Rep. Jack Franks

Lawmaker Threatens To Punish College Of DuPage Over $750K Severance To PresidentA northwest suburban lawmaker was threatening to slash state funding for the College of DuPage, after its board of trustees agreed to a $762,868 severance package for the community college’s retiring president.
Lawmakers Debate Overhaul Of Lincoln Library & MuseumState lawmakers on Wednesday discussed the future of the Abraham Presidential Library and Museum, amid a proposal by House Speaker Michael Madigan to split it off from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
Lawmaker Seeks 'Wholesale Change' At Metra After Latest ScandalA state lawmaker thinks the Metra chairman’s violation of a ban on outside government pay should be the last straw for the entire Metra board.
Quinn Bars Benefits To Ex-Transit Board Members Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that prevents transit board members from receiving taxpayer-funded health care and pension benefits after they leave the boards.
Madigan Asked Metra To Give Pay Raise To AssociatePowerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday he asked senior staff at Metra to consider a pay raise for an associate who was employed at the commuter rail agency, but withdrew the recommendation after Metra's then-CEO expressed discomfort over it.
Legislators To Hold Hearing On Metra's Severance Deal For Ex-CEOAll 11 Metra Board members — as well as former Metra CEO Alex Clifford — are being asked to appear July 11 before a legislative committee delving into a hefty severance package that could reap Clifford nearly $750,000 over more than two years, lawmakers said Wednesday.
Lawmaker Wants To Stop Using Schools As Polling PlacesA state lawmaker wants Illinois to stop using schools as polling places on Election Day, but the idea doesn’t sit well with local election authorities.
Lawmakers Pass Bill Demanding Open Books On Corporate Tax BreaksBefore adjourning the spring session and leaving Springfield last week, Illinois lawmakers sent Gov. Quinn a bill that would require the state to reveal the details publicly on corporate tax breaks.
Indicted Rep. Smith Visits Capitol For First Time Since ArrestOn a day when Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent was honored in the Illinois House, it seems the only person reporters wanted to talk to was indicted Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago).
'Caylee's Law' Would Criminalize Failing To Report A Missing ChildThe Illinois House of Representatives has passed a bill that criminalizes failing to report a missing child, in the wake of the fallout from the Caylee Anthony tragedy.
New Law Requires Photo ID To Buy Some Drain CleanersA new state law requires those who buy industrial drain cleaners and other caustic substances to provide photo identification and sign a log.
State Rep. Wants To Stop Property Tax Hikes When Home Values DropAn Illinois House member says it's not fair that property taxes go up when home values are plummeting.
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