Maybe my headline should be
Franks Labels County Board IMRF Pension Participation a “Scandal”
Certainly, Jack Franks will be filling mailboxes with that message and how he cleaned it up.
But, since the title of the op-ed piece in Wednesday night’s Springfield’s State Journal-Register by State Rep. Jack Franks was
…and Franks still has not pulled his name off the ballot for State Representative, maybe this reminder that he says one thing, but in the title has not delivered on his statement that he will not run for re-election is still relevant.
In the op-ed piece–soon to appear lots of other places–Franks says,
“Both sides are so focused on partisan politics and the upcoming election that they refuse to do their job.”
“It’s that context in which I decided it was time to leave the legislature.”
“While the cause of the dysfunction on the McHenry County Board is not the same as Springfield,” he continues, “the result is the same — a government more concerned about politics and personal gain than the needs of the taxpayers they were elected to represent.”
The Democrat talks about sponsoring a bill for DuPage County to consolidate governments which he says, “has saved taxpayers in DuPage County millions.”
He attacks the McHenry County Board for hiring a lobbyist to fight against including McHenry County in the legislation.
“Just this year, the McHenry County Board has been engulfed in a pension scandal.
“Many board members signed unsupported affidavits claiming to have worked 1,000 hours a year, the threshold for pension eligibility. Yet records indicate none of the signers attended even 200 hours of meetings, far less than the statutory minimum.
“The Board’s complete disregard for the needs of the taxpayers convinced me that running for McHenry County Board Chairman is the right decision for me and the right decision for the residents of McHenry County.
“While dysfunction runs rampant in Springfield and back home, I have come to believe I’ll have a greater ability to bring real reform to McHenry than I do in today’s poisoned Springfield climate.”
If you want to check to see if Franks has filed to withdraw from the fall State Rep. race, you can do so by clicking here.
When I checked it Thursday, this is what I saw: