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Franks helps seniors

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my appreciation of state Rep. Jack Franks’ efforts on behalf of McHenry County seniors.

Last October, I sent a note to Franks on a copy of a bill I had paid to the State Police for failing to update the vehicle registration on my wife’s Toyota. I admitted that we had forgotten to renew it, but told Franks that I thought $125 was an excessive fine for a simple mistake. I suggested a maximum of $25 for first-time offenders, especially since we are both over 80 years old and it is easy for us to forget things like that.

Franks recently informed me that he had passed a law through the Illinois House limiting first-time fines for vehicle registration violations by senior citizens. It even limited the fine to my suggested amount exactly: $25.

This is the kind of public service we should expect from our elected representatives. I thought something was wrong with the state, asked for no special treatment, but was helped by someone who is in office to represent us. Franks’ work should be applauded.

Devo Glorio

Woodstock

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