To the Editor:
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks epitomizes what it means to be a true public servant. Even though his term was ending in the General Assembly, he sprinted to the finish line, in his typical fashion, protecting the taxpayers.
The recent Sunday front page exposé in the Chicago Tribune highlighted Franks’ efforts to stop the Illinois Lottery from potentially committing a $134 million dollar fraud on the taxpayers. Franks investigated and helped to expose the shady dealings of the recently fired private lottery manager, which was fired ironically because of Franks’ criticism of their prior poor performance.
Franks has been the conscience and heart of the General Assembly for a long time. His ability to stand up to anyone and to fight for the taxpayers is legendary and his leadership will be sorely missed in Springfield. However, we are fortunate to have his talents back home, where he has started out strongly restructuring county government and being the leading voice for a reduction in property taxes levied by local governments.
His common sense, collaborative approach is how government is supposed to function. Thank you Rep. Franks for your incredible service as our state representative and best wishes for much continued success as our county board chairman.