Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo is a welcome agitator in the Democratic ranks, not shy about challenging Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders. He voted against the 2011 income tax hike. He opposes the push by some Democrats for a graduated income tax. He has been sharply critical of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the privately contracted operation of the Illinois Lottery. Republican Steven Reick, a tax attorney from Harvard, questions the “glacial slowness” of government … and some of Franks’ chest-thumping. Yes, Franks likes attention. But it’s usually for the right reasons — because he’s calling out his own party for taxing and spending. Franks is endorsed.