That is the question that Richard Rostron asks in his letter to the Northwest Herald, which is reprinted with his permission:
Letter: Allegations against Franks require county to institute safeguards
The investigation into McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ behavior are in relation to his time as Democrat State Representative for the 63rd District.
But this also brings up the question of whether Franks represents a risk to the welfare of County employees, as well as a financial concern for the County.
According to a Jan. 31 Chicago Sun-Times article, Franks is under investigation by the Illinois State Police for criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, official misconduct, stalking and aggravated battery.
The story indicates that, related to the investigation, the State Police have executed a search warrant of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office and that they believe they have sufficient probable cause to do so.
These are alarming charges.
And, while Franks denies any wrongdoing, Speaker Madigan’s office has instituted a “prohibition against (Franks having) any contact with employees in his office.”
Considering the charges, this seems a reasonable safeguard.
But if it’s reasonable in Springfield aren’t these safeguards also reasonable in McHenry County since we don’t know if these allegations represent a pattern of behavior yet?
The threat Franks may represent could also put taxpayers on the hook for any incidents or misbehavior on a local level. In essence, Franks is a walking liability that the county can ill afford.
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Does anyone but I see the irony of County Board members being protected with wand wielding security people at the door during meeting times?
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From a NWH subscriber:
“When I checked the web version of the NWH last night the word Letter: was in the headline, just as you saw it in what I sent.
“When I went back just now. . . well, imagine that. . . . no longer there.
“It is available in the LTE section of the web version.”