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 article.
A Franks opponent to his election to Chair the McHenry County Board named Chris Lawrence, who is from Cary, sent the following text of the memo published by McHenry County Blog a long time ago–2008:
To the Editor:
Which local lawmaker recommended family and friends for state jobs to the Blagojevich Administration in 2003?
You can read the text of the memo below to see Franks’ wife, father, and fellow Democrats were at the top of the patronage list. I shudder to think what appointments Franks would make if elected McHenry County Board Chairman.
M E M O To: Margaret Houlihan
From: St. Rep. Jack D. Franks
RE: Positions with Gov. Blagojevich Administration
DATE: February 27, 2003
The following are individuals who we had requested be considered for jobs with the Blagojevich administration. They are prioritized as follows:
1. Deborah Wolf Franks for a commission;
2. Herbert H. Franks for a commission;
3. David B. Franks, a non-paid position with Boxing Commission;
4. John Bartman, a position with IDOT;
5. Michael Dalessandro, position as Highway Maintainer with IDOT;
6. Judge Erin O’Connell-Diaz, position with the Illinois Commission;
7. Nancy Vazzano, managerial position with any public service department;
8. Fred Shay, management position, primarily Info Technology and IDOT Aviation;
9. Susan Van Weelden, Commission;
10. Bill Clow, any public service department;
11. Mary Kennedy, any public service department
Keep Chicago politics and corruption out of McHenry County.Reject Jack Franks for County Board Chair in November.
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We do know 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.
I imagine it’s hard to find someone whom Jack Franks thinks is as good as he thinks he is.