Thd mailing state law forced Secretary of State Jesse White to send to every registered household.
Jack Franks sponsored the teeny-tiny recall amendment to the Illinois State Constitution that is on the ballot this fall.
Jack Franks on TV.
It is a fraud.
The label would make one think it does something.
Without doing a comparative analysis I can assert with no fear of contradiction that, if passed, it will be the most limited recall language in any state’s constitution.
I shall vote “No.”
It is a vote against a proposal whose main purpose was to get the headline living Franks, well, a headline and face time on TV.
It does nothing to advance the public good in Illinois, let alone his constituents in McHenry County.
This is what legislators call a “headline bill.”
It gets a headline, but does N-O-T-H-I-N-G!!
It doesn’t allow recall of local officials.
It doesn’t permit recall of legislators.
It doesn’t put judges on the hot seat.
Jack Franks either didn’t put such a provision in his original proposal or took it out in order to get something, anything passed that had his name on it.
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It is worse than useless, because it gives the appearance of reform.
It is not.
Any governor in as much trouble as this amendment requires one to be in would be impeached, just as Rod Blagojevich–the governor Jack Franks asked for jobs for his friends and family–was impeached.
Those supporting this amendment do nothing but give cover to our Springfield legislators who absolutely refuse to pass any meaningful reform of the political process.
If Franks really wants to support reform in Springfield, he would announce he would not vote for Mike Madigan for Speaker.
The Daily Herald asked that question on its legislative questionnaire, but, so far, has not published the results.
If you really want to read the details in this sham amendment, you can click on the pages and they will enlarge enough for you to do so.