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State Rep. Jack D. Franks represents the 63rd District, which includes all or parts of McHenry, Woodstock, Harvard, Hebron, Richmond, Wonder Lake, Johnsburg, Marengo, McCullom Lake, Ringwood, Greenwood and Union.
Franks has served as an independent voice, taking on the status quo of inefficient government and wasteful spending in Springfield. He has earned a reputation as a leader who holds lawmakers and other elected officials accountable. As chairman of the State Government Administration Committee, despite resistance from some in his own party, Franks initiated and spearheaded the efforts to impeach disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He helped pass landmark ethics reforms to change the pay-to-play culture in Springfield, increasing transparency in state and local government.
Franks has played a key role in the fight for jobs, pension reform and quality schools, and he led the charge against skyrocketing property taxes. To bring relief to overtaxed property owners, Franks has passed legislation to expand the Homestead Exemption Assessment Freeze and he introduced legislation to prevent property tax rate increases, enhance property owner rights during assessment appeals and punish those who commit property tax fraud. During his tenure in the House, Jack has voted against every tax increase that has come up for a vote.
In tandem with working to reduce the tax burden on Illinois residents, Franks has sought to make the state a better steward of public dollars. He introduced legislation that aims to prohibit "double-dippers," active government employees who simultaneously receive public pensions, and he passed a measure to eliminate taxpayer-funded pensions and health benefits for mass transit agency board members, who were afforded the benefits reserved for full-time employees while working part-time.
Franks wants to ensure that all children are given a world-class education. Since taking office, he has significantly increased the amount of state funding for McHenry County schools and other institutions of education, boosting the foundation level for each student, as well as grants for school and library construction, and new classroom technology. Franks has passed legislation to reduce class sizes, heighten standards, increase accountability and strengthen school safety.
After years of neglect, roads and highways in McHenry County have received significant upgrades since Franks took office. Since being elected, Franks has helped secure hundreds of millions of dollars in state funding for new construction to help widen and resurface our county's roads.
Franks received his law degree, with honors, from the American University Washington College of Law. As an undergraduate, he studied International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, and he spent a post-graduate year at the London School of Economics. A practicing attorney, Jack is involved with many civic and philanthropic organizations.
Jack Franks is a third-generation resident of McHenry County and lives on a family farm in Marengo with his wife and their two sons. He is fluent in Portuguese and conversational Spanish, and enjoys reading about American history and watching the Chicago Bulls.