Lying Jack Franks Falsifies Statement of Economic Interest Disclosure

Signed into Illinois Law, the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act requires elected officials to file annual statements of economic interest with the Secretary of State's Office.

The form is intended to disclose the sources of a public servant's income so that members of the public know where a public servant's personal financial interests lie.

During the September 19th, 2017 McHenry County Board meeting Edgar County Watchdog, 27:55: Mr Kirk Allen asked some tough questions of Chairman Lying Jack Franks. To which Lying Jack Franks had no responses.

Mr Allen's public comment starts at the 27:55 mark:

Here is the transcript:

Mr. Allen: "Chairman Franks, during our last visit (August 15, 2017) you informed one of the Assistant State’s Attorneys you “wanted them charged,” referring to board members and implied they were violating the Open Meetings Act. Can you tell me what part of the OMA you believe the board members violated? Chairman?"

Lying Jack Franks: "Please proceed."

Mr. Allen: "As a former legislator can you confirm you understand legislative intent?"

Lying Jack Franks: "It’s not a dialog, this is your time to speak."

Mr. Allen: "Actually, it is. 55 ILCS 5/2-1001-At each regular and special meeting which is open to the public, members of the public and employees of the county shall be afforded time subject to reasonable constraints, to comment to, or ask questions of the board.

The legislative intent, which you should be familiar with, is to get answers to those questions. So much for legislative intent in McHenry County.

Based on a letter you circulated, I would say we are in agreement that violations of the OMA are a Class C misdemeanor subject to prosecution. Can we agree that a Class A misdemeanor is a more serious criminal charge subject to the same criminal process as an OMA violation?"

No comment from Lying Jack Franks.

Mr. Allen: "I ask if there are any police in the room? Please pay attention, I am going to expose what appears to be a Class A misdemeanor committed by a McHenry County Board member.

Chairman would you be willing to recommend charges under your powers as a county board member to the State’s Attorney if our evidence is accurate?"

No comment from Lying Jack Franks.

Mr. Allen: "State’s Attorney powers and duties item #3: to commence and prosecute all actions and proceedings brought by any County Officer in his official capacity.

So if the Chairman is not willing to take this alleged crime to the State’s Attorney any other County Officer can. Note that we intend to file a formal criminal complaint as well.

Mr. Chairman on April 11th, 2017 at 5:41:10 an electronic Economic Disclosure Statement was filed in the county system. In that filing this particular county board member filed a false or incomplete statement. Under #7 The Name Unit of Government which employed the person making the statement during the preceding calendar year, they failed to disclose that employment. Each person filing those statements affirms with their filing “I understand that the penalty for willfully filing a false or incomplete statement shall be a fine not to exceed $1000 or imprisonment in a penal institution other than a penitentiary not to exceed 1 year or both fine and imprisonment.”

Mr. Chairman is filing a false incomplete statement a crime?"

No comment from Lying Jack Franks.

Mr Allen: "We contend it is, as proven in DuPage County where we uncovered a Fire Trustee who did the same thing. He is being prosecuted criminally.

Mr. Chairman, the person who committed this alleged crime is none other than yourself.

I am asking that the police immediately investigate the County Chairman for the alleged crime of filing a false or incomplete Economic Disclosure Statement by failing to disclose his General Assembly employment in his April 2017 filing as required under item #7."

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