“Man of the People” Jack Franks Holding $1,000 Minimum Fundraiser in Oak Brook

Here’s an invitation to a Jack Franks’ fundraiser that not many McHenry County residents probably received:

If you have a thousand dollars to spare, Jack Franks invites you to attend an exclusive fundraiser in Oak Brook.

If you have a thousand dollars to spare, Jack Franks invites you to attend an exclusive fundraiser in Oak Brook.

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

It’s being held in Oak Brook at Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse.

The price of admission is a minimum of $1,000.

For details about higher contributions, contact Herb Franks or Mike Noonen.


“Man of the People” Jack Franks Holding $1,000 Minimum Fundraiser in Oak Brook — 30 Comments

  1. If he wants to be a McHenry county elected official shouldn’t he try and support McHenry county businesses and have the fundraiser in our county? Just a thought.

    A $1000. min is extremely expensive so I assume he isn’t interested in the average taxpayers of his county attending?

  2. It is for sale to the highest bidder!

    What a suprise that he gets the bulk of his cash OUTSIDE of McHenry County.

    Get with it folks he is going to turn this into Crook County!

  3. @Farmer- you mean a county that has a single party rule with cronyism and nepotism- families in power, office passed down family member to family member- things being done because of who you know not what you know?

    That kind of Crook county?

    Cuz frankly- it looks alot like McHenry County

  4. McHenry County has nowhere near the level of corruption as Cook County.

    Way more Cook County politicians and government employees have been convicted of corruption that McHenry County politicians.

    Not even close.

  5. Sorry Jack…

    Charging me the equivalent of 20% of my tax bill so you can promise to save me 10% is one of the reasons the moving truck will be at my house soon.

    You’re an idiot.

  6. McHenry County – FOR SALE

    To the highest bidder from Chicago.

    Lying Jack Franks comes out swinging in his bid to play GOD in McHenry County

  7. As I posted before.

    Of course, the contributions are
    Still being solicited & coming in,
    It’s career politician Jack Frank’s CHRISTMAS TIME !

    It doesn’t matter how much he
    Already has or what the position
    Is he is running for because it is
    RITUAL & that’s was is done.

    Fa la la la la

    There is probably a tree with the
    Empty contribution envelopes on it
    As decorations.

    Someone PLEASE write a letter to the
    Editor of the NWH on this Jacko Franco

    Let all the Mchenry County peasants
    Know how Jacko wants to EAT STEAK
    In DUPAGE county with fatcat elitists while we the peasants have to pay our second property tax installment right now.

    Jacko Franco never ceases to amaze
    With the different ways to DISGUST the
    Peasant taxpayers of MC & with a
    smile on his elitist GREEDY face.

  8. Walkup is bought like a cheap suit.

    He received over $20,000 from one cook county resident.

    Facts are pesky, I know.

  9. Moderate,

    As usual, you make a comment without a single fact to back It up.

    Then you call what you said a fact as if anyone believes it because you said it.

    From whom did Walkup receive the alleged $20k?

    Who is this Cook County resident?

  10. It came from Sage Products founder Vince Foglia and his wife.

    Sage Products is located in Cary. Before that his factory was in Crystal Lake.

    The Sage YMCA in Crystal Lake is another beneficiary of the Foglia family’s generosity.

  11. Walkup’s money: Vimcemt Foglia, of Sage Products, resident of N. Barrington.

    The 20K plus is primary and general election contributions combined.

    Just check the State Board of Elections web site — it’s all there.

  12. Mike Noonan is listed (along with Len DeFranco, Jack’s father Herb Franks, and James Knepper) on the Host Committee for the above Jack Franks fundraiser.

    Michael Noonan is a former legislative aide to Michael Madigan, former campaign manager for Jack Franks, former campaign manager for Lisa Madigan, and partner (along with Victor Reyes and formerly Maze Jackson) in Compass Public Affairs.

    Compass Public Affairs won no bid contracts from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

    A Michael Madigan son-in-law, Jordan Matyas (wife Tiffany, not Lisa), was Chief of Staff at RTA less than a month in March 2011 when Compass was awarded a no bid contract by RTA.

    Jack Franks criticized that and other PR expenditures by RTA.

    “The RTA has ‘gotten away from their core mission,’ said state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat.

    ‘Their job is to coordinate the transit agencies for northeastern Illinois.

    Spending money on PR firms and speech writers is such an abuse of taxpayers’ money.'”

    – Daily Herald

    September 30, 2015

    RTA spending more than $670,000 on spin control

    by Marni Pyke



    In addition to being a partner in Compass Public Affairs, Victor Reyes is a partner in the law firm Reyes Kurson listed on the fundraiser flyer posted in the article above.

  13. LOVE the REAL facts Moderate & Marks
    Info as well.

    NO WAY will Mike Walkup ever have a
    $1000 minimum fundraiser in an ELITIST FATCAT town ( in another county) like OAKBROOK.

    More deflection & PROJECTION on the comment about Mike Walkup being

    I’ll take an off-the-rack suit guy as opposed to the Armani guy, as someone
    Who represents me any day.

    Facts are pesky Moderate, YOU WOULD
    KNOW !

    Go back to your “JOB ?”, or are you on
    Vacation with.the rest of the state reps &
    Senators ?

    But wait it is Christmas Fundraising
    Season, that tree in Oakbrook will have lots of contribution envelopes on it to delight Herbert & Jacko while they
    Have their big steaks.

    Fa la la la la (gag)

    We the taxpayers could use some of
    JACKO’s 10% at tax time now .

