State Rep. Jack D. Franks represents the 63rd Representative District, which includes all or parts of Alden , Greenwood, Harvard, Hebron, Johnsburg, Marengo, McCullom Lake, McHenry, Pistakee Highlands, Richmond, Ringwood, , Union, Wonder Lake and Woodstock.
Jack is an independent voice, challenging 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 House State Government Administration Committee, Franks initiated and spearheaded the efforts to impeach disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. He helped pass landmark ethics reforms and continues working to change the pay-to-play culture in Springfield and increase transparency in state and local government.
Franks has played a key role in the fight for jobs, tax reform and quality schools. A noted fiscal hawk, Jack has voted against every proposed tax increase during his tenure in the House. To bring relief to overtaxed homeowners, Franks has passed legislation to cap property taxes and broaden taxpayers' rights during assessment appeals.
Franks has fought to make the state a better steward of public dollars. He introduced legislation to prohibit active government state employees from "double-dipping" (simultaneously receiving taxpayer-funded salaries and public pensions) and he passed a measure to eliminate taxpayer-funded retirement plans for mass transit agency board members, who were previously allowed to work part-time but still collect benefits reserved for full-time employees.
Franks wants to ensure that all children in Illinois are given a world-class education. Since taking office, he has fought for our local schools' fair share and worked to secure grants for school and library construction. He successfully spearheaded the fight to end the flawed privatization of the Illinois Lottery, making millions of dollars available to our schools again. Jack has also passed legislation to reduce class sizes, heighten standards, increase accountability and strengthen school safety procedures.
As state representative, Franks has continuously fought for upgrades to McHenry County's roads and highways. Jack recently helped secure millions of dollars in state funding to improve, widen and resurface our many of the county's major arteries, including U.S. Route 14 and Illinois Routes 47 and 173.
Franks received his law degree with honors from the American University's Washington College of Law. As an undergraduate, he studied International Relations and Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and spent a post-graduate year at the London School of Economics. A practicing attorney, Jack is a partner at the Marengo-based law firm Franks, Gerkin & McKenna, and is involved with many civic and philanthropic organizations.
Jack is a third-generation resident of McHenry County and lives on a family farm in Marengo with his wife, Debby, and their sons, Sam and Henry.