Republican candidate for State Representative Steve Reick is calling incumbent Democrat out for breaking his 1998 campaign promise only to serve three terms.
Reick has posted a sign on Route 14 between town and Centegra Hospital that says,
State Representative District 63
You can make it happen Steve463.com
Below in movable type, it says,
8 TERMS AGO
JACK FRANKS PROMISED
TO RUN FOR ONLY 3
How can it be that no one has pointed this out?
Kathy Klocek of Woodstock remembers Franks’ first campaign:
“Back whenever Jack Franks was running for the first time for State Rep for District 63, he debated Ann Hughes and Steve Verr at Hussman Elementary in Crystal Lake.
“I was in the audience and heard him say that if elected, he pledged to run for only three terms.
“I suspected that was something I would need to remember so I could hold him to it when he ran for more than three terms.
“What is he up to now, 6 terms, or 7?”
Another resident, Mark Shepherd of Hebron had a similar memory:
“When Jack first ran for office, he had a breakfast fund raiser. Paul Simon was a guest speaker.
“Jack stood on the gazebo on the Woodstock square and said
‘I’m in favor of term limits, I don’t need a pension I have a good job in Marengo.’
“In this speech he stated the state is spending more than it takes in, and that has to stop. I’m guessing there was over 100 people there when he spoke to the crowd. This event was the start of the good old boys black balling Republicans that attend this breakfast.
“Don’t know if this helps but I was there.
“Dale Carlson was playing the piano during the meal.
“So many people attended the place was to small, so people were asked to eat and go wait on the park in the Square.”
Both witnesses are Republicans, so some might doubt their memories.
For those, take a look at the following articles that appeared that year in the Northwest Herald: