Jack Franks Wants Public Officials to Work for their Pension

EDITORIAL: Consolidation victory

CHAMPAIGN – The government consolidation movement is slowly — far too slowly — getting off the ground in Illinois. But it would be unrealistic to be optimistic that the force of changes will ultimately triumph over the forces of reaction. Still, it’s important to celebrate victories, even though they are rare. So here we go. [Read More]

Committee continues discussion of cutting members from McHenry County Board

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board members met this week to continue ongoing discussions about reducing the size of the board. The essence of the Tuesday night meeting came down to the biggest question of a debate that’s been brewing across the county for months. “What’s the magic number?” McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks asked, [Read More]

McHenry County Board chairman pushes for elimination of Algonquin Township Highway Department

May 4, 2018 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks would like to see the Algonquin Township Highway Department abolished. That was the message of a letter he sent to officials of McHenry County’s most populous township Thursday morning, urging trustees to put a binding referendum to voters in the November election asking whether they would [Read More]

Jack Franks Bill Allowing Consolidation for McHenry County Headed to Governor

By Kevin P. Craver on May 31st, 2016: A bill that seeks to give the McHenry and Lake county boards the power to eliminate certain appointed local governments is headed to the governor’s desk for his signature. The Illinois House over the weekend approved an amendment to House Bill 229, a measure that has been [Read More]

Rep Jack Franks Works With Republicans for Needed Reforms

Chicago Tribune Lends Support to Jack Franks Government Consolidation Reforms

Editorial Board on February 23rd, 2016: This is where some Democrats in the legislature will say they don’t want any part of four government streamlining bills that Rauner supports, even though state Rep. Jack Franks, Democrat of Marengo, is co-sponsoring two of the bills. But we hope every legislator considers these bills as a small [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks

Jack Franks Only Democrat to Sponsor Government Consolidation

Editorial Board on February 10th, 2016: Last month, Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti released a 400-page report that examined the size and cost of government in this state and included recommendations on how to reduce the bloat. Last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner followed through on the Sanguinetti commission’s report with a package of legislative proposals that [Read More]

State Rep Jack Franks

Jack Franks Takes Lead in Making Local Government More Efficient

Mark Fitton on February 5th, 2016: The governor, lieutenant governor and a handful of legislators on Friday rolled out the first bills derived from a year-long effort focused on how to downsize Illinois’ plethora of governments. The goal, according to those officials: Whittle down Illinois’ nearly 7,000 units of government to get the taxpayers more for [Read More]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

Jack Franks’ Bill Banning New Layers of Government Passes

Mike Riopell on December 27th, 2015: Read their lips: No new government. Lawmakers voted to ban themselves from creating new local governments for the next four years, a nod to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to consolidate. The legislation from Connelly and Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo wouldn’t apply to creating a new government [Read More]