Jack Franks – Labor Unions’ Million Dollar Man – Part 14

Contributions from the Chicago Teachers Union are next in line. Again, thanks to commenter Mark for organizing the data. The following article and those linked to it may be of interest to those wishing to link legislative votes with special … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 33

Since moving to Illinois in 1958, I’ve been following Chicago schools. The first reason was because Benjamin Willis, my mother’s Queen Anne’s County School Superintendent, was then in charge of the Chicago Schools. Those were the days when trailers were … Continue reading

Bruce Rauner Speaks to McHenry County Chamber of Commerce Members, Term Limits Petition Coming Soon

Turnberry Country Club was the location of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s introduction to the business community of McHenry County. The Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director Gary Reece made a glowing introduction: “The first time I saw this … Continue reading

Jack Franks and the Illinois Federation of Teachers – Follow the Money

Regular readers may remember my extreme disappointment with liberal Democrat Jack Franks’ vote to sentence poorly-educated Chicago children to more of the same. Chicago Pastor and State Senator James Meeks got a bill through the State Senate that would have … Continue reading

Jack Franks’ Liberal Politics Hurt the Most Needy and Disadvantaged Kids while Voting Against Saving Hundreds of Millions of Dollars each Year

Teachers unions want legislators who are automatic votes for what they want, when they really want it. Jacks Franks is one of those automatic votes for the Illinois teachers unions. For ten years he has tried hiding this position. Where? … Continue reading

Teacher Union Republicans

The Rev. and State Senator James Meeks’ voucher bill (Senate Bill 2494 ) to allow Chicago Public School students from failing and overcrowded schools to attend the private school of their parents’ choice with a relatively small portion of the … Continue reading

Franks Joins Majority in Defeating Voucher Bill for Poor Chicago Kids

Senate Bill 2494 went down to a preliminary defeat Wednesday, twelve votes short of the 60 needed. One of the missing votes was teacher union-supported Democrat State Rep. Jack Franks. No voting for anything involving school choice of something like … Continue reading

The Reverend and State Senator James Meeks Beginning to See the Light on Reforming Schools

It has taken a long time for the Reverend and State Senator James Meeks to gain the courage to tell the truth about Chicago schools and point out paths to improving student performance. Knowing the influence of Chicago school teachers, … Continue reading

Art Turner Gets Half of His Wish

Yesterday I wrote more stories about Springfield than I ever have before in one day. I covered Mike Tryon’s campaign sign bill, Jack Franks’ recall constitutional amendment and the John Cullerton/James Meeks’ 67% income tax hike/ services sales tax imposition … Continue reading

Senate Democrats Pass Income Tax, Sales Hikes, Four New Casinos

A 50% income tax hike was not high enough. Slot machines in every convenience store and tavern wouldn’t tempt enough people. Senate Democrats caved into the Rev. and Senator James Meeks’ goal and voted 31-27-1 to raise income tax rates … Continue reading