Fellow Lawyers Think Jack Franks is “Civil”

Reprinted from McHenry Times with permission of the author: McHenry County board chairman Franks receives ‘Civility’ award despite his dust-ups with watchdog groups by W.J. Kennedy Despite a history of ugly clashes with government watchdog groups, Jack Franks, chairman of the … Continue reading

The Wiring of Pete Pappas

“Do you know that guy Sam Skinner?” That’s what the Democrat across the aisle asked me one day shortly after our 1973 swearing in. “No, never met him,” was my answer. “That’s good, because he’s getting close to some of … Continue reading

Being “Wired” by the Feds in the Days of Governor Dan Walker Copy

October 31’s Chicago Sun-Times has an article about one of Governor Rod Blagojevich’s employees having been “wired” by Federal investigators. That’s never happened to me, but it happened twice that I know of during Governor Dan Walker’s term in the … Continue reading

The Racist Strategy Behind Advancing the Top Two from Primary Elections

The nomination of Republican John Cox as one of two gubernatorial candidates in California should make people wonder how two Democrats could advance to the November election with no Republican on the ballot. This strategy to eliminate a certain set … Continue reading

Tribune Features Problem 1994 Skinner Legislation on Gathering Information on Teacher Sex/Physical Abuse Would Have Solved

This weekend the Tribune highlighted the problem of school districts not being able to find out if prospective teachers had been found to have sexually abused students. In 2009, eight years after bringing too many boxes home my legislative office, … Continue reading

A Quadruple Whopper from “Illinois Integrity Fund”

Dark Money Mud Slinging Now Includes Former State Rep. Despite former State Rep. Cal Skinner being awarded custody of his daughter after the alleged incident, the slander seems to surface every election. The allegations on the libelous mailer received yesterday … Continue reading

Jack Franks Wanted to Have Cal Skinner Arrested

We’re back to McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ paranoia. He thinks he is important enough that someone would want to kill him. [Cue canned laughter.] He pretends that he was scared for his life (and his family’s) when a … Continue reading

Trump Mocks School Gun Free Zones, Urges “Hardened” Schools, Armed Trained Teachers

I can’t give you the exact quotes, but President Donald Trump just trashed the nationwide concept of “gun free” school zones. He argued that schools should be come “hardened sites” which give prospective shooters the knowledge that there might be … Continue reading