McHenry County Blog has chronicled the efforts of Marengo Democrat Jack Franks to get noticed by media talking about who is running for what statewide.
He was pretty successful during the summer of 2009 as a result of family and friends dumping big money into his campaign fund.
Although a big check was returned to his father Herb, Franks still has one of the biggest pots of money around–money that I sincerely doubt he could raise today with the $5,000 limit on individual contributions and $10,000 on corporations.
By way of Capitol Fax Blog, I found his name on a new web site, “Trial Balloons.”
It is there along with Attorney General Lisa Madigan (because she hasn’t said she won’t run for re-election) and a bunch of others:
- Anita Alvarez
- John Bradley
- Tom Dart
- Jack Franks
- David Hoffman
- Lisa Madigan
- Kwame Raoul
- Jesse Ruiz
- Sheila Simon
Franks’ vote on same-sex marriage will probably be a good predictor of whether he is preparing for a statewide run.
He has been moving to the left as his time in office has increased and his ambitions have risen. He voted for civil unions and was featured in the Windy City Times presenting a certificate to gay teen who did something heroic in Zion (or nearby).
Five years or so ago he also modified his Pro-Choice views to be radical enough to be endorsed by Personal PAC. (Personal PAC is so radical that it will not endorse candidates who are not in favor of abortion up to the day of full-term delivery.)