Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 37

Time for a follow-up article on this story in Politico about Jack Franks running for McHenry County Board Chairman, which appeared on May 16th: How it works: Franks said Democrats have until August to put a new name on the ballot. Franks vowed … Continue reading

Looking for the Beef in Jack Franks’ Latest Consolidation Bill

Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association bragged that Jack Franks’ bill that would allow the McHenry County Board to do what the DuPage County Board had done with regard to governmental consolidation deserved “a shout out.” I remember Franks’ … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 36

House Speaker Mike Madigan dropped off the fundraising invitations sent out by State Rep. Jack Franks in 2015. My guess is that Franks understood the negative aspect of being associated with the House Speaker for whom he voted nine times. … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 35

Sunday, May 15th, Gonigam reported, “Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race if the Committee can pick another candidate who’s both ‘electable’ and holds a political outlook consistent with his own.” But Franks hasn’t pulled out of the … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 34

Here we are on almost the longest day of the year and State Rep. Jack Franks is still on the ballot for his 10th election. Sunday, May 15th, Pete Gonigam reported, “Franks qualified that saying he’d give up the Rep. race … 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

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 32

In running for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship, State Rep. Jack Franks says he is going to cut property taxes. Well, almost. In his press release, Franks contends, “The residents of McHenry County are over taxed.” and “I have decided to … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 31

In State Rep. Jack Franks’ press release announcing his candidacy for McHenry County Board Chairman he didn’t say he was going to cut McHenry County taxes. He just talked about fighting against tax hikes. Of course, that’s the same press … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 30

State Rep. Jack Franks is after more Chicago money. You might think he is running for State Representative. Wait a minute. He is. Of course, all the reporters covering the McHenry County Board chairmanship announcement said that Franks was leaving … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 28

State Rep. Jack Franks makes a big deal about being against gambling. He even spoke to a Patriots United debate between slot machine salesmen and opponents of video gambling. But, when it comes time to raising money, he’s not so … Continue reading

Biography of Cal L Skinner – Part 9 – Responsible Republicans’ Slate, County Board Reapportionment Copy

Prior to the 1972 elections, the United States Supreme Court ruled that legislative bodies like the McHenry County Board and city councils had to be apportioned on a one-man, one-vote basis. The county board divided the county into three districts, … Continue reading

Biography of Cal Skinner, Sr. – Part 7 – Running for County Auditor, Precinct Committeeman, Calling the Meeting that Led to McHenry County College Copy

In honor of the anniversary of my father’s 100 birth year, I continue this series about his life: In 1963, my mother and I attended the Illinois Crime Commission’s summer hearings held in the old county board room at what … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 25

In an article about Jack Franks deciding to run for McHenry County Board Chairman Reboot’s Madeleine Doubek wrote, He talked about the political games of passing bills only to see them die in the other chamber or somewhere down the … Continue reading

The Next Attack on the McHenry County Board

The McHenry County Board’s Management Services Committee is on deck today to follow in the footsteps of Human Resources Committee. On June 2nd, all Human Resources Committee members voted in favor of abolishing pensions for County Board members. Now it … Continue reading

Management Services Committee Considering IMRF Pullout for County Board Members

The second committee to weigh in on whether McHenry County Board members should stop participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension program will meet Monday at 8:15. It’s the Management Services Committee, chaired by Tina Hill. The first was … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 24

Maybe we should hope that State Rep. Jack Franks will file a Statement of Withdrawal and just run for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship. (But, Franks hasn’t pulled out of the race.  Or has Jack Franks finally filed a Withdrawal … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 23

Looks as if CBS-TV got it wrong. No, it was the Associated Press, which wrote the story. State Rep. Jack Franks did not resign from the Illinois House of Representatives. He hasn’t even withdrawn his candidacy for his tenth re-election … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 22

State Rep.Jack Franks has an all-purpose bumper sticker that showed up this week. It doesn’t say what Franks is running for. Is it State Representative? Or County Board Chairman? Anyone reading McHenry County Blog knows that Jack Franks is running … Continue reading