Rate Hiking Electric Company President Gives Maximum Contribution to Jack Franks

And here they are:

  • $5,400 Anne Pramaggiore, CEO & President, Barrington
  • $1,000 – Illinois State AFL-CIO, Springfield

Not mentioned is Anne Pramaggiore’ company.

It’s the electric power company, Exelon.

Exelon owns Commonwealth Edison, for whom Jack Franks cast a vote that would give higher electric rates after first voting the other way.

It’s also one of the electric companies that would have benefited from the bill that earned him the name “Chainsaw Jack.”

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"Chainsaw Jack" Franks' introduction of legislation to allow Com Ed to chop down any tree within 20 feet of a power line inspired this satirical movie poster.

“Chainsaw Jack” Franks’ introduction of legislation to allow Com Ed to chop down any tree within 20 feet of a power line inspired this satirical movie poster.

The article below shows the way Jack Franks went from protecting electric customers to purring from the pats on the back by those benefiting from higher electric rates:

If I were running against Jack Franks, I would be knocking on doors of homes with Com Ed electric lines in front of them.


Because Jack Franks introducedHouse Bill 3884, a bill to allow Com Ed to chop down every tree within 20-feet of a power line.

As if Com Ed doesn’t do enough damage to our trees already.

That bill shows how out of touch he is with McHenry County.

Backyards throughout old Lakewood could lose all of the lot line trees because Com Ed lines run in back of our homes.

Think of what could happen to Bull Valley vistas.

In Wonder Lake, homes which sport Jack Franks signs could have the trees above them chopped down.

I wonder if such signs would be trashcanned if someone told the owner what their State Rep. wanted to allow Com Ed to do.

You get the political potential.

Even having been out of office almost sixteen years, I can tell you that introducing that idea was about as far from representing McHenry County residents as one can go.

The backlash was tremendous.

The McHenry County Conservation District,The Land Conservancy of McHenry County and the Defenders protested.

The Land Conservancy’s Lisa Haderlein called it, “the ComEd Clear Cut bill.”

The Chicago Tribune even wrote a big Sunday editorial about it.

The Chicago Triubne's featured editorial on Sunday, March 11, 2012, was about "Chainsaw Jack" Franks' bill to allow Com Ed and Ameren to level every tree withint 20 feet of a power line.

The Chicago Triubne’s featured editorial on Sunday, March 11, 2012, was about “Chainsaw Jack” Franks’ bill to allow Com Ed and Ameren to level every tree withint 20 feet of a power line.

Franks started off his political career as something of a populist.

Not so much anymore.

He voted against a Commonwealth Edison rate increase, before he voted for it.

"Chainsaw Jack" Franks

“Chainsaw Jack” Franks

The Rockford Register-Star interviewed Franks and wrote,

“Franks strongly objects to some bill opponents who are calling him ‘Chain Saw Jack.’  [Could that be a reference to McHenry County Blog?]

“’I don’t want to have clear-cutting going on,’ he said. ‘I live on a farm with a forest in back.

“‘No one can question my conservation credentials.’”

Well, maybe it’s not Franks’ “conservation credentials” that should be questioned.

Maybe it’s his judgment.

But, if the tool fits, maybe the nickname is appropriate.

Far be it for me to suggest that Franks’ switch from voting against an electric rate hike to voting to force our electric rate higher has anything to do with campaign contributions.  He has access to enough family money that he would not have to take any donations.

The Chainsaw Jack Contributors

  • $2,000 – Ameren, St. Louis, MO [Ameren is the electricity suppler in Southern Illinois.]
  • $500 – ComEd PAC, Chicago

The State Board of Elections also reports $1,000 was donated by three International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union locals:

  • $250 IBEW Local 117 – Crystal Lake  2/22/2011
  • $250 IBEW Local 364 – Rockford  9/14/2011
  • $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 1/25/11
  • $250 IBEW Local 9 – Hillsboro 9/8/2011


Rate Hiking Electric Company President Gives Maximum Contribution to Jack Franks — 9 Comments

  1. Jack now has an even larger
    Supply for the fire in his pants.

    Here we go folks, chainsaw jokes ! 🙂

    Hope a few of the MC Defenders read
    This thread.

    Thanks Cal for pointing out more
    Of Jacko’s schizo hypocritical

  2. The 8th largest contribution the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC has received since its inception in January 2006, was on March 12, 2016, just 3 days prior to the March 15th primary in which Jack Franks had no opposition.

    That contribution was for $38,900 from the Illinois Political Action Committee for Education (IPACE).

    IPACE is the PAC for the Illinois Education Association (IEA).

    PAC = Political Action Committee.


    On March 14, 2016, two days later, the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC made a Money Market transfer expenditure of $38,900 to the 1st National Bank of Omaha in DeKalb.


    That’s big money being funneled to a money market account days before a primary election in which Jack Franks had no competition.


    One of Jacks Democrat supporters, Jeffery Lichte (he has been pictured twice on the blog wearing a Jack Franks hat), filed and ran as a Republican in that 63rd District State Representative primary though.

    Jeffery Licthe lost that election to Steve Reick.

    IPACE also contributed $12,500 on March 8, 2016 to the independent expenditure PAC, Government for the People, which supported Jeffery Lichte and opposed Steve Reick.

    $38,900 + $12,500 = $51,400 in a one week time frame from IPACE to support their favored candidates in that 63rd District State Representative District election.


    Jack Franks would have faced Steve Reick in the general election on November 8, 2016.

    But instead Jack Franks decided to run for McHenry County Board Chair against Mike Walkup.

    Replacing Jack Franks on the Democrat ballot is the #4 person in the request to consider family and friends for jobs in the Governor Rod Blagojevich letter dated February 27, 2003 that Jack Franks sent to the Deputy Chief of Staff Intergovernmental Affairs to former Governor Rod Blagojevich.

    That person listed #4 in the letter, who was the first non immediate family member on the list (the first 3 were the wife, father, and brother of Jack Franks), was John Bartman.

    Mr. Bartman did get a job as a community liaison in 2003 for the state agency, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), that was specified in the letter.

  3. If you don’t want to trim and cut trees then don’t complain when electricity goes out.

    If you want trees plan in your inner yard not in the front where their growth can interfere.

    ComEd always cut and trimmed trees in the 1970’s when I moved here and no one complained.

    If you don’t like it move to a more rural area because all the building caused too much growth here.

  4. karma?

    You nitwit!

    Trimming trees is quite different from destroying trees.

    (BTW the trees they are destroying ARE in rural areas!)

    Some people are just too dumb to find their way home by themselves.

  5. 63rd District Democrat State Representative Jack Franks voted for the Exelon energy bill that passed the Illinois State House and Senate today.

    It is Senate Bill 2814 (SB 2814) in the 99th General Assembly.

    The bill does not become law until the Governor signs the bill, or in the case of a Governor veto, if the House and Senate override the veto.


    Reboot Illinois

    Lawmakers Approve Mammoth Exelon Energy Bill, Rauner to Sign

    December 1, 2016

    by Kevin Hoffman

    “In the waning hours of the fall veto session, the General Assembly passed a controversial energy bill that would provide Exelon with $235 million a year in ratepayer-funded subsidies over the next decade to keep its two financially struggling nuclear power plants in downstate Clinton and the Quad Cities from shuttering.”


  6. Governor Rauner is signing this bill into law today at Riverdale High School in Byron (Riversale CUSD 100) in Ogle County, and Clinton High School in Clinton (Clinton CUSD 15) in DeWitt County.

    Exelon nuclear facilities include the Byron Generating Station and Clinton Power Station.

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