Franks Ducks Another Vote

There are three buttons on legislators’ desks in Springfield:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Present

When he was running for President in 2008, Barack Obama took a fair amount of heat for voting “Present” so often.

Following in his footsteps is State Rep. Jack Franks.

Jack Franks stands tall with Barack Obama and Melissa Bean.

Jack Franks stands tall with Barack Obama and Melissa Bean.

He voted “Present” against on Wednesday, May 25th.

It was on House Bill 580, the bill to give AFSCME, the largest union of state employees, a huge advantage in its collective bargaining with Governor Bruce Rauner.

To override the veto, there had to be 71 votes.

The motion got 69 votes.

All Republican legislators with parts of McHenry County voted against the motion. Democrat Jack Franks voted "Present."

All Republican legislators with parts of McHenry County voted against the motion. Democrat Jack Franks voted “Present.”

By not voting for the override, Franks did not displease Governor Bruce Rauner.


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Franks Ducks Another Vote — 10 Comments

  1. By not voting yes, he is hoping to not tick off Rauner.

    And by not voting no, he is hoping to not tick off his Democratic base.

  2. This is the actions f a machine politician.

    This is not the action of a statesman.

    The implication is obviously one of three perspectives.

    He has no real position and is just a wet noodle without a thought of his own. OR

    He does not have the courage to vote his beliefs because taking a stance, or believing in something might have a negative impact on his political career.

    Or Both!

    This is not leadership.

    This is not courage.

    This is not conviction.

    This is not what one gets elected to do.

    This is political cowardice.

    We do not need political machine politics in McHenry County, the State or the nation.

    There is no value in a politician who votes that they can fog a mirror.

    Remember this in November

  3. AFSCME (American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees) contributions to Illinois State Representative Jack Franks (Democrat – 63rd Representative District which is western McHenry County – office in Woodstock) have decreased over the years.

    Mr. Franks had two PACs to date in his State Representative political career.

    The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) assigned Committee ID 13681 to the committee named, “Citizens for Jack D Franks.”

    That PAC has been closed, a D-2 Final Report filed February 13, 2006.

    AFSCME contributions to Citizens for Jack D Franks:

    June 24, 2005: $300

    October 1, 2004: $500

    June 24, 2003: $300

    February 14, 2003: $150

    October 2, 2002: $1,000

    June 21, 2001: $250

    January 29, 2001: $500

    October 30, 2000: $5,000

    October 17, 2000: $5,000

    September 28, 2000: $4,000

    June 23, 2000: $1,000

    October 13, 1999: $200

    June 30, 1999: $250

    February 23, 1999: $200

    October 30, 1998: $500

    Total contributions from AFSCME to Citizens for Jack D Franks PAC from 1998 – 2005: $19,150

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    The next Franks PAC has committee ID of 19464, was created on January 27, 2006, and is named, “Supporters of Jack D Franks.”

    AFSCME contributions to Supporters of Jack D Franks:

    July 26, 2015: $500.

    July 1, 2008: $300.

    October 30, 2007: $350.

    July 24, 2006: $250.

    February 27, 2006: $500.

    Total contributions from AFSCME to Supporters of Jack D Franks from 2006 – 2015: $1,900.

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    Total contributions from AFSCME to both Jack D Franks PACs from 1998 – 2015: $21,050.

  4. Jack,

    Looks like you are trying to hide the fact that AFSCME is a significant financial backer of you being in office.

    Well, lo and behold, you have been outed.

    Let’s keep pouring on the heat and shining a light on Jackie boy.

    The more people know about his dem machine politics and the fact that he is a big part of the financial failure of the state, the less likely they are to vote for him purely on name recognition.

  5. I’ve never before seen a picture of Jack with that goatee thingy on his face. I’ll bet he rocked a leisure suit back in the day.

  6. I guess this is a concrete example of Jackie voting his convictions.

    To quote the great political commentator, Jimmy Buffett, “indecision may or may not be his problem”

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