After I wrote this story, based on the on-line version of the Chicago Sun-Times story, the Sun-Times retracted the paragraph about Franks, as follows:
“Correction: A quote in the initial online version of this story was incorrectly attributed to state Rep. Jack Franks. Franks did not make those remarks initially quoted in the story.”
Now, I’m wondering who did make the comment shown below.
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When reading the following statement found in the Chicago Sun-Times from McHenry County Democrat Jack Franks, one should remember than he did not support Pat Quinn for Governor in the Democratic Party primary:
“It is mind-boggling, irresponsible and unconscionable that a completely, Democrat-dominated state government cannot solve pension reform.
“What this state needs badly is a Republican governor so there is a two-party system again. Illinois needs a Republican governor who can lead and work with a Democrat-controlled Legislature to move this state forward.”
Of course, another way to get a check and balance would be for a Republican to replace Franks, who has voted to put Mike Madigan in charge every term Franks has been in office.
One as cynical as I might suggest that Franks is just trying to undercut Republican support for the opponent he most surely will have in 2014.