Lying Jack Franks Doubles Down on His Big 10% Tax Cut Lie

Everyone who knows anything about property taxes knows that Jack Franks can’t cut a home’s tax bill by 10%.

He’s running for County Board Chairman, not dictator of schools, municipalities, townships, park districts, library districts, fire protection districts, etc.

A lot of people I have talked to tell me that when we discuss the campaign.

I’ve always thought that it was tough to make a lie stick in a campaign.

Not that I won’t give Jack Franks credit for making a really big effort to sell his lie.

But it is a lie.

The latest effort I have found comes in a piece comparing Franks with his Republican opponent for McHenry County Board Chairman Mike Walkup.

I’ll show you the whole palm card, but first concentrate on the lie:

Note the lie that Jack Franks wants people to believe appears twice in this part of his palm card.

Note the lie that Jack Franks wants people to believe appears twice in this part of his palm card.  At the upper left is his logo for the “Cut 10″ campaign.  The intent is make people believe that he will cut their tax bills 10%.  In the first comparison (here only the Jack Franks’ portion is shown), Franks repeats the assertion:”Cut Property Taxes By 10%.”

At the upper left is his logo for the “Cut 10” campaign.

The intent is to convince people that Franks will cut their tax bills 10%.

In the first comparison (here only the Jack Franks’ portion is shown), Franks repeats the assertion:

“Cut Property Taxes By 10%.”

Franks knows he can’t cut your tax bill by 10%, but he is hoping there are enough low information voters who will believe his Pier Piper pitch and vote him into office.

Below are both sides of the palm card:

The front of Jack Franks comparison palm card.

The front of Jack Franks comparison palm card.

The back of Jack Franks comparison palm card.

The back of Jack Franks comparison palm card.


Of course, Franks doesn’t mention that Walkup will receive no public pension while Franks

can start getting his legislative pension within his first term as County Board Chairman and it will net him over $2 million if he lives as long as his father.

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For more Jack Franks’ lies see LyingJackFranks.com.

Franks Picks Up More Union Money

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

Sunday seems to be a popular day for Jack Franks to file information about big contributions with the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Yesterday he reported $5,000 from the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters…based in Chicago, of course.

Shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

Carpenters Union official Ronald Eck is one of Jack Franks’ cat’s paws, filing objection to Steve Reick’s petitions, and, if I searched enough, others.

Other contributions follow:

  • $2,500 – Thelen Sand & Gravel Inc., Antioch
  • $1,000 – Gary Lang Auto Group, McHenry
  • $1,000 – S & K Aviation, Inc., Elk Grove Village

Philip Stephan Candidacy for Lakewood Village Trustee Revealed

Philip Stephan

Philip Stephan

At the dedication of Turnberry Park on Sunday, park spark plug Philip Stephan revealed that he is strongly considering running for Lakewood Village Trustee.

Stephan retired at age 50 and would bring a businessman’s approach to village government.

He outlined some things he would like to do, but I figure he’ll put them in a press release when he makes his official announcement for the Village Board.

Eight Sell Alcohol to CL Minors – Over Half on Route 14

A press release from the Crystal Lake Police Department:

Crystal Lake Police Conduct Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement Checks at Local Retail Establishments

The Crystal Lake Police Department has completed another round of Alcohol Compliance Checks.

The operation commenced August 20th, and concluded August 22nd, in which a total of sixty-nine separate locations were examined, including businesses that sell packaged alcoholic beverages and those that serve such beverages for on-site consumption.

In all of the 69 businesses, persons under the age of twenty-one, cooperating under the guidance and supervision of Officers, entered and attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages.

In all but eight locations, sales were halted when the clerk or business employee properly checked the purchaser’s identification and recognized them as being underage and therefore ineligible to make such a purchase.

CL Police Patch 2The businesses that illegally sold alcohol included;

  1. World Market – 6000 Northwest Hwy
  2. Walgreen's – 151 W. Northwest Hwy
  3. Kumi Sushi Japanese Restaurant– 1145 S Route 31
  4. Williams Street Tap – 80 N. Williams St
  5. Noodles and Company – 4912 Northwest Hwy
  6. The Village Squire – 4818 Northwest Hwy
  7. Jameson’s Charhouse – 5016 Northwest Hwy
  8. New Peking Restaurant – 40 W Terra Cotta Ave

Clerks/Employees completing the illegal sales were cited with an adjudication citation, and are subject to penalties to be determined at a hearing.

