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Don’t let Jack and the Chicago political machine corrupt McHenry County!

Learn more about Lying Jack Franks’ record of hiding his true allegiances to Mike Madigan and the Chicago political machine

Jack’s votes are part of the reason Illinois has unsustainable pension debt and one of the worst credit ratings in the nation.

To the Editor:

Fact: In 1998, Jack Franks made a pledge to serve only three terms as state representative. Fact: Franks is now running for his 10th term.

Fact: Franks was quoted in the Northwest Herald: “I can promise I’m not running for county chairman.” Fact: Franks is now running for county chairman.

Fact: The local newspapers have reported that Franks is relinquishing the 63rd Illinois House District seat. Fact: Franks has not filed “withdrawal of candidacy” paperwork as of June 6 with the State Board of Elections.

Franks is currently still running for the 63rd District while simultaneously running for county chair.

If Franks has lied directly to voters about these issues, what is he doing when we are not watching?

Wonder Lake

To the Editor:

Jack Franks doesn't want to be McHenry County Board Chairman, Franks wants to be Dictator of McHenry County.

In a recent interview with WGN radio, Franks candidly stated that he was running for board chairman because he wanted to "run McHenry County." His words.

Franks has followed up his dictator aspirations -- telling numerous people that he has legal opinions from lawyers that the chairman is not subject to county board Rules. Franks is also bragging that the chair does not have to follow county board procedures to appoint committee chairs and members of boards and commissions.

Jack Franks tried to create the office of county executive four years ago which was rejected by the voters as giving one person too much power. Franks apparently intends to do an end run around the will of the voters and set himself up now as county dictator.

Cary

To the Editor:

Fourteen local mayors and village presidents who have continually increased government spending have endorsed Jack Franks. Do not be fooled, the local leaders endorsing Franks are the same elected officials who are taxing us out of our homes.

Franks plans on using his “bully pulpit” to persuade other local taxing bodies to cut their tax levies and will “keep fighting until the job is done.” Who exactly will Jack Franks be fighting? Everyone.Which mayor or village president has actually lowered property taxes? None of them. None of the 14 mayors and village presidents endorsing Franks support a tax cut.

Franks will wreak havoc on McHenry County in an attempt to control money and influence, while local elected officials are cheering for chaos. Lawsuits between multiple government entities funded by the taxpayers? No thank you. Voters need to keep dysfunction out of McHenry County.

Woodstock

To the Editor:

Jack Franks is a super-delegate for Hillary Clinton who attracts rich Chicago and Cook County lawyers and politicians to fund his McHenry County race.

A career politician who claimed he would retain his representative seat against a popular opponent, Franks cannot solicit enough cash from his actual constituents to sustain his expensive and extravagant campaign. A $1,000 (minimum) per plate fundraiser Sept. 7 in Oak Brook should sound off alarms.

Who will Jack Franks represent as McHenry County chairman? McHenry County residents who cannot afford his luxurious fundraisers nor donate to his campaign? No. Jack Franks will succumb even further to the Chicago political machine and the corruption, cronyism and fraud that are synonymous to that type of campaign fundraising.

Cary

To the Editor:

In an answer to a 1998 election survey, Jack Franks’ legislative priority was: “Fundamentally changing the way we fund our schools away from the property tax base to a state income tax base. McHenry County residents pay the highest per capita property tax in the State of Illinois. Yet for every dollar we send down to Springfield for our state income tax, we only get pennies back. I want the state to pay its fair share for education in McHenry County and give property owners a break. I am especially concerned that senior citizens on a fixed income will lose their homes due to our increasing property taxes.”

Eighteen years later and McHenry County taxpayers are still waiting for meaningful property tax relief. What else have Franks and Springfield Democrats failed to pass? A balanced budget. Reforms to protect property taxpayers. Reforms to our pension systems. Reforms to grow the economy. Reforms to our political system. Stunning failure by Democrats including Franks.

We do not need failure in McHenry County.

Taxpayers must vote Franks out of the 63rd District seat and deny him the McHenry County Board Chair position in November.

Cary

To the Editor:

In a June 2 letter to the editor, “Use Sound Fiscal Sense,” the writer stated “Franks’ ‘pension approach’ is comprehensive and will save taxpayers millions of dollars.”

