A press release from Steve Reick, Jack Franks’ real Republican opponent (as opposed to the Jack Franks’ supporter put on the ballot to make sure that Franks would not have a real fall opponent):
It’s no exaggeration to say that the 2016 election is a do or die proposition for Illinois. We’re into our 7th month without a budget, gridlock is the order of the day in Springfield, and Governor Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda has been stopped in its tracks by the Madigan/Franks status-quo super-majority.
Bruce Rauner carried the 63rd District by 36%, which was an overwhelming mandate in anyone’s eyes. The voters sent Jack Franks to Springfield, expecting him to work with the Governor to accomplish his agenda. It hasn’t worked that way.
Instead, Franks has become a reliable vote for Mike Madigan in thwarting the reforms that you supported with your vote.
To add insult to injury, the Democrats have attempted to hijack the Republican primary in this District by placing a Democrat onto the Republican ballot.
Jeffrey Lichte, a long-time Franks supporter, now stands as my opponent in theMarch 15 primary.
My opponent has chosen to not attend the forum, and therefore by the League’s rules, I’ll not be able to take questions from the stage.
However, I will conduct a town hall meeting in the commons area outside the conference room.
I’ll take any and all questions, and will discuss the issues that affect us all as citizens of Illinois.
I look forward to seeing you.
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Reick’s primary opponent Jeff Lichte has said he will not attend.
Under League of Women Voters’ rules, that means Reick will not be able to take questions during the meeting.