With traffic crashes as the leading cause of death among adolescent Americans, coupled with alcohol as the leading causative factor, the Crystal Lake Police Department strives to develop a partnership with local merchants to help them achieve the goal of zero sales to minors.

These Alcohol Countermeasure Enforcement checks are done randomly throughout the year and will continue in the future.

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Suspect(s) listed are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law

Erin Smith Not Running for Re-Election for Lakewood Village President

Erin Smith

Erin Smith

Two-term Lakewood Village President Erin Smith told me yesterday at the Turnberry Park dedication that she was not running for re-election.

She has a new job with a company that has offices in Spokane, the Far East, not to mention Chicago and other locations.

Smith is continuing in her human resources work, but needed travel is making it more difficult to make village board meetings.

Smith expressed pleasure at having been fortunate enough to serve the people of Lakewood and being able to meet so many she had not previously know, despite her having lived most of her life in the older part and, then, Turnberry.

Another Falsehood from Jack Franks – Uninvited Yard Signs He Says Resident Requested

Jack Franks yard sign.

Jack Franks yard sign.

Talked to a Woodstock resident who discovered an unwanted Jack Franks sign on her front yard.

She read me a letter than she found wrinkled and dirty in her bushes.

It was on Jack Franks for County Board Chairman letterhead and read,

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for allowing us to put a Jack Franks sign in your yard.

Because of your efforts, we will continue to remain visible and raise awareness throughout the area before the general election for McHenry County Board Chairman on November 8th.

You received a sign because you have graciously offered to host a yard sign.

[Here my source said, “And we did not.”]

Should you have any questions, concerns or would like us to remove your sign, please call our campaign office at 815-338-6363 [email address also given].

As the election approaches I want you to know that your help and support mean a lot to Debby and I (sic).

Good government begins at the grassroots.

When we win, we win together.

You and your family are an essential part of our campaign, and we thank you for continuing with us on this journey.

I am honored to have your support to be the first directly elected County Board Chairman and promise to earn your trust each day.

I would be grateful if you would tell your family, friends and neighbors to vote for me on November 8, 2016.

Thank you again so much.

With warmest regards,

Jack D. Franks

The letter Jack Franks paid workers put at homes where they don't have permission to post his yard signs.

The letter Jack Franks paid workers put at homes where they don’t have permission to post his yard signs.

My source added,

“They put up a Jack Franks sign without my permission.

“I was so mad when I saw that.”

Hultgren on Helping Children

A press release from Congressman Randy Hultgren:

Let’s Act to Help Displaced Children on International Day of Peace

Hultgren: Helping refugees rebuild amid war and poverty is difficult…but there is hope

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the International Day of Peace today called for global peace and praised Kids Around the World founder Denny Johnson and Melissa Fleming of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for their work on behalf of children and refugees displaced by conflict.

Ms. Fleming will appear at Rockford University forum tonight focused on how to rebuild after the devastation of war.

Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:

I rise on the International Day of Peace to applaud the efforts of Connect2Peace, the Peace Coalition of the Rock River Valley, to draw attention to the plight of children and refugees whose lives have been forever disrupted by war.

Tonight, Rockford University and Connect2Peace will host a conversation on “How to Help Refugees Rebuild Their World” featuring Melissa Fleming of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The First Methodist Church of Crystal Lake packed 100,000 meals for the Rockford organization in August.

The First Methodist Church of Crystal Lake packed 100,000 meals for the Rockford organization in August.

As chief spokesperson, Ms. Fleming speaks around the world on behalf of the more than 65 million vulnerable and voiceless people—half of which are children—who are displaced from their homes by war, conflict and persecution.Helping refugees rebuild amid war and poverty is difficult and complicated.

But there is hope.

Groups like Kids Around the World in Rockford have stepped in to feed children and help them enjoy their disrupted childhoods through donated playground sets.

People like founder Denny Johnson and UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming work tirelessly to bring hope into seemingly hopeless situations.

As an executive committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, today I urge us to pray and act for peace in our world.

New Lakewood Park–Turnberry Park–Dedicated

Hot dogs and hamburgers were the order of the day...along with soft drinks, beer, wine and cookies.

Hot dogs and hamburgers were the order of the day…along with soft drinks, beer, wine and cookies.

Food and drink, plus a brand new view of Turnberry Lake brought Lakewood residents together Sunday afternoon.

Philip Stephan looks at the view development of Turnberry Lakes Park people now have.

Philip Stephan looks at the view development of Turnberry Lakes Park people now have.

