County Board IMRF Law Reverberates Around the State

The new state statute authored by State Rep. Jack Franks as part of his campaign for McHenry County Board Chairman is making waves across Illinois. I’ve noticed stories in two counties so far: Madison County, near St. Louis Will County … 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 46


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State Rep. Jack Franks still has not filed the paperwork to get himself off the November ballot for re-election. It’s been a month and a half since I figured out that Franks might well run for both offices at the … 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

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 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

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