Jack Franks – Labor Unions’ Million Dollar Man – Part 1

Today we start a series of articles showing the contributions that State Rep. Jack Franks has received from various unions.

Give thanks to commenter Mark for doing the heavy lifting.

afscme-logoYou see donations from AFSCME below:


Here are the contributions to Jack Franks from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.


Jack Franks – Labor Unions’ Million Dollar Man – Part 1 — 13 Comments

  1. Wow, they pumped money in for his first try at reelection in 2000.

  2. So recent.

    Was that before 9/11?

    This is great, a history lesson?

  3. The most recent contribution from the AFSCME labor union to Jack Franks was on September 27, 2016 for $2,500.

    AFSCME at the state level is currently in contract negotiations with Governor Bruce Rauner.

    Jack Franks has called Governor Rauner a union buster.

    Jack Franks and John Bartman are against the Rauner Administration’s Turnaround Agenda.

    Read the Turnaround Agenda to see how Bruce Rauner differs from Jack Franks and John Bartman in turning around Illinois.

    Jack Franks is a longtime friend of John Bartman.

    John Bartman was the fourth person named in a letter from Jack Franks to Governor Rod Blagojevich’s aide in 2003, requesting those named be considered for jobs or appointments in the Blagojevich Administration.

    The second person on the list was Jack Franks’ dad.

    The first person named was Jack Franks’ wife.

    The third person listed was a brother of Jack Franks.

    John Bartman was listed for a job at IDOT.

    John Bartman received a job at IDOT in 20003.

    At the time, John Bartman was chair of the McHenry County Democrat party, and also chair of the PAC of the McHenry County Democrat party.

    Several Democrat county party chairs received jobs in the Blagojevich administration.

    John Bartman is currently a prevailing wage monitor for IUOE local 150 union affiliated prevailing wage monitoring organization named IIIFFC.

    IIIFFC checks to see if state mandated prevailing wages are paid to contractors working on state funded construction projects.

    Jack Franks and John Bartman have heavy ties to labor unions who resist reforms in the Rauner administration’s Turnaround Agenda.

  4. Mark has 1292 tails, which will be pinned on Jack Franks as the days go on.

  5. **Mark has 1292 tails, which will be pinned on Jack Franks as the days go on.**

    And they all say the exact. same. thing.

  6. This quote is from a previous thread
    CAL posted earlier this year about a bill
    HB580, AFSCME was trying to get passed.

    This is only one of the reasons ILLinois
    Is so seriously in debt.

    Jack Frank’s has OBVIOUSLY been in their
    Back pocket for years, while CLAIMING he
    Hasn’t voted for tax hikes.

    The total of contributions above is $23,550 !

    “AFSCME’s leaders demanded salary increases of up to 29%
    over four years;
    a more expensive, platinum health care plan; a

    And lavish overtime benefits, including time and a half
    after 37.5 hours of work each week and 2.5 times wages
    for some holidays.

    AFSCME is demanding that our taxpayers fund these
    additional Benefits to the tune of $3 BILLION over
    the life of the contract.
    What’s worse, with HB 580, AFSCME wants to ensure
    that those TAXPAYERS have NO SAY in the matter. “

  7. There are big differences between Democrat State Representative Jack Franks and Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

    Organized labor is one of the biggest differences.

    Republicans whom voted for Bruce Rauner to reign in the taxpayer costs of organized labor hikes, should think long and hard before casting a vote for Jack “Rauner is a union buster” Franks.


    Jack Franks on the other political spectrum has a dilemma in that he has not historically provided strong public or financial support for other Democrat candidates in McHenry County, but has provided financial support for Cook County Democrat candidates.

    On February 17, 2016, the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC reported an expenditure of $5,000 to the Friends of Kim Foxx PAC.

    Kim Foxx won the March 15, 2016 primary election for Cook County States Attorney against incumbent Anita Alvarez and another challenger Donna Moore.

    Other Contributions from the Jack Franks PAC to Democrat candidates outside McHenry County:

    January 27, 2006 – Friends of Dart. Tom Dart won the Democrat primary for Cook County Sheriff on March 21, 2006, then the general election in November 2006. He mains in that office. Prior to that he was an Illinois State Representative and State Senator. The contribution was $750.

    March 24, 2006 – Citizens for Jesse White – $250. Jesse White has been Democrat Secretary of State since January 11, 1999. Prior to that he was Cook County Recorder of Deeds from January 3, 1993 – January 11, 1999. Prior to that he was a State Representative from first the 13th then the 8th District from January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993.

    April 1, 2006 – Friends of Dart – $250.

