Lots of people are cynical about the legislative process.
They should be.
And, I’m the guy whose seatmate, Rep. Tom Johnson, would turn to me when I was particularly outraged and say,
“Cal, your problem is that you think this is on the square.”
So it is from that perspective I write.
There was a saying that some legislators couldn’t be bought, but they could be rented.
Jack Franks was a “No” vote on May 30th for Senate Bill 1652.
But, he announced he was switching to ABC’s Charles Thomas the night before yesterday’s vote and that political reporter thought it important enough to share with the world through his twitter account.
Now, no one would suggest millionaire Jack Franks could be bought.
But, he is a union Democrat.
And, the billboard you see here certainly generated his ire.
You’ll notice that it reports Jack Franks received hundreds of thousands of dollars from “lawyers, labor, and lobbyists.”
International Brotherhood of Electrical Engineers were in the Capitol to encourage legislators to vote for the Com Ed/Ameren rate hike bill.
Maybe some talked to Franks.
Certainly some contributed to his campaign war chest this year.
The State Board of Elections reports $1,000 was donated by three IBEW union locals:
- $250 IBEW Local 117 – Crystal Lake 2/22/2011
- $250 IBEW Local 364 – Rockford 9/14/2011
- $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 1/25/11
- $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 9/8/2011