Catching Up on Jack Franks’ (Out of County) Contributions

Bottles of water with Lying Jack Franks Cut 10 sticker affixed.

Bottles of water with Lying Jack Franks Cut 10 sticker affixed.

Occupied by other stories toward the end of the General Election season, McHenry County Blog fell behind in reporting big ($1,000 or more) contributions to State Rep. and Countty Board Chairman candidate Jack Franks.

Below is what was reported since October 8th.

Usually these are show in descending order. Today, they will be shown in the order of giving.

Maybe you can find one from McHenry ┬áCounty, but I can’t.

    • 10-17 $5,400 – Fred Eychaner, Chairman, Newsweb Corporation, Chicago
    • 10-17 $5,400 – John Simmons, Attorney, Simons Hanly Conroy, Edwardsville
    • 10-17 $10,800 – Newsweb Corporation, Chicago
    • 10-17 $5,400 – Mary Kathryn Pritzker, Homemaker, Chicago
    • 10-17 $5,400 – JB Pritzker, Pritzker Group, Owner, Chicago
    • 10-17 $10,800, Pritzker Group, Chicago
    • 10-17 $5,000 – Friends of Dart, Chicago
    • 10-18 $2,000 – Lester Crown, Investment Broker, Henry Crown and Company, Chicago
    • 10-18 $1,000 – Citizens for Viverito, Burbank
    • 10-17 $2,500 – Arthur & Kathleen Daniels, Bannockburn
    • 10-19 $2,500 – Heather Steans, State Senator, Chicago
    • 10-20 $10,000 – Illinois Political Action Comm for Education, Springfield
    • 10-20 $1,000 – Heartland Solutions Group Inc, Lake Barrington
    • 10-20 $2,000 – Prairie Political Action Committee, Springfield
    • 10-20 $1,000 – Raj Fernando, CEO, Chopper Training,
    • 10-20 $1,000 – Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, Waukegan
    • 10-20 $2,000 – Todd A. Smith, Chicago
    • 10-21 $22,000 – Illinois Voter Education Project, Chicago
    • 10-24 $1,325.39 – Realtor Political Action Committee, Springfield, Mailing


  • 10-24 $1,000 – Illinois Laborers’ Legislative Comm, Springfield
  • 10-24 $1,000 – Illinois BANKPAC, Springfield
  • 10-24 $1,000 – IUOE Local 399 Political Education Fund, Chicago
  • 10-26 $1,000 – Wight & Company, Darien
  • 10-28 $3,000 – IBEW Illinois PAC, Washington, DC
  • 11-01 $25,000 – Local 150 Illinois Union of Operating Engineers, Countryside
  • 11-02 $1,000 – Citizens for Gregory Harris, Chicago
  • 11-02 $2,500 – Teamsters Local 705 PAC B, Chicago
  • 11-02 $4,000 – Realtor Political Action Committee, Springfield
  • 11-02 $2,500 – AFSCME Illinois Council No. 31, Springfield
  • 11-03 $1,000 – Committee to Elect Jay Hoffman, Belleville
  • 11-07 $1,000 – Storino Ramello & Durkin, Rosemont
  • 11-07 $5,000 – SEIU Local 73 B-PAC, Chicago
  • 11-07 $5,000 – SEIU Healthcare IL IN PAC, Chicago
  • 11-07 $5,000 – ComEd PAC, Chicago

Election Day

  • 11-09 $1,000 – Bruce & Mary Watson, Belvidere
  • 11-10 $1,000 – Friends of Jerry Costello 11, Smithton
  • 11-10 $1,000 – Costello For Congress, Belleville
  • 11-18 $5,218.10 – Personal PAC, Chicago, Voter ID Calling [Personal PAC did not endorse Franks.]
  • 11-18 $4,300 – 42nd Ward Democratic Org, Chicago, Phone bank [Alderman and Democratic Party Committeeman Brendan Reilly]
  • 11-18 $9,351.50 – 42nd Ward Democratic Org, Chicago, Phone bank


Catching Up on Jack Franks’ (Out of County) Contributions — 12 Comments

  1. Supporters for Jack D Franks PAC received $3,964,805 contributions from January 27, 2006 – November 18, 2016.

    Citizens for Jack D Franks PAC received $1,883,785 contributions from December 2, 1997 – December 31, 2005.

    Grand Total received by both PACs is $5,848,590.

    The largest contributing category is teacher unions.

