Jack Franks, running for McHenry County Board Chairman, professes to be transparent and accountable.
The transparency is wonderfully symbolized in the fish bowl from which he draws questions written on three by five inch note cards.
I had a question which was certainly relevant, but Franks refused to read or answer it.
He even admitted that there was one question he wouldn’t answer.
The question was about Health Department policy on the dispensing of birth control drugs and devices to minors.
I asked if he would require parental permission.
It is not as if the question has not been a significant one for County government.
During the mid-1990’s (perhaps before Franks was paying attention to local government), a Bernotas Middle School teacher named William Saturday took a shine to a student.
After she was in high school he decided to have intercourse with her.
But he was either too cheap to buy condoms or didn’t want to use them.
He took the girl to the Woodstock County Health Department on a Saturday where she obtained Depo-Provera, an ovulation suppressant.
At some point, Saturday decided to get married.
The high school student was not pleased.
She contacted the Crystal Lake Police Department, which recorded a phone conversation with between her and Saturday in which he implicated himself to result in an indictment and a conviction.
Meanwhile, outraged citizens were urging County Board members to require that parents approve birth control for their minor children before the Health Department did so.
The problem was that the birth control was financed with Federal Title X money.
Shortly after Roe v. Wade was rendered, Congress provided Federal money for birth control.
There was nothing wrong with the bill, but, by the time the bureaucrats got through with writing the regulations, they prohibited discrimination on the basis of age.
That meant no parental consent could be requested before children of any age could obtain birth control measures.
The County Board, on a split vote, rejected Title X funding.
Birth control is now provided with county tax dollars. (Maybe reinstating Title X funding is a way Franks plans to cut the county’s tax levy.)
It is my understanding that McHenry County is the only county in the USA to have kicked Title X out.
So, why wouldn’t Jack Franks answer this question–completely relevant to the office he seeks?
Let me suggest a reason.
The powerful pro-abortion Political Action Committee Personal PAC would love to see McHenry County reverse the County Board-imposed position requiring parental consent before giving those under 18 birth control drugs or devices.
Here are two questions from a Personal PAC McHenry County Board candidate questionnaire:
- Will you SUPPORT the availability and accessibility of family planning services for everyone in Illinois regardless of age?
- Will you OPPOSE legislation which mandates parental consent or notification before a minor can receive contraceptive care?
Those questions were added to the Personal PAC questionnaire because of what happened in McHenry County.
After the first Town Hall Meeting in Crystal Lake, a couple of people not sitting together observed that Franks sounded more like he was running for Governor than for County Board Chairman.
If so, that would explain why he would not want to end up on the wrong side of the most powerful part of the pro-abortion lobby.
No way for a Democrat to stand a chance of winning a statewide Democratic Party Primary Election without the support of special interests like Personal PAC.
So far, the only McHenry County Board candidate endorsed by Personal PAC is Kenneth Miller, a Democrat running in District 3.
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