This afternoon brought a pleasant surprise.
It was a phone call from State Rep. Jack Franks.
First time he’s talked to me since he called to criticize me in 2006 for trying to find a Republican to run against him when McHenry County GOP Chairman Bill LeFew didn’t.
Then, after he was finished venting (I have learned since such is not an exceptional reaction to his being displeased with what someone does), I told him I thought every public official should have an opponent when running for re-election.
That didn’t seem to mollify him.
So, I have to admit to being surprised to hearing his pleasant voice on my phone again.
He was reminding people that early voting starts Monday and he was asking me to vote in favor of his referendum to concentrate power in county government. (No, he didn’t use the description this former State and Local Government lecturer uses to describe his proposal.)
Franks claimed his County Executive proposal would lead to more accountability, more transparency and lower property taxes.
He didn’t offer to put up the family fortune to reimburse folks, if his tax characterization turned out to be incorrect, but he did ask people to call him at home, if they had questions about the issue.
Of course, opponents would have no chance for the type of rebuttals that former six-year County Board Chairman Mike Tryon gave Wednesday.
But, if you want to call. the number given was 815-923-4455 (but he didn’t repeat it twice to make it easy to jot it down, so maybe he doesn’t really want you to call).