Democrat John Bartman Running for Jack Franks’ Seat

Seneca Township Democratic Precinct Committeeman and former Democratic Party Chairman John Bartman was selected Saturday to run for State Representative in Jack Franks’ place. In a closed door meeting of Democratic Precinct Committeemen from the 63rd State Rep. District, Bartman … Continue reading

Jack Franks Files Statement of Withdrawal for State Rep. Race

For those of you tired of my beating the drum of Jack Franks having said he was going to withdraw, but not filing the necessary paperwork, that series of articles is now over. This appeared on the Illinois State Board … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 48

Readers like to connect dots. Those who take part in the comment section of McHenry County Blog know that. One has emailed me pointing out right after people started posting negative comments about Jack Franks and anti Franks memes on … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 45

State Rep. Jack Franks brought his supporters to Crystal Lake for the July 3rd Independence Day Parade. It was the first time I have seen him in this parade. His State Rep. district contains precious little, if any, of Crystal … Continue reading

Jesse White Graces Crystal Lake Independence Day Parade

For the second time I can remember, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White drove the van for his Jesse White Tumblers at Crystal Lake’s 4th of July Parade. When the Tumblers came down Dole Avenue toward the First United Methodist … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 44

It’s Independence Day Weekend and State Rep. Jack Franks still has not freed up a space on the Democratic Party ballot for someone to run in his place for State Representative now that he is running for McHenry County Board … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 43

State Rep. Jack Franks continues to snow Springfield reporters. Below you see a tweet from Springfield-based Amanda Vinicky of WUIS-FM. the Public Radio station in the State Capital. Note that the reporter says that Franks “is stepping down.” Well, maybe. … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 43

While we were on vacation, the McHenry County Board finally reacted to the attack that State Rep. Jack Franks made on the part-time members’ for being in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund pension program. Without dissent, they voted to abolish … Continue reading

Jack Franks – Doing What He Does Best

During debate on this last day before Illinois would enter its second year without a budget, State Rep. Jack Franks took the floor. Doing what he does best, Franks caught the attention of three reporters. It is pretty obvious that … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 42

Imagine my surprise when the Northwest Herald ran the State Rep. Jack Franks’ patronage memo to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s administration asking that his family and friends be put on state commissions or in state jobs. True it wasn’t a news … Continue reading

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 Files County Board Chairman Petitions, Still Running for State Rep. – Part 18

Jack Franks has filed his petitions with the McHenry County Clerk to run as the Democratic candidate for McHenry County Board Chairman. He only needed 270 signatures. Mike Walkup is the Republican candidate. Franks is now an official candidate for … Continue reading

Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 7

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

Democrat Predicts Jack Franks Can Win Both County Board and State Rep. Races

A comment from “Inish” worth sharing from under the article entitled, McHenry County Board Outmaneuvered by Nimble Jack Franks Again stimulated the following comment: Rested like a arrow in a quiver by no one’s fault but their own. The County … Continue reading