Jack Franks – Labor Unions’ Million Dollar Man – Part 14

James Meeks

James Meeks

Jack Franks

Jack Franks

Contributions from the Chicago Teachers Union are next in line.

Again, thanks to commenter Mark for organizing the data.



The following article and those linked to it may be of interest to those wishing to link legislative votes with special interest contributions:

Jack Franks and the Illinois Federation of Teachers – Follow the Money


Jack Franks – Labor Unions’ Million Dollar Man – Part 14 — 9 Comments

  1. why do you keep posting articles about Franks.

    Who cares where he gets his money or where he puts his signs or whether he has hot dogs or filet at his fundraiser’s?

    No one is going to vote for this sleaze.

  2. Sadly, many uniformed voters do vote for

    ‘This sleaze’.

    The info needs to be continuously put
    Out there.

    If it isn’t put in front of people’s
    Faces they don’t bother to go back
    And look at all of Franko’s misdeeds.

  3. Where can I find this article so that I may email it to a relative who teaches in CPS, I am sure he has no idea that his money is supporting downstate legislators.

  4. This is the article.

    The Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) PAC made the above contributions to the PACs of McHenry County 63rd District State Representative Jack Franks.


    On the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) website, the name of the CTU PAC is, “Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Illinois Federation of Teachers)”.

    SBE committee ID 444.


    Jack Franks has had two PACs.

    The first was discontinued, after the second started.


    Initial PAC, discontinued:

    “Citizens for Jack D Franks”

    SBE committee ID 13681


    Current PAC:

    “Supporters of Jack D Franks”

    SBE committee ID 19464


    The 63rd State Representative District resides entirely within McHenry County.

    What a coincidence.

    The State Representative District is entirely within McHenry County and Jack Franks is running for McHenry County Board Chair.

    Even though it was reported in the October 30, 1998 & November 4, 1998 editions of the Northwest Herald that Jack Franks said he would serve a maximum of 3 terms (6) years, which would have ended his State Representative career in January 2005.

    1st term: 1999 – 2000

    2nd term: 2001 – 2002

    3rd term: 2003 – 2004

    And in the June 6, 2014 edition of the Northwest Herald, reporter Kevin Craver reported that Jack Franks said he would not run for McHenry County Board Chair in 2016.


    Jack Franks is running for McHenry County Board Chair in 2016.


    The Northwest Herald endorsed Jack Franks this month for McHenry County Board Chair anyways.

    No wonder some politicians don’t seemed to be concerned if they say one thing and do another.

  5. Tutorial rough draft

    All the contributions and expenditures for any candidate can be downloaded from the State Board of Elections website in .txt format and then imported to a spreadsheet.

    The procedure for doing this has been explained in comments several times on the blog.

    Start at the State Board of Elections hope page, under “Search Options”, choose “Contributions Search” and “Expenditures Search”.

    For each, click on the “By Committees” tab.

    Enter the committee ID.

    Click Search.

    In the upper left hand corner, click download this list.

    Click “tab delimited text file”.

    Select “save file” then click ok.

    Remember the file name and directory.

    When opening the file in excel, select the option in Excel that allows one to open any file (*.*).

    This is accomplished in the lower right hand corner of the screen by clicking the down arrow.

    In the Text Importer Wizzard, choose delimited, next screen choose tap, next screen chose general.

    When saving the spreadsheet, save it as *.xlsx or *.xls.

    Not *.txt.

    That’s accomplished in the lower right hand corner of Excel by clicking the down arrow.

    Steps could vary depending on version of excel or if another vendor’s spreadsheet is used.

  6. Mismatch


    The source of the contributions in the post was a Contributions Search run on Jack Franks’ PACs.

    The contributions total $22,050.


    Now switch to the Chicago Teachers Union PAC.

    Running an expenditures search on the Chicago Teachers Union PAC results in $16,050 contributions to Jack Franks PACs.


    $22,050 – $16,050 = $6,000


    The $6,000 consists of two contributions reported by Citizens for Jack Franks, that were not reported by Chicago Teacher Union PAC.

    July 27, 2000 – $5,000.

    March 30, 1999 – $1,000.

  7. We have an explanation for the March 30, 1999 contribution not being reported by the Chicago Teacher Union PAC.

    This PAC (State Board of Elections committee ID 444 had contributions beginning in July 15, 1999.


    The Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Illinois Federation of Teachers) reported expenditures of $9,568,378 from July 15, 1999 through September 30, 2016.

    With expenditures reported through October 14, 2016.


    The Illinois State Board of Elections expenditures report includes a column named “Purpose.”

    The largest category of expenditures in the CTU PAC is a “Purpose” of “Contribution.”

    $5,405,285 of the $9,568,378 has a Contribution Purpose (as opposed to legislative and lobbying activities, consulting services, field services for elections, etc.).


    We can split the $5,405,288 Contributions to:

    – $3,217,037 to candidates for local office

    – $2,188,248 to candidates for state office, political parties, and various special interest groups (black, women, etc.).


    A large percentage of the Contributions in both categories are to entities outside Chicago.

    62% of all Contributions went to Chicago entities.

    71% of Contributions to specific local political candidates went to Chicago.

    48% of Contributions to candidates for state office, plus political parties, plus various special interest groups, went to Chicago.


    A large portion of CTU political contributions go to candidates, political parties, and entities outside Chicago.

  8. The Chairman and Treasurer of the Chicago Teachers Union PAC (Illinois Federation of Teachers) is Karen G J Lewis (Karen Lewis).

    Past officers of the PAC are Linda C Porter (Linda Porter), Marilyn Stewart, Jacqueline B Vaughn, (Jacqueline Vaughn), and Melvin Wilson.


    A significant portion of the PAC’s expenditures are expended to the Chicago Teacher union for “expenses associated with legislative and lobbying activities.”

    $3,001,061 of $9,568,378 (31%) expenditures between July 15, 1999 and September 30, 2016 were expended to CTU for expenses associated with legislative and lobbing activities.

    As opposed to being used for political contributions or other purposes.

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