Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 41

A poll by Victory Phones reported on Capitol Fax clearly shows why Democrat Jack Franks is dissociating himself from the leader he has helped elected House Speaker nine times: Q. What is your opinion of Mike Madigan? Favorable 13.2% Unfavorable 71.1% No … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 40

Commenter Mark offered the following summary of this year’s campaign in Jack Franks’ 63rd District: Well let’s list some of the drama that has occurred in the McHenry County 63rd District State Representative race for the 100th General Assembly, election … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 39

In his quest to become the biggest, baddest political in McHenry County, State Rep. Jack Franks is running for Mchenry County Board Chairman. He told reporters in May that he was dropping out of his reelection campaign for State Representative. … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 38

The following letter appeared in the Northwest Herald on June 8th and is printed with permission of its sender, Sandy Robertson of Algonquin: In response to Tim Keough’s May 29 letter “Reject Walkup at polls,” Keough’s and Jack Franks’ McHenry … Continue reading

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