Following the example of one of his former campaign event Co-Chairmen, Alderman Ed Burke, McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has taken campaign funds to pay legal expenses.
The legal problem probably originated in Springfield with the State Police’s execution of a subpoena on House Speaker Mike Madigan’s office for records relating to Franks.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times,
Illinois State Police justified the search because “probable cause exists for the crimes of
- criminal sexual abuse,
- criminal sexual assault,
- official misconduct,
- stalking and aggravated battery.”
Police requested personnel, human resources or other files “containing information related to allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct by former Illinois State Representative Jack D. Franks.”
“At the request of Illinois House of Representatives Chief of Staff Jessica Basham, former Illinois House of Representative Jack D. Franks is to be escorted by Capitol Police at all times in the event that he should come to the Capitol Complex. Chief of Staff Basham has indicated that Jack Franks has made inappropriate communications to members of the Illinois House of Representatives Staff Members and his communications are of such concern that it is requested he be escorted at all times.”
Franks hired the law firm of Ekl Williams & Provenzale LLC of Lisle.
Three payments have been made
- April 21, 2020 – $37,397.65
- June 16, 2020 – $8,251.25
- June 16, 2020 – $21,266.25
Terry Ekl is the brilliant attorney who successfully defended Lou Bianchi when the McHenry County State’s Attorney was indicted by a Special Prosecutor, among other high profile cases in Chicagoland.
Bianchi did not use campaign funds for his legal expenses.