From the Republican candidate for McHenry County Board Chairman, Mike Buehler:
County Chair Candidate Buehler calls for Franks and Acosta resignations over handling of AJ Freund tragedy
“(Board Member) Carlos Acosta needs to resign – now!” said Mike Buehler, Candidate for McHenry County Board Chairman.
“And (County Board Chairman) Jack Franks needs to follow suit and resign as well.”
Acosta was arrested Thursday, along with his former supervisor at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Andrew Polovin.
The charges against the pair include two counts of felony endangering the life of a child and one felony charge of reckless conduct each.
The charges are related to the widely perceived mishandling of the DCFS case that should have protected 5-year-old AJ Freund who was forced to take a cold shower as a punishment, beaten on the head until killed and then had his body dumped by his parents on April 15, 2019.
Acosta and Polovin were initially placed on desk duty after their mishandling of the case came to light. In December, they were both fired from DCFS.
Many feel that widespread calls for Acosta’s resignation were stymied by Franks, Acosta’s political ally.
“Just recently, Franks called Acosta a model board member,” said Buehler. “Franks should have asked Acosta to resign a long time ago.
But the chairman put politics ahead of justice or decency. With Franks, politics always come first.”
Buehler said that Franks’ approach to cases of improper behavior depend on where those involved stand politically.
If it’s a case related to a Franks ally, the chairman simply seeks to weather the storm.
Franks is currently under investigation for sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking a young lady while serving in Springfield as the representative of the 63rd District.
Applying the same standards as Franks, his ally, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan ordered an investigation into the accusations which reported that the accusations were “credible.”
But instead of following through on the matter, Madigan’s office buried the report and Madigan merely required Franks to have a State Police escort any time he was on State Capital property.
“This is the political two-step we see in Illinois politics,” said Buehler.
“Politicians do a little dance to protect each other when they get in trouble rather than putting justice and the public interests first.
“Enough already. It’s time for these people to start doing he right thing. And the right thing for Chairman Franks is to resign, not to mention that Acosta has got to go.”
Just yesterday, at a Special County Board Meeting, Board Member Chuck Wheeler called for Franks’ resignation due to the allegations against the chairman.
“It’s unacceptable that we allow this type of individual to roam freely in our midst,” said Wheeler.
“We have employees who expect security and safety in their work environment.”