Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 41

Franks-Madigan-Franks panelA 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:

A Steve Reick billboard from his 2014 campaign.

A Steve Reick billboard from his 2014 campaign.

Q. What is your opinion of Mike Madigan?

  • Favorable 13.2%
  • Unfavorable 71.1%
  • No opinion 15.6%

That’s up from 52% unfavorable in 2010.

So maybe that is why Franks told every reporter except the one in the room when he announced he was not running for re-election, but, instead would seek the McHenry County Board Chairmanship.

Until he officially drops out (see here for where his name will show up, if he, indeed, does decide not to run for both offices), he is officially running for both offices.

No matter that on Sunday, May 15th, Pete 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.”

Maybe Gonigam caught Franks off-guard…before he honed the message he would later give all other reporters.

On a historical note, it appears that former GOP State Chairman Pat Brady was correct when he targeted Madigan as the bogyman in 2012.


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Jack Franks Still Running for State Rep. – Part 41 — 25 Comments

  1. Man, it must really annoy Cal Skinner that Franks crushed Walkup in the NWH poll.

    It wasn’t even CLOSE!

    So, what does that mean? Franks has a better network in McHenry county despite Walkup being a county career politician.

    Franks can more effectively mobilize his network and therefore is a better politician.

    It also means this election is a referendum on Cal Skinner and the GOP leadership needs to realize that his hang picked candidates like John “Who?” O’Neill, Tonya “The Teabagger” Franklin, Steve “Get Off My Lawn” Reick and now Mike “Flip-Flop” Walkup are more of a detriment to the party than assets

  2. Moderate? You don’t even understand the way polls work.

    The whole purpose is to get you to believe “their” slant.

    You fell for it.

    Some people just can’t think outside the box.

    Cheerio with that Kool Aid that hasn’t worked for anyone yet.

    Keep your head down and keep playing by “their” rules.

  3. Pension benefit hiking Jack Franks and just about every other Democrat State Representative votes for Michael Madigan for Speaker of the House though.

    Could it be due to the fact Michael Madigan heads the Democrat party campaign fund?

    Franks tells everyone he has never voted for a tax hike.

    That is called Jack Franks math.

    It all depends on how one defines tax hike.

    Voting for pension benefit hikes is the worst type of tax hike.

    Because most pension benefit hikes were unfunded or underfunded.

    At a time when most of the pension systems were unfunded.

    And the same thing occurred with retiree healthcare benefit hikes.

    The Illinois state constitution states retiree benefits are contractual and cannot be diminished or impaired.

    That has been accepted by the Illinois Supreme Court to include unfunded and underfunded legislative pension and retiree healthcare benefit hikes to pension and retiree healthcare systems that were already unfunded or underfunded.

    Underfunded pensions being the number one fiscal problem in Illinois.

    Jack Franks participated in that MASSIVE tax hiking scheme, which will go down in US history as some of the worst legislation of all time.

    A key to Michael Madigan power has been Jack Franks.

    Which is why Mr. Madigan has been featured in past Jack Franks fundraisers in Chicago along with other Chicago Cook County Democrats.

    It seems more Jack Franks Republican and independent supporters need more education about pension and retiree healthcare benefit hiking legislation and Jack Franks fundraisers.

    If elected as McHenry County Board Chair, it might not end with Jack Franks as County Board Chair.

    The next goal might be Jack Franks as Governor or some other higher office.

    If you are concerned about hiked taxes you should be concerned about hiked pension benefits and hiked salaries, both of which result in hiked pension payouts and taxes.

  4. Has Walkup ever even held a job?

    I hear he currently takes foreign exchange students into his home for the money and works them like slaves on the so called family farm.

  5. Walkup never had a job rather he is on disability for his paper allergy

  6. Moderate,

    You describe Jackie boy as a better politician, as if that is important.

    Wow, that speaks volumes about what you and your ilk value. Politics over governance.

    Form over function.

    Political gamesmanship over honesty and trustworthiness.

    That is definitely the platform of the Dem party.

    You are fantastic at giving us ammunition against Jackie boy and all your other candidates selected in the dark of the night behind closed doors.

    Rest assured this will be put to very effective use.

    In fact, I will use it today.

  7. I like it Mike Fip Flop Walkup classic.

    He always reminds me that he is off on an Island wearing flip flops.

    No Clue

  8. As ad as Walkup is ….. I’d take him over Jack the Hack ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

    Moderate are you a big fan of homosexual rights and redistributionish tax schemes?

    That would help explain your pseudo-ID here, ‘Moderate’

    You might be a moderate … but only in Havana or Provincetown, MA

  9. caption: You’ve been a good boy Frankie

    Awwww Shucks, thanks Mr. Madigan

  10. As unkempt and socially backwards as Walkup is, I have seen him at county board meetings and he does ask all the right questions, and votes the right way.

    This isn’t a beauty contest.

    Ask yourself Who is going to be a tax holder (or small govt. guy) vs. who is going to raise taxes an has followed Madigan’s lead to lead us in IL right into the toilet? (Franks)

    We get Walkup and he’ll be decent while we look for a great replacement for him next election.

    We get Franks and we will get Madigan/Cullerton’s influence in McHenry County.

    Aren’t our taxes high enough??!!!

  11. Simple fact is Jack is the most self serving politician in this county and will probably win.

  12. Yeah…. Bob, I don’t think that’s the right question to ask, but great speech.

  13. Jack has SERVED the community.

    As much as you all don’t like him he has beaten Mike Brown, Tom Salvi, Perry Moy in addition to the above mentioned.

    If you think he is so horrible, why can’t you field a decent candidate to beat him.

    Steve barely beat a non candidate (as claimed here).

    The position is window dressing anyway- no vote, no power.

    It is stupid.

    The board tried to appease the public with a powerless position and now has the ultimate Patronage machine in the making.

    Walkup can’t even get his own party behind him.

    @Cindy- if you think Walkup has county wide recognition- you are sadly mistaken.

    He has no one to work for him and couldn’t raise money.

    @Mark Madigan doesn’t fund Franks campaign- You people are delusional.

    ABsolutely no context of what your community values.

  14. Inish?

    Where did I say anything close to what you claim?

    “@Cindy- if you think Walkup has county wide recognition- you are sadly mistaken.”

    Do you have any reading comprehension at all?

  15. Inish – don’t respond to Cindy, she literally believes Ghandi is in hell.

    Great points.

  16. In Chaos Theory, the “butterfly effect” is the name given to the sensitive connection between initial conditions in which an insignificant event in one state in non-linear systems, can result in sometimes catastrophic events in the universal state.

    In other words, although unlikely, it is possible for a butterfly flapping its wings in Texas to cause a typhoon in the Japanese Sea.

    Case in point, in mid-20th Century America, a loose 18-year-old hippie female in a Honolulu college had sex with an older, alcoholic Kenyan man on a student visa, who had a wife and child back in Africa.

    And this less than significant event started the collapse and dissolution of the United States of America.

    And now we have Lying Jack the ‘Hack’ Franks running for two offices at the same time right here in McHenry County.

    Something evil this way comes!

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