Editor’s Desk: Stopgap budget already has an $8 billion pricetag

• Dan McCaleb is executive editor of Northwest Herald. Email him at dmccaleb@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Dan_McCaleb. Turns out Reps. David McSweeney and Jack Franks were right.  The temporary budget approved late last month by the Illinois General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner is a disaster. At the request of McSweeney, [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]

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]

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]

Jack Franks: Real People are Going to Suffer. Real People are Going to Die.

By Eric Pianin on June 2nd, 2016: For years, the Land of Lincoln has led the nation in state budget shortfalls, pension fund crises and unpaid bills to public universities, schools, social service agencies, druggists and vendors. Back in January 2011, then-Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and the Democratic-controlled state legislature rushed to enact a major [Read More]

State Representative Jack Franks of Woodstock

Petty Democratic Politics Ruin IL Budget Deal

By Kim Geiger, Monique Garcia and Rick Pearson on May 31st, 2016: Several Senate Democrats, including some members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, were unhappy with the budget blueprint Madigan muscled through the House last week, contending the longtime speaker too often dictates to them what the state budget will be. The bill failed, [Read More]

Jack Franks: Springfield Too Busy Getting Elected To Do Job

Sara Burnett on May 30th, 2016: Each side is preparing to spend millions as Rauner and other Republicans campaign to weaken the Democrats’ years-long dominance in the General Assembly. Republicans paint Democrats as interested only in raising taxes and opposing reforms, while the Democrats accuse the GOP of trying to help the wealthy at the [Read More]

Rep Jack Franks Works With Republicans for Needed Reforms

Illinois Needs a Serious, Long-Term Budget Fix

Editorial Board of Rockford Register Star on May 28th, 2016: That Mike Madigan. He’s such a jokester. He and the other Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives should open their own comedy club. It would give Second City a run for its money. Speaking of money, that budget Speaker of the House Madigan and [Read More]

Jack Franks: ‘Nobody goes home, nothing else gets worked on, let’s fix the budget.’

Greg Bishop – Illinois News Network: State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Woodstock, said nothing is more important than solving the budget crisis. “Understand that we’re spending every week more than $200 million more than what we’re bringing in,” Franks said. “We’re digging a deeper hole every day. It’s more than $30 million every day.” Franks said lawmakers should stay in [Read More]