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Responding to Franks

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Jack Franks would have us believe that had there been no 2011 tax increase, Illinois would be on the path to economic recovery.

Illinois’ credit rating and public pension systems were in shambles long before 2011.

He touts his consolidation commission’s recommendations, but the Northwest Herald noted that if Franks’ House Bill 5785 were to become law, McHenry County would only be able to eliminate two cemetery districts.

The article goes on to say:

“Forcing consolidation or elimination of governments is a tough sell in Springfield … a Franks bill to give all 102 counties the power that DuPage County has been given … failed in committee.”

Gov. Pat Quinn didn’t bottle that bill up in committee. The culprit was the man Franks failed to mention in his column: Michael Madigan.

For eight terms, Franks and Madigan have played a political tag team match against the people of this district. Jack votes every term to return Madigan as speaker, giving him his three-fifths, veto-proof majority, then comes back to McHenry County to tell us all the wonderful things he’s trying to do for us that are being stopped by the leadership in Springfield.

Change in Springfield won’t happen until Madigan’s authority as speaker is diluted or ended. That must begin before a new General Assembly is seated next January. It must begin in November in every district that sends a vote for Madigan’s speakership to Springfield, starting here in the 63rd District.

Steven Reick

Republican candidate63rd State Representative District

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