Spearheaded by Philip Stephan, the lakeside park, located across from Turnberry Country Club, offers a view of the lake not previously available.

It used to be surrounded by buckthorn, an invasive species.

Twenty-eight homes have lakefront lots in the subdivision, but all in the subdivision have lake rights.

Parents brought their children to the park's dedication.

Parents brought their children to the park’s dedication.

Now, people driving by can get a good view of the lake and see the area is “a good place to live,” as Stephan put it.

Enough money has been raised to install two benches such as the one Philip Stephan is standing in front of. Two more are planned when more donations are made.

Enough money has been raised to install two benches such as the one Philip Stephan is standing in front of. Two more are planned when more donations are made.

All of the improvements were financed though private contributions.

A view from the new pier at Turnberry Lakes park.

A view from the new pier at Turnberry Lakes park.

There has always been a boat ramp

The boat ramp can been seen to the right of the pontoon boat.

The boat ramp can been seen to the right of the pontoon boat.

But it used to be surrounded by dense brush.  Now it is more inviting.

Children enjoy Turnberry Lake.

Children enjoy Turnberry Lake.

Now there is grass where people can picnic while children play.

Philip Stephan was soliciting more contributions for park improvements. No tax dollars have been spent on the park's development.

Philip Stephan was soliciting more contributions for park improvements. No tax dollars have been spent on the park’s development.

When enough money is raised, there will be picnic tables.

Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka chatted with a couple of constituents.

Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka chatted with a couple of constituents.

Three Lakewood Village Board members were there while I was;

  • Trustee Gene Furey
  • Trustee Paul Serwatka
  • President Erin Smith

Both Furey and Smith I saw in the parking area as I was coming and going.

Northwest Herald’s Big Front Page Mistake

Stopped by to get my free copy of the Northwest Herald and was astonished at what was on its front page.

Dan McConchie is the Republican candidate in the 26th District. Steve Reick is the Republican candidate in the 63rd State Representative District.

Dan McConchie (above left) is the Republican candidate in the 26th District. Steve Reick is the Republican candidate in the 63rd State Representative District.  John Bartman (seen above to the right) is the Democratic Party candidate seeking to replace Jack Franks.

It will be interesting to see how the NWH corrects this front page error.

Steve Reick, not pictured on the front page, but shown on page 3, by the way, is the Republican candidate to replace Jack Franks.

Message of the Day – A Tee Shirt

Found this T-Shirt at Johnsburg’s Saufen und Spiel Parade.

"My Everything For Christ" is what this tee shirt says.

“My Everything For Christ” is what this tee shirt says.

The man wearing it was standing in front of Guns N Such watching the parade.

The first letters in the words, “MEFC,” also stands for McHenry Evangelical Free Church.

I got confused and at first thought he was part of an entry from the Joyful Harvest Lutheran Church, whose float passed in front of the gun shop.

The Joyful Harvest Lutheran Church float at the 2016 Johnsburg Parade.

The Joyful Harvest Lutheran Church float at the 2016 Johnsburg Parade.

Letter Writer Points to Jack Franks as a Hillary Clinton Delegate

The following letter by Chris Lawrence to the Northwest Herald is published with permission of the writer:

Franks serves Chicago elite

Jack Franks is a super-delegate for Hillary Clinton who attracts rich Chicago and Cook County lawyers and politicians to fund his McHenry County race.

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

A career politician who claimed he would retain his representative seat against a popular opponent, Franks cannot solicit enough cash from his actual constituents to sustain his expensive and extravagant campaign.

A $1,000 (minimum) per plate fundraiser Sept. 7 in Oak Brook should sound off alarms.

Who will Jack Franks represent as McHenry County chairman?

McHenry County residents who cannot afford his luxurious fundraisers nor donate to his campaign?

No.

Jack Franks will succumb even further to the Chicago political machine and the corruption, cronyism and fraud that are synonymous to that type of campaign fundraising.

Michael Walkup is not bought and paid for by the rich, Chicago elite.

Walkup understands his middle class constituents and will best represent us as County Chair.

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This letter to the Northwest Herald is probably the first time its readers have been informed that Jack Franks was a Democratic Party National Convention Delegate both this year and in 2008, the year Barack Obama first won.

Politics as Entertainment – National Edition

Chicagoland residents are accustomed to treating politics as entertainment.

Donald Trump has brought that experience to the national level.

