Jack Franks’ Support of Bob Miller’s Tenure Evident in Road District Abolition Referendum Support

Republished with permission from Illinois Leaks:

McHenry Co. Chairman Jack Franks letter to Algonquin Township is a lie

McHenry County, IL. (ECWd) –When we used the term “lie” in the title, we define it as providing a written document (via email) with language purporting to have the support of those who are listed at the bottom of the letter.

This letter lied about having Rep. Skillicorn’s support.

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, in an attempt at garnering more publicity for himself and conveniently ignoring the actions of the disgraced former

Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller, sent a letter (as published on McHenry County Blog) purporting to be signed and supported by himself and Illinois State Representative Allen Skillicorn.According to Rep. Skillicorn, Jack Franks delivered the letter without making the changes Skillicorn demanded after reading the draft.

The draft included Andrew Gasser by name and references to the current road commissioner – both of which Skillicorn asked to be removed from the letter.Jack Franks caused delivery of the letter with Gasser’s name removed, but left in the parts about the current road commissioner (which is Gasser).

Jack Franks

Bob Miller

While both Jack Franks and Allen Skillicorn support consolidation of the road district with the township, Franks apparently supports the corrupted Miller political machine, while Skillicorn supports activities directed at holding Miller accountable and a forensic audit of the former road commissioner’s books.

Franks issued the letter making it appear that Gasser was the problem and the reason to vote in favor of consolidation, and included Skillicorn as a signatory to bolster the letter’s effect.

In response to a request for comment, Rep. Skillicorn provided the following statements:

Allen Skillicorn

The letter was Jack Franks idea. I received a draft which called out Gasser by name.

“I asked for that to be removed and for current commissioner to be removed.

” I also shared it with Gasser. I support consolidating the Highway Department.

“Bob Miller created these problems, not Gasser. 

“I support a forensic audit and Miller being held accountable by law enforcement. 

“Bob Miller, his family, and all the politicians supporting him are a menace to taxpayers.

“The list of politicians supporting him are here:  http://mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/03/19/those-who-endorsed-algonquin-township-road-commissioner-bob-miller-for-re-election/

Andrew Gasser

Andrew Gasser, the current Algonquin Township Road Commissioner supports this consolidation and asked the question be placed on the November ballot, however, only one township trustee was in support of letting the voters decide the question.

The other three trustees [Melissa Victor, David Chapman and Dan Shea] and supervisor [Chuck Lutzow] acted as cowards and would not even support a second to the motion which would then lead to a vote.

A vote tells the public their position as the way it stand’s now they can simply say there was no vote either way.

Rather than following parliamentarian procedure they chose to share their thoughts in advance of any motion.

When a motion for the action was presented, they sat silent and did nothing, causing the motion to die, thus no vote.

Such cowardice strips the public from their vote.

Questions we believe Jack Franks should answer is why has he not sent the same type of consolidation letter to every other Township in the County?

Is it possible he sees his political supporter, 150 Union, facing a potential major loss in the Algonquin court case?

If Franks really supported the actions he called for then he should be calling for it countywide in our opinion.

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Jack Franks’ Support of Bob Miller’s Tenure Evident in Road District Abolition Referendum Support — 7 Comments

  1. Mr. Skillicorn supports what the taxpayers deserve and want – a forensic audit and accountability.

    How do the taxpayers/victims demand a forensic audit and get one?

    How do we, the taxpayers/victims, know that the Millers expenditures(ALL of it) including payroll and benefits, were ever presented and/or approved by the township board all those years?

    That seems to be the golden pass for the Millers – blaming it on board approval.

    Why is the board getting a pass on their actions, if ALL actually did get presented and approved?

  2. How?


    Injured Taxpayers may file a civil lawsuit against the township, the road district, and the individuals alleged to be bad actors.

    This may enable discovery.

  3. Skillicorn surprised me; thanks for stepping up to Franks’ editing and his obvious alliance with the Millers.

    I’d bet if Hwy Commissioner came under County jurisdiction, Franks would quickly find a place for Robert Miller, and maybe more. Franks couldn’t get Miller on the County Board; this is the back door to cull in support from the losers.

  4. KIRK, it seems like easy class certification, in which case small legal bill per plaintiff

  5. Think of all of those in the slimy McHenry County Political Class who used to show up at the wine and cheese funder.

    Who was always led around and paraded like a guest of honor?

    Jack Franks.


    Everyone came to kiss the… ring.

    That is why he attacks me.

    Jack is pissed I am fighting the 150 bosses (not the five guys who are being used as pawns in all of this).

    Go look at the words the states attorney used to describe the Bob and Anna May show.

    None of that is there now.

    We still have aways to go but we will get there.

    Republicans on the county board aught to start standing up for the taxpayer and not the 24 Club.

    Some of you are and you know who you are… and some of you know you shouldn’t be there in the first place.

  6. The Algonquin Township board clearly showed their true colors by denying Rachel Lawrence’s motion thus denying the voters their right to decide on road district consolidation.

    Perhaps their lack of proper scrutiny of the Millers weighs on their conscience and they fear possible responsibility being laid at their feet.

    After all, who ran Algonquin township?

    The Millers!

    Their fingers were in much more than the road district.

    It’s not too late for another vote!

    Surely there are a couple of the board who are actually functioning with some semblance of honesty!

    Rachel, bring it up again and don’t be discouraged.

    I still hold out hope that Nunda might come around and give the voters a chance too!

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