Jack D. Franks
|Jack D. Franks|
|Illinois House of Representatives District 63|
|January 12, 2013|
|Years in position||15|
|Per diem||$132/per session day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Wisconsin, 1985|
|J.D.||American University, 1989|
|Birthday||October 2, 1963|
|Place of birth||Belvidere, IL|
Rep. Franks answers questions from students
Franks earned his JD from American University and BA from the University of Wisconsin.
He is an Attorney with the Law Firm of Franks, Gerkin and McKenna.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Franks has been appointed to the following committees:
- Bio-Technology, Vice Chair
- International Trade & Commerce, Vice Chair
- Public Utilities
- State Government Administration, Chair
- Veterans' Affairs
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Franks served on the following committees:
- International Trade & Commerce (Vice Chair)
- Public Utilities
- State Government Administration (Chair)
- Veterans' Affairs
Franks is running for re-election to the 63rd District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20, 2012, and is unopposed in the November 6 general election as well.
Franks won re-election to the 63rd District seat against Republican John O'Neill. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 63 (2010)|
|Jack D. Franks (D)||23,429||63.92%|
|John O'Neill (R)||13,222||36.08%|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 63 (2008)|
|Jack D. Franks (D)||44,977|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 63 (2006)|
|Jack D. Franks (D)||27,432|
In 2010, Franks collected $1,921,496 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:
|Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jack D. Franks's campaign in 2010|
|Franks, Herbert H||$250,000|
|Kling, Steven W||$100,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$1,921,496|
In 2008, Franks collected $472,555 in donations.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|Illinois Education Association||$15,000|
|Trench It Inc.||$13,500|
|J.B. & Mary Kathryn Pritzker||$11,750|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$9,130|
Special Service Areas
Current state law allows municipalities to create special service areas, or SSAs. SSAs can generate funding to build infrastructure projects that are intended to benefit a geographical area that is less than borders of a municipality. This can include sewer projects, street repairs and so on.
Property owners located within an SSAs pay more on their property taxes for a set period (usually 20 years) until bonds issued to pay for the project are repaid. Residents can stop a town or county from imposing an SSA by collecting signatures on a petition from 51% of the area's property owners of record and 51% of the registered voters within the SSA.
Franks objects to this. His legislation would require the municipality that wants to impose the tax to hold a vote before they impose the tax, rather than putting the burden of collecting signatures on those who oppose the tax. According to Frank, SB 1555 "would require the people who are trying to raise taxes on the citizens to prove that 51 percent of the people want their taxes raised."
- Illinois General Assembly - Representative Jack D. Franks (D) 58th District
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000 and 1998.
- Profile of Jack Franks from the Illinois House Democrats
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Franks
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2006
- Follow the money - Illinois House 2010 donors
- Franks Campaign Donors
- Northwest Herald, "Johnsburg residents question funding source for SSA appeal case", June 19, 2009
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