In the pre-debate posturing, Trump has managed to throw off the Hillary Clinton positioning by getting former Bill Clinton lover, Jennifer Flowers to attend the debate.

Here’s the headline from the Chicago Tribune article:

Bill Clinton’s ex-lover Gennifer Flowers accepts Trump’s invitation to attend debate

Another Blago Crook Off the Jail

A press release from the U.S. Attorney in Springfield which shows the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing in State government:

CHICAGO BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR GRANT FRAUD SCHEME

Springfield, Ill. – A Chicago businessman has been ordered to serve 24 months in prison for a fraud scheme that resulted in two state agencies awarding separate, but nearly identical, grants to his not-for- profit entity in September 2008.

U.S. District Court Judge Sue E. Myerscough sentenced George E. Smith, 66, and ordered that Smith pay restitution of nearly $500,000 to the state.

Judge Myerscough allowed Smith to self-report as directed by the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his prison sentence.

Smith waived indictment and pled guilty in March 2016, to two counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering.

In rendering today’s sentence, Judge Myerscough noted that Smith exploited his personal relationship with a former director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services related to a grant in the amount of $450,000 awarded by the agency on Sept. 2, 2008, under the Students at Risk Program.

On Sept. 8, 2008, the Illinois Board of Education awarded Smith’s not-for-profit a similar grant in the amount of $342,000.

According to the terms of the grants, both provided for similar services to be provided to the same at-risk population in the Chicago area during fiscal year 2009.

The populations served, sources of referral, services to be provided, and the goals for each grant were essentially identical.

Neither DCFS nor ISBE were aware of the issuance of an identical grant by the other state agency. Smith then converted the duplicate funding to his personal and business use.

Both grants were awarded to Diversified Behavioral Comprehensive Care, a not-for-profit entity owned and operated by Smith.

In addition, Smith owned and operated three for-profit entities:

  • Diversified Behavioral Services, Inc.
  • Management Planning Institute, Inc.
  • the Institute for Positive Child and Family Development

From 2005 through 2011, Smith, through both his not-for-profit and for-profit entities, received millions of dollars in funding from agencies of the state of Illinois, including DCFS, ISBE, and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Smith further admitted that in February 2009, he caused Illinois DHS to award a third grant of $200,000 to DBCC to provide community services relating to the prevention, intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency.

In fact, Smith admitted that he submitted and caused to be submitted false and fraudulent documentation to DHS falsely representing the amount of community services DBCC actually provided under the DHS grant and fraudulently caused DHS to pay DBCC a total of $138,901.

Smith was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $342,000 to the Illinois State Board of Education and $138,901 to the Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy A. Bass prosecuted the case on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General (FDIC-OIG) with the assistance and cooperation of the Office of Inspector General, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; the Illinois Attorney General; the Illinois Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Liebman Family Pledges $5 Million for MCC Science Building

A press from McHenry County College:

McHenry County College and the Friends of MCC Foundation Announce Lead Donor and Initial Capital Campaign Information for Science Center Project

[September 22, 2016.Crystal Lake, IL] McHenry County College (MCC) and the Friends of MCC Foundation have announced a lead pledge that will launch a capital campaign to build a new Science Center on the College’s Crystal Lake campus.

This generous pledge by the Liebman Family represents a strong cornerstone for the Science Center’s campaign.

In gratitude of the $5 million being donated by the Charles Liebman family, the science building will be named after them.

In gratitude of the $5 million being donated by the Charles Liebman family, the science building will be named after them.

In recognition of this substantial pledge, the College will name the building the Liebman Science Center, in honor of the Liebman family’s generosity.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift by Charles Liebman and his family,” said MCC president, Dr. Clint Gabbard. “MCC’s new Liebman Science Center will allow the College to continue providing the community with the highest of educational opportunities, all in a state-of-the-art learning environment that encourages collaboration and innovation among students and faculty.”

The Liebman Science Center will create additional space for science classes and labs that will better meet the needs of students in a variety of programs, and will provide a learning environment conducive to educating all students, including science majors, transfer students, and adults seeking training to enhance their job skills or pursue a new career.

The new facility will provide the best use of space to support existing science programs, such as biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics and engineering, and earth science.

It also will support students who are enrolled in a number of health care degree programs, including the areas of nursing, occupational therapy assistant, health information technology, emergency medical technician, basic nursing assistant, patient care technician, and the newest program coming in 2017, physical therapist assistant.

