Jack Franks’ Liberal Politics Hurt the Most Needy and Disadvantaged Kids while Voting Against Saving Hundreds of Millions of Dollars each Year

Teachers unions want legislators who are automatic votes for what they want, when they really want it.

Jacks Franks is one of those automatic votes for the Illinois teachers unions.

Huntley teachers walking picket line on road leading to District 158 property where they were precluded from demonstrating during the strike.

For ten years he has tried hiding this position.


Behind public self-promotions he is for “reform” and fiscal responsibility.

He has even claimed to be a fiscal conservative while supporting teacher unions’ right to strike that drives up costs to taxpayers.

Do front line police officers and fire fighters who work year round around here earn $80,000 or $100,000 as public employees can for teaching elementary or high school gym classes less than nine months of the year?

The teachers unions have more money and political clout in Illinois than any other special interest.

This explains how police officers and fire fighters can get fired for royally screwing up on the job while teachers have tenure.

It was impossible for Franks to hide from an important vote in the House recently.

The issue and legislation was simple.

The roll call on the Rev. and State Senator James Meeks’ voucher bill to allow 30,000 Chicago school students in the worst high schools to escape to what could be a better education.  Click to enlarge.

He was either for helping the neediest kids stuck in Chicago’s worst schools or he was voting the way the teachers unions wanted him to vote.

Jack Franks predictably voted against the kids and how the teachers unions wanted him to.  so did too many Republicans beholding to the teacher unions.

The details of what Franks voted against would have let up to 30,000 kids’ parents have the choice of vouchers to get out of Chicago’s failing schools.

Jack Franks

Lawyers like Franks (and Franks) make the misleading claim that these vouchers would have taken money out of public education.

Let’s see how badly misleading this is.

In fact, the savings would have been huge.

It costs about $12,000 each year to “educate” each student in Chicago Public Schools.

The legislation would have given each family only $3,717, if the parents elected for a student to leave the worst Chicago schools.

That would be a savings of over $8,000 for each student who left.

Keep in mind that only students at the worst schools would have been eligible for the vouchers.

Conceivably this could have resulted in a net savings of about $240 million dollars ($8,000 times 30,000  students).

My guess is the savings could have been even larger if thousands decided to leave and the Chicago Public Schools abandoned empty schools and rented them to private replacement schools.  Replacement janitors and other tradesmen would not necessarily have been unionized and certainly would not have had the same restrictive work rules.

How can a liberal like Jack Franks turns down a savings of $240 million a year get away with lawyerly claiming he is “fiscally conservative” while campaigning?

The political calculation is that if you say something loud enough and often enough the people who aren’t informed about any of this will actually believe whatever is said.

This is after getting past Franks’ callously turning his back on kids in the worst Chicago public schools and saying they can’t get a chance at a decent education.  It’s a good example of how liberal politics practiced by Democrat insider Franks is callous, not compassionate.

A savings of $240 million would have been huge for education and public schools in Illinois.

The teachers unions and Franks couldn’t care about such a savings if it might mean some potential loss in union dues because it might result in fewer dues paying teachers.

The vouchers program in the D.C. public schools has been a huge success for the students who left those public schools.

Jack Franks’ automatic voting for what teacher unions want has given John O’Neill a variety of issues to bring to voters:

John O’Neill

  • It gives O’Neill a chance to inform voters how Franks irresponsibly voted against a huge savings for the State that would have given parents a chance to get their kids out of the worst schools.
  • It shreds Franks’ claims of being a “reformer” or “fiscally conservative.”

If Franks runs his campaign on these labels, a majority of voters may conclude lawyer Franks’ “pants are on fire,” as his re-election bid goes down in flames to Republican John O’Neill.

As some point Franks risks being seen as being nothing more than an untruthful, lawyer Democrat insider politician.

On the other hand, Franks’ wanting Blago elected Governor may mean Franks is comfortable with these values.


Jack Franks’ Liberal Politics Hurt the Most Needy and Disadvantaged Kids while Voting Against Saving Hundreds of Millions of Dollars each Year — 9 Comments

  1. Wow! Almost as bad as Grafton Township’s Linda Moore dragging her feet on an intergovt. agreement with Huntley that would have provided ten thousand dollars towards senior transportation. Did you sellp in that day? Nice going Linda!

  2. What is your take on the latest revelation today that Mark Kirk lied (or mislead, depending how you look at it) about being a teacher?

    I sure hope your distaste of “insider politicians” extends to Republicans as well.

  3. Are there ANY legislators that will stand against the teachers?

    Pam Althoff is a EX-teacher and hasn’t seen a PRO teacher bill she doesn’t like.

    I agree that Franks is in bed with the teachers unions.

    Tryon has always been a coward and before he votes, he sticks a wet finger to the air to see which way the political winds are blowing. What bills has Tryon sponsored?

    The news papers keep portraying the teachers as underpaid and overworked. What a crock!

    Check out Teacher Portal’s state by state salaries.

    Illinois is #1 NATIONWIDE in Teacher benefits and #3 in pay.

    I think we are pretty much screwed!!!

  4. I checked out that website posted by Justin and all I can say is unbelievable. #1 in the US for salary and comparative benefits? With the State Teachers pension being in the mess it is in and the huge end of career salaray increases which increase pension benefits, why doesn’t this web information get published in the local, or for that matter, any Illinois media reports.

    I passed it on to my other email contacts. Cal, you should make this Website available for those that don’t read comments of readers.

    Teacher Portal salaries state by state is referenced.

  5. I am also going to send a letter to the three legislators and make sure they see this. When I see my tax bill going up each year, and pay more for taxes each month than my mortrgage ever was, my blood boils. I don’t know how long I can continue to live here in Illinois or at least McHenry County.

  6. Justin/your big supporter and Nota/your boss, is a strong supporter of these people. You do realize that, don’t you??

  7. tryons a joke.

    Cant get that guy to do anything and he has no opinion.

    Who votes for these people?

    The papers don’t print sh** because corporate america ownes them.

    The same goes for most democrates or republican because there party is owned.

    I say Justin for county board pres. He could do twice as much as these idiots in office.

    Vote RON PAUL 2012

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