Elected Official Endorsements of Frank Haney

Here is the long list of elected officials who endorse my candidacy for Chairman: http://www.frankhaney.biz/elected-officials/.

(as of October 31, 2016)

Dale Adams, Mayor of Rockton

Dan Barber, Pecatonica Village President

Ted Biondo, Winnebago County Board

David Boomer, Winnebago County Board

John Cabello, State Representative

Gary Caruana, Winnebago County Sheriff

Jim E. Claeyssen, Village President Cherry Valley

Dan Cronin, DuPage County Board Chairman

Tim Durkee, City of Rockford Alderman

Kevin Frost, City of Rockford Alderman

Jaime Getchius, City of Rockford Alderman

Kim Gouker, Ogle County Chairman Board Chairman

John Guevara, Winnebago County Board

Gary Jury, Winnebago County Board

Greg Jury, Loves Park Alderman, Candidate, Loves Park Mayor

Kathy Kelley, Rock Valley College Trustee

Tom Klein, Winnebago County Circuit Clerk

Adam Kinzinger, Congressman

Dave Krienke, Roscoe Village President

Daryl Lindberg, Loves Park Mayor

Ian Linnabary, Rockford Park District Board President

Ted Rehl, South Beloit Mayor

Tim Rollins, Rockford Public Schools District 205 Board Member

Randy Schaefer, Former Rock Valley College Trustee

Ken Scrivano, Rockford Public Schools District 205 Board President

Tyler Smith, Rockford Park District Board Member

Joe Sosnowski, State Representative

Dave Syverson, State Senator

Bob Trojan, Rock Valley College Trustee


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.

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Bar Association Chairman Candidate Forum – Live Feed

Special thanks to the Bar Association for hosting the first Winnebago County Board Chairman forum of the November 8 election cycle. The event took place at Forest Hills Country Club.

Here is a link to the WREX Live Feed of the Bar Association Candidate Forum.

The video missed my intro where I opened by saying:

Every now and then,

sometime, someplace, somewhere,

you need to plant your feet

– stand firm –

and make a point about who you are

and what you believe in.

And when that time comes,

you simply must do it!






Haney for Chairman – June Event Sponsorships Levels

We are hosting two campaign events in June and I need your help to ensure they are a success.
1. June 12 – Family Fest at Levings Park (1-4 pm). Free, kid-friendly event.
2. June 15 – Summer Kick-off Party at Prairie Street Brewhouse (5:30 pm). Craft beer. Wine tasting. Live music. $40 per person / $60 per couple.
Please consider sponsoring our events at a level that works for you. Dual sponsorship levels include signage at both events and tickets to the June 15 Summer Kick-off Party at Prairie Street Brewhouse.
$125 – Red Sponsor (2 tickets, signage)
$250 – White Sponsor (4 tickets, signage, and event recognition)
$500 – Blue Sponsor (10 tickets, signage, and event recognition)
(Includes tickets to June 15 Summer Kick-off, signage and event recognition at both events)
$1,000 – Bronze Sponsor (15 tickets)
$2,500 – Silver Sponsor (30 tickets)
$5,000 – Gold Sponsor (Unlimited tickets, event emcee)
*Special sponsor requests accommodated as appropriate.

Checks payable to Citizens for Frank Haney, 8119 Scott Lane, Machesney Park, IL 61115.

Sponsorship RSVP’s due by June 5 to ensure signage is ready.

Please email me back with you questions and thoughts? Call (815) 979-4045 or email GoFrankHaney@gmail.com. Thanks for your time and consideration.

Family Fest (June 12) - Haney for Chairman (Social Media)
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Frank Haney for Winnebago County Board Chairman

Statement by Frank Haney announcing his candidacy for

Winnebago County Chairman

After careful reflection and in light of recent events, I have made the decision to run for Winnebago County Board Chairman. A change in leadership is needed. I will make the changes necessary to the office of Chairman of Winnebago County that will make headlines about investigations unnecessary. The buck stops at the top.

There appears to be a common theme in my conversations with residents: people are frustrated and disillusioned with the current political dynamic. They are concerned that multi-term politicians are rarely challenged and forced to lay-out their vision for the future. Further, mid-term appointments (vs. elections) is often how elected positions are passed along and power is retained within a very small circle. As a result, the status quo is both protected and perpetuated.

The region is at a crossroads. Big opportunities and big challenges. What happens in the next few years will determine the next twenty-five years. The role of the Chairman will be of critical importance in the coming years if we are to become a top tier community. To succeed, we must focus on:

Good government.

Good government is a baseline expectation; not a luxury item. We must strive to create a culture of transparency, accountability, stewardship, and continuous pursuit of best practice so that we maximize our return to residents. We need to restore the faith that people place in their government.

Positioning for long-term growth.

It is critical that we think and act regionally in the coming years.

  • We must focus our collective efforts on facilitating economic development opportunities that produce good jobs for our citizens.
  • We must continue to seek strategic partnerships that maximize our assets and play to our region’s strengths.
  • We must embrace a cradle to career education / training approach that encourages more focus on developing our greatest asset: our people. Then, we must go one step further and work together to retain our home grown talent. Currently, few communities export more talented young people than ours.
  • We must continue the community discussion on Adult Education. This is critical to workforce development, prevention of crime, as well as the health of our homes and neighborhoods. We are all a work in progress and it is never too late for a person or a community to reinvent itself.
  • Additionally, we need to aggressively and collectively sell our region; both within our county as well as throughout the country. We must first believe in the future of our community in-order to sell it to others.


We need cooperation and collaboration with other governments at all levels in order to achieve economies of scale thus respecting our taxpayers. They have carried the burden of taxation without the commensurate respect for their contribution. We will work to ensure that all spending and policy are made with the taxpayer in mind.

I am running for Chairman because I know we can make a difference. Over the years I have built a reputation for being honest, prepared, collaborative, and extremely passionate about moving our community forward. I have no personal agenda outside of our shared interest of creating a community of first choice for our children as they grow into adults.

I do not take this step without some trepidation. Running for any office is difficult. However, I am confident our message will resonate with the citizens of Winnebago County and trump the power of incumbency. I am not running because I see a future in politics. All leaders have a window and that is why I would like to serve a term or two and then go back to the private sector. In the meantime, I believe voters deserve an alternative to the status quo.

Frank Haney

(815) 979-4045


Party: Republican

Primary: March 15