On his blog Illinoyances, Steve Reick, the man who ran against State Rep. Jack Franks last year asks the following questino:
Reick quotes what Franks told the Northwest Herald–sort of a “pox on both sides” to justify his “Present” vote.
Then Reick notes that House Speaker Mike Madigan said he “had the 71 unanimous Democratic votes had Dunkin attended.”
“Since Jack wasn’t really put to the test of having to take a vote that mattered, I’m inclined to believe the Speaker. Who do you believe?” Reick concludes.
He has an Associated Press photo of Franks conferring with Madigan at the House podium.