Let us dig deeper into the part-time employee mantra Franks and his supporters keep touting. In 2014, the Illinois House was in session for 70 days; 18 of those days were perfunctory (something that is done without energy or enthusiasm because of habit or because it is expected). 2015 session days totaled 96, and in 2016 the Illinois House is scheduled to be in session a whopping 55 days, with 14 of them perfunctory.

Franks is on track to receive a pension in excess of $58,000 annually; Franks’ current salary in the Assembly is $66,000-plus. Taxpayers will be on the hook for 87 percent of Franks’ legislative salary annually for the duration of his retirement.

I agree we need to “turn off the printing press for part-time employees.” Let’s be realistic. If Franks’ approach was truly comprehensive, it also would end pensions for elected officials who have worked only 55 days this year.

Wonder Lake

To the Editor:

The shell games of Chicago and Springfield will infiltrate McHenry County if Jack Franks is elected County Board chairman.

In 2014 Franks was quoted saying, “I can promise I’m not running for county chairman.” We know that to be a lie. Franks already has made another grand “promise” to present a measure to cut McHenry County’s property tax levy 10 percent on his first day in office. For most taxpayers, it would correlate to 1 percent of your total property tax bill ($30-$100).

In March 2005, SB 27, a $2.3 billion “pension holiday,” which some legislators equated to a payday loan, cleared the Illinois House by two votes. The diverted pension funds were used to pay for increased education and health care spending. Despite publicly criticizing skipping pension payments, Jack Franks voted for the legislation, setting the course for increased pension debt from $38 billion to $100 billion.

At the county level, it would be easy to propose to move the excess Valley Hi funds to be used as the pawn for another campaign promise. Will Franks propose to eliminate the $3 million Valley Hi levy entirely? Perhaps Franks will move RTA sales tax funds in a sleight of hand maneuver to pay for county health and human services?

I would like specific details how Franks proposes to cut the tax levy. Will Franks actually cut services, staff or other areas? Or does he merely intend to play a shell game with funds like his Chicago buddies trained him in Springfield?

Woodstock

To the Editor:

In April 2010, the Chicago Tribune published a Jack Franks essay in which Franks wrote, “We need forensic audits of all spending. Justify every dime and know where every dime is going…I have co-sponsored legislation that would require the General Assembly to adopt a full accrual-based accounting statement.” HR 1057 is the 2010 legislation Franks was referring, which would have directed the Auditor General to conduct a forensic audit of all State spending. According to the Illinois General Assembly website, the audit would have included “spending, hiring, procurement, and contracts awarded and the appointment of board and commission officials and decisions made by boards and commissions or those with procurement or hiring authority during the Blagojevich administration.” The resolution, designed to expose corruption and waste, was so popular, it had 28 co-sponsors including Jack Franks. A yes vote, to quote Franks, would have been “simply common sense.”

On May 25th despite Franks’ vigilant and outspoken support of the legislation, Franks left the chamber to take a walk during a time when he should have voted against Madigan and a procedural vote sending the resolution to committee, but instead was a “no vote.”

Madigan and the Chicago political machine’s stranglehold on Jack Franks is apparent with “no votes” on “simply common sense” legislation. Franks is not the independent he would like McHenry County residents believe. Republicans must do their duty to keep Madigan and the Chicago political machine out of McHenry County.

Cary

To the Editor:

Chicago-style policies will be injected into McHenry County despite Jack Franks being quoted in the Northwest Herald saying, “I can promise I’m not running for county chairman.”

Franks’ true allegiance to Mike Madigan and the Chicago political machine became apparent just three days after his Democrat slating for County Board chairman when on May 15 he had an opportunity to vote “nay” to SB 2964 to save county taxpayers millions of dollars. Instead, Franks was a veto-proof majority vote in the House in favor of eliminating the voice of local government in determining wage rates.

Readers know Franks is against McHenry County taxpayers when it comes to prevailing wage laws. Prevailing wage laws cripple Illinois’ economy and are an undue burden on taxpayers.

McHenry

To the Editor:

In the race for McHenry County Board Chairman, there is a new cookie-cutter approach known as the Cut10 plan proposed by Jack Franks. On the surface, it appears as a simple cost-cutting measure that is great for the taxpayers.

However, much like someone saying raise the minimum wage $5 across the board without addressing back end consequences, it sounds like typical fluff and no filling. It is easy to take a wide approach and say all taxing bodies must cut levies by 10 percent. It is much more fruitful, and arduous of a task, to ask where can we cut unnecessary items 50 percent and boost other services that are worthy and necessary.

