An article about McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks not obeying the law from the Edgar County Watchdog publication Illinois Leaks. It is re-published with permission.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks files false and incomplete SEI statements
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McHenry Co. (ECWd) –
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks is one who likes to send letters to people for intimidation, to include making false allegations of crimes committed with threats of prosecution.
May we suggest putting a mirror in front of Jack Franks?
The reason this exposure is so important is that Franks has announced that he is considering running for Attorney General, which if elected, we would have to change his name to King Franks from Lord Franks.
Although we doubt he is serious about that position, we have been told he intends to become the next Secretary of State.
The plan we were told is that Jesse White will run in the primary and more than likely win, then resign.
Upon that resignation, the Democrat party would appoint Franks to the ticket for the general election which saves him a primary challenge.
Either way, Franks must be exposed – run or not.
The Illinois Government Ethics Act requires people like Jack Franks to file what is known as a Statement of Economic Interest document.
Franks is very familiar with them as he filed them regularly as a State Representative.
Sec. 4A-107. Any person required to file a statement of economic interests under this Article who willfully files a false or incomplete statement shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
- In 2016, Franks filed this Statement of Economic Interest as a State Representative.
- Also in 2016, he filed this SEI as a candidate for County Board Chairman.
- Then in 2017, he filed this SEI as McHenry County Board Chairman.
Pay particular attention to item #7, which requires him to disclose the name of any unit of government which employed the person making the statement during the preceding calendar year other than the unit or units of government in relation to which the person is required to file.
Note that in the 2016 State Representative filing he discloses public bodies stating his law firm represents them.
A clear indicator he knows how to fill out the form and provide an answer addressing the intent of the document, disclosure of interests.
However, his State Representative filing is the least of his concerns but does lay the foundation for what appears to be a commission of a Class A misdemeanor by Jack Franks.
When he ran for County Board Chairman, you will note he DID NOT disclose anything in item #7 except his employment with the State of Illinois, even though the filing date is just over a month after his State Representative filing that listed multiple public bodies.
How is it that all these public bodies listed on his State Representative SEI were not disclosed on his County Board Chairman Candidate SEI?
Was it because it would point to him being a political figure that makes his living on the backs of the public?
We suspect so, but either way, it has all the indications of a false “and” incomplete filing.
It gets better…or worse if you’re Franks.
Once elected as Chairman, he must once again file a SEI with the County.
Presto, he lists a whole bunch of public bodies again in item seven, however, something is missing. Franks fails to disclose his employment for the previous year with the State of Illinois.
The law outlines that the filing of a false or incomplete SEI is a crime, provided it was done willfully.
Note that it does not state knowingly files a false or incomplete statement.
It states willfully, a much lower threshold for prosecution in our opinion.
Franks signed his name to them, physically on two of them, and electronically on the third.
Any prosecutor worth their salt could overcome a willfully filling position by comparing these three SEI filings.
That takes us to the remaining two points: false or incomplete.
Without question his 2016 County Board Chairman “Candidate” SEI filing is incomplete for failure to disclose all those public bodies that he claimed he worked for in his 2016 filing with the State of Illinois just a month earlier.
You know, the same ones he did disclose after the election when it’s less important to the voters because we all know disclosure to voters before an election is not necessary, right Franks?
Without question, his 2017 County Board Chairman filing is incomplete for failure to disclose his State of Illinois employment and based on FOIA responses to date, probably false for listing units of government that have told us he was NOT employed by them.
Looking at all three filings and comparing them it appears to point to a willful filing of a false or incomplete SEI, which is a prosecutable offense, just as I informed them during the last county board meeting, which can be viewed below.
A formal criminal complaint is being drafted and will be provided to the authorities on this matter so that a proper criminal investigation of Jack Franks can take place.
For those that think this is no big deal, let me explain our concerns.
It was a big enough deal to throw people out of office for not filing in Kankakee.
It was a big enough deal to prosecute the Tri-State Fire Protection District Trustee for filing a false SEI in DuPage County.
It was a big enough deal to address this filing in our Illinois State Constitution under Article VIII Section 2.
It would be an even bigger deal if McHenry County ignores these alleged crimes and does nothing, as this person is obsessed with power and must face the same scrutiny as those he falsely alleged are criminals and should be prosecuted. Power unchecked is a danger to our Republic!
The first video is disclosure of the alleged crimes.
The second video provides additional malfeasance under the claimed leadership of Franks.