When Jack Franks was State Representative, he often appeared on WTTW.
On February 5th, his Springfield activities came up in a not-so-flattering manner.
Here’s what was said:
The host asked the panel of reporters, “Remind us who Jack Franks is and why he is reportedly under state investigation.”
Amanda Vinicky was first to reply:
“Jack Franks is a Democrat, former member of the Illinois House and he was a very vocal one. He had been before it was cool to dislike former Governor Blagojevich, he was a very strident critic of Blagojevich. He left the House in 2017. Oh, I should mention he also thought of running for Governor.”
She then moves to the top of the State Police search warrant:
“It reveals the Franks was apparently the perpetrator of not just sexual harassment, but some thing physical, something that we don’t really know the details, against a staffer in Springfield Madigan’s office, presumably when Franks was a sitting lawmaker.“
Carol Marin was next:
“Well, you know, all of this kind of comes together with the MeToo stuff.
“I mean a lot was roiling in the Capitol.
“What’s curious about this at the end of 2018 he [Madigan] learns about the Jack Franks thing, investigates it into the months into 2019 and only about four months, three or four months, later does he turn it over to authorities.
“Now there’s a kind of thinking that says you’ve heard someone has been doing serious sexual harassment and/or what else, you call the cops.
“You do it for the Catholic Church–or you’re supposed to; you do it with state lawmakers and so that didn’t seem to happen perhaps as speedily as it ought to have.”