Jack Franks Ranked Number 37 at $462,609 or Is He Really Number 3?

The Chicago Sun-Times reported today the fifty largest Political Action Committees in Illinois.

Buoyed by contributions from relatives and family friends when he was puffing himself us as a potential candidate for Governor, Franks retained enough to rank him 37 in the whole state.

As of the end of last year, he had $462,609 available.

That’s certainly the biggest pot of political money for any McHenry County politician.

And, now Franks has more.

State Rep. Jack Franks and Statde Sen. Pam Althoff look at the camera at their joint McHenry Expo booth at West High School the afternoon of Franks' big Chicago fundraiser.

Saturday night he held a fundraiser in Chicago to sweep up money most of which would not as obtainable at a McHenry County fundraiser.

Franks reported five entities who gave $1,000 this year:

  • Arnold G. Rubin, Chicago attorney
  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, a Waukegan law firm
  • Seth & Michael Gilllman, Lincolnwood
  • Intren, Inc. , Union

That’s just the tip of an iceberg that will be hidden until March.

But, Franks really deserves a higher ranking than 37.

That’s because he is not competitive with most of the politicians on the list.

With all of that money, I’d guess he is positioning himself to run for statewide office in 2014.

That’s if he can’t pull off a campaign against 8th District Republican Congressman Joe Walsh. (I doubt most of the money in Franks’ war chest can be used to run for Congress. There are much stricter limits on campaign funding at the Federal level than exist, even after the imposition of the $5,000 a person/company limit on January 1st.  And corporate contributions can’t be converted.  Some individual contributions can be.)

Os not in the same political arena, one can eliminate the current candidates for mayor of Chicago, the legislative leaders and all of the statewide Democrats, except maybe Pat Quinn and Alex Giannoulias.

Most retired and defeated public officials also present no threat to a statewide run by Franks. I won’t even list most of them. Most will take whatever money they can convert to their private use and walk away from the political game.

Likewise, none of the Republicans are likely to run against Franks in a Democratic Party primary for statewide office.

  • Roger Claar
  • Judy Baar Topinka
  • Larry Bomke
  • Bradley A. Stephens (Lower than Franks)

Let’s eliminate the following Chicago politicians as not being direct competitors of the Marengo Democrat:

  • Rahm Emanuel
  • Edward M. Burke
  • Lisa Madigan
  • Gery Chico
  • Ray Suarez
  • Jesse White
  • Michael J. Madigan
  • Brendan Reilly
  • John Cullerton (lower than Franks)
  • Larry R. Rogers Jr. (lower than Franks)
  • David Orr (lower than Franks)

Maybe one or two of them might be potential candidates for statewide office (Rogers, Reilly?), but I don’t know that arena well enough to do more than guess.

Now we get down to those who might think about running for statewide office.

Those include Giannoulias and Quinn.

While Quinn did get elected governor, he did so without Franks’ endorsement and it must gall him when he compares himself with Quinn.

That leaves five legislators with hefty campaign funds.

Lou Lang

I can’t imagine State Rep. Mike Smith, the one with the most money running for statewide office, so we’re down to four:

  • State Rep. Lou Lang (Skokie)
  • State Senator James Clayborne (East St. Louis)
  • State Rep. Jack Franks
  • State Senator Bill Haine (Alton – Lower than Franks)

Lang positioned himself to run for statewide office two years ago. He even spoke to the McHenry County Demcoratic Party Central Committee in 2009.  He is Jewish like Franks, so is a definite potential competitor.

James Clayborne

Bill Haine

Clayborne and Haine are prominent Downstate legislators, so also could be in the competitor category.

Having completed my triage on campaign resources, it appears to me that Jack Franks deserves to be ranked Number 3 among those who might be interested in running for statewide office three years from now.


Jack Franks Ranked Number 37 at $462,609 or Is He Really Number 3? — 4 Comments

  1. Why do we frequently see Republician State Senator Pam Althoff in joint public efforts with Democrate Jack Franks?

    It just seems to me some times that the lines of political position are not very clear.

    I now more than ever want to see a Republican party like those of years gone by when it was the Republican party bringing new ideas of prosperity, fiscal responsibility, accountability to government.

    I don’t want a watered down KINDA Republican party politician.

    What’s up with this?

  2. If two people from different parties can accomplish something that is good for all of us I don’t care in the least who is being pictured with who. It’s called working together for what should be a common cause.

  3. If I remember correctly the blog was filled with people telling Mahon the people of McHenry county didn’t want a crook county guy becoming the sheriff of McHenry County.

    They also wanted nothing to do with a guy who worked for sheriff Dart.

    Now McHenry County’s favorite son is sluming it down in crook county looking for the money he can’t get in McHenry; and it’s his old school buddy sheriff dart who’s putting it together for him.

    The voters of McHenry County make those who vote in Cook County look like rocket scientists.

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