Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 15

Steve Reick

Steve Reick

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

A poll last night in Jack Franks’ 63rd State Representative District tells me that I am not the only one who has figured out that the Democrat is still running for his tenth term in the Illinois House (after promising only to run three times).

A Friend of McHenry County Blog emailed the following:

Just got a phone survey asking about Rauner/Madigan, Presidential race, Senate race and more than a few Franks/Reick questions.

That could be from

  • a Republican source or
  • an ally of Jack Franks.

In any event, one does not ask questions about Steve Reick, the GOP candidate for State Rep. in Jack Franks’ district unless a contest might be in the offing.

Franks hasn’t withdrawn his candidacy for his tenth re-election campaign.

You can verify that by clicking on this withdrawal page at the Illinois State Board of Elections.  Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, but clicking here.

Franks did tell Pete Gonigam, the only reporter at the May 15th Democratic Party’s slating caucus, the following:

“Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.”


Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 15 — 12 Comments

  1. We need to stop dancing to stop dancing to Franks’ music and pick up a fiddle of our own!

  2. Don Manzullo repeatedly stated that he would only serve in Congress for 12 years (6 terms), which is when the Congressional Pension maxed out.

    He lost after redistricting going for his 10th term.

    Term Limits is a non-issue in elections.

    Permanent government jobs should be.

  3. So we should fire teachers even if they are going a good job because they worked a public sector job too long?

    That’s pretty much job kryptonite if you want quality applicants.

  4. There are no standards for evaluating “good” teachers.

    The union refuses to allow any standards of performance.

    As a result, we have adjacent class rooms where a first year teacher making $39,000 plus benefits doing the identical work of the 30 years Masters plus 30, making $88,000 plus huge benefits and no criteria to justify the difference.

    This does not exist in private industry.

    The more you make is predicated on more responsibility or more documented performance.

  5. Rumor has it that the DEMOCRAT Lying Jack Franks is also running for Animal Control officer as well as head of the Mosquito abatement district.

    Well why not who knows more about skunks and disease carriers than a DEMOCRAT.

  6. What could possibly be this “political outlook”?

    Bankrupting a State which has some of the highest taxes in the country?

    Continually re electing these gadflys proves only one thing.

    There has to be something really wrong with the water supply.

  7. Cal, why does this have to be a 15 part series.

    We all know that Jack Franks is going to hold both positions, if elected.

    Jack Franks is not going anywhere, unless he is voted out of office.

  8. So what exactly is the procedure for both positions if Jack Franks wins both Democrat State Representative 63rd District and Democrat McHenry County Board Chair on November 8, 2016.

    Jack Franks decides which positions he wants.

    What are the procedures to appoint someone to each position.

    Who are the top candidates for each position.

    The average person does not know Jack Franks is running for two political offices right now, and if they do, many will forget unless constantly reminded.

    The average person does not know Jack Franks is a tax hiker with his pension and retiree healthcare benefit hike votes.

    The average public sector union employee does not know how underfunded and unfunded pension and retiree healthcare benefit hikes to pension systems that were already underfunded or unfunded have scammed taxpayers and created pension chaos, rather, they just blame their employer for not fully funding pensions.

  9. State law allows Franks to serve in both positions at the same time.

    He just doesn’t get paid for the County Board position when he is in Springfield.

    He would receive the full salary for being State Rep.

    That would allow him to max out his legislative pension.

  10. **So what exactly is the procedure for both positions if Jack Franks wins both Democrat State Representative 63rd District and Democrat McHenry County Board Chair on November 8, 2016.**

    And clearly the average commenter on this blog, who pretends to know all, doesn’t even know the basic law on this stuff.

    He can hold both positions at the same time.

    But, if he were to win both, and decide to not keep both (likely giving up the state rep seat), then the Dem Party would appoint his replacement until the next election.

  11. Well that would make a good article.

    Not only is Jack Franks running for two offices simultaneously, State Representative 63rd District, and McHenry County Board Chair.

    If elected to both offices, Jack Franks can hold both offices simultaneously, receiving fully salary as State Representative, no salary as McHenry County Board Chair.

    Allowing Jack Franks to receive the maximum State Representative pension (which is what 80% of final average salary, and how is final average salary for State Representatives calculated).

