State Representative Jack Franks is good at getting headlines and at raising money.
The Northwest Herald headline from early June of 2014 about Jack Franks’ promise not to run for McHenry County Board Chairman.
In the second quarter of this year, he reported having raised $45,754.91.
He spent $35,108.55 during those three months, so he managed to increase his campaign fund total to $572,376.31.
No one things he will spend anywhere near that amount in his campaign for the McHenry County Board Chairmanship.
With some thinking he might be planning to use the McHenry County office as a stepping stone to statewide office, it would be logical for him to minimize the money spent locally to that which he thinks is necessary to win the office.
Seen below are the contributors and amounts given to Jack Franks campaign fund, which still lists him as a candidate for State Representative. No mention is made of the office he is now seeking.
The largest contributor at $5,000 is a firm of attorneys. there are a couple of other lawyer contributions as well.
Thirty-four is my count the number of organizations that lobby legislators writing checks to Franks.
Eight McHenry County businesses are listed as having given money.
Seven union locals are represented among Franks’ contributors.
The state’s two electric utilities are listed as contributors (Ameren and Commonwealth Edison). Franks voted for legislation to allow them to raise their electric rates without Illinois Commerce Commission approve.
Jack Franks’ back flip on opposing Com Ed rate hikes was announced the day before the vote on Twitter by ABC’s Charles Thomas..
Gambling opponent (see “morally wrong” quote from Daily Herald at link) Franks accepted a contribution from Caesars Entertainment Operating Company of Los Vegas.
I see only three contributions from individuals.
None of the Host Committee on his latest Chicago fundraiser gave enough money to have their names listed as donors. That was the second Chicago fundraiser for 2016.
$5,000 – Peck Ritchey, LLC, Chicago 60603
$2,500 – American Heritage Protective Svc, Inc, Alsip
$2,500 – Intren, Inc., Union
$2,000 – Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, Springfield
$2,000 – H S Crocker Co Inc, Huntley
$1,500 – Alliance Contractors Inc, Woodstock
$1,500 – Ameren, St. Louis, MO
$1,500 – Illinois BANKPAC, Springfield
$1,000 – American Council of Engineering Companies of IL PAC, Springfield
$1,000 – AT&T Services Inc, Chicago 60606
$1,000 – BNSF Railway Company, Fort Worth, TX
$1,000 – Ed’s Rental, Crystal Lake
$1,000 – Globetrotters Engineering Corp, Chicago 60606
$1,000 – Great Lakes Medicaid, Chicago 60607
$1,000 – Illinois Laborers’ Legislative Comm, Springfield
$1,000 – Illinois Pipe Trades PAC, Springfield
$1,000 – Illinois Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, Countryside
$1,000 – Realtor Political Action Committee, Springfield
$550 – Christopher Mullen Realty Tax LLC, Chicago 60602
$500 – Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Las Vegas
$500 – Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2, Chicago 60609
$500 – Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, Chicago 60611
$500 – ComEd PAC, Chicago 60605
$500 – Fast Eddies Car Was & Detail Centers, McHenry
$500 – Harris & Harris, Chicago 60604
$500 – Harry Caray’s, Chicago 60654
$500 – IL Professional Land Surveyors Assoc PAC, Springfield
$500 – IL Society of Professional Engineers Inc PAC, Springfield
$500 – Illinois Architects PAC, Springfield
$500 – Illinois Construction Industry PAC, Springfield
$500 – Illinois State Medical Society PAC, Chicago 60602
$500 – Local 399 Political Education Fund [Operating Engineers] Chicago 60616
$500 – Pickering & Associates LLC, Elgin
$500 – Policemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois PAC, Springfield
$500 – SUAAction [State Universities Annuitants Association], Springfield
$500 – Southern Wine & Sprits of America, Inc., Miramar, FL
$500 – The Roosevelt Group, Chicago 60607
$500 – Thomson Weir, LLC, Springfield
$400 – Timothy V Keough, Lakewood
$350 – CHEM PAC, Des Plaines
$300 – Timothy V Keough
$300 – Dan Shomon Inc, Chicago 60603
$300 – Illinois Optometric Assoc PAC, Springfield
$250 – American Airlines PAC, Washington, DC
$250 – Baxter & Woodman Inc, Crystal Lake
$250 – Boilmakers-Blacksmiths Local #1, Chicago 60608
$250 – CAR of Illinois Affiliated w/IL Automobile Dealers Assoc, Springfield
$250 – Chas. Herdrich & Son, Inc., McHenry
$250 – Citizens for [Chicago Adlerman Brendan] Riley, Chicago 60654
$250 – Continental Airlines Empl For A Better America PAC, Houston, TX
$250 – Credit Union Political Action Council, Naperville
$250 – George T & Beth J Drost, Arlington Heights
$250 – McHenry Heating & Air, Inc, McHenry
$250 – IBEW PAC Voluntary Fund, Washington, DC
$250 – Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Assoc, Springfield
$250 – Peoples Gas, Chicago 60601
$250 – Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, Waukegan
$250 – Bruce A & Sharon L Scott, Woodstock
$250 – Underground Contractors Assoc PAC, Itasca
$200 – Lowder Governmental Solutions, Springfield
Franks received $1,250 from individuals and businesses in amounts less than $150.01, plus $400 from Political Action Committees under than amount, plus $4.91 in “Other Receipts.”
In addition, Franks received $97 in in-kind, that is, non-cash contributions.