Ongoing strategy must rest on performance and measurement of outcomes. Sustainability comes from data and planning not anecdotes and surprise. Each department will measure and report out. This will assist the administration, board, and community evaluate ROI to taxpayers. Bottom line: if taxpayer dollars or fees are being spent, then it should be publicly evaluated and reported out. No sacred cows. The system will evolve as the county evolves; however, the goal is to create a continuous improvement culture with a focus on outcomes, not politics.

3. Extend Winnebago County Government Report Card to include entities and programs that the county funds through their budget. This includes but is not limited to Host Fees and the 1% Public Safety Tax spending. This allows the county the opportunity to report out to the community on taxpayer ROI.

4. Reform external appointment process. Ensure quality appointments and alignment with non-elected boards. (Advise and consent with board)

5. Evaluate board committees. Create a Board Policy Committee to review ordinances and ensure governance-model is current with best practice. De-emphasize caucus process and emphasize board and board committee process.

6. Conduct an extensive internal and external efficiency / effectiveness audit. This is critical to ensure taxpayer ROI and proper funding of community priorities. No sacred cows. This includes but is not limited to: joint purchasing / resource sharing, reduction in duplicate services, and, when prudent, consolidation of local units of government. Note: consolidation of local governments and services is not always the solution. However, increased accountability and transparency should be the focus when consolidation is not the solution.

7. Eliminate the real and / or perceived culture of cronyism and nepotism. We will review this from three perspectives: leadership, HR policies, and transparency.

8. Improve the dynamic of the administration and board. Treat all board members as valued elected representatives of citizens, not just politicians or a vote to be counted.

9. Meet with county-wide elected officials on a regular, scheduled basis. Build trust, break-down silos, and create understanding about organizational opportunities and challenges. This includes but is not limited to an initial retreat, monthly group meeting and a monthly individual meeting.

10. Increase communication with the community. The State of the County will be a process of on-going updates to the community; not a single annual event.

11. Establish the Chairman’s Advisory Council. Ensure increased transparency and gain access to outside subject-matter expertise.

12. Establish the Chairman’s Youth Advisory Council. Ensure we are engaging young leaders before they graduate high school and leave for college, encouraging public service and a desire to return to Winnebago County to make a difference.

13. Review Finance Department – Internal Audit Department relationship. Revisit recent decision to transfer some finance duties to the County Auditor’s office. Is it really an independent audit if you are reviewing yourself? Is this best practice or a return to an outdated practice?

14. Conduct annual review of finance and human resource (HR) systems and processes. This includes the budget amendment process, bid process, risk management, and ethics policies. Benchmark against best practice in other county governments, municipalities, and the private-sector.

15. Amend lay-over policy. Discuss the possibility of lowering the number of affirmative votes needed to lay an item over to the next meeting.

16. Implement aspects of the State Comptroller’s vendor / campaign donor program.

17. Explore and implement board training. Include new members as well as on-going training for all board members.

18. Build synergy among local, state, and federal elected officials. Work with local, state, and federal elected officials to ensure a new era of partnership and better results for taxpayers. Communication, working toward alignment on key issues, and speaking with one voice as a region will be critical to future state and federal funding. Example: Work with state delegation on possible statute changes regarding consolidation efforts.

19. Rebrand Winnebago County Government. It is important to our image as a community and region that we upgrade the County’s brand.

GoFrankHaney@gmail.com              www.FrankHaney.Biz

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Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project

Statement from Frank Haney concerning the proposed Great Lakes Basin Railroad Project

As Winnebago County Board Chairman I will support initiatives that strengthen our ability to serve local industry. I certainly do not discount the economic impact strong rail networks can have on a region. One need only look at Rochelle, Illinois for a textbook example of what is possible.

After reviewing the current iteration of the proposed route for the Great Lakes Basin Railroad and listening to members of the community express their concerns, I believe alternative routes must be explored before I can lend my support.

My concerns with this project are specific:

  1. Anytime eminent domain powers are used there must be a high level of scrutiny.
  2. The GLBRR route is in conflict with various local plans; both in terms of future land use and environmentally use. The lack of alignment around long-term planning is something we have struggled with in our community for decades.
  3. There does not appear to be any consideration or due diligence conducted with stakeholders who surround the route, especially in environmentally sensitive areas. This demonstrates a disconnect in how GLBRR approached their planning process.
  4. There has been no factual information provided to the community on the financial standing of this for-profit entity, which brings into question the viability of the project in the first place.

It should be noted that, although I cannot support this project at this time, it is my understanding that federal, not local, officials control the process and final decision.

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Update: I spoke to a transportation official who explained that this process is far from over. It will include public participation and a feedback process. Also worth noting is that the federal government would also conduct a feasibility / environmental impact study that would be lengthy, in-depth, and costly. Based on what we know about the current plan, I am confident that, at the end of the day, this proposal will not go through in its current form. (10/19/2016)

Respectfully,

Frank Haney Candidate, Winnebago County Board Chairman

Policy

 

Haney ACT Initiative: 19 Reforms for Winnebago County Government

act-initiative-logo-social-mediaVision: Become the most accountable, collaborative, and transparent unit of government in the state of Illinois.

