Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 25

In an article about Jack Franks deciding to run for McHenry County Board Chairman Reboot’s Madeleine Doubek wrote,

Jack Franks at the Democrats reapportionment hearing held at Marengo High School.

Jack Franks at the Democrats reapportionment hearing held at Marengo High School.

He talked about the political games of passing bills only to see them die in the other chamber or somewhere down the line.

In fact, that just happened to Franks in a high-profile way recently.

He had a constitutional amendment to reform the way legislative districts are drawn in Illinois.

His plan was to have the Illinois Supreme Court oversee the process.

Talk about games. The Illinois Supreme Court also is a political body.

I suspected Franks knew he was being used all along as he offered up the plan and told us Madigan was supporting it.

He swears he didn’t.

“I must have been duped,” he told me.

“I really didn’t see it coming.”

Franks has served in Springfield for over 17 years.

When Jack Franks announced that he was running for Chairman of the McHenry County Board, did he dupe every reporter but Pete Gonigam?

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.”

Has Jack Franks filed a Withdrawal of Candidacy statement yet?

Check whether Franks has filed the form yet, by clicking here.

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The Northwest Herald ran a fawning editorial after the Constitutional Amendment passed the House.

No mention was made that Franks redrew his legislative district lines so that a potential opponent would not be in it the first time and to get rid of those pesky Spring Grove precincts where voters favored John O’Neill in 2010.


Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 25 — 3 Comments

  1. Jack Franks is still running for both State Representative 63rd District (representing western McHenry County) and McHenry County Board Chair (the first year in which the Board Chair will be elected, a change that Jack Franks supported).

    If he wins both elections, he could serve both positions.

    This is an attempt by Democrats to gain an elected position in McHenry County.

    If a Democrat other than Jack Franks was running fron the start for either position, there is no chance that candidate would be elected.

    Now if Jack Franks wins both elections, he could serve both positions, or a Democrat could be appointed to one position if Jack Franks chooses to keep only one position.

    This is a move to gain Democrat power in McHenry County.

    Has Michael Madigan ever targeted Jack Franks for extinction?


    Instead Michael Madigan has been present at Jack Franks fundrasers in Chicago with other Cook County Democrats and many union folks from various counties.

    Jack Franks is a key for Michael Madigan and the Democrats to retain a super majority in the State House.

    Remember, Democrat Jeffery Lichte ran as a Republican against real Republican Steve Reick in the Republican State Representative 63rd District primary election this spring, gathering many votes while literally not displaying a single campaign sign, picture of himself, not one campaign speach, no campaign website, and no campaign, with many smear ads run against real Republican Steve Reick.

    Who funded that smear campaign, Republicans or Democrats?

    And Democrat union leader Ron Eck challenged the nominating petitions of Steve Reick in the same election.

    This has been a well orchestrated campaign on many fronts to maintain Michael Madigan and Democrat super majority in the State House with primary goals to limit meaningful reforms be it to reduce taxes, implement the Turnaround Agenda, or just about any idea by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner to save the taxpayers money.

  2. Mark?

    Be careful of using big words and phrases like well orchestrated campaign.

    From the evidenciary lack of education of quite a few posters they are bored with this thread and have no clue what you are drilling home here.

    We can only hope they don’t know how to vote or accidentally pick someone besides the machine candidates.

    Your patience and perspicaciousness is greatly appreciated.

  3. While Jack Franks would like to hide the fact that he is a democrat, and that he has fully supported Madigan, he has no place to hide.

    Jackie voted to keep Madigan in office every time that vote came up.

    Jackie is tied to Madigan.

    He is tied, based on his 18 year career in the Illnois Legislature, to the financial disaster we now have in the State of Illinois.

    Jackie is tied to Illinois having the highest property taxes in the nation, by being tied to Madigan and by his lackluster 9 terms in the state legislature.

    Let us all remind Jackie that we hold him directly accountable for the financial failure and the high taxes. Let us communicate our anger at the polls this fall.

    We do not need his Chicago and Springfield politics in OUR county

    Vote for Steve Reick and Mike Walkup this fall.

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