This plan seems more political and hands-off than the type of leadership the county should expect from a chairman who is not afraid to get his hands in the work and make the tough decisions.

Marengo

To the Editor:

Rep. Jack Franks has made many promises that he hasn’t kept. Here are two of them.

1. He said he was going to do three terms as a representative and he did nine. (He voted for Madigan to lead the house nine times during those 18 years in office. Madigan and his followers have ruined our state, financially. He’s a Madigan man in Madigan’s army.)

2. Franks said: “I can promise you, I’m not running for McHenry County Board chairman.” He’s running for McHenry County Board chairman. He has proven himself by not keeping these two simple, self-imposed promises.

He made these and many other promises publicly. Please tell me why we should trust him to keep his 10 percent plan or any other plan. Just another promise to be broken?

My mother always told me to not listen to what a man says, watch what he does.

Crystal Lake

To the Editor:

Susan Handelsman, a resident of D200, has filed a complaint with the Illinois Attorney General claiming that D200’s transfer of money from its transportation fund to other funds in its budget violated notice requirements under Illinois law.

This transfer comes after McHenry residents learned that Harrison Grade School District had accumulated an EXCESS balance of $3.6 million in its transportation fund while its ENTIRE yearly transportation budget was only $337,000. Residents successfully sued D36 and the district rebated a portion of the money back to taxpayers.

These over-levies are made possible by a provision in the Illinois School Code that must be renewed by politicians in Springfield. Jack Franks has voted to pass the extension of this provision 5 times since 2003 and co-sponsored the extension bill in 2013.

Jack Franks needs to tell us why he supported bills that kept our real estate taxes from being lowered.

McHenry

To the Editor:

There’s plenty of talk regarding Jack Franks’ “Cut10 Plan” and how he is going to save me 10 percent on my property tax bill. I would like to hear Franks’ detailed plan on how exactly he will achieve the savings.

Franks supports the county spending big dollars on a roundabout on Charles Road and the I-90 and Route 23 interchange. If he intends to have the county spend millions on road projects, what areas does he plan to defund for his 10 percent cut?

Will it be the Conservation District? Workforce Development? Health and Human Services? Something has to get the axe!

I, along with many other voters, eagerly anticipate further explanation from Rep. Franks on his method for savings at the League of Women Voters forum on Sept. 12. I also hope other groups step forward and hold formal debates to help voters make informed decisions this November.

Cary

To the Editor:

In 2004, the Northwest Herald reported, “Political newcomer Ed Beard announces that he is dropping out of the Republican primary race for 63rd District state representative. Beard, who was challenging Perry Moy for the nomination, was accused of being a plant by the Democrats. Beard denied it.”

Fast forward to 2016. McHenry County Republicans fought a Democratic plant in the primary, Jeffrey Lichte. Lichte voted in Democratic primary elections in 2012 and 2014, had Franks campaign signs up in his yard as recently as 2014, and was a member of Franks’ fundraising committee.

Last month Wikileaks released almost 20,000 emails showing disturbing evidence that the Democratic National Committee worked with Hillary Clinton’s campaign to stop Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination. Will Democrats stop at nothing to retain power locally and nationally?

Wonder Lake

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor about Jack Franks’ campaign for McHenry County Board Chair read, “I love it when a politician comes to the campaign with a plan, and Jack Franks has done this with his Cut10 campaign, a very simple idea that asks every taxing body in McHenry County to cut its levy 10 percent.” Ask every taxing body in McHenry to cut its levy? Really?? Taxpayers have been begging taxing bodies to cut their levies for years. Has that worked for us yet?

Jack Franks is not some knight in shining armor that can rescue us from over taxation. Franks’ Cut10 campaign is nothing but a political slogan with no plan or details.

Hit the road Jack Franks, many know your campaign messages and promises are nothing but lies.

Woodstock

To the Editor:

According to Northwest Herald and AP news articles, in 2003 Mercy Health System retained Franks, Gerkin and McKenna, the family law firm of state Rep. Jack Franks, as local council.

In anticipation of a September 2003 public hearing on Mercy's proposal for a 70-bed hospital in Crystal Lake, Franks lobbied members of Blagojevich's Cabinet and encouraged the directors of state agencies to write letters supporting Mercy’s proposal. Franks promoted Mercy’s plan despite it failing to meet basic state planning criteria for new hospitals.

