Reick Mailing Says He Will Take Jack Franks’ Place

At least that’s what it seems to me.

Not that I have seen Jack Franks leading any fight against high local property taxes.

(If anyone has, please share in the comment section what tax district he tried to keep from raising real estate taxes.)



Reick Mailing Says He Will Take Jack Franks’ Place — 19 Comments

  1. Yea… this is similar to the radio ad that Reick is running.

    Basically a theme of “let me pick up Jack Franks legacy.”

    Which is pretty interesting considering how negative towards Franks Reick has been over the past several years.

    That tells you a lot about Reick’s polling that must show how positively that district views Jack Franks.

    It also seems like it would do a good job increasing Franks name recognition as most of McHenry County can listen to The Score (the station I heard it on).

  2. I’ve gotta agree with Cal and Alabama, both…

    To me, that is Reick paying homage to Jack and punching Walkup in the gut…

  3. Big punch in the face to Walkup and those who have helped Walkup try to educate voters on why Franks’ is bad for McHenry County.

    Who are these people running Reick’s campaign and approving these mailers? Are they trying to sabotage local Republicans or do they just want Franks to win? The tv commercials do the same thing.

  4. Time will tell if an independent expenditure committee is formed one week before the election, supporting Democrat John Bartman and opposing Republican Steve Reick in the 63rd State Representative District, and the attacks on Mr. Reick start 1 day later.

    That’s what happened when Democrat Jeffery Lichte ran as a Republican in the March 15, 2016 primary election against Mr. Reick.

  5. Usual win at any cost and heaven forbid you support a fellow Republican.

    Where is the party loyalty Steve?

  6. To me it just looks like it’s letting voters know that Franks is no longer Reick’s opponent so that those who have voted for Franks the last 18 years (including lots of Republicans) understand that this is not Reick v. Franks II.

    Nothing about this is anti-Walkup or pro-Franks.

    If Walkup is worried about getting Franks’ name ID any higher then

    1.) he’s well behind the ball and

    2.) he shouldn’t have made a website with Franks’ name in it and use Franks’ name all over his walk lit.

  7. Why is Steve Reick pretending to be a Democrat in this piece, and others like it?

    Is he ashamed to be a Republican..?

  8. Pretty Pro Franks to me.

    Where’s the Walkup Reick piece?!?


    Reick isn’t even elected and he’s already a spinmaster

  9. Yikes!

    Jacko was a do-nothing, grand-stander, liar and homosexual rights activist …

    this lame mailer makes it seem Reick’s goin’ to follow in Jacko’s ratty pawsteps ……

  10. Steve Reick has to deal with the fact many people believe Jack Franks never voted for a tax hike and is a tax fighter.


    Unfunded Mandates, the Tax Hike in disguise


    Most voters don’t understood how State Representatives, State Senators, and Governors pass unfunded legislative mandates that become law.

    Those unfunded mandates hike costs on state and local government.

    There are several ways to deal with the hiked costs.

    But to pass unfunded mandates and go around telling people you have never passed a tax hike is misleading.

    So a lot of people believe when Jack Franks says he has never voted for a tax hike, that means he has never voted for legislation that became law that resulted in tax hikes.

    Which is not true due to unfunded mandates.

  11. You know, Mark, point the finger a lot about unfunded mandates and call them “tax increases.”

    Yet you are always really sketchy when it comes to actual pointing out which mandates you are talking about.

    So I did some research tonight.

    In a recent report polling local governments, many municipalities complained that the most burdensome unfunded/underfunded mandates dealt with: Public Pensions, Collective Bargaining, Workman’s Comp, Health Insurance, and Prevailing wage.

    I find this hilarious that you work for IDOT and complain about politicians contributing to unfunded/underfunded mandates, but you benefit from an underfunded public pension guaranteed by collective bargaining and instilled with workmans comp, health insurance and prevailing wages.

    So, Mark, you should really thank Illinois government for handcuffing itself to these mandates because you might actually have to find it in the private sector like the rest of us otherwise given without those benefits, you would be making less than the $49k a year you already make.

  12. This is what happens when Mike Madigan and Cook County comes to McHenry.

    Steve Reick has totally changed from being one of “the people” to one of the “political class”.

    As soon as HRO came into this race he started snubbing the conservatives and grassroot organization.

    Reick is going to win with 60 percent and yet he feels the need to subvertly trash Walkup on behalf of Jack Franks.

    Steve why on earth would you glorify anything that Jack has done?

    Walkup will go down in history as the man who lost to Jack Franks for blaming everyone else for his short comings.

    I do hope the Republicans work hard for Kenneally, Tirio, and the County Board Member candidates (although district six seems like a stretch.

  13. **This is what happens when Mike Madigan and Cook County comes to McHenry.**


    Mike Madigan is to blame for Steve Reick and HRO’s messaging?

  14. The same comment about unfunded mandates as in another post.


    A good source of unfunded mandates that have been passed into law is from the Illinois Municipal League (IML).

    Report is dated March 4, 2015.

    The name of the report:

    “Report to the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force”


    Jack Franks was on the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force.

    The Task Force was chaired by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti.


    The Task Force produced a report that also has information about unfunded mandates.

    The name of that report is, “Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force Final Report.”

    It is 406 pages.

    (The IML report is 27 pages).

    The Task Force report is currently found on the Lieutenant Governor’s home page.


    The direct link to the report on the Lieutenant Governor website is:


    A third source of information about unfunded mandates is the Republican Governor Bruce Rauner administration’s Turnaround Agenda.

    The Turnaround Agenda is 38 pages.


  15. 63rd District State Representative

    Republican Steve Reick v Democrat John Bartman

    Election November 8, 2016


    John Bartman was the fourth person listed on the letter that State Representative Jack Franks sent to Margaret Houlihan, who was the the Deputy Chief of Staff of Intergovernmental Affairs to Governor Rod Blagojevich.

    Rod Blagojevich took office as Governor on January 13, 2003.

    The letter from Jack Franks to Margaret Houlihan was dated February 27, 2003.

    The subject of the letter was:

    “Positions with Rod Blagojevich Administration”

    The first two sentences in the letter were:

    “The following are individuals who we had requested be considered for jobs with the Blagojevich administration.

    They are prioritized as follows.”

    “4. John Bartman, a position with IDOT”

    A copy of the letter is found on McHenry County Blog:

    McHenry County Blog

    August 8, 2016

    Walkup Gets Under Franks’ Skin


    John Bartman received a position at IDOT in 2003 as a Community Liaison.

    He worked at IDOT until 2015 or 2016.


    John Bartman’s His current position is a Prevailing Wage Monitor for IIIFFC.

    IIIFFC = Indiana Illinois Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting.

    IIIFFC recently changed the name of the Prevailing Wage Monitor position from Compliance Monitor to Construction Analyst.

    A prevailing wage monitor checks to be sure state mandated prevailing wages are paid on state funded construction projects.


    John Bartman has not revealed at last look on his website or to the press that he is currently employed as Prevailing Wage Monitor at IDOT.

  16. Watching the ‘money machine’ take ownership of Reick. What a shame.

  17. First we elect Reick ….. then we boot him out w/ a real conservative in a primary.

    Bartman:Pancreatic Cancer


  18. So, Mark is saying that, like Hillary Clinton said, a candidate has to have one position for the public (Steve Reick has to look Pro-Franks) and another position in private (Steve Reick is Anti-Franks)..?

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