“Future students of all ages from across our community deserve a quality learning environment that matches their intent to be the best they can be in their chosen field. With nearly every student at MCC passing through our science programs at some point, this project will positively impact the level of success that our students achieve in the classroom, which also directly supports our mission,” said Gabbard.

The 31,670 square-foot, two-story building will be located adjacent to Building E on the College’s Crystal Lake Campus that will include labs for science work, a cadaver lab, student resource lab, a lecture hall, two prep rooms, and a planetarium.

The Liebman Science Center project cost of $16.8 million will be paid for through a combination of funds raised through the capital campaign, as well as college funds and student fees. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and move into 2018. A steering committee has been established to manage the project’s capital campaign, which will officially launch in late 2016. The committee, comprised of community leaders, Board members, faculty, and employees, will begin meeting in October for initial planning sessions.

Mr. Charles Liebman, with his wife, Mary, also donated The Portrait in Print Collection to the Friends of MCC Foundation.

He expressed his support of this effort because of his long-time commitment to MCC and his belief that community members need to support their community’s college.

“As a citizen, I am delighted to participate in this effort,” Liebman said.

“I feel that community involvement in the College is a basic part of our responsibility.”

Historic Preservation Commission Openings

A press release from the McHenry County Board:

mch-co-historical-preservation-commission-logoThe McHenry County Board is accepting applications from individuals interested in appointment to the McHENRY COUNTY HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION.

Three positions are available for appointment terms as follows:

  1. one term with an expiration date of November 30, 2018 and
  2. two terms with an expiration date of November 26, 2021.

Attorneys, architects, engineers, real estate professionals with knowledge of historic preservation, and individuals with a demonstrated interest in pre-history, history or architecture are encouraged to apply. Application forms are available at the County Board Office, Room 209, McHenry County Government Center, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815-334- 4214) or at the County’s website at http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/home/showdocument?id=12290.

Completed applications should be returned to the County Board office no later than 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2016. If mailing your  application, certified or registered mail is recommended. Mailed applications should be sent to the following address: McHenry County Board, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098.

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Ordinary people can apply, too.

This is a spot that Democrats have used to obtain public office credentials.

For example, District 1 County Board member Nick Chirikos served on the Commission before running for office.

Now, McHenry County Recorder of Deeds candidate Lynn Gray is on the same body.

The members whose terms are expiring follow:

  • James McConnell (Chairman), Huntley
  • David Gervais, Crystal Lake
  • Vacancy due to Jan. 2016 resignation of Eric Hunt, Woodstock

Huntley Area Tea Party Looking at Immigration Next Wednesday

An invitation to its next meeting from the Huntley Area Tea Party:

Huntley Area Tea Party General Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

6:30 PM – Gathering       7:00 PM – Presentation

Bring guests who need to know this information!

Documentary:  Immigration by the Numbers

The key factor in immigration is the numbers, says author, journalist and congressional expert witness Roy Beck.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans have already viewed this celebrated demonstration of the magnitude of the numbers and urgency of reducing them.

Documentary:  How Quadrupled Immigration Numbers are Changing the American Quality of Life

This short documentary examines how quadrupled immigration number are driving urban sprawl, traffic congestion, school overcrowding, wage stagnation and widening inequality in the US.

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American Legion Post 673
11712 Coral Street
Huntley, IL.  60142
North corner of the
Town Sq. & Gazebo

Letter Writer Points Out Mayors Endorsing Jack Franks Have Raised, Not Cut Taxes

Here’s a letter to the editor from Cyndi Hemauer of Woodstock. It is printed with permission.

Do not be fooled

Mike Walkup

Mike Walkup at the League of Women Voters Forum Jack Franks refused to attend.

Jack Franks

Jack Franks at one of his Town Hall Meetings where he would not answer all the questions.

Fourteen local mayors and village presidents who have continually increased government spending have endorsed Jack Franks.

Do not be fooled, the local leaders endorsing Franks are the same elected officials who are taxing us out of our homes.

Franks plans on using his “bully pulpit” to persuade other local taxing bodies to cut their tax levies and will “keep fighting until the job is done.” Who exactly will Jack Franks be fighting?

Everyone.

Which mayor or village president has actually lowered property taxes?

None of them.

None of the 14 mayors and village presidents endorsing Franks support a tax cut.

Franks will wreak havoc on McHenry County in an attempt to control money and influence, while local elected officials are cheering for chaos. Lawsuits between multiple government entities funded by the taxpayers?

No thank you.

Vote Michael Walkup for county chairman to keep dysfunction out of McHenry County.