Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks will Lower McHenry County Taxes, Consolidate Government Waste and Fight Corruption

McHenry County residents and employers pay higher property taxes than 99% of all Americans. And while our taxes skyrocketed, the county board gave themselves pensions and healthcare for part-time work. To save local taxpayers’ hard-earned money, Jack Franks, who has never voted for a tax increase or unbalanced budget, passed a law prohibiting county board [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks

Franks: Stopgap Budget Only Punts Our Deficit Problem

By Nick Blumberg on July 5th, 2016: The stopgap budget sailed through the General Assembly by a huge margin. Only four lawmakers voted no: Reps. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock), Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), David McSweeney (R-Cary) and Thomas Morrison (R-Palatine). They join “Chicago Tonight” to explain their decision. Franks said the General Assembly’s vote was purely for political [Read More]

Franks: Stopgap Budget Will Solve Nothing

By Greg Hinz on July 2, 2016: Ultimately, though, I suspect the governor is going to have to pare back his expectations about how much of his pro-business, union-weakening Turnaround Agenda he wants. The state budget is still wildly out of balance, and we go further into hock every day, with the state’s backlog of [Read More]

Rep Jack Franks Works With Republicans for Needed Reforms

Budget Stopgap A Raw Deal for Illinois Taxpayers

By Sarah Schulte and Laura Podesta on June 30th, 2016: Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a series of stopgap budget bills to ensure schools open in the fall and fund state services for the next six months. Two CPS-related bills were also signed into law: a $215 million pension pickup for the Chicago teachers’ pension [Read More]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

Stopgap Budget Political Theater, Not A Solution

By Elizabeth Campbell on June 28th, 2016: If both sides can’t agree on some kind of education funding and don’t pass any state aid, Chicago’s schools and other districts through the state have said they won’t be able to open on time.  Both parties have advocated for about $650 million to social service providers, which [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks of Woodstock

McHenry County Board Finally Ends Board Members’ Pensions

By Kevin P Craver on June 23rd, 2016: Without a word of comment, all 24 members of the McHenry County Board voted to end participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund for themselves and those elected after them.  The unanimous vote, part of the routine consent agenda, eliminates IMRF eligibility effective Dec. 1, with the [Read More]

McHenry County Board To Vote On Ending Their Pensions

By Kevin P Craver on June 20th, 2016: The McHenry County Board will vote Tuesday whether to end its elected members’ participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.  The proposal came in the wake of an ongoing investigation by the IMRF as to whether County Board members, all but a few of whom are enrolled [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Northwest Herald: End McHenry County Board Pensions

Editorial Board on June 15th, 2016: McHenry County Board members are doing the right thing in working toward ending their participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Part-time local elected officials have no business receiving a taxpayer-funded pension, and the steps the board is taking to make sure future members no longer will are the [Read More]

Jack Franks Calling for Probe of Illinois Lottery

By Casey Bischel and Mike Fitzgerald on June 11th, 2016: A state lawmaker is calling for an investigation of the Illinois Lottery after a recent audit revealed it had violated the state finance law. The audit found that the Lottery circumvented the state’s budget impasse by prepaying $20 million to take part in future multistate [Read More]

Jack Frank’s Pension Reforms Spread to DuPage County

By Robert Sanchez on June 10th, 2016: A DuPage County Board member is calling on the panel to withdraw from the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund ahead of a proposed state law that would end pensions for some elected positions. State Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, has proposed legislation that would prevent new county board [Read More]

Rep Jack Franks Works With Republicans for Needed Reforms

Our View: Things Could Get Worse, And Will

Editorial Board on June 7th, 2016: Illinois is less than four weeks away from beginning a new fiscal year without a budget … for the second consecutive year. It’s gone all of fiscal 2016 without a budget, yet is spending billions more than it’s bringing in because the courts had to step in due to [Read More]

Despite Gridlock, Jack Franks Calls for Pension Reform Getting Results

 By Bernard Schoenburg on June 4th, 2016: Despite indications to the contrary, the Illinois General Assembly can sometimes act quickly when there’s a path to clear up an obvious problem. So it was with the issue of part-time members of county boards getting pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. State Rep. JACK FRANKS, D-Marengo, [Read More]