State Legislative Forums Tonight at MCC

The McHenry County League of Women Voters will host interchanges between legislative candidates for
those running to replace Jack Franks and those running for State Senate in Pam Althoff’s and Dan McConchie’s districts at 7 tonight at McHenry County College.

The candidates are

Steve Reick

Steve Reick

John Bartman

John Bartman

State Rep. District 63

  • Republican Steve Reick
  • Democrat John Bartman
Pam Althoff

Pam Althoff

State Senate District 32

  • Republican Pam Althoff
  • Democrat Melissa Coyne
Dan McConchie

Dan McConchie

State Senate District

  • Republican Dan McConchie
  • Democrat Kelly Mazeski

Starting at 6, candidates will be available to talk one-on-one, as they will be after the debate.


State Legislative Forums Tonight at MCC — 6 Comments

  1. Are Republicans going to complain about Hultgren refusing to show up as well?

    I think its ridiculous that Franks didn’t show up to his LWV forum.

    I also think its absurd that Hultgren won’t show up.

  2. So Steve Reick rocked it !

    Such an intelligent well spoken
    Person, with the RIGHT ANSWERS.

    Bartman & Reick were asked if either
    Of them would vote for Michael Madigan
    For Speaker of the house.

    Steve Reick, of course said, NO.

    Bartman said, drum roll please . . .
    That he would “VOTE for HIMSELF
    John Bartman”.

    Not kidding, he said that.

  3. Mr. Franks’ decision to not debate is egregious because he advocated passage of the referendum to allow the voters to elect the county board chair.

    The voters approved that referendum.

    Then during the first primary election for that position, no Democrat candidates file as a candidate for County Board Chair.

    Then Mr. Franks announces himself as a candidate for that position,

    Here is the timeline:

    March 14, 2014, the voter elected County Board Chair referendum was successful.

    June 6, 2014, Keven Craver of the Northwest Herald quoted Jack Franks saying that he would not run for County Board Chair. At the time Jack Franks was pushing two county advisory referendums, one that taxes would not increase if EAV fell, and another to convert the county board from 6 districts each with 4 members, to 16 districts each with one member.

    March 15, 2016, no Democrat candidates for McHenry County Board Chair in this primary election.

    May 15, 2016, Jack Franks announces he will run for County Board Chair. The County Clerk website does not include candidate filings, so it’s unknown which date Jack Franks filed with the County Clerk’s office as a candidate for County Board Chair.

    September 12, 2016, League of Women Voters event at McHenry County College for McHenry County Board Chair. Jack Franks refuses to debate Mike Walkup.


    Jack Franks refuses to release the plan for his Cut 10 campaign until after the election.

    You have to vote him into office, then he’ll show you what’s in it.

    Jack Franks has said that he would use his position as McHenry County Board Chair as a bully pulpit to induce all taxing districts to cut their property tax levy by 10%.

    A Master of Puppets of sorts.

    Except the puppet strings are not strong enough to bully a school district and its labor unions who are the most powerful political force in school district politics.

    Teacher unions want more money for schools not less.

    Noteworthy, the Jack Franks PAC announced receipt of a $38,900 IEA teacher union contribution to Jack Franks on March 12, 2016.

    On March 14, 2016, the Jack Franks PAC announced an expenditure of $38,900 for a money market transfer to 1st National Bank of Omaha.

    Remember, Jack Franks had no opponent in the March 15, 2016 primary election for 63rd District State Representative.

    So the IEA $38,900 contribution was not for the primary election.



    Was the $38,900 IEA contribution for the November 8, 2016 general election for 63rd District State Representative?

    If so, why did the Jack Franks PAC transfer the money to a money market account?

    Did the IEA know that Jack Franks was going to withdraw his candidacy as State Representative and file to run as County Board Chair?

    If so, why would the IEA contribute $38,900 to the candidacy of a County Board Chair.

    If so, did the IEA know the center piece of Jack Franks County Board Chair campaign is a 10% cut in property taxes to school districts?

    Is Jack Franks the IEA’s choice for Governor in 2018?

    The IEA would like more state school funding for schools and a progressive income tax.

    More state funding for schools means an income tax hike.


    How are teachers and administrators going to get future raises after the collective bargaining agreements and administrator contracts expire, if Jack Franks proposes cutting property tax revenue to schools?

  4. Actually, on June 6, 2014, Jack Franks was more specific.

    Jack Franks stated he would not run for County Board Chair in 2016.

  5. Lyin’ Jack Franks!

    18 yrs in Springfield and he hasn’t one anything to pass anything meaningful to the taxpayer!

    He’s a tushy licker to Madigan and a Super Delegate for Hillary Clinton!

    If you DON’T want Springfield Gridlock and Crook County Politics out here in McHenry County, VOTE WALKUP!

    Jack is no tax fighter!

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