The Republican Party wouldn’t let Tonya Franklin run against Jack Franks for State Rep. in 2012, but she didn’t lose interest in politics.
She recently sent the following letter to the Northwest Herald. It is published with her permission:
The shell games of Chicago and Springfield will infiltrate McHenry County if Jack Franks is
elected County Board chairman.
In 2014 Franks was quoted saying, “I can promise I’m not running for county chairman.”
We know that to be a lie.
Franks already has made another grand “promise” to present a measure to cut McHenry County’s property tax levy 10 percent on his first day in office.
For most taxpayers, it would correlate to 1 percent of your total property tax bill ($30-$100).
In May 2005, SB 27, a $2.3 billion “pension holiday,” which some legislators equated to a payday loan, passed with 2 votes securing a veto proof majority.
The diverted pension funds were used to pay for increased education and health care spending.
Despite publicly criticizing skipping pension payments, Jack Franks voted for the legislation, setting the course for increased pension debt from $38 billion to $100 billion.
At the county level, it would be easy to propose to move the excess Valley Hi funds to be used as the pawn for another campaign promise.
Will Franks propose to eliminate the $3 million Valley Hi levy entirely?
Perhaps Franks will move RTA sales tax funds in a sleight of hand maneuver to pay for county health and human services?
I would like specific details how Franks proposes to cut the tax levy.
Will Franks actually cut services, staff or other areas?
Or does he merely intend to play a shell game with funds like his Chicago buddies trained him in Springfield?