Local government needs to re-align to better serve taxpayers in the 21st Century through professionalization and best practice. It will take a team effort including staff, board, elected officials, and the community to develop and enact the best changes for taxpayers.

As Chairman, I will report out to the community on the following during my first year in office.

1. Restructure the County Administrative Leadership Team. Includes but is not limited to positions that impact other county departments such as County Administrator, Deputy County Administrator, CFO, HR Director, and full-time IT Director.

2. Implement the Winnebago County Government Report Card. Healthy organizations regularly take part in strategic planning to be intentional about goals and thorough in their analysis. Ongoing strategy must rest on performance and measurement of outcomes. Sustainability comes from data and planning not anecdotes and surprise. Each department will measure and report out. This will assist the administration, board, and community evaluate ROI to taxpayers. Bottom line: if taxpayer dollars or fees are being spent, then it should be publicly evaluated and reported out. No sacred cows. The system will evolve as the county evolves; however, the goal is to create a continuous improvement culture with a focus on outcomes, not politics.

3. Extend Winnebago County Government Report Card to include entities and programs that the county funds through their budget. This includes but is not limited to Host Fees and the 1% Public Safety Tax spending. This allows the county the opportunity to report out to the community on taxpayer ROI.

4. Reform external appointment process. Ensure quality appointments and alignment with non-elected boards. (Advise and consent with board)

5. Evaluate board committees. Create a Board Policy Committee to review ordinances and ensure governance-model is current with best practice. De-emphasize caucus process and emphasize board and board committee process.

6. Conduct an extensive internal and external efficiency / effectiveness audit. This is critical to ensure taxpayer ROI and proper funding of community priorities. No sacred cows. This includes but is not limited to: joint purchasing / resource sharing, reduction in duplicate services, and, when prudent, consolidation of local units of government. Note: consolidation of local governments and services is not always the solution. However, increased accountability and transparency should be the focus when consolidation is not the solution.

7. Eliminate the real and / or perceived culture of cronyism and nepotism. We will review this from three perspectives: leadership, HR policies, and transparency.

8. Improve the dynamic of the administration and board. Treat all board members as valued elected representatives of citizens, not just politicians or a vote to be counted.

9. Meet with county-wide elected officials on a regular, scheduled basis. Build trust, break-down silos, and create understanding about organizational opportunities and challenges. This includes but is not limited to an initial retreat, monthly group meeting and a monthly individual meeting.

10. Increase communication with the community. The State of the County will be a process of on-going updates to the community; not a single annual event.

11. Establish the Chairman’s Advisory Council. Ensure increased transparency and gain access to outside subject-matter expertise.

12. Establish the Chairman’s Youth Advisory Council. Ensure we are engaging young leaders before they graduate high school and leave for college, encouraging public service and a desire to return to Winnebago County to make a difference.

13. Review Finance Department – Internal Audit Department relationship. Revisit recent decision to transfer some finance duties to the County Auditor’s office. Is it really an independent audit if you are reviewing yourself? Is this best practice or a return to an outdated practice?

14. Conduct annual review of finance and human resource (HR) systems and processes. This includes the budget amendment process, bid process, risk management, and ethics policies. Benchmark against best practice in other county governments, municipalities, and the private-sector.

15. Amend lay-over policy. Discuss the possibility of lowering the number of affirmative votes needed to lay an item over to the next meeting.

16. Implement aspects of the State Comptroller’s vendor / campaign donor program.

17. Explore and implement board training. Include new members as well as on-going training for all board members.

18. Build synergy among local, state, and federal elected officials. Work with local, state, and federal elected officials to ensure a new era of partnership and better results for taxpayers. Communication, working toward alignment on key issues, and speaking with one voice as a region will be critical to future state and federal funding. Example: Work with state delegation on possible statute changes regarding consolidation efforts.

19. Rebrand Winnebago County Government. It is important to our image as a community and region that we upgrade the County’s brand.

GoFrankHaney@gmail.com              www.FrankHaney.Biz

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Elections Are About The Future, Not The Past

Elections Are About The Future, Not The Past

In addition to implementing our ACT Initiative, the next Chairman will have the opportunity to influence a wide-range of issues in the community. To that end, I believe the following to be true in 4 years…

– People will feel safer in their home, streets and community than they do today.

– In 4 years, domestic violence rates will trending in a positive direction. Safe homes = safe streets and a safe community.

– Religious groups and non-profit organizations will be having a greater impact on improving the lives of our at-risk youth. There will be less fragmentation and more alignment.

– The County and City will be looking back at what was a new era of collaboration. There will be no room in our politics for folks who want to re-fight yesterday’s fights.

– The Region will have made in-roads in decreasing high drop-outs and increasing the # of adults who get their GED or diploma. Only then will we solve our Region’s GED crisis.

