The Herald & Review, Southern Illinois’ leading newspaper, wrote an editorial about McHenry County state Rep. Jack Franks titled “Politics over governing.” It’s an important piece because it captures the essence of Franks’ importance as the true conscience of Illinois government. Franks nailed the spirit of Illinois politics with this quote, “Both sides suffer under the delusion that it’s OK that real people get hurt as long as the other side gets blamed for it.” That statement should be placed over the entrance to the House and Senate chambers as a reminder to everyone of what really happens in those halls.
Franks has been an outspoken member of the General Assembly and is one of the few House members who regularly opposed Speaker Michael Madigan. Franks almost single-handedly derailed the Democrats’ plan to enact a progressive tax. Even though Franks’ House seat could switch over to the Republican side, Madigan is happy to see him go.
Franks is the last of the true independents in the Illinois General Assembly. He can work with everyone and always has the best interests of the taxpayers as his guiding principle. McHenry County will benefit from his leadership as its next County Board chairman.