And here they are:
- $5,400 Anne Pramaggiore, CEO & President, Barrington
- $1,000 – Illinois State AFL-CIO, Springfield
Not mentioned is Anne Pramaggiore’ company.
It’s the electric power company, Exelon.
Exelon owns Commonwealth Edison, for whom Jack Franks cast a vote that would give higher electric rates after first voting the other way.
It’s also one of the electric companies that would have benefited from the bill that earned him the name “Chainsaw Jack.”
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The article below shows the way Jack Franks went from protecting electric customers to purring from the pats on the back by those benefiting from higher electric rates:
If I were running against Jack Franks, I would be knocking on doors of homes with Com Ed electric lines in front of them.
Because Jack Franks introducedHouse Bill 3884, a bill to allow Com Ed to chop down every tree within 20-feet of a power line.
As if Com Ed doesn’t do enough damage to our trees already.
That bill shows how out of touch he is with McHenry County.
Backyards throughout old Lakewood could lose all of the lot line trees because Com Ed lines run in back of our homes.
Think of what could happen to Bull Valley vistas.
In Wonder Lake, homes which sport Jack Franks signs could have the trees above them chopped down.
I wonder if such signs would be trashcanned if someone told the owner what their State Rep. wanted to allow Com Ed to do.
You get the political potential.
Even having been out of office almost sixteen years, I can tell you that introducing that idea was about as far from representing McHenry County residents as one can go.
The McHenry County Conservation District,The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and the Defenders protested.
The Land Conservancy’s Lisa Haderlein called it, “the ComEd Clear Cut bill.”
The Chicago Tribune even wrote a big Sunday editorial about it.
Franks started off his political career as something of a populist.
Not so much anymore.
The Rockford Register-Star interviewed Franks and wrote,
“Franks strongly objects to some bill opponents who are calling him ‘Chain Saw Jack.’ [Could that be a reference to McHenry County Blog?]
“’I don’t want to have clear-cutting going on,’ he said. ‘I live on a farm with a forest in back.
“‘No one can question my conservation credentials.’”
Well, maybe it’s not Franks’ “conservation credentials” that should be questioned.
Maybe it’s his judgment.
But, if the tool fits, maybe the nickname is appropriate.
Far be it for me to suggest that Franks’ switch from voting against an electric rate hike to voting to force our electric rate higher has anything to do with campaign contributions. He has access to enough family money that he would not have to take any donations.
The Chainsaw Jack Contributors
- $2,000 – Ameren, St. Louis, MO [Ameren is the electricity suppler in Southern Illinois.]
- $500 – ComEd PAC, Chicago
The State Board of Elections also reports $1,000 was donated by three International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union locals:
- $250 IBEW Local 117 – Crystal Lake 2/22/2011
- $250 IBEW Local 364 – Rockford 9/14/2011
- $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 1/25/11
- $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 9/8/2011