Have you noticed that only one candidate on the Democratic Party ballot is associating himself with McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks?
Have you noticed that very, very few Democratic Party households have Jack Franks signs next to others on the ticket they are supporting?
- The Shunning of Jack Franks by Cary and Fox River Grove Democrats
- Shunning Jack Franks in Crystal Lake
Because of its personal nature I was not going to run a story on Jack Franks’ wife’s having filed for divorce.
Divorce and bankruptcies of elected officials or candidates have not been subjects regularly covered by McHenry County Blog.
Then, I got this email from a woman I have known and respected since running for State Representative in 1972:
just got a robocall with a message referring to Mike Buehlers inappropriate relationship with Shannon teresi.
the number on the caller ID was 224-577-0651 and the message ended that the caller was me the me-too of Illinois.
I guess we knew this was going to start
we’ll see where it goes
That did it.
Both Mike Buehler, the Republican McHenry County Board Chairman candidate, and McHenry County Auditor Shannon Teresi are happily married.
From the divorce papers filed by Deborah Franks in Cook County, Jack Franks apparently is not happily married.
No reason is given for the court action, but since the end of January, there has been plenty of news about Jack Franks’ troubles in Springfield. Here are two:
- 1-31-20 Jack Franks Being Investigated by State Police for Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse, Stalking & Aggravated Battery and Official Misconduct in State Capitol, Denies Wrongdoing
- Warrant Searching for Evidence of Jack Franks Sexual Misconduct
MeToo Illinois, by the way, is the name on the billboard on Route 31 just north of Route 14.
Debbie Franks has been described by one political activist as “a good political wife,” actively helping in her husband’s campaigns.
In 2016, she even walked door-to-door in my Algonquin Township Precinct 7.
My guess is that activity will not be repeated.