McHenry County Blog revealed that the Illinois State Police had handed over 1038 pages of evidence gathered during its investigation of sexual abuse by then-State Rep. Jack Franks.
Sangamon State’s Attorney Dan Wright refused to indict Franks,
In an article published by Springfield Leaks Sunday comes this introduction:
“Will the public ever find out details of what the sexual harassment complaint was?
“Well, we have.”
The woman in question is revealed to have been Franks’ legislative secretary starting in 2014.
Franks left his legislative office after being elected the first at-large Chairman of the McHenry County Board, finishing his term as a double-dipper in January 2017.
The woman has children. [I add, parenthetically, that many of the Republican’s secretaries were single mothers who needed their jobs.]
“The complainant said that she never was in a romantic relationship with Franks and that he never threatened her and did not bribe her with money, but did offer her better jobs.,” the Springfield Leaks continues.
The details reported about a 2015 session morning visit by his secretary to Franks’ apartment by Springfield Leaks can be found here.
After the apartment incident, Franks reportedly continued improper behavior.
The Springfield Leaks article explains what happened at the office.
A complaint was made to Pam Lassiter, a Mike Madigan Human Resources person, about Franks’ secretary having been seen crying coming out from State Rep. Anthony DeLuca’s closed office.
Madigan’s office turned over the findings of the Speaker’s office’s investigation to the Secretary of State’s Office, which called in the Illinois State Police, who executed a search warrant on Madigan’s office, which led to the first story in the February 1, 2020, Chicago Tribune.
The State Police’s extensive report was turned over to Republican State’s Attorney Dan Wright, who decided to do nothing about it.
It has been surmised that Wright did not make his decision not to prosecute Franks public because he was in the midst of a re-election campaign and did not want to take heat from Democratic women in the #MeToo movement, who, inexplicably, never targeted Franks.
Franks, also running for re-election, had no incentive to announce the results because that would have led to another round of stories about the accusations.