State Rep. Jack Franks is not running for re-election, instead opting to run for McHenry County Board Chairman.
In a blast email he announced that on his first day in office he would cut McHenry County’s taxes by 10%.
(That would amount to about a 1% cut in one’s tax bill, because county government takes about 10% of our real estate taxes.)
Pretty interesting that he doesn’t know how much notice must be given for the County Board to discuss a topic, but there are probably a lot of things that Franks doesn’t know about county government.
Not expected is that he would give the County Board credit for cutting its property tax levy from $79 to $76 million.
And, if he ever does, Franks won’t point out that his County Board Chairman opponent Mike Walkup led that fight to cut taxes.
Below is the part of his 25,071 newsletter, printed at taxpayer expense, that addresses both property taxes and county board pensions:
With 18 years in the legislative pension system, Franks will start pulling in about $58,000 a year when he reaches 55 years of age.
The savings from the County Board’s having abolished their pensions will amount to about $48,000 a year.
IB4, Markobot says the same thing over again.
Slick pol, Walkup has his hands full indeed.
Thanks to Cal & Mark for putting the
IMPORTANT differences & info out
There about Franks & Mike Walkup.
Voters NEED to know this on a regular
Basis because people seem to forget
So quickly & don’t always process this
Info because of the pace of society
Adding to the above info . . .
Mike Walkup led the effort to
Lower the salary of thecounty
board chair (which was successful).
The amounts on this are posted on
Older threads on the MC Blog.
Take a minute & look it up folks.
Mike Walkup has plenty of solid
Accomplishments in his time on
The board already.
When you talk to him 1 on 1 he has
Many creative ideas on things that
Need change. His eyes light up as
He talks about them.
Mike doesn’t use the ‘I’ & ‘me’ words
Constantly, because he is a team
He is genuine & engaging with good knowledge of the history on any given
Issue he talks to you about.
Mike Walkup truly has the qualities
That epitomize a good leader for the
County board chairman position.
Wish everyone would have a chance
To meet Mike & see how RIGHT he is
For this position !
Jack Franks: (legally) using taxpayer funds for the mailing; behavior indistinguishable from that of his Republican colleagues;
Cal Skinner: feeding himself with a taxpayer-funded pension that has reached the point where he has netted more money/cost the taxpayers more money than through his cumulative salaries & benefits over his entire state career…
Mike Walkup: who shops for homeless people to represent in Social Security benefit hearings as a way of earning a living. Social Security benefit hearings: where the government is banned from having an attorney present to defend the government’s position, and the plaintiff’s attorney is paid by the taxpayers…
All problems that need to be fixed.
Well haven’t heard that one about
Walkup & homeless people.
Doubt there is much income in that.
Seems like more like public service.
Don’t think you would EVER see Jack
Franks doing anything like that.
Actually, would LOVE to KNOW of
ANY OTHER Mchenry county politician using the State printing services in
SPRINGFIELD for a MCHENRY COUNTY
Campaign ! ! !
If anyone has info on that, please post it !
People/voters NEED & SHOULD know
About this issue.
Watchdog2 is that all your capable of doing is regurgitating everything the same information your looney friends talk about with no knowledge?
Because that’s the way you come across.
I bet stupid runs in your family as well.
Did anyone else see that homeless guy in crystal lake holding up the sign that said “Michael walkup Lies”?
Was it a real homeless man or another of Frank’s crew? I remember 2 guys showing up wearing masks at my campaign headquarters holding signs with awful messages, who ran away on foot. Jack’s office was only blocks away. That was the same day his campaign signs were placed in front of and behind my campaign signs. I had a good laugh, thanks Jack.
Well, Tonya glad to hear people
Posting info like this.
Not so surprising as disturbing.
Franks has been a Madigan mob
Puppet for soooo long that Cook
County Style intimidation tactics
Could become SOP if he gets a
Foothold in county government.
Thanks for putting your experience
OUT THERE !