  14. Hmmm, Sage products is located
    WHERE ?

    To me.

    That TWIST won’t fly on this blog.

  15. Victor Reyes and Michael Noonan are also partners in the lobbyist firm Roosevelt Group, which is a “full service government relations and strategy firm dedicated to providing business, government, industry, and trade organizations practical advice to accomplish their goals.”

    Roosevelt Media, a spin off of Roosevelt Group, handles newsletters and mailings for companies and political campaigns.

  16. In February and June of 1998 during Jack Franks’ initial campaign to become State Representative, Friends of Michael J Madigan made contributions to the Citizens for Jack D Franks PAC (committee ID 13681), including staff mileage for Noonan.

    In June 2005, Mike and Ann Noonan contributed $500 to Citizens for Jack D Franks.

    Ann is Mike’s now former wife who is currently Ann Williams, State Representative 11th District in Chicago.

    In September 2000, Patrick and Mary Noonan of Glenwood contributed $500 to Citizens for Jack D Franks.

    Mike Noonan grew up in Glenwood and received his undergraduate degree from American University in Washington DC, which is the same university from which Jack Franks received his JD (law degree).

  17. Per the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) website:

    Roosevelt Group (lobbyist firm whose partners are Victor Reyes and Michael Noonan) contributions to Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC were $15,500 from 2006 – 2013.

    Roosevelt Media(spin off of Roosevelt Group that handles newsletters and mailers for companies and political campaigns) contributions to Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC were $3,500.

  18. Per the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) website:

    Leonard DeFranco and his law firm, from Villa Park and Oak Brook, have contributed $2,200 to Jack Franks PACs from 2004 – 2015.

  19. Per the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) website.

    Herb Franks contributed $250,000 to the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC on June 29, 2009.

    Herb and Eileen Franks contributed $5,000 to the Citizens for Jack D Franks PAC on December 2, 1997.

    Deborah Franks (Jack’s wife) contributed $200,000 to the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC on June 29, 2000.

    Eileen Franks (Jack’s mom) contributed $450,000 to the the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC on June 29, 2000.

    Franks Gerkin & Mckenna Pc (the law firm at which Jack and Herb Franks work) contributed $26,879 to the Citizens for Jack D Franks PAC between January 1998 and December 2000.

    Jack Franks loaned Citizens for Jack D Franks $50,000 between 1998 – 2002.

    Jack Franks loaned Supporters of Jack D Franks $150,000 on June 28, 2009.

    Jack Franks contributed $5,000 to Citizens for Jack D Franks from 1997 – 1998.

  20. Per the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

    Law office of James A Knepper PC contributed $7,250 to Supporters of Jack D Franks from September 2010 to February 2016.

    James A Knepper contributed $250 to Citizens for Jack D Franks on June 24, 2005.

    Knepper & Moga PC (James Knepper was a principal) contributed $550 to Citizens for Jack D Franks from 2002 – 2003.

  21. He already knows how we are being sucked dry with all kinds of Taxes.

    So why come to the turnip that can’t be bleed anymore!

    wanna by a bridge ?

  22. Mark, who cares who made contributions to Franks, he won’t win anyway.

  23. Jowly Jerk …. that’s what he is after feeding at the Springfield trough so damn long!


    I see Daddy Warbucks, Herbie “the Prawn” Franks helped bankroll the extravanganza.

    Daddy ….please bail me out…. again!

  24. @watchdog2- who are you kidding?

    Walkup couldn’t get a single person in the room for a fundraiser for $1000.

    He can’t even manage his own fundraiser period.

    I haven’t seen a single piece of evidence the guy is even running for election.

    I can’t speak to what Franks is up to but stop acting like Walkup is taking the high road.

    He’s never even gotten off the bench.

  25. What elitist comments from Inish.

    It IS ABOUT the MONEY with Jacko, because that obviously impresses
    People like you.

    ‘Manage his fundraising period’ (?),
    That is a Jacko-speak put down & is reflecting right BACK ON YOU.

    With Jacko it’s Christmas time AGAIN & how much money can I AMASS & then SPEND.

    Just flashin the cash, NO SUBSTANCE.

  26. Noonan > Williams > Storino, Ramello & Durkin > Franks

    No indication she had anything to do with the selection, but it is interesting to note that Ann Williams (Ann M Williams), current Chicago Democrat State Representative and former wife of Mike Noonan (who’s listed in the flyer above), is currently listed as “Of Counsel” practicing municipal law at the Storino, Ramello & Durkin law firm.

    Democrat McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks introduced Nicholas Peppers of the same Storino, Ramello, Durkin law fir as the County Board Parliamentarian (rules interpreter) on January 17, 2017, to the surprise of the County State’s Attorney’s office which had provided Parliamentarian services to previous county board chairs.

    Durkin in the SRD law firm is from a different family than State Senator Jim Durkin.

  27. Regarding the selection of the County Board Chair Parliamentarian, the Supporters of Jack D Franks reported receiving a $1,0000 contribution from the Storino, Ramello & Durkin law firm on November 7, 2016.

    Jack Franks was elected County Board Chair on November 8, 2016.

  28. Notice the “JF” logo, which includes a “wave” through the F, in the upper left hand corner of the flyer.

    Those are part of the Jack Franks political campaign branding.

    Those political brand markings appeared on stickers and nail files at the County booth at the McHenry Chamber of Commerce expo on February 4, 2017.


    McHenry County Blog

    Jack Franks Patronage Worker Caught Wearing Campaign Stickers at McHenry Expo Booth for McHenry County Government

    February 26, 2017


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