Three state agency directors later said they were unsure whether Franks was acting as a legislator or a lawyer when Franks’ requests were made.

During a federal investigation, Jack Franks said he introduced Mercy officials to his former campaign manager Michael Noonan in 2002.

Court documents described a 2004 meeting between Jack Franks’ father, Herbert Franks, Mike Noonan and Edward Hospital officials. “They told me that I should hire Kiferbaum to construct the new Edward facility because Kiferbaum wielded influence with two to three members of the state board,” an Edward Hospital official said in a federal investigation affidavit.

In May 2005 developer Jacob Kiferbaum and financier Nicholas Hurtgen, along with former member of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, Stewart Levine, were indicted on multiple counts including fraud and extortion in connection with the approval of Mercy's project and the attempted shakedown of Edward Hospital officials.

Woodstock

To the Editor:

In February Jack Franks, “tipped off” by Local 150 Union, and IMRF Director Louis Kosiba met with Northwest Herald regarding county board members meeting the threshold to qualify for IMRF pensions. Early March Franks requested a special prosecutor while stating, “We believe that there is enough evidence to show that there is potential criminal activity or at the very least civil liability for many of the county board members.” End of March McHenry County state’s attorney withdrew his request for a special prosecutor. Will there be any further investigation of this story? How has the IMRF’s investigation progressed since February? Has the IMRF found any wrongdoing? Or were the allegations fabricated by Jack Franks to create headlines prior to breaking his 2014 promise to not run for county board chairman? Final question: will Jack Franks denounce his pension and save taxpayers over $2 million dollars in lifetime retirement benefits?

Cary

To the Editor:

I have many unanswered questions prior to Election Day. If not a political ploy to gain press and tarnish board members’ reputations, why is Franks singling out only the McHenry County Board through the IMRF? If the letter writer believes McHenry County needs to “rid itself of all those who have earned pension benefits they aren’t entitled to,” why doesn't the author target other part-time pension earners in his letter? Does Franks believe part-time township officials deserve pensions and work the hours to qualify for a pension? Why did Franks not subpoena township time records?

No public official should receive a pension. Period. McHenry County Democrats utilize Chicago-style politics to scare candidates, elected officials and local residents through the threat of lawsuits and prosecution. Democratic candidates also used bully tactics to attack free speech and a senior citizen who merely wrote a letter to the editor just like myself. Democrats not only are hiding behind laws, they are using the law in an attempt to silence the opposition.

Is this the brand of leadership we want in McHenry County? I would prefer freedom and free speech above the strong-arm tactics of the Chicago political machine, the McHenry County Democratic Party, and Jack Franks.

Cary

To the Editor:

We The People are tired of career politicians. In particular, we are tired of politicians with whom we have trust concerns.Jack Franks falls into both categories.

In 1998, he promised to limit his legislative career to three terms, but he is now seeking his 10th term. Result: broken promise, and he is now an 18-year career politician.In June 2014, he told The Northwest Herald he would not run for County Board chairman.

But he is running for that position.

Result: broken promise.

He and his supporters position him as an independent thinker, but he voted nine times to make Mike Madigan the Speaker of the Illinois House. Franks also is a delegate for Hillary Clinton. Result: pure partisan Democrat machine politics.He is running for two elected positions, which by definition says his legislative position must really be part time, yet he still will collect his politician pension for a part-time position. He sure has no problem attacking others on the same issue.

Come on, Jack, if you really want to do the right thing, give up your pension for what you have made so very obvious is a part-time position.We don’t need Chicago/Springfield Democrat machine politics here in McHenry County. They have done enough damage at the state and federal levels.

Crystal Lake

To the Editor:

With a move that surprised many McHenry County Republicans, Jack Franks made good on his promise to withdraw from the 63rd District race.

Let’s not forget, however, that Jack Franks has not always made good on his promises. In 1998, Jack Franks made a pledge to serve only three terms as state representative, but he failed to term limit himself and Franks is currently serving his ninth term in the Assembly.

In 2014, Jack Franks was quoted in the Northwest Herald, “I can promise I’m not running for county chairman.” McHenry County residents know that to be a lie.

One promise kept out of three isn't a bad record, right?

Did we really expect more from a career politician and Chicago Democrat like Jack Franks?

Wonder Lake


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