    And since the McHenry County Board Chair term is 4 years? Jack Franks would have a paid job upon completion of his 2 year State Representative term.

    Allowing him to receive his State Representative pension, County Board Chair salary, and contribute to the IMRF pension fund for the County Board Chair position, thus being eligible for a 2nd government position (IMRF) if he serves enough terms.

    And giving him County leadership experience, as he has no leadership experience in the Illinois General Assembly, other than chairing committees.


    Illinois House Democrat Leadership

    Speaker of the House – Michael J Madigan, Chicago

    Majority Leader – Barbara Flynn Currie, Chicago

    Deputy Majority Leader – Lou Lang, Skokie

    Assistant Majority Leader – Edward Acevedo, Chicago

    Assistant Majority Leader – John Bradley, Marion

    Assistant Majority Leader – Dan Burke, Chicago

    Assistant Majority Leader – Sara Feigenholtz, Chicago

    Assistant Majority Leader – Jehan Gordon-Booth, Peoria

    Assistant Majority Leader – Elaine Nekritz, Northbrook

    Assistant Majority Leader – Al Riley, Olympia Fields

    Assistant Majority Leader – Art Turner, Chicago



    As of right now, the Illinois State Board of Elections website indicates Jack Franks still has not withdrawn as a candidate for State Representative.

    Apparently he cannot find a candidate other than himself whom is electable for that position.

    Whom are the top five Democrats in the 63rd District that could be electable as an alternative to Jack Franks in the 63rd District, taking into consideration the election is November 8, 2016, about 5 months from today.


    The 63rd State Representative District race has been interesting this year.

    Unknown outside Democrat circles, Democrat Jeffery Lichte ran as a Republican in the primary, losing to Republican Steve Reick.

    The petitions of registered voters in the 63rd District allowing Jeffery Lichte on the 63rd State Representative District Republican ballot were ALL gathered by people from outside McHenry County, for a State Representative District (63rd) entirely in McHenry County.

    Democrat Ronald Eck, a Business Representative in the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters union based in Woodstock, unsuccessfully challenged the petitions of Steven Reick.

    The press articles about the general election Democrat candidate for 63rd State Representative largely leave voters with the impression that Jack Franks has withdrawn as a candidate for 63rd State Representative district.

    Why is that?

    And he has not withdrawn.


    Jack Franks is a pension and retiree healthcare tax hiker and taxpayer pension funding binder:

    – Voting for underfunded and unfunded legislative pension and retiree healthcare benefit hikes

    – To pensions and retiree healthcare systems that were already underfunded or unfunded.

    – Most recently SB 777, which is now state law after the General Assembly including Jack Franks overrode Governor Rauner’s veto of the bill, which lowered current Chicago Police and Fire Pension Contributions (pay me now or pay me more later), AND includes stronger pension funding language (mandamus) resulting in Chicago Police and Chicago Fire pensions to be more like IMRF to force the employers to make the full contributions that the Illinois General Assembly legislation (which actuaries are required to follow) has deemed appropriate in their never ending pension modification laws;

    – SB 777, which became PA 99-506 with the legislative override of the Governor’s veto, also includes provisions for Chicago Police and Fire pension funding resulting from revenue generated if a Chicago casino comes to fruition;

    – More precisely, “Any proceeds received by the city in relation to the operation of a casino or casinos within the city shall be expended by the city for payment to the Firemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago to satisfy the city contribution obligation in any year.”

    – in other words casinos for pensions.

    – Public Act 99-0506 also creates a new minimum retirement annuity provision based on the federal poverty level for certain Chicago Police and Fire pensions:

    “Beginning with the monthly annuity payment due on January 1, 2016, the fixed and granted monthly annuity payment for any policeman who retired from the service before January 1, 2016, at age 50 or over with 20 or more years of service, and for any policeman who retired from service due to termination of a disability and who is entitled to an annuity on January 1, 2016, shall be no less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.”

    The previous amount was $1,050 per month which began January 1, 2005.

    – And so the pension charade continues courtesy of taxpayers who have no clue what’s in the 1,500 page Illinois Pension Code.

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