McHenry County Board votes to reduce to 18 members

The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday night to reduce its size by 25 percent. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks characterized the 19-3 vote adopting an ordinance to reduce the size of the board from 24 to 18 members as a victory for government officials and residents alike. “I’m ecstatic,” Franks said. “This shows how [Read More]

McHenry County Board approves referendums to impose term limits

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board voted Tuesday to push two binding referendums to the November ballot that could impose term limits on board members and the chairman. At a special meeting at the county chambers in Woodstock, board members voted, 18-3, to advance a referendum to the ballot that would limit elected members to [Read More]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

OPINION: Don’t look to Springfield for reform this year; look to McHenry County

By BRETT ROWLAND Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly have shown little resolve in addressing some of the state’s most critical issues in the past six months. Lawmakers threw some minor reform measures into the state budget they passed in May. The big stuff — pension reform, high taxes — didn’t get touched. With [Read More]

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]

Rep Jack Wants to Make Government More Efficient

McHenry County Board to vote on term-limit referendum for November ballot

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will discuss putting a binding referendum to voters in the November election asking whether the government should impose term limits. Those limits would be two four-year terms for the chairman and three four-year terms for board members, said McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, who is drafting a resolution [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]

Robocall: Algonquin Township highway commissioner ‘squandered’ tax dollars on ‘political vendetta’

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has launched a robocall urging thousands of Algonquin Township residents to pressure the township board to put a referendum on the November ballot giving voters the choice to eliminate the highway department at the polls. The heart of the Marengo Democrat’s call was an attack on Algonquin [Read More]

Guest Column: Continuing to fight to cut your property tax bills

WOODSTOCK – When property tax bills went out earlier this month, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction in knowing that the McHenry County Board did its part for taxpayers by reducing its levy by 11.2 percent. Many taxpayers saw their bills dip, but many did not. While we lowered our levy like I promised [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]