– Winnebago County Government will have closed the gap between legal and illegal, ethical and non-ethical. The focus will be squarely on best practice.

– In 4 years, men’s groups, religious and otherwise, will take the lead in talking about fatherhood. One example is the Father Encouragement Project. There is no transformation of our community without strong dads.

– The Region will be executing on a bold marketing agenda that celebrates all aspects of our County; not just parts of it.

– Young people will grow-up hearing more of the good things about our community and will be challenged to come back as adults and lead.

– In 4 years, more civic-minded, business leaders will be running for elected offices in the area. Public service will be seen as a positive thing not a suicide mission or the plague. And if they don’t come to us, we will go get them.

– Taxpayer trust in Winnebago County Gov’t will have been restored not because of perfection but because of a complete and total commitment to making it so.

– Leaders throughout the State will be talking about how Winnebago County and the Rockford Region IS leading the comeback of the State of Illinois.

– More 3rd graders will end the school year reading at grade level.

– The Regional Planning Commission will be clicking on all cylinders and will serve as an efficient model for bringing regional elected officials together around big issues.

– We will be more competitive in attracting and retaining business and talent because we have shifted to a more collaborative approach in working together across governments.

– We will continue to play to our strengths as a region: Location, aviation, advanced manufacturing, health care, and sports tourism.

– In 4 years, our region’s brand will be that this is both a cool place to visit AND a cool place to live.

– Our focus will have shifted when it comes to helping those in need. The focus will be towards moving people from poverty to success; not from poverty to more poverty. Results, accountability and the fundamental belief in the God-given potential of all residents will drive these discussions.

– The county-wide elected officials will be seen as a great team.

– In 4 years, the county board will be seen as a great team.

– We will sell the whole story about education in the region; not just part of it. 205, other public schools, as well as great private school options – parents like options. We will also promote and celebrate our great post-secondary options in education and career training.

– Host fee dollars. In an era of funding struggles, the County will have remain committed to spending host fee dollars on strategic economic development initiatives with an emphasis on primary job growth, workforce development, tourism, and tax base growth.

– 1% Public Safety Tax. In an era of funding struggles at the state and local levels, we will not turn our back on prevention and rehabilitation programs via the 1% PST. This is important since:

  • over 60% of those in jail have an addiction problem.
  • it cost $25,000 to incarcerate. $3,500 for an addiction program.
  • over 60% of those released from jail re-offend.

– Accountability and reporting out results will be a key reason why programs maximize their effectiveness.

– Funding discussions on public safety and prevention programs will be data-driven and not sound-bite driven. There will be less emotion and more strategic planning.

– We want to make Winnebago County Government BORING again. Get out of the headlines. Get into better oversight, best practice approach in management, and better report-out to the community.

#ACT will be part of the fabric of county government; not just a tagline in my campaign.

– More business leaders will be involved in the political process but not because they want a sweetheart deal or payback in some way.

– Even the most cynical, pessimistic and doomsday among us will have to admit that we are heading in the right direction.

– In 4 years, we will not have arrived but we will be well on our way to being a top tier community in the United States.

Excerpt from Frank Haney’s speech to 300 event attendees at his Summer Kick-off Party at the Prairie Street Brewhouse on June 15, 2016.

GoFrankHaney@gmail.com                           www.FrankHaney.Biz

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7 Ways To Help #TeamHaney

1. Social media sharing. Share one of our campaign posts or make a statement of support on your social media outlets about the #HaneyforChairman campaign 2x’s per week.
2. Get yard sign locations. Confirm yard sign locations; both commercial (large signs) and residential (small signs). Email them to me at GoFrankHaney@gmail.com or through our website.
3. Letter or text campaign. Consider a letter or text campaign to your network (Christmas card list, contact list, etc). A short note stating your support of our candidacy. Encourage people to GOTV (get out the vote)! Studies suggest that the average person knows 218 people. Many of you networks of contacts, friends, and family that are much larger. If pressed for time, even 25 calls or text will make a big difference!
4. Encourage people to VOTE EARLY!  Early voting begins September 29, 2016.
  • Winnebago County Clerk – (815) 319-4252.
  • Rockford Board of Elections – (815) 987-5750.
5. Walk. Email GoFrankHaney@gmail.com if you want to join our walk team. Walk one time for 1.5 hours or walk everyday.
7. $$$$. We are still accepting donations; both large and small. Please spread the word on the need to raise additional funds to continue to get our message out to voters.
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Haney for Chairman Good Government Lunch Video

Here is a video from the Good Government Lunch. The event was held on Thursday, August 25 at Franchesco’s in Rockford. Special thanks to our special guest Dan Cronin, County Board Chairman in DuPage County. Click here for more information about Dan’s ACT Initiative, a reform-minded way to do local government that has become a piece of the #HaneyforChairman platform.

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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 to 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 www.frankhaney.biz,” said Haney.

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