Thumbs Down to Northwest Herald’s Silence on Who Skipped the League of Women Voters’ Candidates’ Forum

Jack Franks, empty suit, was not seen in the empty seat next to GOP County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup.

Jack Franks, empty suit, was not seen in the empty seat next to GOP County Board Chairman candidate Mike Walkup.

Each Saturday, the Northwest Herald has followed the example of the Daily Herald and published a series of  “Thumbs Up” and “Thumbs Down” in place of an editorial.

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Thumbs Down to the Northwest Herald for not telling its readers that Jack Franks’ refused to appear at the League of Women Voters’ stage with Republican Mike Walkup.

Today McHenry County’s paper of record said, “Thumbs Down,” to candidates who did not attend last Monday’s candidate forum sponsored by the McHenry County League of Women Voters.

Even though that “Thumbs Down” applied to only one candidate–Jack Franks–the Northwest Herald failed to mention the Democrat’s name.

The coverage of the forum also failed to mention Chicken Jack’s failure to show.

The only article concerned the interchange between Democrat Ray Flavin and Republican Patrick Kenneally, both candidates for McHenry County State’s Attorney.

One must wonder why the paper continues to run interference for the Democrat.


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Thumbs Down to Northwest Herald’s Silence on Who Skipped the League of Women Voters’ Candidates’ Forum — 6 Comments

  1. So what do Jack Franks and Jeffery Lichte have in common?

    Neither showed up for the League of Womens Voters candidate forums.

    Jack Franks did not show up as the Democrat candidate for County Board Chair to debate Republican Mike Walkup in the November 8, 2016 General Election.

    Jeffery Lichte did not show up a Republican candidate to debate Steve Reick for 63rd District State Representative in the March 15, 2016 prinary election.

    The photographs are on McHenry County Blog.

    Jeffery Lichte has since been photographed at two events by the local blogger wearing a Jack Franks baseball hat.

    The first photograph was taken at the McHenry Fiesta Days parade.

    The second photograph was taken at a Jack Franks campaign event in McHenry.

    Jack Franks was the incumbent Democrat candidate for 63rd District State Representative that went unopposed in the March 15, 2016 primary election.

    After deciding to instead run for office as McHenry County Board Chair, Jack Franks dropped out as a candidate for 63rd District State Representative.

    Having told Peter Gonigan of First Electric News that he would only drop out as a candidate for 63rd District State Representative if the Democrat party chose someone who was electable and held views consistent with his own, Jack dropped out when the Democrat party chose John Bartman.

    John Bartman is a prevailing wage (union wage) monitor for IUOE Local affiliated IIIFC.

    John Bartman was the number 4 person on the letter (the letter listed people in priority order) that Jack Franks sent to the Rod Blagojevich administration requesting jobs in the Blagojevich administration.

    The letter was written in 2003.

    The letter requested that John Bartman be considered for a position at IDOT.

    John Bartman was hired by IDOT in 2003 as a community liaison.

    The first three on the letter were the wife of Jack Franks, the father of Jack Franks, and a brother of Jack Franks.

    John Bartman was a previous chair of the McHenry County Democrat party.

  2. Fat Jack sayeth unto you:

    Ask me no questions – I’ll tell you no lies.

  3. I would be totally “thumbs down” to any media outlet that didn’t cover the “Forum” and talk about all of the events that night.

  4. There was an article, but it mentioned only the State’s Attorney candidates’ exchange.

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