    May 7, 2007 – Friends of Dick Durbin – $1,000. Dick Durbin has been a US Senator since January 3, 1997. Prior to that he was a US Representative from January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1997.

    May 14, 2007 – Friends of Kevin Joyce – $500. Kevin Joyce was a Democrat State Representative for the 35th District from Worth (Cook County) from 2003 – 2010.

    September 19, 2007 – Citizens for Jesse White – $300.

    July 11, 2008 – Friends of Aurora Austriaco – $200. Aurora Austriaco lost as the Democrat candidate for 65th State Representative (Park Ridge, Des Plaines, Rosemont, Elk Grove, Norridge, Mt. Prospect) District v Republican incumbent Rosemary Mulligan in the November 4, 2008 general election.

    July 11, 2008 – Friends of Aurora Austriaco – $200

    October 13, 2008 – Friends of Aurora Austriaco – $4,000

    October 13, 2008 – Friends of Greg Tuite – $4,000. Greg Tuite was an unsuccessful Democrat candidate for State Representative 69th District (Rockford) v incumbent Republican Ron Wait for the November 4, 2008 general election.

    December 8, 2008 – Friends of Robin Kelly – $200. Robin Kelly was a Democrat State Representative for the 38th District (Matteson) from January 8, 2003 – January 12, 2007 (93rd & 94th General Assemblies). She won the primary election for Illinois Treasurer in 2010, but lost in the General Election to Republican Dan Rutherford. She won the February 26, 2013 Democrat primary election for 2nd Congressional District US Representative after Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned due to his corruption problems. She then won the April 9, 2013 general election.

    August 31, 2009 – Friends of Dart – $250

    October 16, 2009 – Friends of Ann M Williams – $1,000. The Friends of Ann M Williams PAC was created September 30, 2009 as a candidate for 11th District State Representative, SBE Committee ID 22331. She won the 2010 General Election and thus took office in 2011. She remains a State Representative. She was previously married to Mike Noonan, a Democrat political campaign manager and partner in the Roosevelt Group (which has a spin-off, Roosevelt Media) with Victor Reyes.

    Mike Noonan was a member of the host committee, along with Len DeFranco, Herb Franks, & James Knepper, for the Minimum Contribution $1,000 fundraiser held September 7, 2016 at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in Oak Brook in DuPage County.

    Read all about it here:

    McHenry County Blog
    “Man of the People” Jack Franks Holding $1,000 Minimum Fundraiser in Oak Brook
    August 30, 2016

    January 8, 2010 – Friends of Carol Sente – $125. Carol Sente was appointed State Representative 59th District (Vernon Hills) on September 12, 2009. She remains a State Representative for that district.

    January 25, 2010 – Friends of Dan Hynes – $2,500. Dan Hynes lost the February 2, 2010 primary election as candidate for Democrat Governor to Pat Quinn.

    January 26, 2010 – Friends of Carol Sente – $300.

    February 2, 2011 – Friends for Susana Mendoza – $2,000. Susana Mendoza was a State Representative for the 1st District from January 10, 2001 thru May 16, 2011 (92nd – 97th General Assemblies). She was a Democrat candidate in the February 2011 primary election for Chicago City Clerk, a contest which she won. She remains Chicago City Clerk and is currently running as the Democrat candidate for State Comptroller v Republican Leslie Munger.

    September 14, 2011 – Friends of Dart – $300.

    September 16, 2014 – Friends of Dick Durbin – $1,000.

  8. There was an ommission in the above comment regarding Jack Franks PAC contributions to Democrats outside McHenry County.

    Note, the contributions are all from the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC, which is Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) committee ID 19464.

    There are additional contributions in his previous PAC which is Citizens for Jack D Franks, which is SBE committee ID 13681.

    The biggest name recognition contribution from Citizens for Jack D Franks PAC is an August 12, 2005 contribution to Friends of Hillary for $500.

    That was a PAC for Hillary Clinton.


    January 27, 2006 – Friends of Dart – $750.

    October 12, 2006 – Friends of Sharon Elman (Sharyn Elman) – $500. Sharon Elman was an unsuccessful Democrat candidate for 62nd District State Representative (Lake County) v Republican Sandy Cole in the November 7, 2006 general election.

  9. By my count, that’s $24,450.

    You’re $975,550 short of a million guys.

  10. Jack Franks, Friend of Labor.

    The AFSCME union is currently in negotiations with Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

    One scheme to take away power from Governor Rauner is to change the state law for negotiating with unions.

    One of the two bills to do that is Senate Bill 1229 in the 99th General Assembly.

    How did Jack Franks vote on SB 1229 on September 2, 2016?


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