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State Rep. Jack Franks: Maybe Clifford Broke the Law?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford might have had a duty to report to authorities the pressure he felt from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others to promote and hire certain workers. Madigan writes laws and doesn't break them.

When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

Income tax debate finally taking center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When launched in November 2012, we knew that an effort to change the Illinois constitution and start a sliding-scale, progressive i...

Did Madigan break laws? In Metra scandal, that's not the issue

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Let's be clear on thing regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in the Metra scandal: he probably didn't break any laws. As State Rep. Jack Fr...

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Talks About His Stand Against Progressive Taxes

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

As the tax debate has gone historically, most Democrats are for a progressive tax structure in Illinois. All Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate are for keeping the flat rate we currently have. Not all Democrats are for a progressive tax, though.

Should High Crime Neighborhoods Pay Higher Taxes?

Posted 03.03.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois State Rifle Association on Thursday denounced gun control legislation approved by a state House committee and proposed that the state's c...

Quinn's Secret Lottery Deal Must Be Stopped

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

The stars are aligning for another bad deal for Illinois taxpayers, one that will dwarf the mistakes of Chicago's parking meter fiasco.

Illinois Should Better Manage the Lottery, Not Waste the Bucks

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Our state recently put the wheels in motion to hire a private management firm to run the Illinois lottery for the next decade. Under a privatization plan, taxpayers will lose out.

Quinn's Lack of Leadership Continues to Hurt the People of Illinois

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Quinn has failed to tell the public that his more than $1 billion in cuts was mostly smoke and mirrors. In reality, Quinn cut very little from the budget, which still carries a $13 billion deficit.

Time to Get Real About Our State's Budget

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Those who see an income tax increase as the only solution do not understand the problem. With one out of eight Illinoisans out of work, a tax increase would only serve to lead us further down the wrong path.

Gov. Quinn: Veto the Budget, Bring General Assembly Back to Springfield

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

On Monday, I appealed directly to Quinn in a letter and requested that he veto the budget and call the members of the assembly back to Springfield. My request has received no response.

Quinn Has Tragically Wasted Budget Opportunities

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

By offering to buy off small groups of legislators with sweetheart budget carve outs, Quinn is using dishonorable techniques to get his budget passed. These back room dealings reek of impropriety.

Illinois Budget Crisis: Quinn Likely To Be Left With Tough Decisions

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even the best options are bad as legislators return to Springfield today to take another whack at fixing a budget that spends $13 billion more than it...

Time to Fundamentally Change the Budget Process in Springfield

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

We are failing those who elected us. I call on every member of the Assembly to withdraw any bill they have introduced this session that will add to the state's expenses going forward.

Investigation Needed Into Governor Pat Quinn's Personal Ponzi Scheme

Rep. Jack Franks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rep. Jack Franks

Today I'm calling for an investigation into what many are calling Pat Quinn's "personal ponzi scheme." Behind the scenes, he is soliciting donations from lobbyists to feather his own nest.

Medical Marijuana Bill Stalled Despite New Obama Policy

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A bill to legalize medical marijuana that narrowly passed the Illinois Senate in May faces an uncertain future in the General Assembly in spite of wha...

Dan Hynes Planning Run For Governor

AP | DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes plans to run for governor, a Democrat close to the Hynes campaign told The Associated Press on Friday, ...

Dan Hynes Stockpiles $3.5M Toward Possible Run For Governor

AP | CHRISTOPHER WILLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Comptroller Daniel Hynes reported Monday that he has built up a campaign bankroll of $3.5 million as he considers challengin...

Resolution Honoring Michael Jackson Peeves Lawmakers

Chicago Sun-Times | DAVE MCKINNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House has put itself on record paying homage to the king of pop, but few lawmakers even realized they had feted the late Michael Jackson....

Legislators Mixed On Commission's Plans To End Pay-To-Play, Limit Campaign Contributions

The Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD - Just hours after launching the initial salvo to end pay-to-play in state government, members of a blue-ribbon group traveled from Chicag...

House Panel Blocks Special Election To Oust Burris

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Efforts to remove Roland Burris from the U.S. Senate hit yet another roadblock Wednesday in the Illinois Legislature. A House com...

Illinois Rep. Plans Legislation Urging Senate Ethics Committee To Expel Burris

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One Illinois lawmaker is introducing a resolution urging the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee to expel Sen. Roland Burris. Rep. Jack Franks says he hopes...

Blagojevich Described As A "Sociopath" In February Magazine Profile

Chicago Magazine | David Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Early on the January morning on which Rod Blagojevich was first sworn in as the 40th governor of Illinois, his father-in-law, the powerful Northwest S...