    The largest fiscal problem in the state of Illinois is underfunded teacher pensions.


    The TRS teacher pension fund is the most underfunded in dollars of the 20 pension systems.

    The 20 pension systems means there are 19 pension systems created by the Illinois Pension Code, plus the CHA fund which is a private governmental plan subject to IRS Code 401(b).

    There are 672 Downstate Police and Downstate Fire pension funds. So, 20 + 672 – 2 = 690 pension funds.

    The 672 are listed in the Illinois Department of Insurance Public Pension Division 2015 Biennial report which covered years 2013 – 2014, so a few more may have been added since that date.


    Benefits for teacher pensions and all the 19 pension systems that are in the Illinois pension code were hiked while pensions were underfunded.

    That was stupid and should have been illegal.

    This was accomplished through state legislation by state representatives and state senators approving house bills and senate bills which Governors signed into law.

  2. “And know that I will introduce this plan on my first day as your new McHenry County Board Chairman.

    – Jack Franks”


    Jack Franks’ first day as McHenry County Board Chairman will be December 5, 2016.

    He will presumably take the oath of office at the County Board’s Organizational Meeting which is scheduled to be held at 9AM at the County Board Room in the Administration Building at the McHenry County Government Center at 667 Ware Road, Woodstock.

    There is no agenda for that meeting on the County Board website at this time.

  3. The County posted the Agenda and the Agenda Packet (they are identical) for the December 5, 2016 board meeting.

    No mention of Jack Franks.

    So when does Jack Franks take his oath of office?

  4. “So when does Jack Franks take his oath of office?”

    In the now immortal words of his hero Hillary Clinton, “what difference does it make’

    It’s already bought and paid for!

  5. I don’t think anyone is beating any horss.

    You don’t seem to be able to realize that these folks are trying to warn you before you step into something that will not come off your shoes.

    They are sayng keep your eyes open!

    Watch for what really is going on!

    Your inability to take a hint is very unnerving to the ones trying to save you from disaster.

    They absolutely must keep beating this drum because so many are just falling asleep, yet again.

  6. The election is over, the self serving dude won, what value is there in constantly repeating almost the same thing over and over again.

    If anything that numbs a person just like hearing of all the shooting in Chicago.

    Sometime before his next election is again time to beat the horse while it’s still alive.

    Dead horse’s feel no pain.

  7. Re: ” constantly repeating almost the same thing over and over again”

    Kinda like: “Let the voters decide”?

  8. I got that from Andrew, it works.

    You rather the elected do your thinks for ya, raise your taxes at will?


  9. Regarding the November 7, 2016 contribution reported by the Supporters of Jack D Franks PAC from Storino, Ramello & Durkin (located in Rosemont, Cook County) for $1,000.

    On November 8, 2016 Jack Franks was elected McHenry County Board Chair.

    On December 5, 2016 Jack Franks took his oath of office as McHenry County Board Chair (his first day on the job).

    On January 17, 2017 at the Regular County Board Meeting which began at 7PM, Jack Franks introduced Nicholas Peppers (Nick Peppers), a Partner at Storino, Ramello & Durkin, as the Parliamentarian which Jack Franks selected without consulting the full county board.

    There was no indication as to the process or criteria that Jack Franks used in selected Nick Peppers as his Parliamentarian.


    The County Board has historically used someone from the State’s Attorney’s office as its Parliamentarian.


    McHenry County Board Regular Meeting

    January 17, 2017 (meeting was scheduled to begin at 7PM).

    “Full Minutes” aka “Minutes Packet”

    “Chairman Franks introduced Nick Peppers as his Parliamentarian who will be present for Board meetings.

    Many Board members were opposed to this new hire and questioned if the Chairman had the authority to hire an attorney for this purpose when the State’s Attorney’s Office has always been the Parliamentarian to the Board.

    After the Invocation there was extensive discussion about the new e-voting process.

    Many Board members declined to use the digital voting system as they felt it was against the present County Board Rules, there was no training and no vetting through committee on this issue as there are many questions to be answered.

    They also questioned whether the Chairman had the authority to put this in place without County Board authorization.

    ASA [Assistant State’s Attorney] Norm Vinton was present and asked about using the digital voting and about Mr. Peppers as Parliamentarian.

    Mr. Vinton said the did not know Mr. Peppers and that ASA [Sarah] Dzurik was present as Parliamentarian.”

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