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.