Despite Gridlock, Jack Franks Calls for Pension Reform Getting Results

 By Bernard Schoenburg on June 4th, 2016: Despite indications to the contrary, the Illinois General Assembly can sometimes act quickly when there’s a path to clear up an obvious problem. So it was with the issue of part-time members of county boards getting pensions through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. State Rep. JACK FRANKS, D-Marengo, [Read More]

Democratic State Rep Jack Franks

Letter: No wonder Franks is leaving General Assembly

Congratulations to Rep. Jack Franks for his dramatic decision to leave the Illinois House of Representatives to run for chair of the McHenry County Board. The dysfunction created and exacerbated by the General Assembly’s “leadership” makes Illinois the laughingstock of the nation. National publications frequently cite Illinois as being hapless in solving pressing problems, and [Read More]

Springfield is Broken

Jack Franks Responds to Gov. Rauner’s State of the State Address

“The months-long war between Illinois’ political bosses has gotten taxpayers nowhere, in fact, it’s making things worse. Just last week, one of Illinois’ most respected social service providers announced statewide layoffs and the elimination of critical resources for those in need. Every day this crisis continues, these essential elements of our human service infrastructure crumble [Read More]