Jack Franks Says the Billboard Didn’t Spur Attacks on Metra Board Member Jack Schaffer

Keven Craver has an interesting article in the Northwest Herald about the fight Democrat State Rep.  Jack Franks had with former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman, State Senator and Metra Board member Jack Schaffer.

You see, Schaffer owns Liberty Outdoor Advertising.

During the 2010 election a billboard critical of Franks went up in the location on Route 47 closest to Franks’ legislative office.

The2010  billboard on one of Metra Board member Jack Schaffer's signs that enraged Jack Franks, which made him mad at McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler when Koehler refused to prompt Schaffer to resign from the Metra Board. Franks began his House floor attack on Schaffer in the Veto Session after the November election.

The 2010 billboard on one of Metra Board member Jack Schaffer’s signs that enraged Jack Franks, which made him mad at McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler when Koehler refused to prompt Schaffer to resign from the Metra Board. Franks began his House floor attack on Schaffer in the Veto Session after the November 2010 election.

Franks went ballistic about the billboard over the phone with a couple of folks involved.  That’s what I’ve been told by multiple sources.

He has lost his temper with others on other subjects as well.

There were attacks on the House floor during the veto session immediately after the 2010 election.

The first article I wrote about Franks attacking Schaffer was in January of 2011, while the Metra Phil Pagano scandal broke in the late April.

In any event, there was not an immediate attempt by Franks to remove Schaffer from the Metra Board after the Pagano scandal and suicide occurred.

The attacks on Schaffer began after the billboard appeared.

So, now Schaffer is not applying for reappointment.

And, according to the last paragraph of Craver’s story, Franks says the billboard had nothing to do with his calling for Schaffer’s removal from the Metra Board:

“While Franks has said his interest in the topic is based solely on good government, Schaffer has alleged that Franks is out to settle a score because Schaffer allowed an attack ad aimed at Franks to be posted on a billboard owned by Schaffer. Franks denies the allegation.”

Draw your own conclusions.


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Jack Franks Says the Billboard Didn’t Spur Attacks on Metra Board Member Jack Schaffer — 3 Comments

  1. Jack Schaffer should be removed from the Metra Board for incompetence.

    As Metra Treasurer, he sat idly while a salaried employee(one who received an annual salary, regardless of attendance or hours worked) received $475,000 in fraudulent ‘vacation pay’.

    My dad said Jack Schaffer was the dumbest man he ever met in his life.

    To be honest, I’ve met dumber…

  2. Mr. Skinner-

    “…In any event, there was not an immediate attempt by Franks to remove Schaffer from the Metra Board after the Pagano scandal and suicide occurred.
    …”

    I’ve been a reader of this blog long before Phil Pagano messed up a train engineer’s life.

    Please provide one example of your criticism of Jack Schaffer’s conduct and competence as Metra Treasurer during Phil Pagano’s tenure.

    Because I can’t find one. I presume you have records that would demonstrate that Jack Franks did not communicate with Metra promptly.

    If your statement about Jack is verifiable and true, then Jack behavior was identical to yours.

  3. Just like Chicago, city where clout rules everything, so it does regionally.

    Taxpayers probably knew at its inception that Metra would be another municipal worker benefit/pension scheme, and none should be surprised when politicians used it for their personal cash kitty, like the check-kiting and stamp-refund scancal that ousted an infamous Chicago pol from his high-and-mighty seat in D.C.

    This is quasi-local but it’s the same kind of thing and will continue to be the same kind of thing the minute taxpayers take their eyes off Metra and pay attention to some other abuse.

    The answer is to privatise transportion and not allow governments to turn it into a pig trough for unions and unionists.

    Decopuple government, politics, and politicians from the public good.

    http://www.cusdi.org/index.html#Introduction
    http://www.starvingthemonkeys.com/
    http://www.debatepolitics.com/general-political-discussion/85674-ask-pragmatarian.html

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